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Crowdsourced Fact Checking: What Can the Bobst Digitization Project Tell Us about Digital Journalism?

Last week Washington Square News reporter Jane C. Timm wrote that Bobst Library’s entire collection would be digitized. Not only that, but the project was on the government of Abu Dhabi’s dime. She said the digital archive was being created specifically for use by NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus, but would be made available in some context for use by NYU’s global campuses.

Not so!

According to a comment left on “The Ticker,” a blog maintained by The Chronicle of Higher Education, specific works will be digitized as determined by the academic needs of NYUAD over time.

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What Are the Major Issues Surrounding Pitchfork Media’s Power?

Known to many as the authorities on all things music related, Pitchfork Media has garnered a definite influence on trends in music over the last decade. I want to know why and how. Here are a few questions I’ll attempt to find the answers to:

How does Pitchfork’s content spread across the internet? I plan on researching how the website’s content is disseminated through both smaller blogs and twitter posts, and how much of an effect a positive review can have on the number Youtube views, Myspace views, and bittorrent downloads (through waffles.fm).

Why is Pitchfork so controversial? To many, the mention of the site immediately elicits a gag reflex, yet it is difficult to argue that it’s become one of the definitive sources for music. What about the site makes readers so reactionary?

Does Pitchfork have an agenda in securing its status as a dominating taste-maker? Like any brand, there are a few instances in the website’s history where it may have been aware that confrontation and controversy is good for business.

In this Web 2.0 era, why is there no space for a dialogue among the readers? Or do readers simply want to be told what the Best New Music is (even better, in the format of clickable lists and quick 1-10 scale ratings) without having to seek it out for themselves?

Pitchfork serves as a concise guide and filter among the thousands upon thousands of music blogs out there. Is there harm in having a single go-to publication as an information source for all things music related?

And who are these writers who, under the Pitchfork brand, have the power to steer the direction of musical trends?

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The Pitchfork Effect

I’ve decided to base my travelogue on the highly influential music website, Pitchfork Media. Specifically, I want to concentrate on what some people call The Pitchfork Effect – the websites lone ability to make or break a band with a single review.

Started in 1995 by editor Ryan Schreiber, Pitchfork began as a small music review website, updated monthly. As of this year, the site averages 245,000 visitors a day, has delved into book publishing, curates an annual music festival, has an online tv channel, partners with ABC WorldNews, and has created a “canon” of staff lists. This year, Schreiber was a TIME100 Most Influential People in the World finalist, and the site is often credited with breaking artists such as The Arcade Fire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Grizzly Bear.

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This Week’s Reading Summaries

The Death of the News – Salon.com

By Gary Kamiya

In his piece for Salon.com, Kamiya makes the case for why news reporting must be kept alive. While all traditional media is currently being threatened, newspapers are having the most trouble staying afloat.

For Kamiya, the news no longer coming from a tangible printed media is not the problem – the problem is the loss of news reporting.

Original reporting is not financially viable. Sites such as the Huffington Post do very little actual reporting, and are monetarily more successful. Op-eds on sites such as these can produce copy at a faster rate for a much lower price, and usually generate more traffic than reported pieces.

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