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Snippets #50, Monday, 03.Nov.2003     (ISSN 1530-9622)

 

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_________________________from James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door

___________________________________#50, Monday, 03.Nov.2003

_____________________________________________ISSN 1530-9622

 

 

__________0. CONTeNTS

_____1. What News Do You Listen To?

_____2. Reading More Books

_____3. Dell: Michael and the Company

 

 

__________1. WHAT NEWS DO YOU LISTeN TO?

In early October, the Program on International Policy Attitude (PIPA) at the University of Maryland released an interesting report.

They looked at three misperceptions of the war:

1. Evidence of links between Iraq and al Queda have been found. (They have not.)

2. Weapons of mass destruction have been found. (They have not.)

3. World public opinion supported the US going to war. (It did not.)

They found:

1. 60% of Americans have at least one of these major misconceptions.

2. The more misconceptions you have, the more likely you are to support the war.

3. If your primary source of news if Fox News, you are the most likely to have the misconceptions. Yep. Fox News. Eighty percent (80%) of those who used Fox News as their primary source of news had at lead one of these major misconceptions.

How well did the other sources do? Here are the numbers.

FOX --- 80% CBS --- 71% ABC --- 61% NBC --- 55% CNN --- 55% Print --- 47% NPR/PBS --- 23%

Over the last several weeks, I've seen this study cited several times. Many have used it to point to potential biases in Fox News.

Most recently I encountered it in an article about "objectivity" in the news.

It seemed appropriate to actually go and read it. The Press Release gives a good summary.

Globe and Mail Article Citing the Study and Discussing "Objectivity" in the News
http://www.globeandmail.com/...
or
http://snurl.com/1vj7

Press Release About the Study
http://www.pipa.org/OnlineReports/Iraq/Media_10_02_03_Press.pdf 

Report of the Study
http://www.pipa.org/OnlineReports/Iraq/Media_10_02_03_Report.pdf 

 

 

__________2. READ ING MORE BOOKS

I love to read. I haven't done as much of it as I like lately and recently added "more reading" to my Vision Statement.

Sara Nelson spent a year reading books (one per week) and wrote a book about it. This is an excerpt from that book.

 

excerpt: So Many Books, So Little Time
http://www.mediabistro.com/articles/cache/a858.asp 

 

 

__________3. DeLL: MICHAeL AND THE COMPANY

Do you own a Dell computer? ever wonder how they work?

No, not the computer, the company.

If you are curious, this BusinessWeek article provides an interesting look on the management style of "an off-the-charts introvert."

 

What You Don't Know About Dell
A look at the management secrets of the best-run company in technology
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/03_44/b3856001_mz001.htm 

 

 
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