Essay: On Being a Cowboy
The Poynter Institute has a pretty fascinating story on the technology of covering the war in Iraq. A suitcase satellite transmitter weighing 50-100 pounds runs $200,000 to $1.4 million, and I'm pretty sure that's before the mini DV camera, the laptop and the video editing software. At least, that's what CBS and NBC journos are saying. "Fox and CNN flat out refuse to discuss the technology they have in place," the article says. They are also striking deals with as many satellite companies as possible. No one has forgotten that CNN made its name in the first Gulf War by renting a special, dedicated phone line that ran underneath the Iraqi desert and into Jordan.
Obscure Store was rocking last Monday, with stories on Roshambo championship, an unforeseen consequence of car DVD players and flat panel screens, Homeland Security creepiness and more.
New story: Hotels digging in for war: Hoteliers remember the first Gulf War, and worry (Mar. 14)