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Labor Day Imagery from Turkey (I) #1MayıstaTaksimdeyiz

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A look back at the NY Times article on the May 1, 1977 Taksim Square massacre  via 

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Journalism roundup: … the rise of the collaborative news clip…

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English: Columbia Journalism School building; ...

English: Columbia Journalism School building; photo by C. Szabla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s New in Digital and Social Media Research: How Facebook rumors spread, and the rise of the collaborative news clip

Nieman Journalism Lab by John Wihbey

Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers?

Our friends at Journalist’s Resource, that’s who. JR is a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and they spend their time examining the new academic literature in media, social science, and other fields, summarizing the high points and giving you a point of entry. Here, John Wihbey sums up the top papers in digital media and journalism this month.

New Knight Prototype Fund winners offer a glimpse of new journalism tools

Nieman Journalism Lab by Justin Ellis  

The Knight Foundation is lending a helping hand to new tools and technology that could be useful to journalist. The latest round of the Knight Prototype Fund includes 17 projects that will each receive $35,000 to push ideas one step closer to a formal launch

How is user-generated content used in TV news?

Nieman Journalism Lab by Justin Ellis

The Tow Center at the Columbia Journalism School is out with Act 1 of a new report that examines the ways TV news organizations and online media companies employ user-generated content. “Amateur Footage: A Global Study of User-Generated Content in TV News and Online” is a survey of over 1,000 hours of TV and more than 2,200 online pages from channels like Al Jazeera (Arabic and English), BBC World, CNN International, France 24, NHK World, and TeleSUR.

One life in investigative journalism

open Democracy News Analysis – by Clare Sambrook and Rebecca Ominira-Oyekanmi  /

A Q&A with Clare Sambrook, OurKingdom co-editor and co-founder of the ‘End Child Detention Now’ campaign. Interviewer: Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, writer-in-residence at Lacuna
Q&A: Craig Mod on making writing more mobile-friendly and where digital publishing is headed

Nieman Journalism Lab by Justin Ellis

Craig Mod spends a lot of time in motion. He’s also spends no small amount of time thinking — and writing — about the future of publishing and the ways technology is transforming how we write and what we read. Given that he often finds himself shuttling between New York, Tokyo, and San Francisco, it makes sense that he would be working on a project that blends writing with a sense of place.

How 10 news organizations look at issues of online engagement

How do you measure success in the digital sphere? How should news organizations interact with their audience? What’s the best way to personalize content for individual users? These were among the topics discussed over the course of two days in February as representatives from 10 different news organizations gathered around a conference table in Austin to discuss the challenges (and opportunities) wrought by the Internet.

The Clark Medal is one of the most prestigious awards in all of academia, awarded to the “American economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” (Names you might know among previous winners: Paul Krugman, Milton Friedman, Joseph Stiglitz, Steven Levitt, and Larry Summers.) This year’s honor went to Matthew Gentzkow of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Gentzkow is a pioneer in the field of media economics; his work, often co-authored with Chicago Booth’s Jesse Shapiro, takes advantage of previously unavailable data on audience, content, and media impact. Austan Goolsbee, also a Chicago Booth professor, commented on Gentzkow’s work in The New York Times:

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New photo from Facebook April 30, 2014 at 11:38PM

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Cyberculture agenda: Twitter Stock Drops…Blogs in Russia’s Media Ecology…

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Twitter Stock Drops to New Low as User Growth Disappoints Wall Street


Here we go again.


Twitter Tops 250 Million Users, But Stock Tanks 10%

Mashable! by Seth Fiegerman

Twitter beat earnings and revenue estimates for the first quarter, but users numbers came in at the low end of Wall Street estimates


Blogs as an Alternative Public Sphere: The Role of Blogs, Mainstream Media, and TV in Russia’s Media Ecology
Bruce Etling, Hal Roberts, Robert Faris | April 2014
Applying a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, we investigate whether Russian blogs represent an alternative public sphere distinct from web-based Russian government information sources and the mainstream media. Based on data collected over a one-year period (December 2010 through December 2011) from thousands of Russian political blogs and other media sources, we compare the cosine similarity of the text from blogs, mainstream media, major TV channels, and official government websites.
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Vladimir Putin speaks to the press at a conference in Minsk, April 29, 2014, Kremlin photo service, public domain.Vladimir Putin speaks to the press at a conference in Minsk, April 29, 2014, Kremlin photo service, public domain
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today at its F8 developer conference that users can now use its platform to login to third-party apps anonymously and also toggle granular individual permissions
Zuckerberg explains his developer philosophy, his belief that all apps should be social, and his vision of Facebook as the leader in knowledge — which as he described it, sounded a lot like search
Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp is cool, calm and collected. He talks in a softened tone and all of his responses are carefully considered. Pinterest is exactly the same. Since the company launched its visual bookmarking service in 2010, it’s blossomed as an effortless way to capture, organize and share content online. But as the platform has matured, Pinterest has never strayed too far from its original vision. While some startups have tried to shoehorn the latest trends – private messaging being one of the most prominent – Pinterest has stuck to its guns, only iterating on its core features.

This is PayPal’s new logo

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PayPal today introduced a slight logo redesign for its online and mobile payments service
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New photo from Facebook April 30, 2014 at 06:39PM

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Dünyadan 10 tutuklu gazeteci. Via @pressfreedom via Facebook Pages

Dispatches: Turkish minister’s advice to families; Venice Commission head’s concern; Erdoğan’s logic on genocide…

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2014 at 16:53

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The recent murders of children around Turkey has prompted the family minister to take new steps to protect their offspring
US-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen is being investigated for attempting to prevent the government from functioning
English: Turkish politician Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu...

English: Turkish politician Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu Deutsch: Türkischer Politiker Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu Türkçe: Türk siyasetçi Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CHP files complaint on prosecutor who ‘mistakenly’ summoned Kılıçdaroğlu The CHP has filed a complaint to Turkey’s top judicial body concerning an Istanbul prosecutor who ‘mistakenly’ invited Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to testify as a suspect
Venice Commission head concerned about attacks against Turkish Constitutional Court Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio has expressed his concern over recent statements from the Turkish government criticizing the Constitutional Court
Turkish minister advises families to teach children to scream after murders The recent murders of children around Turkey has prompted the family minister to take new steps to protect their offspring
Turkish PM says Armenians living in Turkey proves there was no ‘genocide’ ‘if there were a genocide, [there would not be] Armenians still living in Turkey,’ Erdoğan said
The Kurds in the spotlight: local and regional challenges NOREF Report (Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre) April 2014 Ana Villellas * The Kurds in Syria, Turkey and Iraq face complex challenges. Among the current Kurdish realities, the emergence of Kurdish self-governing areas in northern Syria controlled by what is considered to be the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) generates considerable uncertainty.
Head of Turkey’s financial crime unit dismissed as part of purges The head of Turkey’s Financial Crime Investigation Board (MASAK) has been dismissed from duty as part of the whirlwind of purges in the Finance Ministry
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New photo from Facebook April 30, 2014 at 05:34PM

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Türkiye’de Marksizm. via @agirewelat via Facebook Pages

Turkish State invades Taksim Square with 40K police to deny Labor Day celebrations…

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Many major unions and left wing organizations are determined to celebrate May Day in Taksim, as it has been the case for decades, but I believe it is hard to challenge Erdoğan’s determination to close Taksim for celebrations. Against a brute state force, there will be clashes around but it is hard to imageine activists entering Taksim Square. We will see. I hope there will not be any casualties but with such a hardened face of Turkish State against her citizens, anyhing is possible. I will follow news as much as possible and here and in Twitter I will be reporting about the May Day tomorrow…

AYM'den flaş 1 Mayıs kararı


Will This Year’s May Day Be A Prelude To “Gezi II”?

Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square is deemed to be the focal point of yet another May Day showdown:….

Istanbul Governor Releases “May Day Ban Statement” in Taksim

İstanbul Governor’s Office released a statement banning Taksim a day before May Day. “Demonstrations can’t be controlled and participants’ life and property safety will be in danger,” it said. All major public transportation channels to go to Taksim is closed tomorrow: 

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Unions commemorate demonstrators killed during 1977, 1989 and 1996 May Days


Turkish unions have commemorated the demonstrators who died during the eventful 1977, 1989 and 1996 May Days in Istanbul


Police take tight measures in Taksim for May Day including 50 water cannons


The iconic square will be closed to entry on May 1 with roadblocks, and 15,000 police officers will be assigned to work in the area

40,000 police officers assigned for May Day
The General Directorate of Security (EGM) has assigned 40,000 police officers to work in Istanbul on May Day, as tight measures were taken to prevent any gatherings at Taksim Square.

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New photo from Facebook April 30, 2014 at 10:09AM

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Yer olsa önce kendi gidecek. via Facebook Pages

Cengiz Aktar: Doğu’nun modernite paradoksu (bis)

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2014 at 20:03

Doğu’nun modernite paradoksu (bis)

Modernity I: Cloud Maker

Modernity I: Cloud Maker (Photo credit: аrtofdreaming)

Gürbüz Özaltınlı benim de içinde bulunduğum bir “aydın kümesi”nin ruh halini yazmış. “Söz konusu aydın kümesi, evrensel geçerliliğe sahip en anlamlı siyasal değerleri, -bütün problemlerine rağmen- batı modernleşmesinin ürettiğine dair güçlü bir inanca sahip. Doğulu yanımızla barışık değiller ve geleneğe güvenmiyorlar” diyor. İktidarın icraatı ve bu icraata verilen destek sonucunda bu aydınların işlevsizleştiğini, dolayısıyla karamsarlaştıkları tespitinde bulunuyor. Tarih katarının artık onlara rağmen yürümeye devam edeceğine işaret ediyor. Son hükmü şu: “Artık iyice anlaşılıyor ki biz kendi toplumsal sorunlarımızı, kendi tarihsel özelliklerimizin ve dinamiklerimizin belirlediği yönde çözmeye çalışacağız. Kürt sorunundan refahın dağılımına, özgürlüklerden kalkınmaya, Batıyla ilişkilerden Ortadoğu’daki rollere kadar tüm konularda muhafazakâr sosyoloji ve onun politika yapıcıları en etkin aktörler olacak.”


Makaledeki arayış yeni değil. Görece bir ekonomik gelişme sonucunda özgüven patlaması yaşayan Batı dışı toplumlarda sık görülür bu semptomlar. Akıbetleri pek iyi olmaz. Aralık 2012’de Taraf’ta tam bu konuyu ele alan “Doğu’nun modernite paradoksu” başlıklı yazıda, İbrahim Kalın’ın bir söyleşide serdettiği aynı iddiaları ele almış, şunları hatırlatmıştım.


Küreselleşme, temelde ulus ve iktisadiyat olmak üzere Batılı paradigmanın kavram ve uygulamalarının küreselleşmesi demek, Batılı olmayanların kendi meşrebleriyle yeni bir modernite üretmeleri değil. Böyle bir şey hâlâ ufukta yok. İllâki olacaksa adres aşağı yukarı belli: Şanghay İşbirliği Teşkilâtı kriterleri! İnsan topluluklarını fütursuz bir kalkınma ve tüketimle bir arada tutmaya çalışan milliyetçi, ceberut yönetimler. Bugün bulunduğumuz eşik burası.    


Zira küresel dünyanın yeni zenginlerinin temellerinde de Batı menşeli ulus ve iktisadiyat var. Fakat onlar Batı’nın birbirini (ve dünyayı) kıra kıra, doğasının canına okuya okuya aldığı derslerden mahrumlar. Neden? Çoktandır eşitlenmiş, dümdüz edilmiş farklılıklarını başka modernlik adı altında yeniden keşfetme uğruna. Vardıkları nokta defolu taklitler. Türkiye’de olduğu gibi.  


Batı dışında oluşturulmaya çalışılan kavram ve kelimelerin büyümeci/kalkınmacı kapitalist model dışında işaret ettiği herhangi bir model mi var? Toplumların ahengi ve insanların birbirlerini yoketmeden birarada yaşamaları konusunda demokrasiden daha ehven bir uygulamaları mı var? Elbet yok! Keşke olabilseydi ama bunun için sanki çok geç. Sonuçta ne oluyor? Ne Batı’nın dayattığının dışında ve gerçekten farklı bir dünyaya erişmek mümkün oluyor ne de Batı’nın ehven-i şer düzenine vasıl olmak. (…)


Batılılaştırılmış Türkiye bunun mütemmim cüzü. Batılılaştırma farzedildiği gibi Kemalistlerle başlamadı, taa III. Selim’e dayanıyor. Devletin bekası adına ve dolayısıyla tepeden inen bir yabancılaşma bu. O vakte kadar carî olan kendi kavram ve kelimelerimizin hezimeti. Bunları yeniden keşfetme çabasının cazibesini anlarım. Kalın’ın sözünü ettiği merkez-çeper arasındaki yeni denge ve sinerjileri de. Ama ikiyüz yıllık dönüşümü bir kalemde silmeyi, “yeni zenginlik” halini de “yeni modernlik” sanmayı anlamam.”


“Muhafazakâr sosyoloji ve onun politika yapıcılarının” yeni, zengin ve farklı Türkiyesi maalesef bayat bir halüsinasyon. Halüsinasyondan ibaret olsa neyse, ağır yan etkilerini el’an yaşadığımız bir kâbus.   


Bu yazı ilk olarak Taraf’ta yayınlandı. Yazarın izniyle burada da yayınlanıyor. 

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