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    Mediatwits #23: Occupied Wall Street Journal; Netflix Backs Down

    by Mark Glaser
    October 14, 2011
    The Occupied Wall Street Journal is a print publication that was financed through a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $75,000

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    The Mediatwits podcast is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry.

    All these things about social media revolutions aren't very accurate. It's a tool. What print allows you to do is pass it hand to hand. You can't pass a website hand to hand." -Arun Gupta

    Welcome to the 23rd episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and entrepreneur Rafat Ali. The main topic on this show is the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement, how the media has covered it, and the remarkable “Occupied Wall Street Journal” newspaper. Special guest Arun Gupta is the co-founder of the newspaper and explains the importance of a print publication in political circles. Plus, the head of audio at SoundCloud, Manolo Espinosa, explains how Occupy protesters and journalists have been using the service to capture audio at the protests.

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    Meanwhile, Netflix backed down on its plan to spin off a separate DVD rental service, Qwikster. So what does that mean in the streaming video wars? And a Pennsylvania newspaper decides to keep its pay wall up even during a flood when residents were clamoring for emergency information. Was the publisher really serving the public by not bringing down the wall at least temporarily?

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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

    Intro

    1:10: Updates on #OccupySF and #OccupyWallSt

    3:00: Not all of us can be activists

    4:05: Rafat has the OccupyWSJ.com domain and will donate it

    4:55: Rundown of topics for show

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    Arun Gupta

    Occupy Wall Street

    5:40: Special guest Arun Gupta

    7:40: Gupta: No one was paid a penny to write for the newspaper

    9:20: Gupta: Print newspaper can build political community

    13:10: Adbusters played key role in starting movement

    15:10: Gupta visits various occupations outside of New York

    16:30: Special guest Manolo Espinosa

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    Manolo Espinosa

    17:20: People use SoundCloud for reporting, make field reports at protests

    19:40: Political candidates using SoundCloud to tell audio stories

    Netflix drops Qwikster idea

    22:40: Bizarre moves from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

    26:00: Why is Netflix so tone-deaf to customers?

    27:30: Netflix will announce an updated subscriber number soon

    Newspaper keeps pay wall during flood

    29:20: Bloomsberg (Pa.) Press-Enterprise’s stubborn pay wall

    31:20: Mark: Will new competing free online-only site survive?

    32:10: Paper should consider value of serving the public

    More Reading

    CHARTS: Here’s What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About… at Business Insider

    Why Occupy? Here’s Why at Forbes

    Audio reports from ABC Radio’s Dan Patterson on Occupy Wall Street on SoundCloud

    Occupy Wall Street Protest Songs group at SoundCloud

    A Protest’s Ink-Stained Fingers at NY Times

    Occupy Wall Street, shows power of small groups by Robert Scoble on Google+

    Qwikster Is Gonester: Netflix Kills Its DVD-Only Business Before Launch at AllThingsD

    DVDs Will Be Staying at Netflix at the Netflix blog

    Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise’s post-floods paywall a folly or financially sound? at Romenesko

    Why floods couldn’t break through Pennsylvania paywall, while New York Times created leaks in theirs at Poynter

    Weekly Poll

    Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about you are following the #Occupy movement:


    Last week’s poll asked “What will you miss most about Steve Jobs?” Here are some of the “other” answers:

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    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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    The Mediatwits podcast is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry.

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