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Truthdig. TruthOrFiction. Straight Dope. A Staff Report from the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board August 20, 1999 Dear Straight Dope: I would like to know two things: 1.

Straight Dope

What is the difference between an attorney and a lawyer? 2. I guess that's three things ... oh well. . — Julia, a budding attorney/lawyer You know you're on your way to becoming a lawyer when your questions multiply without even thinking about it (either that or you're like a lawyer who recently told me, "I became an attorney because I couldn't do math"). Are lawyer and attorney synonyms? So if you give somebody "power of attorney," that doesn't mean they suddenly become the comic book hero, "Super Litigator," it means they can legally sign papers and make decisions for you in the area in which you've given them that power. In everyday usage, the terms are virtually synonymous. As a side note, the British have several additional terms for people who practice law. Why use yellow pads? What about the long paper? — David B. Wait But Why. ScienceBlogs. Federation Of American Scientists -

News aggregator. Function[edit] Visiting many separate websites frequently to find out if content on the site has been updated can take a long time.

News aggregator

Aggregation technology helps to consolidate many websites into one page that can show the new or updated information from many sites. Aggregators reduce the time and effort needed to regularly check websites for updates, creating a unique information space or personal newspaper. Once subscribed to a feed, an aggregator is able to check for new content at user-determined intervals and retrieve the update. The content is sometimes described as being pulled to the subscriber, as opposed to pushed with email or IM. History[edit] RSS began in 1999 "when it was first introduced by Internet-browser pioneer Netscape".[2] In the beginning, RSS was not a user-friendly gadget and it took some years to spread. "...RDF-based data model that people inside Netscape felt was too complicated for end users Types[edit]

Investigative journalism from a nonprofit newsroom. Independent Investigative Journalism Since 1995. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Balanced news via media bias ratings for an unbiased news perspective. International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News. Drew Curtis' The Moderate Voice. BuzzMachine. News. Science News, Articles, and Information. Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community. Lawfare - Hard National Security Choices. SCOTUSblog - The Supreme Court of the United States blog.

Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two Decade Low. Public Evaluations of the News Media: 1985-2009 Overview The public’s assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans’ views of media bias and independence now match previous lows.

Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two Decade Low

Who Owns the Media? Broadcasters make billions in profits while using the public airwaves for free.

Who Owns the Media?

In return, they are supposed to provide programming that fulfills community needs. Instead, lobbyists have successfully fought to make it easier for broadcast companies to gobble up even more free airspace while doing less to serve the public. Take Action to end the big broadcast swindle. 2011 Revenue: $6.2 billion Company Overview: These private equity firms own Clear Channel, the largest radio station owner in the country. Radio: 866 radio stations and Premiere Radio Networks (a national radio network that produces, distributes or represents approximately 90 syndicated radio programs, serves nearly 5,800 radio station affiliates and has over 213 million weekly listeners.

Other: Katz Media (radio advertising broker); American Outdoor Advertising 2011 Revenue: $14.2 billion. 10+ Independent Online News Sources and Why America Needs More of Them. A poll done by the Pew Research Center, in September of 2011, found that, “Fully 66% (of the public) say news stories often are inaccurate, 77% think that news organizations tend to favor one side, and 80% say news organizations are often influenced by powerful people and organizations.”

10+ Independent Online News Sources and Why America Needs More of Them

A more recent Gallup poll, taken in September of 2015, showed that 60% of Americans still do not trust the mass media to deliver the news fully, accurately and fairly. These numbers are not so much a bleak outlook but evidence that the public is finally beginning to realize that the mainstream media cannot be trusted – a good thing and perhaps a catalyst for change. Americans need to understand what is really happening in our country and the rest of the world by reading, watching and listening to a variety of news sources, not only the mainstream media. Here Are The Most- And Least-Trusted News Outlets In America. News outlets like CNN and ABC News might have the biggest audiences, but they're not the most trusted across-the-board in America.

Here Are The Most- And Least-Trusted News Outlets In America

The most trusted news outlets in America, according to a new study from Pew Research Center, are actually British. 13 Most Trusted News Sites You Should Bookmark. Fake news is a big issue right now.

13 Most Trusted News Sites You Should Bookmark

News companies are in the pockets of mega-billionaires. Media bias, inaccurate reporting, and sensationalism are on everyone’s mind. The Anti-Media - Adweek – Breaking News in Advertising, Media and Technology.