Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The future of Journalism? Is Jeff Bezos a Threat or a Savior to Journalism?
One of America's most influential papers will now be owned by a pioneer in the industry that almost destroyed it. Why did Amazon founder Jeff Bezos buy the Washington Post? How will he and other digital tycoons impact the future of journalism? Also, the Justice Department sues to block the US Air-American merger, and science looks at the "near-death experience."
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The merger of American Airlines and US Airways would create the world's biggest commercial air carrier. Now comes what experts are calling a big surprise: the US Justice Department has filed suit to block the action. George Ferguson, senior airlines analyst at Bloomberg Industries, has the details.
When the founder of Amazon bought the Washington Post, the world of journalism dropped its collective jaw. Nobody even knew it was up for sale. At $250 million, the price is high — but it's only 1% of Jeff Bezos' personal fortune. So, who is Bezos, and what does he have in mind? Opinions range from altruist out to rescue traditional news from digital destruction, to digital tycoon looking for power and influence. Beyond that, what's the potential for one of America's most creative capitalists to re-invent journalism in the long term?
The so-called "near death experience" is described by many survivors as a sensation of floating with visions of bright lights and a tunnel. Some call it a preview of the afterlife. Now there's evidence that it may be a kind of last picture show staged by the brain demonstrating that it's still alive. When the heart stops, the brain displays a surge of activity with features associated with consciousness and visual activation. That's according to recent experiments with anesthetized rats. Jimo Borjigin, Associate Professor of Physiology and Neurology at theUniversity of Michigan, conducted the research.