Tuesday, December 26, 2006

East - West

Laugh at the clever Aljazeera headline for this story about Wal-Mart in China ("Walmart Hosts Communist Party"), cry at the sad irony that none of the chain's U.S. stores are unionized.

Aljazeera's English-language cable TV channel launched a short time ago, with all the media junkies and critics keeping a close eye. Never mind that they've had an English-language website for a while - one would think in the age of bloggers and ubiquity of the net, that would've garnered more and earlier attention. The website relaunched when the TV channel went live; the colors are less jarring now, but the page is too busy, like too many of its contemporaries; I liked how the old version stuck to basics (including linking to their Code of Ethics on the frontpage, unlike others, which are buried half a dozen clicks into to obscure pages, if they exist at all). One thing that the website is still doing, though, along with the TV channel, is not always starting with the same predictable slew of top international stories that CNN and other competitors run. Aljazeera is covering news as if the world doesn't start and end in the West.

4 comments:

nightgrapefruit said...

Have you seen the TV part yet?

kimberly kinchen said...

Only via radio - OTM did a segment a few weeks back - I need to try it with pix when my wifi is stronger.

quilter said...

Does Valhalla High School figure in your past?

kimberly kinchen said...

It does indeed! If we are talking about San Diego and not Valhalla, NY