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That's the title of a commentary we have added to the ACDC collection. Author Brian McDermott noted that although the importance of photojournalism and video is growing, institutions increasingly curtail and control access for visual journalists.
"…visual journalists in the U.S. are often heavily restricted in how they can photograph inside hospitals, schools, jails, big box stores, courtrooms, power plants, bailed-out financial firms, universities, and farms," he said. His reference to farms centered on proposed legislation that would criminalize the act of photographing a farm without consent.
You can read his commentary from the Free Press interest group at: http://www.freepress.net/blog/11/05/26/disappearing-photographs
Sorting the hope and hype of traditional knowledge
Two researchers at the Center for Development Research (ZIF), University of Bonn, recently published a working paper to unveil "the different narratives that continue to refashion TK (traditional knowledge) as a buzzword and boundary concept."
The 28-page report introduces underlying motives that led to the popularity of traditional knowledge, as well as the polarizing impact of it on marginal communities. Authors also offer insight into political debates about intellectual property rights for traditional knowledge.
You can read this working paper at: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/handle/151401.
Distress and burnout among dairy farmers
Research among 530 dairy farmers in New Zealand led researchers Neels Botha and Toni White to conclude that:
You can read an abstract of this "Distress and burnout" conference paper at: http://www.apen.org.au/conference-2013 > "Conference Program and Abstracts" or check with the lead author at email@example.com about access to the full paper.
"Things like that don't happen here"
We recently added to the ACDC collection an article in Crime, Media and Culture about how media cover crime in rural, suburban and urban settings. Researcher Aurora Wallace analyzed 470 crime stories in nine U.S. states over a six-year period.
Results prompted the researcher to observe how the media covered crimes differently according to where they occur, setting the scene for how we are to think of the place normally and using the picturesque and scenic as preventative agents against the forces of evil. She found that coverage reinforced:
Check with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help in gaining access to this journal article.
Rural phone calls going astray
In a New York Times article last month, Edward Wyatt reported that in rural America as many as one in five long-distance landline calls goes astray, never connecting to the intended number. "A caller might hear the sound of a ringing phone through a handset, but the actual phone might not ring, a busy signal could be wrongly transmitted or the line might simply go dead."
He described new rules of the Federal Communications Commission to require phone companies to collect and report data on the number of rural calls that goes through.
You can read the article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/business/media/fcc-acts-to-improve-phone-calls-for-rural-america.html
Dilemmas in fair price information for the hog market
"How do we proceed without a spot market?" Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics, Inc., asked in a presentation at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum earlier this year. He explained that:
Obviously, market information is a key factor. Possible solutions he identified included charging those who use data and compensating those who produce data.
You can see this presentation at: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/handle/146858
Rural libraries on a solid foundation
Rural libraries have a bright future, according to Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. Speaking during September to members of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, he offered "five big reasons your foundation is solid:"
You can view the director's presentation at: http://www.slideshare.net/PewInternet/2013-92613-the-next-library-pdf?ref=http://pewinternet.org/Presentations/2013/Sep/The-next-rural-library.aspx
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Cautionary note about progress in our academic programs
We close this issue of ACDC News with a view expressed in 1971 by H. W. Hannah, who headed academic programs in the College of Agriculture, University of Illinois:
"When we say that our programs are more sophisticated [than earlier ones] it may mean we have ceased to pay attention to something quite fundamental."
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