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Wikileaks: War Diary of Afghanistan

Daniel Ellsberg, a former US military analyst, has described the disclosure of the Afghan war logs as on the scale of his leaking of the “Pentagon Papers” in 1971 revealing how the US public was misled about the Vietnam war.

“An outrageous escalation of the war is taking place,” he said. “Look at these cables and see if they give anybody the occasion to say the answer is ‘resources”. He added: “After $300bn and 10 years, the Taliban is stronger than they have ever been … We are recruiting for them.”

However, the equivalent of the Pentagon Papers on Afghanistan – top secret papers relating to policy – had yet to be leaked, he said.

Source: The Guardian. View the Kabul War Diary from Wikileaks. Also see “Hypnotic illusions at the Wikileaks Show” from The Register.

From the perspective of a futurist this story tells everything about the future of the news media. The giants of news distribution are loosing their relevance to independent meta-sources like Wikileaks. The recent introduction of “pay-walls” by Murdoch on several general news services is a strategy of making themselves obsolete. Adding to the demise of mainstream news media comes the ereader.

Also read “Data, diffusion, impact: Five big questions the Wikileaks story raises about the future of journalism” from Niemanlab.

The Page: Ultra Thin, Foldable E-Reader Concept

Jae Kim has created a next generation e-reader concept called The Page that is as thin as a sheet of paper, can fold up and has an e-ink screen that can display text and images. E-readers may be all the rage now with their storage capacities and high-tech wizardry, but they lack a special something that traditional print media still has. Maybe it’s the ability to fold up a newspaper or magazine and stuff it into your bag, or maybe it’s the layout that makes it easier to read. Kim sought to combine the two formats into a high tech reader that has the flexibility of paper.

Source: DesignBoom via Inhabitat. Also see “Going Out of Print” from MIT Technology Review about the ereader market and how traditional newspapers are adapting. Also see the soon to be released USD 150 ereader Kobo. Wired also has an overview of “8 Tablets That Aren’t Made by Apple”.

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