Author Archives: Erica Palumbo

A few helpings of David Cay Johnston

Two days ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston spoke to my Independent Media class as part of his visit to Ithaca College. Admittedly expecting another snooze-fest lecturer, I was taken aback by the unabashed bluntness of the man, and the true vastness of his journalistic experience. I mean this guy was real — in every […]

In which Murdoch attempts to monopolize the media…

Rupert Murdoch’s open arms is where a democratic, free press goes to die. Truly. According to a recent article by, the Federal Communications Commission is “plotting” a move which would give Rupert Murdoch control of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, an illegal move — unless the FCC changes its rules. This would give […]

Talking ’bout my Obama-nation

Once again, the country’s youth has spoken. Talking Points Memo recently published an article declaring voters between the ages of 18 and 29 were a “huge part of the President’s coalition.” 19 percent of voters in this year’s election comprised this demographic, an age group that proved — for the second time in a row […]

Insta-trouble: thinking before you post

ProPublica, one of my favorite independent outlets, recently published an article regarding voters posting pictures of their ballots on Instagram. In most states, it’s illegal to share your ballot results with another individual. In this case, using Instagram to post pictures of your vote violates this law tenfold, since most likely more than one person will […]

YouTube creates new category of stardom

“Charlie bit my finger.” As recently as six — maybe even five — years ago, very few people would have recognized this famous declaration. Now, boasting more than 490 million views (more views than the entire U.S. population) “Charlie bit my finger — again”is one of the most watched web videos of all time. The video […]

Jim Gilliam: a web of faith

“The internet is my religion.” The internet may be many different things to different people; a time-waster, a digital blockade for interpersonal connectivity or a platform through which damaging ideas are capable of spreading like wildfire — but not for Jim Gilliam. Gilliam, co-founder of independent production company Brave New Films and CEO of NationBuilder says […]

Through Izzy’s eyes: independence in a time of media strangulation

Izzy F. Stone, radical independent (radical in his ideas and in his publications), was a man controlled by no one. In an age where advertisers and political propagandists controlled most publications’ content, Izzy’s newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly, remained clean. Stone, a self-proclaimed “anachronism,” prided himself on being a solitary soldier in the battle against censorship. […]