Think back 16 years ago: Most people logged on to the Internet using a dial-up service like AOL. Google was still a year away from its launch, and media giants such as CNN and ESPN were trying to gain online footholds. Back then the first online-only Internet publication, Salon.com, launched, and the way people accessed and read news changed forever.
Join FORA.tv on November 3 for an exclusive on-demand event with Salon.com founder and CEO David Talbot and the site’s political and legal columnist Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald will discuss his latest book, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, as part of a larger conversation with Talbot, considered one the pioneers of online journalism, on investigative reporting and the future of Web journalism.
In the years since Salon.com launched in 1995, journalism has shifted from static, one-way reporting through print newspapers and magazines, to a dynamic, multi-faceted conversation. While Salon.com was initially started as a “smart tabloid” that featured articles on pop culture and books, the editorial voice of the site became more politicized during the Clinton impeachment in the late 1990s. This shift in editorial demonstrated the flexibility of online journalism and eventually became a platform for fledgling writers and amateur reporters to share their voices.
Before Glenn Greenwald became a blogger and columnist at Salon.com, he was a constitutional and civil rights litigator. He transitioned into journalism in 2006 with his book How Would A Patriot Act?, which investigated illegalities, such as warrantless wiretapping, during the Bush administration. He joined Salon.com as a contributing writer in 2007, and used the opportunity to report on several high-profile stories such as a cover-up by the government and ABC News in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks. He also uncovered details on the arrest and possible torture of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, the alleged source to Wikileaks.