5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times and other media

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Agree: With the editorial board’s call to move forward on a ban Internet gambling cafes. “Doing nothing or voting to regulate these enterprises will just reward those scofflaws who have already disregarded state law and preyed on Floridians’ wallets.”

Agree: With anyone who says Michael Kruse is a gifter writer.  Kruse’s account of the deadly crashes this past weekend on I-75 reads like something from Cormac McCarthy. It’s that good.

Disagree: With Steve Bousquet’s assessment that about privatizing Florida’s prison hinges on cost.  I think – hope is more like it – that this issue is about more than that; that it is about the fundamental role of government in society.  As Dostoyevsky remarked, “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”

As of Wednesday morning, you will use your Facebook login to post a comment on the Tampa Tribune’s site, announces Karen McAllister.

There were roughly 155,000 jobs in the so-called “App Economy” by the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a new study released today by TechNet that examined want ads for app-related jobs. And that doesn’t count for the spillover effects into the rest of the economy. Thanks to the explosion of apps, roughly 466,000 jobs have been created by the App Economy since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, the study found. Surprisingly, the New York metro area accounts for 9.2 percent of the app economy, followed closely by San Francisco and San Jose. Washington, D.C., also made the list of hot spots for apps, with 4.8 percent.

The FCC wants to know how Americans access news and information and what barriers exist for women, minorities and small businesses in the media world. The research effort was spearheaded by Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who used to run a South Carolina newspaper focused on the African American community.

“This type of inquiry should have been a fundamental aspect of the FCC’s policy strategy all along,” she said. “Does limited participation in the communications industry by women and minorities have an impact on whether all Americans have their critical information needs met? This commission is committed to answering this question.” The deadline to file suggestions for the study is Feb. 27.

Pew Research Center: “After losing soundly to Mitt Romney in Florida and Nevada, the tone of news coverage for Newt Gingrich became decidedly more negative in the last week. … Romney, meanwhile, saw a slight uptick in the level of positive coverage of his candidacy last week, though more of his coverage remains negative. In all, last week 29% of the coverage of him was positive, compared with 38% that was negative and 33% that was neutral.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.