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went to his site and read the guidelines. uh, no thanks. I'll just continue to get paid for my good ideas, just like gillmor, thank you.

Wise there, anonymous hero. But then again, whenever I get a call from the media to tell them about something, I'm doing their work for them. It is part of my position as an academic. I'd like to get paid for my ideas too, but sharing them is also important. That is, sharing them rather than giving them away. Why not blog your ideas and invite him to read them, and quote them as an online source, rather than not engaging in it at all?

[And I praise all who will go anonymous, and not be tricked into identifying themselves in the ego crush to which we're all a part.]

Gilmore should write how Christopher Coulter is a loser. Volumes of material!!!!!

"Why not blog your ideas and invite him to read them, and quote them as an online source, rather than not engaging in it at all?"

actually I do have a blog that is somewhat popular where I do express my views on technology. but after reading his request for help, it seemed clear to me that his intention was not to get quotes from individuals and then credit them for their quotes, but rather gather information and research he doesn't have the time to do himself and simply benefit from the numerous amount of people out there anxious to be heard.

if his effort was non-profit or somehow open-source, I would definitely send him some comments. but I think the fact that he's getting paid to write the book means he should do his own research. asking people to contribute their original ideas en masse without credit, as if it is some sort of "democratic" or "generous" gesture on his part, is misleading. actually, I think it's shamelessly opportunistic, albeit covertly so. personally, I get paid for publishing my ideas and I would never put out the call for everyone to help me do my research without pay or credit. in closing, I would like to coin a new term (wouldn't be ironic if it showed up in his book) completely inspired by Gillmor's actions. Media Pimping. ;^)

Can't disagree, darling Anonymous.
I think that mediaWhoring and pimping are just what is making blogs more journalistic every day. :)

Well Dan's going to give attribution: "I do promise to recognize your contributions in the publication itself, and on this site. One way I’ll do that is to write a chapter describing this process." He'll also probably publish your links. My impression would be that it would actually be an honor to be mentioned in his book for having contributed to the dialog and his thinking. Being cited with attribution by Dan in an O'Reilly book is probably much better than being paid by some academic journal that takes away your copyright and doesn't circulate your ideas...

"I do promise to recognize your contributions in the publication itself, and on this site. One way I’ll do that is to write a chapter describing this process."

Yeah, I read that, but it came off as a little too vague (read: wiggling room) for me. Hey, I guess I'm too used to getting paid to think, this is probably more for guys and gals who don't mind the possibility of giving their ideas away.

Interesting to call this "media pimping" -- I'd call it "research" -- but differing views are what makes this process so interesting to me. If "anonymous hero" wants to be interviewed or send a URL for his blog (I hope his or her ideas are relevant to the topic) I'm all ears.

And with that, in the words of the Honeymooner's Edward Norton, "I'll eat my hat." Hard to fault a guy who emerges from the shadows and takes a stand on the issue. Kudos old chap, I fall upon my sword. :^)

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