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Conversation with Virginia Heffernan »

I first met Virginia in 2015 when she and I were on a panel with Fareed Zarkaria at the Connecticut Forum. Late last year, she and Panio from Heleo reached out to see if I'd join Virginia in a conversation over Skype. Heleo "curates compelling, candid conversations between writers and thinkers about their work, research, and interests." You can see their great summary of the conversation on their website. After the conversation, I asked if I could repackage the audio as a Podcast which you can find on iTunes and SoundCloud. Virginia and I had recently gotten each other's...

The "there goes the neighborhood" Law »

There seems to be some sort of general rule that technologies and systems like conversations on the Internet, the US democracy (and its capture by powerful financial interests), the Arab Spring movement and many other things that were wonderfully optimistic and positive at the beginning seem to begin to regress and fail as they scale or age. Most of these systems seem to evolve into systems that are resistant to redesign and overthrow as they adapt like some sophisticated virus or cancer. It's related to but harder to fix than the tragedy of the commons. I want to write a...

Conversation with Adafruit »

I recently visited and had a conversation with Limor "Lady Ada" Fried and Phil Torrone of Adafruit. I first met them about ten years ago at SxSW. Limor is an MIT grad that we're super-proud of and Phil is an amazing pioneer in communications, hacking and many other things. Phil and Limor are two of my most favorite people and I aways get giddy just getting a chance to hang out with them. We discussed making, electronics, business, manufacturing, hacking, live video and more. They've been doing live video daily for the last 10 years or so and are...

Conversation with Seth Godin »

Seth Godin has taught me so much about communications, leadership, publishing and life that I thought that it was important to stream my conversation with Seth. As usual, it was a great conversation. Seth is on the Media Lab Advisory Council. I streamed it to Facebook Live and posted the video to YouTube and audio to SoundCloud and iTunes....

Conversation with Sultan Al-Qassemi »

Sultan is the most interesting person I know in the United Arab Emirates. I met him in 2010 or so, soon after I had moved to Dubai. He had just been asked to "take a break" from his job as a journalist at The National, the main national newspaper, for being controversial. I helped him get started on Twitter and he taught me about the culture and politics of region. He is now a Director's Fellow at the Media Lab and a good friend and advisor. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with him and get an...

Testing Facebook Instant Articles »

Sitting at home and looking out the window was a bit other-worldly. A snowy day in April is rare even in Boston. I seem to have gotten myself sick again. (After being mostly immune to everything for years, I've had a series of colds and flues this year. More on my theories about this in another post.) For the last few days, Boris, Daiji and I have been following in the footsteps of Dave Winer and have been trying to get my RSS feed from my Movable Type Blog to become compatible with Facebook Instant Articles so that it...

Talking about Medium and the Open Web with Evan Williams »

We've been talking a lot about the importance of the Open Web and where Medium fits into the ecosystem of walled gardens and this Open Web. Evan Williams, founder and CEO of Medium, was nice enough to chat on Skype and allow me to post it. I've known Ev from the Blogger days and the Twitter days and have been a user of every one of his products and the conversation reminded me how much I enjoy having product conversations with Ev. It sounds like while Medium has and is focused on creating a great authoring platform, Ev is...

Posting to Medium from my blog »

It looks like I can post to Medium from my blog using RSS by using IFTTT. I'm going to give this a try. I like having my blog as the primary source and archive and am excited by different ways that we can then distribute/syndicate the content out....

New York Times opens up »

The New York TimesTimes to End Charges on Web Site The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night, reflecting a growing view in the industry that subscription fees cannot outweigh the potential ad revenue from increased traffic on a free site./cheer...

Advertising funded user generated media »

A subway mirror with an ad. In Web20-ese that's "Advertising driven user generated media"....

Other bloggers at Brainstorm 2006 »

Some other bloggers at Brainstorm: Ross Mayfield, Dan Gillmor, Rebecca MacKinnon, Gary Bolles UPDATE: Diego Rodriguez is also blogging the event....

Printing a blog post »

I was recently approached by a publisher who wants to translate my Chinese Anti-Japan Protests post and some of the comments into Japanese and publish them as a book. This site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license so legally they can do this without asking permission. However, I am worried that some people might be posting comments on this blog without being aware that their comments are also covered under this license. If you have contributed to the post and would not like to have your comments translated into Japanese and reprinted, please let me know. Any royalties...

Podcasting: The end of amateur hour? »

By Thomas Crampton Wired magazine writes about the so-called phenomenon of podfading: When someone stops doing a podcast. Reasons cited for stopping podcasts: - Boredom - No success - Overwhelming success - No money Meanwhile, the US-based National Public Radio this week reached the milestone of 13 million podcasts downloaded just six months after it started podcasting. At the pace mainstream media is entering the new media space, will today's star bloggers and podcasters be tomorrow's roadkill? Note: I may cross-post comments on the IHT blog and they may be reproduced in the paper for publication....

Live Door raided last night »

Copyright Jiji Live Door, one of the large Internet portal/verticals run by the now well-known maverick Horiemon, was raided last night the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's office on suspicion of illegal securities trading. (Japan Times artice) Apparently they raided around 6PM last night and were there until this morning. One person who was visiting for a meeting reported that he was not allowed to leave for a long time and had to leave his papers there. Unlike the US, Japanese courts do not have a "discovery" process and often have to rely on these surprise raids to get necessary documents....

Next Gen Publishing »

By Thomas Crampton As a journalist, I admit to having more than a passing interest in the future of media/publishing. For "next generation" publishing, I currently see two main technical developments... -wireless connections for ubiquitous Internet, and -smaller and easier-to-read screens, ...that are bringing two main social changes... -increased trust/reliance on peer-to-peer communication, and -a more conversational style of journalism that contrasts with the previous model (that more resembled lecturing). You can see the changes already having a concrete effect, with U.S. news magazines responding to the Internet -- in part by cutting back their foreign staff and editions. What...

IHT Blog Launched! »

By Thomas Crampton It is now official! The IHT blog has been launched. Check it out. Comments on the IHT Blog may be used in a column that will run in the International Herald Tribune's technology pages - print and Internet - if we get enough good comments....

Center for Citizen Media »

Dan Gillmor has launched his Center for Citizen Media. According to his post on Bayophere, "Starting in 2006, I'll be putting together a nonprofit Center for Citizen Media. The goals are to study, encourage and help enable the emergent grassroots media sphere, with a major focus on citizen journalism." I have joined his board of advisors. Good luck Dan! I think this direction is perfect for Dan....

If news is not in English, did it happen? »

By Thomas Crampton English was already the lingua franca of science, business and academia. Now English appears to be fast emerging as the media language of choice. Al Jazeera is preparing to debut a 24-hour news channel in English. A TV station in Russia also started English broadcasting this month (but got hacked down). Recently, an ex-FIFA sports official praised the French newspaper, L'Equipe, for some of it's hard-hitting doping coverage, including revelations about Lance Armstrong. But, he added, they just don't get the same notice because their reporting is in French. His implication: If news is not in English,...

Macedonia: Wireless Nation »

By Thomas Crampton The entire country of Macedonia will be covered by Wifi, according to an announcement by Strix Systems. There could be many uses for unlimited ubiquitous broadband. Some of my ideas: - Wifi webcams filming from a flock of sheep could make a great art project. - Wifi webcams facing the stove would confirm that nothing is still turned on. What other Wifi devices could be useful? (Even if it adapts current technology)....

Will Digital Communication Undermine NGOs? »

By Thomas Crampton Just read the newly crafted elevator pitch for Benetech in a letter from Jim Fruchterman, the CEO, Chairman and Founder. His pitch: Benetech creates technology that serves humanity by blending social conscience with Silicon Valley expertise. We build innovative solutions that have lasting impact on critical needs around the world. Webcams and other digital communication could give ordinary people feedback on results acheived due to donation of their money and time. This would give the power of oversight formerly reserved for wealthy philanthropists. Does this hint toward disruptive digital technology underming the NGO world with individualized philanthropy...

Could 1.2 million Swedish teenagers be wrong? »

By Thomas Crampton Highlights from my story on Lunarstorm, the giant Swedish online community. Claiming a youth audience three times larger than MTV in Sweden, two times larger than the entire readership of all of the Swedish evening newspapers combined and more members logging on daily than the total number of young Swedes watching almost every television show, Lunarstorm has become an accidental media titan here. Lunarstorm's impact on Swedish youth is widely recognized. Church leaders used the community to console young people in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami that killed more than 500 Swedes. Meanwhile, concerns over the...

Blogging: Outdated, outmoded and ugly. »

By Thomas Crampton Recent thread on the types of blogs highlighted something that bothers me: The term Blogging has hit the use-by date. Face it, the word "blog" does not have a beautiful sound. More to the point, however, there are so many types of blog-like interactions that it is way too generic. In the thread we arrived at three styles of blogging (they can be mixed in a single blog, of course): 1- Talk - distributed conversation that reaps ideas 2- Inform - links to interesting things 3- Opine - Puts forward viewpoints Sam Tresler highlighted many uses for...

On CNN Situation Room again »

Calling Abbi in the studio to coordinate...Abbi from the Situation Room emailed me just as I was about to leave Croatia asking me to join Rebecca MacKinnon on a segment for the Situation Room today. (This is the second time. The first time was in August.) We just finished recording. It will air on CNN Domestic 7 PM Eastern Time on Saturday and 1 PM Eastern Time on Sunday. Rebecca talked about global voices and I talked about blogs being conversations. Nothing new to readers here, but felt good having a chance to say it on CNN. I also quoted...

Deconstructing Bloggers »

By Thomas Crampton In studying blogs I have come to notice there are relatively few styles of postings. In descending order of difficulty, they are: Conversational: Asks for a response, implicitly or explicity. Often gets no responses but occasionally it hits a home run with a great discussion. Informational: A "neat-o" style of posting that tells information but does not really encourage discussion. These tend to get links without comment. BoingBoing, Engadget, etc are very successful blogs of this sort. Polemical: A posting that takes a strong opinion. These tend to get both responses and links. The responses, however, tend...

Discontinuous Changes to Media »

By Thomas Crampton Interesting post on the blog of PR man Richard Edelman about the future of media. Extracted highlights: * The largest 50 Web companies are attracting 96% of the ad spending on line. * 9.5 million homes in the US now have TiVo or another digital video recorder. 64% of DVR users skip all ads and an additional 26% skip through most ads. The number of homes with DVRs is expected to triple in the next five years. * Every dollar coming out of print advertising revenue for newspapers is replaced by only 33 cents online. Changes to...

IHT Journalist Trespassing in Blogosphere »

By Thomas Crampton Dear All, As happened in previous posting, I am happy to revisit the issue of my guest blogging on Joi's site. Why blog with Joi? As Joi mentioned, I am trying to fast-forward into new media. Whether covering war, disease outbreaks or eathquakes, I always head for the frontlines. The frontlines in blogging include the readers of Joi's blog. Great ideas have emerged in discussions here on how to combine blogging with more traditional media. If you want to shape traditional media's interaction with bloggers, please join the discussion. If not, excuse us and rest assured that...

Blog Etiquette for Newspapers »

By Thomas Crampton What options to refer to bloggers quoted in the International Herald Tribune blog-based technology page column? - Shorter references make it easier on the reader - Longer references make it easier for readers to track the person making comments and encourage the conversational-style that will hopefully develop BUT Hyperlinks are not yet possible in the printed edition (sadly). So options include: - Use only the first name of the blogger (as many comments appear) - Use the Blog/web address - Include first name and blog address - First name, blog address and a qualifying reference (author of...

Business Idea: Dial-in podcast editor »

By Thomas Crampton Been asking around the newsroom of the International Herald Tribune as to why we don't have a podcast of our best story of the day. Problem: We don't have the in-house expertise right now to do podcast editing, but we came up with the concept of dial-in podcasting. Business idea: Our far-flung reporters - and others eager for high quality podcasts - would call in their stories from the field (like we used to do to the recording room) to a high quality editing service that would splice together the best version and put a standard intro...

Reporter's personal comments in Nikkei online edition »

The Nikkei10:31 13Sep2005 NIKKEI Hakuhodo Teams Up With Russian Ad Agency Note: I couldn't identify the Russian firm. This is just a guess. KMD TOKYO (Nikkei)--Hakuhodo Inc. formed a business partnership Monday with Russian advertising agency Prior Advertising, joining the growing ranks of Japanese automakers, consumer electronics firms and other businesses moving into the country to tap its developing economy. Through its partnership with Prior, Hakuhodo aims to secure orders from Japanese companies operating in Russia.  The Russian firm, meanwhile, will handle accounts on Hakuhodo's introduction. Through this joint effort, the partners will aim for sales of 500 million yen...

Hacking Boing Boing »

By Thomas Crampton Looking for a model to follow in the IHT blog project and want to figure out what works. The Guardian newspaper has a tech blog (check out their pipe-smoking tech editor). But Technorati ranks Boing Boing the most popular blog by far. (Kudos, guys!) Why do you read Boing Boing? a - The frequent postings (up to 33 in one day, by my count) b - The focus of stories? c - Boing Boing should improve by . . . d - Blog X is better than Boing Boing because . . ....

Clash over reader letters: "A lot!" or "very few"? »

By Thomas Crampton Funny clash of perspectives in the International Herald Tribune newsroom! In planning for my blog-based column, I chased down the actual number of letters to the editor we receive each day. We receive at the IHT roughly 30 letters per day, of which 10-15 are usable, the letters editor said. We end up publishing roughly six. Historical footnote: We formerly only accepted letters via post, then we accepted fax letters (by early 1990s) and now we almost exclusively receive letters via email. For a daily newspaper printed in 31 print sites around the world and distributed in...

Success on IHT Column pitch! (and next issues) »

By Thomas Crampton Pitch to the editors of the International Herald Tribune about launching the paper's first blog-based column went well!! (Incorporating many of the ideas from this blog.) Sounds like I might be the first-ever official blogger of the IHT. Still wrestling with a variety of details - technical and editorial - for version 1.0. It will be rudimentary to begin with (and quite labor intensive for me). Thanks for further ideas and I will be counting on readers here participating through this blog (or directly on the IHT site.) How would you prefer to give submissions: a- I...

Collaborative Newspaper Column, Part 2 (The Pitch) »

By Thomas Crampton On Monday the Tech editor and I will pitch the blog column idea to the top editor of the International Herald Tribune. Great suggestions when we discussed it here earlier. Current thinking: The Column: Of about 700 words will appear occasionally (until we can be sure quality is high enough) in the tech pages of the newspaper. The Title: Lessons Learned; Digital Conversation; Any other ideas? (Actually, any other ideas might be a good name!) The Form: Could be broken into three sections of roughly 200 words or one long column if interesting enough. The Content: Would...

Dan on the cover of Aera »

Holy we the audience Batman! Dan's on the cover of Aera. Aera is probably Japan's biggest news magazine. Congratulations Dan! Although I will take credit for giving a copy of the book to Mr. Hattori at Asahi, many thanks to Asahi for getting Dan's book out in Japanese and giving him great coverage here. Seeing Dan on the cover of Aera really made my day. Maybe Japan's not that bad after all....

French Suburbs in Flames »

Posted by thomas crampton After spending several days in the Paris suburbs and filing stories non-stop all day today, a few things struck me. I have written about the first incident that sparked the riots and today's latest news (more violence already starting tonight and plans by French government to use curfew.) The underlying feeling I got from the young people in Clichy-sous-Bois - where the troubles began - is total despair with no way out. Seems there must be CK Prahalad opportunities for these young people to make a fortune - or at least a living - if they...

Diseases of the Rich »

Posted by thomas crampton My minor hand operation this week highlighted to me how journalism/blogging are literally manual labor. Also, my ability to tell many people about this injury reminds me of how repetitive strain injury/carpal tunnel syndrome only became something of broad public concern when the chattering classes (ie: white collar workers, including journalists) were hit due to their typing on computer keyboards. Throughout the industrial revolution, however, the same problem had afflicted manual laborers who could not bring their problem to a wider audience. (Lately there seem to be fewer complaints about it here at the International Herald...

Collaborative Newspaper Column - Wiki-style? »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Tech editor of the International Herald Tribune seems open to publishing a column of blog-generated ideas. I need topics of interest our newspaper's readers (wealthy global audience of frequent travelers with diverse interests in politics, economic and culture). Conversations on this blog that might work have included my postings on Global Sociology of Online Shopping or Joi's post on ideas for new inflight software. Input welcome on: Layout - should it be in blog-style or reworked into a newspaper format. I tend to prefer reworking it, but my editor liked the idea of experimenting with a...

Mainstream Media Journos Tackle Blogging »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Interesting venture launching in a few weeks by a group of Mainstream Media journalists in a blog. It is called Pajama's Media and has contributors from a number of mainstream outlets. I think a cooperative blog is a good model - www.boingboing.net style - and would like to explore those possibilities myself. Seems to me the key is finding the right mix of people and then letting them loose. My company - the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times - is not moving into the blog sphere as quickly as I would advocate. That...

Yahoo's Political Prisoner? »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Three questions regarding the Committee to Protect Journalists today naming online journalist Shi Tao as a winner of the International Press Freedom Award. His 10-year sentence to a Chinese prison came partly due to a disclosure about him by Yahoo!. 1- Do employees of Yahoo! feel responsible for/comfortable with this man going to prison? (Will they, for example, send care packages or join a letter-writing campaign petitioning the government of China for his release?) 2- How do users of Yahoo! feel about the company's privacy policies? (Or privacy policies of other Internet companies, for that matter.)...

Defending Freedom of Speech in India »

Good post on Global Voices describing how Gaurav Sabnis made comments about an educational institution and receives threats to sue him for 30 billion rupees (45 rupees to a USD). Gaurav leave IBM but sticks behind his words and fights for his freedom of speech. This is an important issue where, as the GV post points out, the USP of the country is its open democracy. It reminds me a bit of my sms.ac incident... via Suresh...

Narrowcasting Magazines to Hidden Markets (Divorcees and Gay Parents) »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Inevitable with the narrow-casting of magazines that Germany now has a magazine about divorce. Reminds me of the launch of a magazine in the US for gay parents. (Apologies for this being a Times Select link.) These magazines, Rosenkrieg along with And Baby magazine, show how publishers often miss obvious socioeconomic groups due to prejudices or oversight. Both gay parents and divorcing couples are willing to pay large sums of money for information relating to their situation and there are many advertisers keen to hit those demographics. For years, however, no magazines addressed those issues. Be...

Times Select: Fee or Free? »

Posted by Thomas Crampton As an employee of The New York Times Company, I probably should not raise this issue - but hey! - journalists are instinctive troublemakers. What views on the decision by www.nytimes.com and www.iht.com to implement the Times Select paid subscriptions system for the highest profile columnists. I fear we are giving room for new columnists to arise out of the Blogoshere to rival our own marquee names. I have not thought enough about it, but I wonder if the opposite tactic might not be best. We give away the high profile columnists and charge for specific...

Blogging vs Journalism »

Posting by Thomas Crampton Time for some reflection after more than a month of blogging here courtesy of Joi. For my part, I have found Blogs are different from journalism because: Involvement: In blogging you engage and try to spark conversations, not lecture. You succeed by getting feedback, not by writing something conclusive. A successful posting is a work in progress. Timing: Not so important as I thought it would be. When I blog about a news article that I wrote three days earlier, the conversation takes off as if it were new. In that way, Blogs are more like...

Global Voices Live Chat on Handbook for Bloggers & Cyber-Dissidents »

Global Voices Live Chat on Handbook for Bloggers & Cyber-Dissidents going on right now. Join us at #globalvoices on Freenode. For more information see the post on the Global Voices blog. Update: Just ending now. Will post link to transcripts when they've been posted. Update: The transcript of the IRC chat has been uploaded....

Will the Next Elections Save Japanese Democracy - by Karel van Wolferen »

Karel just sent me an article he wrote for the Asahi about the recent election. I've posted it on my wiki.Karel van Wolferen via emailDear Joi, The widespread -- and I mean truly widespread -- misconception that Japan has been pushed by Koizumi in a market-capitalism direction should teach us something about the function of the world's media as agents of ignorance. Like with subjects such as Iraq or Russia those who ought to know do not have a clue of what is actually going on. Herewith my article as it appears this morning in the Asahi Shimbun. best wishes...

Dan Gillmor's blogger meetup in Tokyo September 26 »

Dan Gillmor's in town and having a bloggers meetup at the Apple Store in Ginza from 20:00-21:00 on the 26th of September. I'm going to be out of town, but if you're around, it should be a lot of fun. More info here....

Live on FOX: Man Says “None of Your Fucking Business” (VIDEO) »

I apologize to the people who are covering Katrina seriously and to all of the people who are affected by it. I just got this from Xeni and I think it's priceless.The Political TeenSHEPARD SMITH: You’re live on FOX News Channel, what are you doing? MAN: Walking my dogs. SMITH: Why are you still here? I’m just curious. MAN: None of your fucking business. SMITH: Oh that was a good answer, wasn’t it? That was live on international television. Thanks so much for that. You know we apologize.Xeni in IMCool. I love that SOME people in america are not media...

Myanmar/Burma »

Posted by Thomas Crampton I wrote a story on the Global fund deciding to pull out of Myanmar on Friday. The fund fights HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB, diseases that are the scourges of many developing nations. Click here for their press release. The fund had been criticised by some for going into the country (some feared they could be seen as providing a support for the goverment) and they were also criticized for pulling out (they did not try hard enough). Who is correct? BREAKING NEWS: Rumor is that general Maung Aye has ousted general Than Shwe. If true, we...

False positive - Part II »

Earlier, I blogged about the Brazilian man who was shot by officers in the UK in the Stockwell subway who suspected him of being a suicide bomber. The reports has said that he was wearing suspicious clothing, that he ran away from the polices, etc. We had a lively discussion in the comments of that blog post. Mike B, just posted a link to an article in Scotsman.com. I don't know this publication so don't know the accuracy of their reporting, but they tell a different story. Scotsman.comBlunders led to police killing of an innocent man Key points •...

Thomas Crampton - guest blogger »

[Note from Joi: Please welcome my first guest blogger ever, Thomas Crampton from the International Herald Tribune I've blogged about him in the past.] Posted by Thomas Crampton Civil wars, deadly disease outbreaks, natural disasters and foreign cultures have been standard fare in my career of newspapering. Now, at the suggestion of Joi, I intend to enter a new foreign culture and experiment with a foray into Blogging. This marks the first Blog posting by this journalist. Who am I? My career has been pretty hard core international reporting: A foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, reporting from five...

Just iChat AV'ed to the Situation Room »

The borg-like look that I have is the look of someone trying to hit command-shift-4without moving my head or shaking the camera.I just finished my short appearance on the "Situation Room", a new show on CNN hosted by Wolf Blitzer. I think today was the inaugural show.ABOUT THE SHOW The Situation Room, anchored by Wolf Blitzer, assembles top CNN correspondents, analysts, contributors and guests for complete, up-to-the minute coverage of the day's events. Modeled on the concept of the White House Situation Room, the program combines traditional reporting methods with the newest innovative online resources, making the entire process of...

iChat AV with CNN tomorrow »

I just finished an iChat AV video test with CNN in Washington DC. I will probably make a short appearance on CNN Domestic (US) sometime between 5:30PM and 6:00PM ET via iChat AV. It is pretty nifty that CNN is starting to do interviews by iChat. This surely expands the selection of people they can interview and makes it easier for the interviewees as well....

New York Times Op Ed on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki »

In the middle of my slightly insane two sleepless days at OSCON, I got an email from the New York Times asking me to write an op ed. They wanted me to write about my thoughts about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the bombing. They said the deadline was Friday. "You mean next Friday?" "No, the day after tomorrow." "Oh." My mind was full of open source and the future of the Internet. The atomic bomb and World War II were definitely not on my mind. It would be an interesting...

Press batter McClellan about Rove »

Full transcript of press conference where the press batter McClellan about the Rove/Plame link. 41 questions about one issue in 35 minutes. via Lessig...

HonorTags »

Dan Gillmor and crew have announced HonorTags. This builds on his citizen journalists pledge, but is basically a way to tag posts to describe context and role of the author. Currently they have: HonorTagJournalism, HonorTagProfessional, HonorTagAdvocate, HonorTagPersonal, HonorTagFiction, HonorTagUnTag. They are soliciting feedback. Maybe I should suggest HonorTagJoker....

Bayosphere Citizen Journalism Pledge »

Dan Gillmor has created a Citizen Journalist Pledge for contributors to Bayosphere.Citizen Journalist Pledge By submitting this form, I agree to be accurate, complete, fair and transparent in my postings on Bayosphere. I will operate with integrity. I work in the community interest. I report and produce news explaining the facts as fairly, thoroughly, accurately and openly as I can.Fair: I'm always listening to and taking account of other viewpoints;Thorough: I learn as much as I can in the time I have, and point to original sources when possible;Accurate: I get it right, checking my facts, correcting errors promptly and...

Hoder's going back to Iran »

Hoder, our favorite Iranian blogger is going back to Iran. He needs our help to get there as well as possibly keep him out or get him out of jail. See his blog for details....

The Apple-Intel leak »

Dvorak reports that the leak about Apple switching from IBM PPC chips to Intel was leaked by someone at IBM to analysts who leaked it to CNet or someone close to CNet and then somehow the Wall Street Journal got the story. He wonders whether Apple was suing bloggers in anticipation of this announcement to try to plug the leaks. Dan Gillmor wonders whether Apple is going to sue CNet.Technorati Tags: Apple...

Open Source Radio »

Listening to Open Source Radio right now. Excellent......

Inside Google News »

I just heard an excellent presentation by Krishna Bharat of Google News. He explained how Google News works. It basically crawls news sites, finds "story clusters", ranks the sources, figures out how prominently each source is running the story, figures out whether its a big story or a little story, figures out geographic references, and builds the pages for the various geographic and language editions. He was talking to an audience of editors so there were many questions about how the "editing" process worked and many people couldn't seem to believe it was algorithmic. Some people seemed afraid that Google...

My CNN interview today »

I went to the CNN office on Sunset in LA today to record an interview for a program that Aaron Brown is doing. I talked about the evolution of media, Global Voices, spectrum deregulation, Gillian Caldwell and WITNESS, Creative Commons, BitTorrent and all of my favorite topics. It will be interesting to see what survives the editors. It's suppose to air Friday next week. It's likely that I will be out of CNN reach although it should be running internationally. If anyone sees it, let me know how it went. Thanks. UPDATE: Regarding on-air timeScheduled to air this coming Friday,...

Bayosphere »

Dan Gillmor has just launched his grassroots journalism site. "Bayosphere ...of, by and for the Bay Area." Congratulations Dan!...

Visiting the IHT »

I just visited my friend Tom Crampton, a reporter for the International Herald Tribute, who just moved to Paris. Today was his first day in the Paris office. He showed me the computer system that gave him access to all of the stories and pictures filed by reporters and photographers all over the world. The computer system also had all kinds of databases including the news wires. The stories had "slugs" which were the shorthand names of the stories named after the actual lead slugs they used to use. Some had notes that said, "DO NOT SPIKE" which comes from...

David Weinberger quits MSNBC »

Joho the BlogThe spit fight that ended my career at MSNBC [...] They want reports on what moderate left and right wing bloggers — "Nothing out of the mainstream," the producer told me yesterday — say about a "major" topic. What the hell does that have to do with blogging? And when two of the producers yesterday independently suggested that I report on the blogosphere's reaction to a Vietnam veteran spitting on Jane Fonda, I blurted out — because the flu had lowered my normal Walls of Timidity — that this wasn't a job I'm comfortable with. What makes the...

More Bad Behavior by 'Journalists' »

Dan Gillmor on Grassroots JournalismMore Bad Behavior by 'Journalists' Wall Street Journal (subscription)How Companies Pay TV Experts For On-Air Product Mentions. Plugs Come Amid News Shows And Appear Impartial; Pacts Are Rarely DisclosedOnce again, we read a story of improper activities by people who appear to be journalists. The most depressing part of this story isn't the individual behavior, though that's bad enough. It's the way these commentators' big-network employers -- maybe that should be enablers -- go through such contortions of logic to defend what's going on.This is depressing. How can these people shake their fingers at us about...

CIS Amicus Brief Asks for Legal Rights for Internet Journalists »

The Stanford Center for Internet and Society filed an amicus brief today which I signed together with a number of others. Go CIS!Amicus Brief Asks for Legal Rights for Internet Journalists CIS filed an amicus brief today on behalf of The First Amendment Project, Internet journalists and bloggers and others asking the court in the Apple v. Does case to treat online publishers the same rights as their colleagues who publish in more traditional formats. Download file...

The Italian squat scene »

Yesterday, I had a meeting with some of the Italian Indymedia community at a squat. In most countries squatters are considered criminals and local law has very little tolerance for them. In Italy, the squat scene is the center of a lot of the sub-culture and alternative media. After years of resistance, many of the squats on property which was owned by the local government have been officially recognized by the municipalities in various degrees. The squats have events including debates and parties. They have kitchens, living quarters, and in the case of the squat I went to last night,...

Hezbollah TV on US Terrorist Exclusion List »

One of the things I'm going to talk about on the panel today is the addition of al-Manar, the satellite TV station of Lebanon-based Hezbollah to the Terrorist Exclusion List on December 17, 2004. The TEL limits immigration for foreigners associated with organizations on the list. This is not the worst of the various lists to be on, but according to Jack Shafer, they are the first media company to be added to this list. My understanding is that al-Manar represents the Hezbollah party in Lebanon. It is an official party with democratically elected politicians. While the content of al-Manar...

Atocha workshop today »

Today I'll be attending the Atocha Workshop.On March 11th 2005 the Atocha Workshop on Global Terrorism, hosted by the Safe Democracy Foundation, will create a repository of original thinking on Global Terrorism that will continue to be fed weekly in the form of a weblog by creative thinkers on the subject from around the world. The launching event will take place at the Atocha Train Station on March 11th, 2005 at the restaurant Samarkanda. Here, in in an atmosphere that will encourage creative thinking, around 200 people will participate as policy proponents, webloggers or as public; all will be engaged...

Media access to The International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security »

The International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security organizers have restricted press access. The press are restricted to a separate area and don't have access directly to the conference. This is one case where bloggers are lucky not to be considered "press". Having said that, I think they should give the press access to this conference. I guess they can join the IRC channel or read our blogs... Unfortunately, I'm too busy participating to be blogging it well right now. I hope SOMEONE is blogging this. David Weinberger: As Jon Stewart would say, "Washington Post - You read it here...

U.N. landmine commerical won't air in US »

Mark Frauenfelder @ Boing Boing BlogU.N. landmine commerical won't air in US. A U.N. commercial depicts American girls playing in a soccer match. A girl steps on a landmine and there's a big explosion. Kids get blown apart. CNN and other networks don't want to air the ad. The explosion appears to kill and injure some girls, sparking panic and chaos among parents and other children. Shrieks of horror are heard through much of the spot, and a father is shown cradling his daughter's lifeless body, moments after celebrating a goal she had scored. It closes with a tag line...

Coming soon - the New NYTimes.com »

David WeinbergerThe news from NYTimes.com The NY Times famously moves stories from their original links to new ones in the for-pay archive after a week. As a result, important stories exit the public sphere, and the newspaper of record becomes the newspaper of broken links. [See Note at end.] So, starting in April, NYTimes.com is going to publish thousands of topic pages, each aggregating the content from the 10 million articles in its archive, going back to 1851, including graphics and multimedia resources. Topics that get their own page might include Boston, Terrorism, Cloning, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Condoleeza...

Clueless paper in Tulsa threatens blogger for linking and quoting »

Ed ConeTulsa paper threatens to sue blogger over posting excerpts of its stories and links to its site. Tulsa paper needs to get a clue. Blogger Michael Bates: "I believe I have respected the World's copyrights within the fair-use exemption. Let the World name the specific articles in which it alleges that I have exceeded fair use. I have violated no law by directing readers to the Tulsa World's own website to read the Tulsa World's own content as the World itself presents it." Hmm. Is this a job for the Media Bloggers Association? via Rebecca Reminds me a bit...

MAKE »

MAKE is a mook (hybrid magazine/book) and a website for do-it-youself gadgety hacking published by O'Reilly. The team is my favorite do-it-yourself hacker Philip Torrone, Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing and Dale Dougherty from O'Reilly. Phillip tells me there will be a lot of audio and video coming, but it looks great already. Looking forward to getting my hands of the first issue and seeing what they have in store for us!...

Wikinews meets the bloggers »

We just had an IRC chat organized by Wikinews to talk about how bloggers and Wikinews could work together. If you don't know about Wikinews, it is an effort by the people behind Wikipedia to use many of the same principles behind Wikipedia to run a news site. They've had an early success with their scoop of the unrest in Belize. Anyway, it was a very productive discussion. You can see the logs online. There is a page about Wikinews and Blog collaboration, but it's still pretty skimpy. A few ideas that came out: Exchange IM addresses between active members...

CNN's Jordan accused of blaming US military of murder in Iraq »

Rony Abovitz blogged that Eason Jordan of CNN accused the U.S. military of murdering journalists in Iraq during a panel at Davos. The official summary does not reflect these comments. Rebecca MacKinnon, former CNN journalist who worked for Jordon corroborates the assertion by Abovitz. Little Green Football is tracking this in detail. UPDATE: A MUST READ update from Rony Abovitz....

Halley interviews Dan Gillmor on Memory Lane »

Halley interviews Dan Gillmor on Memory Lane. Two of my favorite people. Dan, as usual, presents a balanced view on blogging and journalism....

Jay Rosen's letter to Dan Rather »

Jay Rosen questions whether Dan Rather has ACTUALLY learned his lesson.A Short Letter to Dan Rather "So I kind of resent your attitude toward your numerous critics who operate their own self-published sites on the Web. They were being more accurate than you were, much of the time. I don't speak for them, but I know my own archive." Plus: Lose the spokesperson, Dan. Hire your own blogger. Dear Dan Rather: "Lest anyone have any doubt," you said in your statement yesterday, "I have read the report, I take it seriously, and I shall keep its lessons well in mind."...

Arrogance at Apple »

Dan Gillmor on Grassroots JournalismArrogance at Apple CNet: Apple suit foreshadows coming products. Apple on Tuesday sued the publisher of Mac enthusiast site Think Secret and other unnamed individuals, alleging that recent postings on the site contain Apple trade secrets, according to court documents seen by CNET News.com. The suit, filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Calif., aims to identify who is leaking the information and to get an injunction preventing further release of trade secrets. However, in filing the suit, Apple identifies specific articles that contain trade secrets, indicating that at least parts of those...

The Future of the New York Times »

Good article in BusinessWeek about the future of the New York Times. (Requires registration.) The Times is facing a crisis....NYT Co.'s stock is trading at about 40, down 25% from its high of 53.80 in mid-2002 and has trailed the shares of many other newspaper companies for a good year and a half. "Their numbers in this recovery are bordering on the abysmal," says Douglas Arthur, Morgan Stanley's (MWD ) senior publishing analyst. [...] There are those who contend that the paper has been permanently diminished, along with the rest of what now is dismissively known in some circles as...

Dan Gillmor's new blog »

Dan Gillmor who recently left the Merc has a new blog called Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism. Go Dan!...

EPIC 2014 »

EPIC 2014 In the year 2014, The New York Times has gone offlne. The Fourth Estate's fortunes have waned. What happened to the news? And what is EPIC?An image of the future of journalism as a historical movie. Well done and rather interesting perspective on how it might go wrong. Took a few tries to get it to load. via Dean and Jessica...

Interview in OhmyNews International with Dan Gillmor »

OhmyNews International interviews Dan Gillmor about his new project. via Howard's del.icio.us...

Video of French soldiers shooting civilians »

There is an interesting discussion going on on MetaFilter about a very graphic video of what appears to be French soldiers shooting at civilians in Cote d'Ivoire. The discussion starts with understandable outrage, but some people begin to question the authenticity of the video and question whether it might be propaganda from the Gbagbo government. There is more and more political video on the Internet and it clearly is more emotional than text. Well respected groups such as Witness have been using video to expose human rights issues for awhile now. It will be interesting to see if/when/how not so...

One of these things is not like the others... »

Image via email, not sure of origin The image above shows all of the major Japanese TV networks broadcasting live coverage of the recent earthquake in Niigata prefecture. The square in the middle shows TV Tokyo broadcasting something about crab rice bowls. Oops....

Jay Rosen on the performance of journalists covering the election »

Jay RosenThe Coming Apart of An Ordered World: Bloggers Notebook, Election Eve "About the performance of journalists in 2004 it will be asked, post-election: How good a job did the press do? But Big Journalism was in a different situation in politics and the world during this campaign. The post-mortems should be about that. Also: will the press even have this job in 08?"...

Rebecca on how CNN broke »

Rebecca MacKinnon, the former Tokyo bureau chief of CNN writes about why CNN is broken. She writes that although there is pressure from the administration to spin stories, most of it comes down to pure commercial interests. It also reminds me that "freedom of the press" in the US constitution was referring to people like Thomas Paine, not mega-corporations like CNN/Time Warner.Rebecca MacKinnonPriorities of American Global TV: Humanity, National Interest, or Commercial Profit? ...When Richard Parsons, the CEO of CNN's parent company Time Warner visited Tokyo in the fall of 2003, he held a Q&A session with a group of...

Congrats Dan! »

Congrats to Dan Gillmor for winning The World Technology Network Media and Journalism award!...

Rebecca MacKinnon on Wikinews »

Rebecca MacKinnon is a the former bureau chief for CNN in Japan and now a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She's one of the people I turn to when trying to understand the future of journalism and she writes about some of the difficulties Wikinews will have and provides some thoughtful suggestions....

Wikinews »

Angela, Dan and Ross have blogged about Wikinews so I assume the idea is "out" and I can blog about it. Wikinews would be to journalism what Wikipedia is to encyclopedias. Reports and articles would be written by a community wiki-style and would follow the Wikipedia rule of Neutral Point of View (NPOV). There would be controls in place to decide when an article was "finished" and a lot of thought has gone into the workflow of how this would work. The idea of accreditation of contributors has also been proposed. I've been spending some time hanging out on IRC...

Followup on the Japanese hostages »

I blogged earlier about the very negative reaction that the Japanese taken hostage in Iraq received in Japan. The main reason was that when the parents asked for their release, they didn't apologize to the Japanese government and even denounced the war. I believe it was a rather unfortunately, but understandable reaction in the context of Japanese culture for the Japanese to say, "we told you to stay away from there, and how dare you cause such shame on Japan without even apologizing." I recently talked to someone involved in the Arab press and learned that if the parents had...

Jon Stewart on his Crossfire appearance »

Cory Doctorow @ Boing BoingJon Stewart on his Crossfire appearance Here's a clip form Jon Stewart's Daily Show monologue following on his now-legendary Crossfire appearance in which he post-mortems his performance. Very good stuff. Link, Crossfire's response (via Waxy!)Jon StewartThey said I wasn't being funny. And I said to them, "I know that, but tomorrow I will go back to being funny, and your show will still blow." Thanks Cory and Waxy!...

I love the Daily Show too thanks to Bittorrent »

Craig of Craig's list says: "now The Daily Show is my most trusted source of news." It maybe tongue-in-cheek but it's not far from the truth. The amazing thing is, the only reason I am able to watch it at all is because of P2P filesharing / Bittorrent. I think file sharing of videos is a key component of freedom of speech and public discourse when so much attention is focused on television. Although we can dance around singing "fair use", is there any chance news programs can make their content available via Creative Commons for people to share so...

Jon Stewart's Crossfire appearance on bittorrent »

Xeni Jardin @ Boing BoingJon Stewart's Crossfire appearance on bittorrent BoingBoing reader bryan says, "Jon Stewart blasted the hosts on CNN's Crossfire for hurting the democratic process instead of helping. He also calls Tucker Carlson a dick. Bittorrent: Link, and transcript here. BoingBoing reader Hal points us to Salon's coverage (Link), and describes the interview/buttkicking alternately: "Tucker Carlson gets his ass handed to him on a platter -- without falafel to sweeten the taste." Here's an alternate BitTorrent link: Link. (Thanks, yatta)Crossfire is an a nonconstructive form of "talk show" and represented the divisive and shallow television media news...

Technorati charts »

Dave's posted some great charts. Chart of the number of Technorati inbound link sources plotting Big Media vs. Blogs. More info this chart on Dave Sifry's blog. Chart of the growth in number of blogs tracked by Technorati which reflects total number of "public" blogs. Chart of number of new blogs per day showing acceleration. More info on last two charts also on Dave Sifry's blog. Chart of number of new posts per day. More info on this chart also on Dave Sifry's blog....

Steamboat Willie »

Yes! The woman speaking ahead of me gave the history of television and talked about Steamboat Willie. What an excellent segue-way into my Creative Commons "creativity is built on the past" riff. Steamboat Willie, as you will know if you read Free Culture, is the Walt Disney rip-off parody of Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr. and the first successful Mickey Mouse animation. Lessig likes to call this parody and remix creativity "Walt Disney creativity". The panel is about innovation and creativity in digital television and I'm going to talk about going beyond interactive television and allowing people to interact with...

Do you know where your data is? »

People have been reporting about the FBI ordering a hosting provider, Rackspace, with offices in the US and the UK to seize at least two servers from Indymedia's UK datacenter. Indymedia is a well known edgy alternative news site which was established to provide grassroots coverage of the WTO protests in Seattle. It has grown into a multinational resource for some hardcore journalism including a lot of work on the Diebold and the Patroit Act issues. The reports as well as Indymedia's page on this story say that the FBI has not provided a reason for the seizure to Indymedia....

Crumudgens and striking nerves »

Jay Rosen blogs about Nick Coleman's "classic" anti-blog piece Blogged down in Web fantasy. Both are worth reading, Coleman's piece just for yuks.Jay RosenFor me the funniest part of Coleman's column was the way he wrote it knowing he was to get ripped by the bloggers he was ridiculing. It's the Struck a Nerve Fantasy in opinion writing. I'm sure some of you recognize it. X publishes something graceless and unconvincing, but extremely polemical. Everyone hates it because it's bad writing. Friends of the argument are not friends of the piece. So X has almost no defenders. The reactions come...

WSJ reporter confirms authenticity of private email about being in Iraq »

Mark Frauenfelder @ Boing BoingWSJ reporter confirms authenticity of her letter to friends about horrific conditions in Iraq Farnaz Fassihi, a Wall Street Journal correspondent in Iraq, confirmed that a widely-redistributed letter she emailed to friends about the nightmarish situation in Iraq was indeed written by her. Too bad the WSJ doesn't allow this reporter to write these kinds of stories for the paper. "Iraqis say that thanks to America they got freedom in exchange for insecurity," Fassihi wrote (among much else) in the letter. "Guess what? They say they'd take security over freedom any day, even if it means...

Addressing Wikipedia's systemic bias »

Ethan explains that although Wikipedia tries to maintain an neutral point of view (NPOV), it is inherently systemically biased by its demographic to pay more attention to articles that the contributors know about and research from sources which are available online. Xed, a Wikipedian has tried to address this systemic bias with a new project called the "Committee Regarding Overcoming Serious Systemic Bias On Wikipedia" or CROSSBOW.From draft CROSSBOW manifestoWikipedia has a number of systemic biases, mostly deriving from the demographics of our participant base, the heavy bias towards online research, and the (generally commendable) tendency to "write what you...

US soldier in Iraq faces 20 years for essay »

Salon Operation American Repression? An Army officer in Iraq who wrote a highly critical article on the administration's conduct of the war is being investigated for disloyalty -- if charged and convicted, he could get 20 years. Sept. 29, 2004 | An Army Reserve staff sergeant who last week wrote a critical analysis of the United States' prospects in Iraq now faces possible disciplinary action for disloyalty and insubordination. If charges are bought and the officer is found guilty, he could face 20 years in prison. It would be the first such disloyalty prosecution since the Vietnam War. The essay...

Uncovered: The War on Iraq - Interviews Torrent »

Gary LerhauptUncovered: The War on Iraq - Interviews Torrent In a follow-up to the licensing of the Outfoxed movie under a Creative Commons license, Robert Greenwald has also agreed to release the interviews from his previous movie, Uncovered: The War on Iraq under the Creative Commons. The files can be downloaded directly (also available in higher quality format) from archive.org, or you can join the torrent hosted on Torrentocracy.com at uncovered_interviews.torrent. Hopefully we can match the over 700 downloads of Outfoxed that its torrent has already generated. Either way, the truth is free. (free as in beer AND as in...

Video of strike on group of people in Fallujah »

Here's another Iraq war video. This one appears to be a strike on a group of people walking down a street in Fallujah. Does anyone else have more information on this video? Has it been aired on any TV network? If they are civilians, it's quite disturbing. The "aw dude" in the audio doesn't seem like a very appropriate reaction. The embedded Windows Media Player window didn't work for me in Firefox on OS X, but worked fine in Internet Explorer. You can also use this link to view it directly in Windows Media Player. Via Paul...

The New York Post »

I've never actually picked up and read The New York Post. I first heard about it when their front page story was: "Kerry's Choice, Dem picks Gephardt as VP candidate" and now this.Xeni @ Boing BoingReader Mike Harris says, "The New York Post is reporting that it was spray paint, instead of a water-soluble chalk mixture. Users might want to ask that they correct their reporting. The online edition/news editor's name is Chris Shaw, at cshaw@nypost.com."I wonder where they get their facts?...

Wikipedia attacked by ignorant reporter »

Al Fasoldt, staff writer at The Post-Standard in Syracuse, writes about how untrustworthy Wikipedia is based on an oh-so-trustworthy email from a librarian. Mr. Fasoldt asserts that Wikipedia is not a verifiable authority and that it is it is not trustworthy. Mike from Techdirt tries to explain Wikipedia to Mr. Fasoldt and receives insults in return. For those of you who haven't yet taken a good look at Wikipedia, you should. It is a community built encyclopedia where anyone can edit any of the 300,000+ articles in it. The fact that anyone can edit the pages appears to be why...

Free speech vs buying influence - Joho on 527's »

David Weinberger blogs about George Bush denouncing 527 groups. David links to Roji pointing out that this is a serious flip-flop from his original position. David's point is that on the one hand, the 527 groups represent a way to buy influence. On the other hand, limiting the ability for a 527 group to be formed and express a point of view is limiting free speech. I think the reason we have this conflict is the nature of media today. It shouldn't cost millions of dollars to get your message out; the system should be transparent enough so we know...

The first ChangeThis manifestos »

The first ChangeThis manifestos are up. They're definitely worth reading and commenting on. I have the honor of being one of the advisors who gets to read them and make comments before they come out.

Writing about your friends »

Over the years I've become quite friendly with many professional journalists. It's interesting that two of my best friends are journalists and they both have told me, "the only bad thing about becoming your friend is that I can't write about you any more." As a blogger, I don't think I have any trouble writing about my friends if I explain my relationship. The issue of professionalism aside, I think the first person tone of blogging makes it easier to write about your friends in the context of providing information. It's probably much harder or impossible to write about your...

Creative Commons We the Media ready for download »

Dan Gillmor's , We the Media was published under a Creative Commons license. You can download the entire book in PDF format on the O'Reilly page. It's an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 License. Excellent!...

Letter to Thomas Kean from Sibel Edmonds »

Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has sent an open letter to Thomas Kean, the Chairman of the 9/11 Commission continuing to up the ante on allegations of a massive coverup.9/11 CitizensWatchAugust 1, 2004 [...] Dear Chairman Kean: [snip] Unfortunately, I find your report seriously flawed in its failure to address serious intelligence issues that I am aware of, which have been confirmed, and which as a witness to the commission, I made you aware of. Thus, I must assume that other serious issues that I am not aware of were in the same manner omitted from your report. [snip] Considering what is...

Does Fark.com sell their editorial? »

Jason Calacanis claims to have discovered that for $300 to $400, you can buy an editorial on Fark.com, one of the most popular blogs. In an email exchange with Jason, a sales person Gogi (who Drew, who runs Fark explains is a 3rd party ad sales rep) writes:GogiHowever, if you look at any news source, they are influenced by PR agencies, wine & dine’s and similar events. Take a look at the Graydon Carter as example #1. I challenge you to find a pure editorial voice in news today. Also, its not news, its Fark.com. ;-) We run stories that...

We the Media hits the shelves »

Dan Gillmor's We the Media has hit the selves. O'Reilly, the publisher, has created a blog for it. I just posted my review on Amazon.com......

Just-in-time-production? »

Talking Points MemoJust-in-time-production? See CNN's Breaking News Alert: "Security forces have captured a high-level al Qaeda operative in a raid in central Pakistan, Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said." Then, after you see that, remember that we noted in May and then The New Republic reported out extensively early this month, that this White House has been telling the Pakistanis for months that they wanted to see a big-time al Qaida leader -- hopefully bin Laden -- produced during the Democratic convention.Coincidence? via Glenn...

Bloggers versus journalists »

I think the DNC could turn into a key moment in the discussion about bloggers versus journalists. I've generally been rather low-key on this issue, taking a position that bloggers and mass media should work together and that bloggers and professional journalists had different strengths and weaknesses. I am getting a sense that an increasing number of professional journalists are beginning to feel threatened or at least seem to be trying to belittle bloggers as a source of news. Jeff Jarvis addresses this question today by quoting Tom Rosenstiel on the question, what is a journalist?Tom Rosenstiel - Boston Globe...

Roger Ailes complaing about Outfoxed »

Poor poor FOX.Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News NetworkAny news organization that doesn’t support our position on copyright is crazy. Next week, we could take a month’s worth of video from CNN International and do a documentary “Why does CNN hate America?” You wouldn’t even have to do the hatchet job Outfoxed was. You damn well could run it without editing. CNN International, Al-Jazeera and BBC are the same in how they report-mostly that America is wrong and bad. Everybody should stand up and say these people don’t have the right to take our product anymore. They don’t have...

AP Runs Eisner F 911 Story »

AP finally ran the Eisner F 911 story. ;-) via Reid...

Lessig : Mr. O'Reilly, please just stop »

Lessig writes an open letter to Bill O'Reilly from the FOX News show The Factor. Lessig has been blogging a lot about OutFoxed, Richard Greenwald's film criticizing FOX News. Lessig links to a clip from the film, the original interview with Jeremy Glick and the offending anti-war ad. He takes on point by point the series of false accusations that O'Reilly has been making about Glick in an unfair smear campaign against his Glick.Lawrence LessigMr. O'Reilly, please just stop. Mr. O'Reilly, You have declared a "war" on the New York Times. That's good for you, good for them, and good...

Doonesbury to be dropped from 38 newspapers »

Doonesbury to be dropped from 38 newspapers. Now you've really gone and done it Larry. Do you believe in conspiracies? Me either.... via cubanlinks.org...

Technorati and CNN »

Sifry's AlertsTechnorati and CNN A few minutes ago CNN announced that Technorati will be providing real-time analysis of the political blogosphere at next week's Democratic National Convention. I will be on-site in CNN's convention broadcast center, along with Mary Hodder, and I'll be providing regular on-air commentary on what bloggers are saying about politics and the convention. And on Sunday, July 25, we'll launch a new section of our site for political coverage: politics.technorati.com. This site will make it easy for bloggers, journalists, and anyone interested in politics to see the postings of the most linked-to political bloggers, to track...

Outfoxed : Bill O'Reilly likes to say "shut up" »

Mark @ Boing BoingBill O'Reilly enjoys ordering his guests and others to "shut up" This video commercial starts out with a quote from talk show host Bill O'Reilly making the claim that he has told a guest to "shut up" only one time in six years. The rest of the commercial shows clips of Mr. O'Reilly telling people to shut up. Link [Quicktime] (Via Horkulated)This looks like a partial trailer or something for OutFoxed that Larry Lessig's been blogging about. I just ordered it on Amazon. Jon Lebkowsky talks about his experience watching it with friends....

Seth Godin's ChangeThis »

Seth Godin's new project, ChangeThis is a project to have interesting people write short "manifestos". Seth's working on creating a new form of literature. It's looks like something between a paper, a blog post and a marketing presentation with a message. It will be interesting to see how this takes off. It looks interesting to me. They have a blog, "Read and Pass". Halley writes about it over on Worthwhile....

We the Media blog »

Noticed a beta version of a blog for Dan Gillmor's new book We the Media in my Technorati cosmos. ;-) I am expecting this blog to be required reading in the same way Smart Mobs has become for me. I think this idea of having blogs to keep the ball rolling after publishing a book is a great idea....

Brainstorms 2004 dinner interview notes - Ted Turner »

Ted Turner dinner interview. It was a great interview and quite funny. Worth a read. This was a dinner talk and it was quite noisy so my notes are a bit sketchy, but here are some tidbits. My notes may be a bit inaccurate......

Fahrenheit 911 factchecks »

Boing BoingFahrenheit 911 factchecks Here are Michael Moore's extensive factchecking notes on Fahrenheit 911. Link (via Kottke)What a good idea. Media sites should put factchecking notes online too....

If you're reading this, according to NPR you are "no one" »

Scripting News"No one was listening," said the NPR... "No one was listening," said the NPR announcer, as she introduced the guy who posted the note on Tuesday morning about the new Edwards decals on the Kerry campaign plane. No one was listening, except for the people who were. Clearly no one reads blogs... I'm going to be doing a Summer Reading Series interview for NPR this week. I should list all of the blogs people should read this summer. ;-)...

Accuracy of my posts »

Some people have been critical about the lack of fact checking and vetting I do before I post an article or a link. I've argued that my posts are really the beginning of a discussion and not a definitive assertion or the final word. I really think about my blog as a group effort with the people who comment here. I was reading Yochai Benkler's paper, "Coase's Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm", (which I highly recommend) and saw a reference to this from Slashdot's FAQ which I think sums up my feelings as well. Slashdot FAQQ:...

Lying all over the place »

Better late then never. The State Department announced Tuesday that their report that terror has been decreasing was in fact incorrect. Terror actually ROSE in 2003. However, they are still arguing that they are "winning the war on terror." (AP/NY Times - Amended Report Shows Terror Rose in 2003) On our home front, the Japanese diet passed the controversial pension bill (the pension that 1/3 of the cabinet members have been shown to have evaded at some point). It is shown that an inflated fertility rate was used for the bill to show rosier numbers and lower, more accurate numbers...

Iran's Net Censorship »

Dan GillmorIran's Net CensorshipHoder points me to "Stop Censoring Us" -- a site about the increasing level of government intervention in what was emerging as relatively free speech in Iran. I'm not sure what individuals outside Iran can do about this except to offer support to the Iranians who want to speak their minds.I once sat next to a guy from Sun Federal, a Sun Microsystems subsidiary, who was on his way back from selling a filtering system to a government. I think that most of this censorship technology is built in the US. I guess it makes sense, but...

Enron traders gloating about screwing California »

Cory @ Boing BoingEnron traders gloating about screwing California CBS has got hold of tapes of conversations between Enron employees during the California rolling blackouts. The conversations are amazing, basically a bunch of crooks gloating about the savage rogering they're giving to the people of California and how much money they're making. This has put fresh fire into the bellies of lawmakers who have renewed their vows to decapitate Enron's management and stake their heads on pikes outside of every polling place before election day. Employee 1: "All the money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California? Employee...

The missing links »

Thanks to all of the newspapers that picked up the somewhat embarrassingly nice article by Yuri Kageyama of AP. AP syndication is really amazing. One thing. The article doesn't contain links to Six Apart, Movable Type and TypePad mentioned in the article....

"Targeted" ads on CNN terror warning story »

The CNN "Transcript: Ashcroft, Mueller news conference" story has travel ads from Overture. "Targeted" advertising at its best. via redheadatwork UPDATE: Hmm... Seems the travel ads are gone now. ;-)...

Woman racing through Chernobyl a fraud? »

I blogged about a woman taking a motorcycle through Chernobyl and her web page. It looks like it was a fraud.Neil GaimanA fraud exposed, and a true thing... Found this on the infiltrate.org forum - thought you might find it interesting. You'd wonder why somebody would go to the lengths to fake something like this. deeChornobyl "Ghost Town" story is a fabrication TOP e-POSHTA subscriber Mary Mycio writes: I am based in Kyiv and writing a book about Chornobyl for the Joseph Henry Press. Several sources have sent me links to the "Ghost Town" photo essay included in the last...

Authenticity of the Mirror's torture photos in question »

The Mirror ran a story about British soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners with photos. There is a lot of question about the legitimacy of the photos. The BBC has a organized list of the claims against their authenticity and the rebuttals.BBC NewsWhat the papers say The Express says soldiers who originally tried to sell the story of mistreatment were told it would be "worth a fortune if there were corroborating pictures and weeks later they produced them".This sort of commercial and unethical behavior by the media is really disgusting. I guess The Mirror is still standing by their claims, but it...

US snipers shooting kids in Falluja? »

Story about US snipers shooting kids and pinning down the ambulance and evacuation services in Falluja. Here's a photo of a dead baby on Al Jazeera. Is there any coverage of this in other media? via Ryuichi Sakamoto...

World Economic Forum weblog »

The World Economic Forum has a weblog now. via Loic...

Reality News »

Reality News - Jeff Jarvis...

Racial stereotypes in Korean newspaper »

copyright hani.co.kr Speaking of racial stereotypes... Here's a cartoon of bloggers writing about the the impeachment in Korea from a Korean newspaper. On the other hand, at least they're reading the blogs. via dda on IRC...

NKzone needs citizen-reporters in Tokyo and Seoul »

NKzone, the North Korean blog needs citizen bloggers to cover the Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR) in Tokyo on Feb 22 and two human rights events in Seoul on Feb 23. If you're available, please help us out....

Bloggers will be reporters tomorrow in Iran »

hoderBloggers will be reporters tomorrow in Iran I'm trying to encourage Iranian blogger to go out tomorrow, the election day, and report what they see and hear in their city and blog it. I also plan to gather all posts related to it in one place either in my own Persian blog or in Sobhaneh, the collective news blog. I also consider a place in iranFilter for those Iranian who know English to provide translations the reports that are gathered in Persian. This can be the 9/11 for Persian blogosphere. It's the first event that potentially engages every body in...

Welcome to my blog NYU Digital Journalism course »

Welcome to my blog NYU Digital Journalism course, Spring '04. ;-) via Radio Free Blogistan...

So Much for The Kerry Rumor? »

Statement from woman and parents about rumors linking her to Sen. John Kerry - The Associated Press, Monday, February 16, 2004 via Dan Gillmor...

asianmediawatch.net mobilizes against "Lost In Translation" »

asianmediawatch.net has started a campaign to petition the movie industry to vote against "Lost In Translation" for the Academy Awards. My sister blogs about the negative depictions of Japanese in "Lost in Translation". She links to a UK Guardian and New York Times article that point out similar issues with the movie. When I first saw the movie, I thought it was funny. After reading the articles and the asianmediawatch site and thinking about how much influence Hollywood has on the way the world views cultures, I can see their point....

Communities and echo chambers »

Shelly asks the question "What part of you, the writer, is part of a community? Where, within yourself, does community leave off and you begin?" and says, "But I guess we're accountable to each other, and that's the most dangerous censorship of all -- it's the censorship of the commons." This is an interesting question that Shelley has pointed out to me and I have been thinking about. In the comments on Shelley's blog, Doc ties it to the notion of the "echo chamber," the effect where we're all just talking to each other oblivious to the outside world. Many...

Rebecca launches a blog about North Korea »

Rebecca, from CNN, who is now at Harvard on sabattical, has just launched a new blog about North Korea. It's an cool experiment in blogging/journalism by someone who has a lot of on-the-ground experience covering difficult topics like this.This is an experiment in interactive, participatory journalism. And in the new age of internet web-blogging, we are ALL journalists. NKzone is NOT a conventional news or information website. Our members will build NKzone collectively with unique, personal, and (whenever possible) first-hand insights about the world's most mysterious country. Please approach this site not as a "viewer" or "reader", but as a "participant"...

Identity and justice »

As a former student, I sure wish I had had RateMyTeachers.com (via Seb) when I was in school. I would have had a lot to say and I would have felt justified. Maybe I wouldn't have had to start our underground newspaper. On the other hand, I can see how this might be abused. There are some thoughtful comments from many people about the "Adopt A Reporter" idea over on PressThink. This is not a new issue, but an old issue that continues to accelerate. As Loic points out, blogging helps you manage your own identity instead of leaving it...

With bloggers inside, Davos secrets are out - IHT article »

Three chief executive officer participants at the World Economic Forum prepare public Internet blogs about their experiences in the ultra-exclusive retreat of the world's wealthy and powerful. Seated from left to right Loic Le Meur, CEO of Ublog, a Paris-based blog company; Yat Siu, CEO of Outblaze, a Hong Kong-based email service company and Joichi Ito, CEO of Neoteny Company Limited, a Japan-based venture capital firm. PHOTO AND CAPTION BY THOMAS CRAMPTONNo... I'm not about to punch Loic. My fist is an expression of our solidarity. -- JoiThomas Crampton's article in the International Herald Tribune about us blogging Davos just...

Transcripts of the Davos blogging panel »

The World Economic Forum has posted a pdf summary of the blogging panel. As usual, the tone isn't the same as what I experienced and they got most of what I said, but I think my emphasis was a bit different. I hope Loic gets his video transcript up so you can decide interpret it yourself....

Another blogger in Davos - billmon »

billmon at Whiskey Bar is blogging from Davos. I wonder who he/she is. I looked up "Bill Mon" and last name "Billmon" in the directory and I couldn't find a listing. I couldn't find his/her real name on the blog either. Is Whiskey Bar a pseudonymous blog by a professional journalist? Thanks for the link Abe. I think billmon is presenting an interesting view. I'm focused primarily on hanging out with people I like and going to sessions that I'm interested in so billmon's view is probably a good way to see another side of Davos....

Studying journalism - stalking Thomas Crampton »

Introduced Thomas to Sergey. Joi helping his fellow "journalist"...Thomas Crampton is a fellow GLT and journalist for the International Herald Tribune. I've been hanging out with his a lot this trip, trying to learn more about how journalists work and think. For instance, I asked him about how he deals with issues such as global warming where it is so difficult to understand the first sources and we have to rely so heavily on experts and reports which often conflict. I've also been watching how he interviews people and teases out quotes and threads and focuses his discussion in a...

The blogging panel at Davos »

Yesterday was the blogging panel at Davos. Jay Rosen was the moderator and the panelists were Orville H. Schell, Loic Le Meur, yours truly and Hubert Burda. You all already know Loic and Jay I'm sure. Orville is the Dean of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and was at the Media Leaders discussion the day before too. He's got some great perspectives and his positive and insightful view on blogs was encouraging. Hubert Burda is the CEO of Hubert Burda Media, one of the largest media conglomerates in Europe and I was extremely impressed by his positive and open...

Ethan and Gillian - Chatting with some REAL activists »

Chatting with Ethan of Geekcorps and Gillian of Witness conspiring to blogifying developing nations and organzations doing human rights work. Ethan and Gillian are educating me on doing human rights and technology work in developing nations and I'm trying to help integrate blogging into their work. The stuff that they're doing is SO important, I think it's a great application for the blog amplifier. Ethan's convinced me to visit Africa. Geekcorps sends geek volunteers into developing nations to work on technology projects. Ethan was an Internet entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur. Gillian has been an activist her whole life, first...

Notes from Media Leaders Community session »

The Media Leaders Community session was a closed session with the CEOs and editors from the top media organizations. The representatives were all people who struggled with the issues of running a media business while trying to maintain editorial integrity. A variety of regions and organizational structures were represented including TV, magazines, newspaper, for profit and non-profit. The session was held in a circle and was broken into two session. I was one of the few "outsiders" who were invited to participate, my chance to open my mouth was the second session. the first session was, "The Double Life and...

Discussion with Media Leaders »

I'm in a meeting with the WEF Media Leaders. Its a few dozen people consisting of the editors-in-chief and CEOs of a variety of major media organizations from around the world. I'm going to talk about the role of blogs and how we might work together. I'm going to talk about how blogs can address the issue of getting people to care about about things by providing a voice to people who don't have a voice and can provide additional resources, which seems to be one of the issues that many of these media companies have. I will also try...

Welcome to blogging Rebecca »

Rebecca MacKinnon, the Tokyo bureau chief of CNN and fellow GLT is taking leave-of-absence to be a media fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard. We've talked a lot in the past about blogging and the future of journalism and I'm happy that she's going to jump out and take a bird's eye view of all this at what I think is the perfect time to be taking a bird's eye view of journalism. Rebecca has started a blog. Good luck and welcome to our world. ;-) I wrote a bit about her before when I visited CNN in Tokyo....

Dean and the press »

Salon article on media pushed by Republicans and anonymous Democrats to paint a bad picture of Dean. (via metafilter) In the mean time, Dean rocks our world on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Here's the CNN synopsis of the interview. (via Rick Klau)...

Yet more public racism by Japanese politicians »

Domo Domo WeblogShigefumi Matsuzawa, Govenor of Kangawa during a speech campaigning for the Nov. 9 House of Representatives electionForeigners are a bunch of sneaky thieves. As Ishihara has cracked down on them, they've all flowed into Kanagawa.If anyone has any grand unified theories as to why Japanese politicians often say such dumbass things in public, I'd love to hear.Because they can get away with it and the media doesn't call them on it. Blog blog blog......

Fun in Davos »

I'm in Davos right now and here are a list of entries I've posted from here.Notes from Media Leaders Community sessionDiscussion with Media LeadersSpam for dinnerWhere are you my Sun? Breakfast between Global Leaders for Tomorrow, Social Entrepreneurs and Religious Leaders Original post below....

J-Wave interview tonight »

I'm going to be on the Japanese FM radio station J-Wave tonight talking about blogging. I just got a technorati inbound instant message from my technorati script telling me that I just received a link from Sachiko who will be interviewing me tonight. She blogged about meeting me today. She blogs! How cool is that. Look forward to meeting you!It's from 21:15 on J-Wave if anyone is interested, but if you're reading this, you probably don't need to listen. ;-)

Erving Goffman describes Dvorak »

Mimi and danah both refer to Erving Goffman's book, "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life" so I've started reading it with digital identities and blogging in mind.GoffmanIt should be understood that the cynic, with all of his professional disinvolvement, may obtain unprofessional pleasures from his masquerade, experiencing a kind of gleeful spiritual aggression from the fact that he can toy at will with something his audience must take seriously.This TOTALLY reminded me of Dvorak. He always as a gleeful look when he talks about his performances.GoffmanIt is not assumed, of course, that all cynical performers are interested in deluding their audiences for purposes of what is called "self-interest" or private gain. A cynical individual may delude his audience for what he considers to be their own good, or for the good of the community, etc.Dvorak again. By the way, I love Dvorak and think he's hilarious, but it's watching the performance that I love.

Spider Jerusalem »

Speaking of Journalists, Spider Jerusalem from the Transmetropolitan series rocks. Thanks to Warren Ellis for making him and Cory for turning me on to Transmetropolitan.

Dvorak on blogs »

Oh cool! Dvorak is bashing blogs again. It must be that time of year again. He probably needs more traffic.Oops. I broke my promise not to make fun of journalists who don't blog... But I'll make an exception for journalists who like to tease me too.UPDATE: Steve Gillmor takes the bait and responds to Dvorak.

Junjiro Hara starts blogging »

Junjiro Hara is a well known reporter at the Asahi Shimbun who I've known for many years. He is retiring this year and has decided to start blogging and continue his mission as a journalist to change Japan. His blog is in Japanese. I think he is one of the first professional mass media journalists to start officially blogging.Blog on Hara-san!

Let's stop picking on journalists who don't blog »

Although Joseph Urbaszewski's blog shows a blogger beating the mass media, I think we should stop picking on professional traditional journalists. I think that if journalists need help from their editors to write, (in the case of Japan) want life-time employment, need someone to protect them in court, need paper boys to reach their readers and need a brand to provide legitimacy, I think they should be allowed to do this. I think it's mean to pick on them too much...

Joseph Urbaszewski's blog coverage Lake Arrowhead fire »

Joseph Urbaszewski, a teacher who lives near the fire is blogging about the fire and has become a clearinghouse of information. It appears to be more up-to-date than the mass media.There is also a live scanner feed where you can listen to the overworked, heroic firemen fighting the fire.Kevin Barronheard on the scanner -- "some people are refusing to leavetheir homes despite mandatory evacuation"response from the base station? "get their name, date ofbirth, and the phone number of their dentist"!!Thanks for the info and links Kevin, and hope you are safe.

Gary Wolf on the Internet side of the Dean campaign for Wired »

I had a really interesting IM chat with Gary this morning. He's writing an article for Wired about the Internet side of the Dean campaign. He's blogging about it as well. Very cool. It looks like he's having a lot of interesting conversations. A must read blog entry, which will probably lead to a great article. Like Dan Gillmor and Jeff Jarvis, he is another journalists who seems to understand the value of blogging. And... free fact checking. ;-)

On CNN yesterday »

With all of the Schwarzenegger coverage on CNN yesterday, the only good news was the great Mena and Ben interview. Congrats on the launch and the coverage!

Orlowski the pooner »

Jim Moore deconstructs what Orlowski's trying to do and sheds some light on what his point is.

Martin Nisenholtz and Catherine Levene of NYTd »

Martin Nisenholtz, CEO - New York Times DigitalMet Martin Nisenholtz and Catherine Levene of New York Times Digital yesterday. Martin is the CEO of NYTd and Catherine is the VP of Strategy & Business Development. Martin and Catherine are the two behind the NYT RSS feed for Userland. I was expecting to have to go through my usual song and dance about blogging, but I realized quickly that I was preaching to the choir and that they already "got it". We quickly switched gears to talking about what happens next. We talked about the impact of blogging on democracy and journalism as well as the technology of blogging. It was really a treat to talk to professional journalists who were thinking seriously about blogging. The New York Times is lucky to have these two and I hope they are successful in truly digitalizing the New York Times.Won't it be great when media like the New York Times can work with bloggers and allow things that percolate up through the blogs make it into the New York Times? I think that a combination of real sources in some of the hard to reach areas of the world together with NGO bloggers and other caring enthusiasts could really help media like the New York Times reach out further and get around the resource constraint issues that Richard Smith of Newsweek talked about in Geneva. In addition, finding and pointing to voices like Salam Pax in other parts of the world can help people in attaching a personal perspective and maybe get people to care more about far away cultures.Thanks for the intro Markoff!

Scans of interview with Hitler in Homes and Gardens »

Tom Coates has a friend (Simon Waldman) who found an old copy of Home and Gardens with an interview with Hitler. Very cool. I wonder if someone will mirror it before it gets taken down. ;-)

State Department warning on "increased indications" of attacks today »

CNNBREAKING NEWSState Department warns of "increased indications" that al Qaeda is preparing attacks on U.S. interests to coincide with 9/11 anniversary. Details soon. Ahh... OK. What do I? Run away?Thanks for the link GabeUPDATE: More details on State Department warning on CNN.

Email experiments confirm six degrees, Milgram didn't »

Khalid on #joiito pointed me to the following article.New ScientistEmail experiment confirms six degrees of separation Despite enabling almost instantaneous global communication, email appears not to have made the world a more close-knit community.It's an interesting article about how an email six degrees experiment shows we are no closer than when Milgram did his famous experiment in 1967. (Milgram did an experiment which resulted in the assertion that we are only six hops away from anyone else in the world.) I referred to Milgram's famous experiment in my Emergent Democracy paper. When the paper was being reviewed by Shumpei Kumon, he referred me to Six Degrees by Duncan J. Watts and pointed out to me that Watts writes about Judith Kleinfeld who found that Milgram's experiment was flawed. I removed the reference in my paper. Milgram's six degrees experiment is so widely referenced that it has become almost an urban legend, but it DID NOT show that the world was connected by six degrees, it just got us thinking about it. I think the phenomenon is real and the "small-world problem" is a very interesting field, but people should stop quoting the Milgram study as fact. The email experiment referred to in the article is being conducted by Duncan Watts as well and he has a web page with more info.

It's the linkable archives »

Doc just blogged about a thought I just had too. If the big print media put their archives online and made them crawlable and linkable, I bet their page rankings would go up. It's really the links between the archives of the blogs that gives blogs so many links. The solution to googlewashing is probably more about getting other forms of journalism published in a more link-friendly way than filtering the blogs.

Journalism and avatars »

Although Anil is very different in person in real life, most bloggers blog in their own voice. At dinner with Markoff and Dvorak, we talked about how many journalists have a different professional persona and are actually much nicer in person than they are online. (Dvorak can be almost as rude in person as he is online. ;-P ) Dvorak deconstructed some of the ways that journalists will write to get a rise from the community and how disarming it is to meet some of the critical journalists in person. In fact, they said that Andrew Orlowski's not such a bad guy in person.I write in my own voice, but I've developed sort of a thick skin from years of being flamed in Japan and in the US so I actually think some of the silly criticism is actually funny and flattering. Bloggers probably take criticisms more personally than journalists who play "the game" through their avatars. It's more painful to be slammed when you are speaking in your own voice.Don't know how relevant this is, but this thought about avatars came to mind after reflecting on dinner with Dvorak and Markoff where we were all laughing about our critics and thinking about how my readers/community were maybe more upset about Orwlowski's silliness than I was. I am very grateful for people defending me and pointing out things that would be politically incorrect to say myself. Having said that, I'm not taking Orlowski's attacks personally since at one level, I think it's a game/joke. If Orlowski's actually serious about what he's writing, then I just feel sorry for him.As they say, "Don't attribute to malice, that which can be explained by stupidity." and "Don't attribute to stupidity, that which can be explained as a joke."
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