National Review's Heather McDonald responds
to columnist Steven Levy's question: Does the blogosphere have a diversity problem?
"Could it be that the premise of the 'diversity' crusade is wrong—that there are not in fact hordes of unknown, competitively talented non-white-male journalists held back by prejudice? Don’t even entertain the thought. Steven Levy certainly doesn’t. 'It appears that some clubbiness is involved'—that is, that white male bloggers only link to other white male bloggers." Do we need a race-based quota for web journalism? As racial identity is often anonymous, where would we start?
posted by jenleigh
on Mar 30, 2005 -
Sails to harness Vox Populi winds
: "Technology is changing politics"
[ not to mention journalism ] intones the well
connected Personal Democracy Forum
, and everybody's leaping into the "Blogging vs. Journalism"
fray. Dan Gillmor
, author of We the Media
, has quit his job after receiving seed money from Mitch Kapor and from Omidyar Networks
, to found the for-profit "Grassroots Media Inc." : Gillmor's got a hand, as well, in the noble and name studded OurMedia.org
: "We'll host your media forever — for free.....Video blogs, photo albums, home movies, podcasting, digital art, documentary journalism, home-brew political ads"
Meanwhile, SusanG - in her most recent recently released investigative piece
into the Jeff Gannon/fake journalism scandal notes her research group's effort "now encompasses so much more than Gannon" and announces future stories will post under the organizational name of ePluribus Media "We're the People ! No you're not, we're the People ! No way ! We're the...."
posted by troutfishing
on Mar 28, 2005 -
It has won recognition as "Best Interactive Viral" in the Viral Awards
. With all the viral1
marketing campaigns, comment spam, astroturfing3
, and other tools that marketeers are using to infiltrate the Brave New(ish) World of blog, we sometimes forget that we also have the power to do good, so "you know, like, reclaim the streets, or re-frame the conversation, or some damn thing
". Words of wisdom from our not-so-subservient chicken. [and, a bit more...]
posted by taz
on Mar 26, 2005 -
Are Blogs to Blame?
Tom Regan, Associate Editor of the Christian Science monitor wrote an interesting piece
referencing the latest findings of the Feb 2005 Harris Poll
showing that more and more Americans (64%) *still* think that Saddam Hussein had strong links to Al-Qaida. Tom's piece proposes that too many Americans are getting their "news" from sources -- including blogs -- that are tainted with right-wing opinion. Tom proposes that blogs share a large responsibility for confusing readers and blurring the lines between news and opinion. On this same topic, last week Editorial Cartoonist Ted Rall wrote an Op/Ed piece last week on blogs
that primarily talks about the dangers of the right-wing blogger "lynch mob." Does the sphere of right-wing blogs far outweigh the sphere of influence of left-wing blogs? And is this something that is worrisome? Are blogs a danger to further polarizing public opinion? What do you think?
posted by popvulture
on Mar 4, 2005 -
that you could get the crap kicked out of you for posting kottke.org to MeFi. Three and a quarter years later, what's changed? Jason's decided to make a living off this blog ... but without running advertising. Good luck, says I.
posted by sylloge
on Feb 22, 2005 -
Grandfather of the personal blog freaks out
at age 30, after spending 11 years writing about the most i
of his life. From the beginning
, he was always brutally honest in a time long before it became so commonplace, before any of us knew where this internet business would take us. Naturally he recorded said freakout on video for the world to see, and more or less shut down
site. Can we take this kind of display at face value? Is it a bad case of someone substituting net life for the real thing? Is it all just effete whining? Or is this a genuine case of two loves colliding, and a man forced to make a difficult choice?
posted by drpynchon
on Feb 7, 2005 -
Web of Influence Every day, millions of online diarists, or “bloggers,” share their opinions with a global audience. Drawing upon the content of the international media and the World Wide Web, they weave together an elaborate network with agenda-setting power on issues ranging from human rights in China to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. What began as a hobby is evolving into a new medium that is changing the landscape for journalists and policymakers alike.
Hmm. Big Talk or should I get a clue & with the program ? Decisions, decisions....
posted by y2karl
on Nov 4, 2004 -
A short goodby.
A memo received by a blogger/journalist. Is this in any way typical? Can we find out who or what it concerns?
posted by donfactor
on Sep 27, 2004 -
: "If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to break that story. Any time I'm wrong, I want to be right out front and say, 'Folks, this is what went wrong and how it went wrong.'" (reg. req.)
: "Memo to Rather: you can't break that story, because someone else in pajamas already did. Check the frequency, Kenneth. You are so far from being out front on this, you are leagues behind in the dust. Have you heard of the Internet? You can find it on that weird machine in your office they call a computer."
Me: Is anyone else astonished as I am at how far CBS seems to have its head up its ass WRT news media in the 21st century?
posted by ericost
on Sep 16, 2004 -
The Wash Post Magazine does a freakishly in-depth feature on ex-Senate staffer Jessica Cutler and the Weblog she once kept, which detailed her supposed romantic entanglements with various and sundry Capitol Hill types. Excerpt: "The messages warning Jessica that her private little joke had just gone very public came from a girlfriend over on the House side. Reading it, Jessica says, she was too stunned to wonder how Wonkette had discovered her blog. Instead, the portion of Jessica's brain that had evolved to help humans survive marauding mastodons screamed: Kill the blog! Kill the blog!" (Via Obscure Store
posted by GaelFC
on Aug 16, 2004 -
Amazon's trying out "blogging"
in the form of "plogs" or
personalized logs. It appears to be the same content as your old amazon recommendations
, but served up in a blog post-style format, signed by the so very intimate sounding Amazon NewReleaseBot
. I can't wait until a giant like Coca Cola starts "blogs" (beverage logs) and announces new flavors complete with permalinks and weekly archives right on every can.
posted by mathowie
on Jun 2, 2004 -
I'm done with Movable Type.
After months of little useful communications about their plans, Ben and Mena have for all intents and purposes ditched the free version of their once-shining weblogging software. Now, MT is a "publishing platform" that costs at least $69 (with limited functionality). Lucky for us that, while MT slept, we have discovered a much improved and free
Blogger, a truly open source WordPress
, and a similarly priced but more powerful ExpressionEngine
posted by johnnydark
on May 13, 2004 -
Blah Blah Blogging
:: "The following is a meticulously detailed recap of a news segment that appeared on the Chicago FOX news affiliate on Wednesday, May 5th, 2004."
-- Intelligent blogger agrees to appear in puff piece about blogging for FOX news. These are the results.
posted by anastasiav
on May 12, 2004 -
MIT's blog survey results are in
Some highlights: 55% of respondents use their real names on their blog, 63% of respondents are male, 36% of respondents have gotten in trouble because of things they've written, and almost no one has a good idea of who's reading their blog.
posted by Vidiot
on Mar 18, 2004 -
-- A web site republishing the best blog posts on art, technology and culture from around the web. Brought to you by Eyebeam,
a multimedia atelier here in NYC, and run by a rotating cast of reBloggers.
posted by amberglow
on Feb 29, 2004 -
is an elegant application that acts as your web filing cabinet. Store, rate and categorize web clippings with the click of a bookmarklet. Once collected, search, share or publish your links via email or RSS. (via Inter-Alia
posted by ajr
on Jan 26, 2004 -
Why I hate Personal Weblogs
While the Introduction to this psuedo-research paper is a bit rough and profane, I couldn't help but agree with much of the content, although I generally don't hate personal weblogs. I particularly enjoyed Chapter 2 - Why Do They Do It
, as well as the the final snippet which asserts: I, in an effort to separate the wheat from the chaff of weblog authors, propose that all weblog authors create a Statement of Audience once per month (or, every two weeks if possible) to facilitate understanding of their place in the universe and the importance of their writings.
posted by jonah
on Jan 7, 2004 -