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Posts from ‘February, 2006’

Calling All Bloggers

Austin-based RSS comany Pluck has just released a demo of a new product called BlogBurst. Essentially a blog wire service, BlogBurst will syndicate content from “pre-approved” blogs to newspaper publishers who pay to opt in. A few forward-thinking newspapers including the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle and San Antonia Express-News have already signed […]

OhmyNews' Global Ambitions Get Boost

Softbank, the Japanese investment company, has invested $11 million in OhmyNews, the pathbreaking Korean online newspaper. The goal, according to the companies: “spreading citizen participatory journalism on the global stage.” This means, for practical purposes in the near term, pursuing the English-language OhmyNews International edition, which has been around for a while but hasn’t gained […]

Seeking An Organized, Public Discussion of Conversation-Tracking

Adam Green: Forming a memetracker community. What I’d like to propose is the creation of a group blog on which Gabe, Kevin, and a few other memetracker creators could discuss their philosophy of what a site of this type should do. There wouldn’t be any discussion of algorithms and “secret sauce,” but surely issues like […]

Rising to the occasion

The American Press Institute’s Media Center Blog “Morph” has posted a few interesting examples that suggest mainstream media organizations might be open to trying new things. If these experiments are any indication of a developing trend, it looks like traditional newspapers might finally start to use new technology, multimedia, and the myriad of cool web […]

China, Wikipedia and Asia

This week The Washington Post is running a series on “The Great Firewall of China.” Reporter Phil Pan wrote an excellent piece describing the history of Chinese Wikipedia and the saga of it being blocked three times over the last two years. (It’s still blocked as of this writing.) While the stories in the U.S. […]

So what is "Newsworthy"?

Washington Post Op-Ed columnist Colbert I. King raises a question that more and more people – readers and journalists alike – seem to be asking: who decides what’s newsworthy today? Interestingly, King came to address this issue thanks to feedback from a Post reader who wrote to the editor after the murder of Marion Fye, […]

Are Tech Industry's Moral Blinders Bad for Business, Too?

My colleagues at the Berkman Center, Rebecca MacKinnon and John Palfrey, have penned an op-ed piece for Newsweek’s international edition called “Censorship Inc.” Takeaway: If we’re not careful, we may wake up one day to discover that what a person can see and do on the Web will be radically different depending on which country […]

The Blog Bubble?

Daniel Gross (Slate): Twilight of the Blogs – Are they over as a business? As a cultural phenomenon, blogs are in their gangly adolescence. Every day, thousands of people around the world launch their blogs on LiveJournal or the Iranian equivalent. But as businesses, blogs may have peaked. There are troubling signs—akin to the 1999 […]

Cheney to American Public: Get Lost

Jay Rosen: Dick Cheney Did Not Make a Mistake By Not Telling the Press He Shot a Guy: He followed procedure— his procedure. As Bill Plante, White House reporter for CBS News said at Public Eye, “No other vice president in the White Houses I’ve covered has had the ability to write his own rules […]

Anonymity, Attacks and Credibility

Terry Heaton: A blogging pioneer calls it quits. And so extortion has won a victory, and the blogosphere has lost a pioneering voice. Peggy is brusk and competitive and has made her share of enemies, but nobody deserves the kind of personal attacks this site apparently distributed. Were the attacks libelous? Or merely insulting? I […]