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Posts from ‘June, 2007’

The iPhone is a Beta Product

UPDATED So I’ve just helped a friend set up a new iPhone, and have played with it a bit. The experience has reinforced my decision to steer clear of the most shamelessly overhyped consumer product since Windows 95. The simple fact is that for all its admirable features — and there are many — this […]

Your Insurance, Please, or No Photos

UPDATED NY Times: New York City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography. Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including […]

The iPhone Journalistic Debacle

Jack Shafer again nails the inane hypefest for the iPhone in “iPhone suck-up watch. Be sure to follow his link to Josh Quittner’s on-the-mark critique (though there’s a tinge of jealousy in the piece, as he didn’t get one of the phones for early review). Look, the iPhone does look like something of a breakthrough […]


In my keynote at the OhmyNews forum today, one of the things I cited as an idea with intriguing potential for news purposes was Twittergram, a service created by Dave Winer in the past few weeks. It connects audio with Twitter. From my perspective the best part of it is the way it shows how […]

OhmyNews Forum

At the OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum, I’d planned to be posting regular updates. Unfortunately, the wireless system requires a download that only works with Windows, which means those of us using Macs are out of luck. South Korea got in bed with Microsoft some years back, and this is the result.

Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal

Editor & Publisher’s headline is “Newspaper Legends Fire Away at Murdoch-Dow Jones Editorial Plan,” but it quotes at least one serious journalist saying people shouldn’t assume the worst. Assume the worst. Murdoch, who is now very likely to own Dow Jones, has a long and extremely clear history. The “agreement” he’s made to assure editorial […]

Bringing News to Light in China

AFP: ‘Citizen journalism’ battles the Chinese censors. In the strictly controlled media world of China, “citizen journalism” is beating a way through censorship, breaking taboos and offering a pressure valve for social tensions. In one striking example this month, the Internet was largely responsible for breaking open a slave scandal in two Chinese provinces that […]

On the Road (Continued)

Heading to Seoul for OhmyNews Citizen Reporters’ Forum, the annual citizen journalism gathering. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with some of what’s going on in this rapidly changing sphere. Look for several reports.

A Cautionary Tale

Laura Fries: Street Brawl in DC: A Case for Citizen Journalism. People talk about citizen journalism, and they talk mostly of the elites – white soccer moms contributing play by plays of their children, pictures and videos galore; lawyers posting nuanced descriptions of the latest city council development. But this – sweat, fear, alleged police […]

Books as Conversations and Ecosystems

My keynote this morning at the Print, Internet and Community conference in Tel Aviv had three main points, at least several of which are no surprise to regular visitors to this site. First, we have moved into a democratized media culture, where the tools of production and access are widely available. On a read-write Web, […]