The blog capital of the world
: New Yorkers and San Franciscans are known to debate whose city is the blog capital of the world.
They’re all wrong.
Hoder reports the opening of a Cafe Blog in Tehran — not just an Internet cafe but a blog cafe! Hoder didn’t just start a weblog revolution in Iran, he started a weblog industry. Photos from the opening here.
I’m not sure if there is any Cafe for bloggers in other cities, but there is one in Tehran. Actually it’s recently opened in a northern area of Tehran and Ive heard that it’s quite popular among Tehranian bloggers. It’s called Cafe Blog and based on the website, they held some basic technical workshops for their members….
I wish I could have a trip to Iran this year. But it’s too dangerous these days.
Well, after the revolution, when it’s safe to go, bring back a T-shirt, willya?
: I’m at a two-day confab and stuck on dial-up so I’ll be blogging when connected….
: Steve Outing outlines his post-online newspaper vision here. I put the start of my vision here.
Two bits on audience
: I just saw (thanks to Lost Remote) that Reese Schonfeld, a cable news pioneer from CNN, has a blog — Me And Ted — and in it, I find two noteworthy observations:
:First, on the audience for FoxNews:
Meandted.com readers may recall that I have wondered from whence the FoxNews viewers come.
I finally have an answer; it is uncorroborated and single source. I have not checked it out with FoxNews. My source is an occasional consultant to NewsAmerica, FoxNews
: Detective Jay Rosen gets the Times Siegal Report back online.
: Fast-food paranoid Eric Schlosser disses his fellow Americans to all Britain in, of course, the Guardian:
I can’t remember another time when having an American accent provoked as much immediate hostility from Brits of every race, creed, class, and sexual orientation. If you’re an American, overseas, in the fall of 2003, you’ve got a lot to answer for.
If I could fake a British accent with any skill, I would now. It would save a lot time….
It’s easy to hate Americans today, as the United States plays the global role Great Britain once did, opening new markets for investment, maintaining access to valuable commodities, and crushing anyone who poses a serious threat to the world order.
[via au Currant]
Does he inhale?
: Howard Dean has called himself a metrosexual:
Dean declared himself a “metrosexual,” the buzz phrase for straight men in touch with their feminine sides, as he touted his accomplishments in “equal justice” for gay and lesbian couples.
But then he waffled.
“I’m a square,” Dean declared, after professing his metrosexuality to a Boulder breakfast audience with an anecdote about being called handsome by a gay man. “I like (rapper) Wyclef Jean and everybody thinks I’m very hip, but I am really a square, as my kids will tell you. I don’t even get to watch television. I’ve heard the term (metrosexual), but I don’t know what it means.”
Ewww. The thought of anything ____sexual and Howard Dean brings up forbidden visuals. Keep it in your pants, Howie. [via Aaron Bailey]
Let’s all make campaign commercials
: Ed Cone finds the latest from MoveOn: a call to make a 30-second commercial that “tells the truth about George Bush,” the winner to be judged by Michael Moore, Donna Brazile, Jack Black, Janeane Garofalo, and Gus Van Sant and aired on TV during the week of the State of the Union address.
I think it’s time to brush up on my vlogging.
Somehow, I don’t think I’ll win.
But why don’t we all sit down in front of the camera and make the commercials that should win.