: Joi is making me glad I didn’t go to SXSW: No cameras… no video… fines for plugging in your laptop…. Jeesh….
Posts from March 13, 2004
The Daily Stern, PM edition
: Just saw Bill Maher‘s show. He interviews Sandra Tsing Loh, the NPR commentator fired for letting the F-word go out unbleeped.
Said Maher: “How dumb is this f****** country?!?” And he didn’t bleep himself. He’s on HBO. For now, at least, he doesn’t have to bleep.
George Carlin, quoted below, droned a bit on the topic and then said: “The liberals are just as bad on ths issue as the conservates. Politically correct speech is sheer denial of free speech and their hands are not clean on this issue.” Yup.
He also said that the absurdity of doing what I’ve been doing — f**k — is that you’re allowed to know the idea that’s being conveyed even with two letters missing; the idea has been conveyed; if the idea is what’s evil then how is that better; it’s absurd. Yup.
: By the way, I also saw the return of Dennis Miller this week. Boy, has he turned into an intense, nervous guy who makes me nervous just watching him. He’s like the really geeky kind of person off his meds who stares right into your eyes too long and too intensely. Maher, on the other hand, is more comfortable than he ever was on HBO; he has found his groove. Miller has not.
: Here is a commercial — quite unsafe for work or family here in America — that is on Channel 4′s site in Britain saying the f-word and others with glee. Boy, are things different there. Maybe Howard should move there. Maybe I should, too. [via AroundMyRoom]
What, what, where, when, how…
: Ross Mayfield gives us an eloquently succinct summary of the new methods of getting (and giving) news:
We often pride ourselves as bloggers for how we break news, dig deep, gain sources, carry the story and highlight the details of fast moving events. However, with complex unfolding news, I find myself turning to different outlets for different reasons. We aren’t the best at coverage, we just have a special blend….
Who: Editorial voice
What: Official sources
Where: Coverage permits
Who: Individual voice
What: Opinionated sources
When: Interest piques
Where: Anywhere conversations
Who: Group voice
What: Balanced synthesis
Where: Common space
That’s a good analysis. But he also says this:
Turn to Press for the official record, Blog for social context and Wiki for the public record.
I will disagree pretty strongly with that last bit.
I don’t go to the press for the official record (I can go to the web for that now). I go to the press — if they’re doing their job — for (as some students at an NYU class said to me yesterday) for succinct writing and good reporting among multiple sources.
I go to weblogs for far more than social context, far more. I go to weblogs to edit the web for me and point me to the best of the press. Weblogs are now my first stop; they are my gateway to the press.
And wikis are new to news but I look forward to seeing how they can improve the presentation of news; they have great potential.
The end of ethnicity
: Joe Katzman says:
Welcome to the 21st century, where the best golfer is black, the best rapper is white, and the best new reggae artist is… Jewish?!?
: Was in a store and heard all the ladies behind the counter saying they wish they were at KMart, where, apparently, Martha Stewart’s fans were to head today to buy up lots of Martha swag to show their support.
: I’d be grateful if someone who speaks Arabic could compare the coverage on the English-language vs. the Arabic home pages of Al Jazeera. The English version smells not unlike CNN. I wonder whether the Arabic version is.
Who are the bastards?
: Netzeitung reports that according to the Spanish secret service, 15 Islamists are behind the Madrid bombings. They say they are “99 percent certain.” This from a Spanish radio report.
: And from Norway:
Norwegian defence researchers have come across documents that may link Al-Qaeda to the Madrid train bombings that have claimed nearly 200 lives, Norwegian TV reported this week .
The researchers, who specialise in digging up original Al-Qaeda releases and interviews, told the NRK television channel they discovered a document on an Arabic website last year outlining Al-Qaeda strategies on how to force the US and its allies to leave Iraq, and pointing to Spain as the “weakest link”.
“It wasn’t until yesterday when we were going through old material to find links to Spain that we understood what we were holding in our hands,” project leader Brynjar Lia told NRK.
“We mainly had the impression that the documents referred to the situation in Iraq, but on closer examination we saw that they specifically refer to Spanish domestic politics and the elections due today,” he added.
According to the TV report, page 42 of the Arabic document reads: “We have to make use of the election to the maximum. The governement at the most can cope with three attacks.”
The document also reportedly predicts that the other partners in the US-led coalition would follow like “pieces of domino” if Spain were to withdraw from Iraq.
Don’t give the bastards an inch.
: UPDATE: Three from Morocco and two from India arrested in the bombings.
: UPDATE: Spanish bloggers post on Tim Blair that a tape has been found with Al Qaeda taking credit/blame for the bombings.
: From The Observer:
The Madrid bombings which killed 200 people were dramatically claimed by the Islamic militant group al Qaeda early on Sunday morning [UK time].
The Interior Minister Angel Acebes said police had recovered a videotape. ‘It’s a claim made by a man in Arabic with a Moroccan accent,’ he said. ‘He makes the declaration in the name of someone who says he is the military spokesman of al- Qaeda in Europe.’
The man on the tape says: ‘We declare our responsibility for what happened in Madrid exactly two-and-a-half years after the attacks on New York and Washington. This is an answer to the crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. If your injustices do not stop there will be more if god wills it.’