Posts from April 8, 2004

Iraq updates

Iraq updates
: The uncivilized bastards are still holding three innocent Japanese civilians.

Fromthe bloggers:

: Zeyad has many updates from Baghdad: Sistani finally issues a fatwa calling for calm… Zeyad sees frightening parallels to the uprising against the British in 1920 and “it troubles me because that would mean that Iraqis have not matured as a people for the last hundred years” … more…

: Alaa advises:

I can tell you without any hesitation that you get a much better insight by reading us than all the media reports. Please don

The blog reality show

The blog reality show
: So now even AOL is creating its own reality show. Donald has a reality show. Mark Cuban has a blog.

So why not combine all this and create an online blog reality show?

You already live your life online and in public on the blog. Add in more players. Add in video. Add in audience participation (let the people decide what you do next). Get publicity. Get advertising. Fame. Fortune.

The Daily Stern: Bulletin

The Daily Stern: Bulletin

: FINED: As predicted, the FCC just minutes ago issued a $495,000 fine relating to Howard Stern against — get this! — Clear Channel Communications. They got the maximum because they’ve had so many bad bits late, the FCC said.

Today, the Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against Clear Channel Communications, Inc., for apparently willfully broadcasting indecent material in connection with the

Air America capitalism

Air America capitalism
: Man, there are a helluva lot of unpaid public-service spots on Air America. And there are no ads on the AirAmerica web site. Is that because:

(a) Liberals are bad at business and haven’t sold the ads,

(b) Liberal businesses are cheap and don’t buy ads,

(c) The liberal demographic isn’t appealing,

(d) It’s secretly a not-for-profit socialistic enterprise.

If I were an investor in Air America, I’d be screaming like a stuck pig. The network got so much attention, I can’t believe it didn’t get more advertising (even at friendly introductory rates). Hell, you’d think the folks advertising on BlogAds would be advertising on Air America!

BloggerCon: Making Blogs Make Money

BloggerCon: Making Blogs Make Money

: Here’s my description of the BloggerCon session I’ll be in on Making Blogs Make Money:

For those who want to make money blogging — and that is by no means everyone — this session will do three things:

First, everyone in the room — and elsewhere, speaking through comments here or here and through IRC during the session — will add ideas about the value of weblogs and how to make money with them. The broader and longer the list, the better: from selling ads to selling things to selling blogging services to selling access to readers to… whatever. The hope is to create a menu of ideas for creative bloggers to use to try to support their efforts.

Second, we will list what’s missing to make this possible. In some cases, that will be services, such as standard measurement of weblogs’ audience and traffic. Or that will be alliances, such as ad networks across similar. Or that will be standards or software or… whatever. The hope is to inspire the entrepreneurial and technical and organizational geniuses of the blogosphere to provide what it needs to prosper.

Third, we will list the dangers that lurk in mixing business and blogging — for example, how to maintain credible distance from advertisers and complete transparency about advertising relationships while taking money from those advertisers.

At the end, we hope to see a white board — and many, many blogs — filled with ideas and needs and next steps to support and grow this new medium.

: Please make LOTS of comments here or here with ideas so we start the discussion with tons of them, which I’ll compile before the session.

: See Rick Bruner’s suggestions for a business model for Boing Boing. See Boing Boing’s request for just such ideas.

: UPDATE: Cesar Brea has a fascinating take on the business of blogging and adds up what we’re all already spending on this obsession.


: Esther Dyson gets past the hysteria over privacy — the most overused word of the age, I’d argue — with Google’s G-mail and finds benefit to what they’re doing (it’s like someone on the street seeing you staring at a map and giving you directions). If you don’t want to use G-mail, don’t. If you want to get a free service, that’s the price.


: Condi Rice has been doing a very good job in her testimony before the 9/11 commission. Richard Ben Veniste, on the other hand, is an ass, acting like a prosecutor getting his moment in the TV sun. He’s hostile and political. That kind of behavior is both unproductive, it harms the mission of the commission and its reputation and thus the veracity of the report it will issue.

: Bob Kerrey says: “It’s not a war on terrorism. It’s a war on radical Islam. Terrorism is a tactic.”

: Kerrey is acting like Dennis Miller did when he interviewed Eric Alterman. Petulant little boy.

: Kerrey also goes political. Rice said Bush was tired of “swatting flies” and wanted to go after al Qaeda. Kerry asked what flies he swatted and says he didn’t swat any. “How the hell could he be tired?”

Rice gives it back a few minutes later and quotes a Kerry speech saying that the best thing we could do after the attack on the Cole was to go after Saddam Hussein. “It’s an asymmetic approach… It was a brilliant way of thinking about it. It was thinking about it strategically, not tactically.”

:Kerrey says in front of Rice, “We don’t want to use the N-word in here.” Exactly what N-word are you referring to, Senator?

: Update: Jason Calacanis says it was “M-word” as in “mistake.” I made an M-word.

: UPDATE: On Al Franken’s Air America show, Michael Kinsley said he hates to say this on Franken’s show but he feels some sympathy for Rice and Bush because Washington is a town that engages in “orgies of hindsight.”

If anyone truly had known what was going going to happen they would have done something to stop it, of course, he says. A reasonable voice.

: LATE UPDATE: Tom Shales says Condi won:

If it were to be viewed as a battle, or a sporting event, or a contest — and of course that would be wrong — then Condoleezza Rice won it. Indeed, the national security adviser did so well and seemed so firmly in command of the situation yesterday, when she testified under oath before the 9/11 commission, that one had to wonder why the White House spent so much time and energy trying to keep her from having to appear….

As usual, Rice was a model of dignity and composure, even when some commissioners got testy…. She probably could have done the whole thing with a teacup and saucer balanced on her head. She’s that cool.


: John Hawkins at Right Wing News has been digging through the Alexa ratings to find the top political bloggers. But even though Alexa is the only traffic measurement that cuts across all sites — which is a big issue for this new medium if we want to get attention from advertisers and media — it is imperfect, for it measures only those who happen to use the Alexa toolbar. Hawkins still wanted to try to rank influential political bloggers, so he switched to another — and, in some ways, more telling — measure: links. He went to Technorati, Daypop, Blogstreet, and the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem and counted how many links went to the top 100 political blogs on his list; he weeded out those that didn’t make the top 100 on at least 3 of the 4 measuring tools; he threw out the low score; and then he ranked the 29 influential political blogs left. (I’m flattered that you’ve put me there even though I don’t always write about politics.)