Posts from May 25, 2004

Technical difficulties

Technical difficulties

: Wazzup with Technorati lately? Or should I say, wazzdown?

Kudo

Kudo

: Tom Biro’s Media Drop keeps getting better and better. Add it to your list of media sites (Romenesko, IWantMedia, PaidContent.org, et al).

Among today’s Media Drop news: Big plans for Sirius (glad I bought the stock)… a link to CableNewser’s scoop that CNN is considering a broadband Internet-only channel…

: I just got scolded in the comments for not also mentioning that Tom started blogging for NJ.com after meeting up with the folks there at a blogging MeetUp. I thought that was taking self-promotion too far; but fine; here’s Tom’s other blog.

Eclipse

Eclipse

: I picked up a copy of the NY Sun today — something I do occasionally — and was going to link to a few interesting stories today but I can’t.

More hot blog babes!

More hot blog babes!

: Greg Auld sends me the link to a FoxNews interview with Wonkette and Washingtonienne. I watched a few seconds but couldn’t listen because the family has the yodeling contest called American Idol.

NPR watch

NPR watch

: On the way home tonight, All Things Considered’s lead stories were:

1. The replacement of Gen. Sanchez as Iraq commander.

2. An American Friends protest with empty boots on Capitol Hill symbolizing dead American soldiers with many, many quotes.

3. The guy who built Abu Ghraib protests Bush’s promise to tear it down.

These were the three most important stories in the world tonight? OK on the Sanchez story; that was actual news. But the other two?

Not ready for prime time

Not ready for prime time

: The Boston Herald says no Kerry acceptance speech could kill network coverage of the Democratic convention [via Lost Remote]. The truth is, the conventions — plural — have not deserved major TV coverage in decades. This is why God invented CSpan.

Dear John,

Dear John,

: In this, the final chapter of Arianna Huffington Day in New York, she talked last night to a small group at the Citizens Table dinner. It’s usually off-the-record but she whispered to me before the dinner began, “Does that include bloggers?” I said that was up to her. She was, of course, fine with more mentions. Amid her always-amusing and charming spiel, this was new to me:

Arianna said she and Joe Trippi have created a petition to John Kerry:

We all want to send George Bush home to Crawford, Texas in November. We know that Bush will try to win by playing on our fears, appealing to our worst instincts, and keeping us divided from each other and the world. You can prove that the answer lies in appealing to the “better angels of our nature” and uniting us.

Let Bush own September 11th and the politics of fear. You should own September 12th – the spirit of generosity, courage, and community that poured forth in the aftermath of the attacks – and the politics of hope.

Offer voters a bold moral vision of what America can be. A vision that is bigger than the things that divide us. A vision that brings hope and soul back to our politics and appeals to more than voters’ narrow self-interests. A vision that makes America once again a respected force for good in the world.

Dont be tempted to adopt the familiar – and failed – Republican-lite swing-voter strategy. Instead, you can reach out and inspire the fifty percent of eligible voters who have given up on voting altogether. If you do, you will win not in a toss-up, but in a landslide.

Senator Kerry, I’m ready to vote my hopes and not my fears. So please: Go Big, Ask More!

I’m not sure what to think of this. On the one hand, you could see this as an expression of citizens’ media and politics: The people speak to the candidate. On the other hand, if two Democratic machers feel the need to start a petition to get their candidate on the right track or chugging faster, doesn’t that imply that they fear he could be the engine that couldn’t? I prefer to see it as the former, because I, too, have been pushing Kerry for a stronger, clearer strategy on Iraq (quoting Micah Sifry’s admonition: “You can’t beat something with nothing”) and it’s a lot easier to be heard not as one person online but as — taking Arianna’s latest tally — 300,000.

Strength in numbers is something I learned at yesterday’s Personal Democracy Forum. Rep. Weiner emhasized that he reads his mail from his district but it’s clear that the more letters he gets on a topic or the bigger media presence that pays attention, the more attention he pays. And the Kerry campaign’s CTO said the campaign gets 10-15,000 emails a day and they use it to tally up the buzz that’s out there. Not sure what to do about that in this blog world; I think there needs to be a way to aggregate opinion and express it as a movement. Strength in numbers.

Hyperlocal campaign blogs

Hyperlocal campaign blogs

: In the comments below, Jon Ham says the Herald Sun down Durham way has offered blogs to 100 local candidates. I’ll be eager to hear how that goes.