The war between cultures
: I keep coming back to the thought that the war between cultures — between Islam and the West — will come first to Europe instead of America. See the fight over Muslim women’s head scarves in France. See the murder of Theo Van Gogh after he made a film about the oppression of Muslim women in Europe. And see this week’s Spiegel cover: “Allah’s daughters without rights.” The experience of Muslims in Europe is different and in greater contrast than here and that will cause greater conflict.
Protect the First Amendment
: Write your senators and congressmen and urge them to find sanity at the last minute and block the indecent indecency bill. The religious nutjobs want it passed. That should be good enough reason for you to stop them.
The prices of free speech
: The irony is painful: Theo Van Gogh is murdered because of his speech. Now the Dutch government is looking to shut down radical websites. Free speech begets murder begets controlled speech. What’s wrong with this picture?
Media on media
: In about 10 minutes (at 3:05 Central time), I should be on KMOX in St. Louis with blogger/broadcaster Paul Harris. Just did an interview with Bob Garfield for On the Media on WNYC this weekend. And I’m supposed to be on KROQ in LA at 7:30 Pacific time Wednesday… on on the FCC.
: And the New York Post picked up the story today.
: Glenn Reynolds suggests that The New York Times replace retiring William Safire with a rotating stable of bloggers (no horseshit jokes, please). I agree: Let the citizens be heard. And I’ll throw my saddle into the ring.
The Daily Stern
: I just called into the Stern show and told Howard about my little investigation of the FCC and its $1.2 million fine against Fox below (and talked too fast and plugged the blog twice).
Howard said the one thing he really wanted to get out of Michael Powell when he called him on Ronn Owens’ show was whether they really investigated Viacom and found a conspiracy with Janet Jackson to bare her boob, leading to their $500k fine. I said that I’d blogged that reporters should look into that. And then I said I’d make that my next FOIA request to the FCC, demanding to see any notes relating to Viacom’s direct responsibility for Jackson’s titanian tit. He told me to call back when I got it.
For any Stern fans coming here, I’m one, too (to the consternation of some folks around here — f’ ’em). Here are some of the posts I’ve written about free speech and Stern and here‘s a cover story I wrote in The Nation about it all.