Posts from January 22, 2005

On the other side

On the other side

: Something good came of the snowstorm: I ended up on the train with Joe Trippi, hearing great stories and plotting new worlds. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ten hours after dashing out of Cambridge, I’m at home. Train delayed for an hour and a half with a bridge over the Mystic River (not a happy place, it seems) that had to be hand-cranked down. Trains canceled out of Newark. Newark Airport’s frequently worthless monorail shut down. Great Port Authority cop brings order to chaos. Buses with mostly nice people and a few jerks get me to the car. Blechy roads with jerks driving mostly Fords. But I’m home. Hugs. Fireplace. Soup. Wine. Home is good.

Travel

Travel

: With a blizzard headed our way, I’m unfortunately going to have to duck out of the conference early to catch a train. See you on the other side.

Blogs make TV stars

Blogs make TV stars

: Rick Kaplan, president of MSNBC, said at the session I Oprahed yesterday that blogging actually drives ratings on shows and that there is a corollation between shows that devote effort to blogging and the growth in audience.

Wow.

The only problem with moderating a session is that you can’t blog it at the time. I wanted to tell Kaplan to hold that thought while I turned around and blogged it here.

Also, Jill Abramson of the NY Times said she is looking to blogs for talent. “Watch out for the resumes that are going to hit you,” I said. She said that’s fine. She’s looking for people with reporting chops.

Transcript here, starting at 16:08

‘Faith-based blogging’

‘Faith-based blogging’

: Hugh Hewitt and Evangelical Outpost take me to task for taking Dr. James Dobson of Focus on Family to task for his intolerance of tolerance in his attack on SpongeBob Squarepants. Got it? Well, read the links above. My stand here is quite simple: I am intolerant of intolerance; I particularly don’t like intolerance allegedly in the name of Jesus. That’s my view. So we disagree. Glad we can.

Hugh also goes after the Harvard conference where I am now and I’m amused because he’s complaining there aren’t enough conservatives while the conference has been attacked for not having enough liberals. Says Hugh:

But the exclusion of faith-based bloggers –by intention or oversight– from a conference on blogging ethics is about as absurd as not inviting the NRA to participate in a conference on the Second Amendment.

“Faith-based bloggers”? Well, Hugh, as you know, I go to church, teach Sunday school, preach occasionally, head up the church board, and sing in the choir (badly, I confess). I blog frequently from my moral perspective. It may not be yours. But aren’t I a faith-based blogger, too?

: By the way, I’m reading Hugh’s book, Blog, and it’s good. Hugh said in his post that he likes me; I said a few days ago that I like him. We just disagree on this. Makes the world go ’round.