Posts from May 10, 2005

Who’s the teacher?

Who’s the teacher?

: Amy Gahran lists what journalists can learn from bloggers and bloggers from journalists and both together. A very good list.

You’re fired up

You’re fired up

: The Guardian finds the solution to circulation woes: It hires a fired Apprentice wannabe to sell the paper.

Democracy spreads

Democracy spreads

: Cha’nad Bahraini reports on democracy demonstrations in Bahrain. I went to GoogleNews to see whether I could find reports of it from big sources. I didn’t find any. But I did find plans to open a Disleyland-style theme park there. Take a look at the blog; lots of great pictures (which take a while to load). [via the amazing Global Voice]

Ich bin ein Georgian

Ich bin ein Georgian

: Publius Pundit covers Bush’s speech in Georgia:

ìYou gathered here armed with nothing but roses and the power of your convictions and you claimed your liberty and because you acted, Georgia is today both sovereignty and free and a beacon of liberty for this region and the world.î

The fame parade

The fame parade

: Arianna certainly knows the famous and they keep coming. Today has posts from former blogger Bill Maher, former blogger Gary Hart, Larry David (supporting Bolton), Tina Brown (nicely done on her fade out from TV), Rob Reiner, Jerry Brown, Joe Scarborough, Larry Gelbart, Rob Reiner, Hiam Saban, Jon Corzine, Walter Cronkite…. Now if she can just get Letterman to blog….

: And in a smart business movie, Arianna is syndicating the fame blog via Tribune.

The man-blows-up-man story

The man-blows-up-man story

: John Tierney has a super column in The Times today with long-needed journalistic self-examination of our coverage of “suicide bombers,” as we’ve dubbed these insane murders. Tierney says he doesn’t read these stories anymore, except the ones he had to report and write:

When the other reporters and I finished filling our notebooks, we wondered morosely if we could have done a service to everyone – victims, mourners, readers – by reducing the story to a box score. We all knew the template: number of victims, size of the crater, distance debris had been hurled, height of smoke plume, range at which explosion was heard.

There was no larger lesson except that some insurgents were willing and able to kill civilians, which was not news. We were dutifully presenting as accurate an image as we could of one atrocity, but we knew we were contributing to a distorted picture of life for Iraqis….

Correspondents complained that they’d essentially become cop reporters, and that the suicide bombings took so much of their time that they couldn’t report on the rest of the country. They were more interested in other stories, but as long as the rest of the press corps kept covering the bombing du jour, that was where their editors and producers expected them to be, too….

I’m not advocating official censorship, but there’s no reason the news media can’t reconsider their own fondness for covering suicide bombings. A little restraint would give the public a more realistic view of the world’s dangers…

Terrorists know the numbers are against them and realize that daily bombings will not win the war. All along, their hope has been to inspire recruits and spread general fear with another tactic, the bombing as photo opportunity. For some reason, their media strategy still works.

More power

More power

: I’ve been holding off upgrading to the Treo 650 to see whether I can get a high-speed EVDO version from Verizon, which has said nothing. But now Earthlink, which resells Verizon access, says its 650 will use EVDO, according to Treonauts. Blogging from anywhere, baby.

And a good thing it is

And a good thing it is

: Andrew Sullivan confesses.