Posts from June 10, 2005

Los Alamos update

Los Alamos update

: Wizbang links to the debunking of the Los Alamos whistleblower’s contention that he was beaten up because of his whistling…. and files it under dumbasses.

Who’s news

Who’s news

: PrivateRadio started tracking the news sources on GoogleNews because they’re not transparent about it; the tracking started when I started complaining, with others, about a neonazi “news” site soome Googler let in. Well, PrivateRadio has done amazing things to the tracking, now analyzing top stories and top sources by topic. Go take a look.

A long trip to the polls

A long trip to the polls

: Hossein Derakhshan is returning to Iran for the first time since he started the blog revolution there to witness the election. It’s a brave move, considering the things that have been said about him in regime papers, but with the whole world watching, let’s hope he is safe.

Tough love

Tough love

: I love Technorati like a brother. But my reaction to the new design is that I’d put less effort into design and more into performance.

Painting deckchairs

Painting deckchairs

: AOL CEO Jonathan Miller tries to tout the wonders of AOL’s soon-to-be-public portal (a decade-late strategy, also known as conceding defeat) in a New York Times interview:

The intent, Mr. Miller said, is to differentiate AOL.com from Yahoo by having a distinctive “voice” tuned to popular culture. The site’s main screens are meant to have the chatty personality of a morning talk show or women’s magazine, focusing on celebrities, health topics and the news of the day, drawing users to participate through instant polls and links to AOL’s chat rooms.

“The day I thought we nailed it was the day that Terri Schiavo died,” Mr. Miller explained. Yahoo and most other portals highlighted the story with headlines copied from news agency obituaries that read something like, “Terri Schiavo dead at 41,” he recalled.

“The AOL headline was, ‘Terri Schiavo’s sad story comes to an end,’ ” noted Mr. Miller, who said the AOL version better reflected the emotion of the case.

That’s just pathetic.

Oh, gawd, I wish I had sold my Time Warner stock before AOL came along and my FU money said FU.

The distributed newsroom

The distributed newsroom

: The Guardian has a good roundup of what it calls independent media hubs — places where people can share and remix media. We used to call that a newsroom, only now it’s freed of the room. See also the New Newsroom post below.

What is truth?

What is truth?

: Vin Crosbie quotes Slate’s Jacob Weisberg at the Editor & Publisher echo chamber: “Newspaper editors publish a story once they think it is true. Bloggers publish a story to see if it is true.” I don’t think that’s true. For the implication is that bloggers don’t care about the truth. No, the real difference is that bloggers are more open to the notion that a story can be corrected and improved after it is published. But that doesn’t make for such a neat quote.

Once a snob…

Once a snob…

: Kurt Andersen, the original snarkmeister, gets snotty about blogs.