Posts from January 2003

Enough already: Many folks are

Enough already
: Many folks are rightfully impressed with J.D. Lassica’s experiment with what he calls “transparent journalism.” He put up all his interviews for a story on syndicated news feeds (see his links here). Dave Winer says:

Someday all reporters will do this. Hey maybe they’ll skip writing the polished piece, esp when the article isn’t appearing in print.

ARRRGH! Noooo!

I look at J.D.’s voluminous interviews (oh, boy, did he do his homework) and I have a very different reaction: I thank God for reporters and writers who distill all this into a brief story that tells me what I need or want to know and little more. That is the value they add and I hope they never stop adding it.

When I started online news sites, lo, eight years ago, the reflex that came out of many print editors was: Gee, we can put up all the stuff we didn’t have room to print; at the end of every story we can have a line that says “for more, go online…”

Well, that didn’t work for two reasons: First, and most important, if you’re doing your job as a reporter or editor, then you should have told most people most of what they want to know in the story you just published. If you didn’t, you did it wrong. I never finish every story in the paper and I leave informationally sated; I rarely read a whole story and remain hungry for more. The second reason this didn’t work is that it takes effort to put all that material online (and also worry about whether there’s anything libelous or wrong in it).

I’m fine with reporters who have the time putting up their interviews and notes for those who really want more. But I warn you: Those will be few — often too few to justify the effort.

Citizen Layne: Ken Layne et

Citizen Layne
: Ken Layne et al just published their prototype issue of the LA Examiner. This is huge. The only new papers starting in this country (besides the NY Sun) are ones in other languages; here’s one I can read. I can’t wait to see it. I wish they’d put up a few PDFs of pages so we can all bask in the glory of a newspaper launch.

Wear just the facts, maam:

Wear just the facts, maam
: Lost Remote reports that Naked News — the web show that is just that, naked people reading news — will now get on the air at Toronto’s CityTV, a real innovator (they created the Speaker’s Corner, in which people off the street record snippets — opinions, songs, jokes — and the best get on the air). Note a few trends here, born of the Internet: This is a show created on the Web that will now be on real TV. And this indicates a loosening attitude toward nudity (at least in Canada).

: Update: Cory Doctorow reports that CITYtv visionary — and I do mean visionary– Moses Znaimer may retire.

He launched community station CITY-TV in 1972, creating a blueprint for interactive TV that has spread across Canada and the world. He has been the on-air host of several series and specials, including The Originals on specialty channel Bravo and TVTV: The Television Revolution.

The accompanying ego is as monumental as his legacy. His west-end Toronto backyard was rearranged in the eighties to accommodate metre-high letters spelling out “Moses.”

The Museum of Spam: Der

The Museum of Spam
: Der Schockwellenreiter has put together a complete collection of Nigerian spam letters. Somebody, somewhere, is spending his days writing:

In view of your profile I was mandated by my colegues to contact you immediately for this mutual business relationship which involed a transfer of the sum of USD18,300,000.00 (Eighteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only.)into your personal or company`s bank account for safe-keeping and subsequent dibursement among us.

: BBC: The most annoying spam of 2002.

Screw the envelope… Here are

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: Since there is a popular uprising against this year’s Bloggies, I decided to put my taste where my mouth is and award my own favorites:


They are just as meaningless as any other award, just as capricious and random and political and spiked with favor. But, just like my copyright, they are mine, all mine.

The nominees? All those guys on the right.

And the winners are (in a break with Academy tradition, I’ll start with the most important first because I have a point to make and this is my show)…

: BEST BLOGGER: Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit and now MSNBC because he gives us so much — so much information, so much entertainment, so many links, so much traffic. Yes, he’s the obvious choice and that’s just the point: Blackballing him from the Bloggies was the best indication of their utter bogusness. A lot of my choices are obvious — and in this new medium, that’s also the point: Awards can point to quality; they can guide newcomers to the best we offer; they can reward the leaders. That’s what a credible blog award should do — but that’s not what the Bloggies are doing, for they’re trying to be too hip by half, too cute by the other half. Note that I avoid the cutsy categories of the Bloggies; my categories are just as obvious — thus, useful — as my awards. [Note also that at most awards shows, the acceptance speeches go on forever. Here, the presenter never shuts up. But on with the show…]

: BEST LINKS: Boing Boing — specifically Cory Doctorow’s contributions. It’s remarkable how a person’s selections — rather than his writing — can have such voice and authority. He puts the H in HTML.

: MOST CURMUDGEONLY BLOGGER: Richard Bennett. Bark=bite.

: BEST NEW BLOG: Gawker. OK, so I know its founder, Nick Denton; everybody in Hollywood knows Michael Caine and they vote for him anyway. I award Gawker because it raises the bar on blogging to a professional level.

: MOST USEFUL BLOG: Gizmodo. What, two awards for Denton? That’s not fair! Right. Life is unfair. So are awards.

: BEST POLITICAL BLOGGER: There are so many to choose from (about 95 percent of all bloggers). But I give the nod this year to Josh Marshall for pursuing stories with dogged determination.



: MOST FEARLESS BLOGGER: Little Green Footballs. Love him or hate him, he’s a dog with a bone.

: BEST OLD-TIME BLOGGER: I say Doc. Others would say Dave or Dave. But I say Doc.

: BEST BLOG DESIGN: Dean Allen’s Textism. The man respects type in a medium that does not.


: BEST RELIGION BLOG: HolyWeblog. (And yes, there are a surprising number of religion weblogs).

: BEST FOOD WEBLOG: The Red Kitchen.

: BEST LAW BLOG: LawMeme from Yale.


: BEST BLOG WRITING: Lileks. (I’m surprised I didn’t have more nominees in this category but that’s probably because most bloggers, real bloggers — a club in which, admittedly, Lileks is an honorary member — type before they write or get their writing jollies elsewhere).

: BEST MEDIA BLOG: I Want Media.

: BEST TV BLOG: Lost Remote.


: BEST BUSINESS BLOG: Corante‘s many-headed blog.

: BEST MEDIA COMPANY BLOG: The Guardian‘s Online Blog.


: BEST STUDENT BLOG: Matthew Yglesias from Harvard.

: BEST GOVERNMENT BLOG: The Shifted Librarian. OK, it’s a stretch to call this government work — but then again, it’s not. See what a creative and dedicated public servant can do with few resources but lots of energy.

: BEST BLOG PERSONALITY: Oliver Willis. You simply get to know the guy. He is what he blogs.

: BEST FOREIGN BLOG — GERMAN: Der Schockwellenreiter.

: BEST FOREIGN BLOG — JAPANESE: Joi Ito (not that I can understand the rest of them).

: BEST SEX BLOG: Raymi. It’s personal.

: MOST CREATIVE BLOGGING: Tony Pierce. Sometimes, I can’t figure out what he’s doing. Sometimes, I can’t get enough of it. But he always surprises. Always.

: BEST NEW BLOG TOOL: Technorati Link Cosmos (here’s mine).

: BEST VIDEO BLOGGING (VLOGGING): Still waiting; too new.

: BEST BLOG THAT SHOULD BE BUT ISN’T: Clay Shirky — start blogging.

Thanks everybody. Good night. Drive safe.

Sorry we had no pre-show fashion fest; bloggers are bad dressers.

And if I offended anybody by leaving you out, I apologize.(Layne and Welch: I disqualified you because you took long vacations; and Locke: I disqualified you because you are still MIA).

If you hate my list, well, then make your own. Please, make your own. That is precisely what makes blogs blogs: we pick the best; we link.

The truth is, we create our own awards shows every day with every link.