by Jeff Jarvis
: One must take news flashes from weblogs without names with a grain of salt but this one is intriguing. From the American/Iranian husband-wife weblog View From Iran:
Our sources tell us that quiet investigations into the plane crashes here in Iran on February 19 and in Pakistan on February 20 were likely bombs and the work of Al Qaeda. The belief is that they were a direct response to the fact that the 2 governments had recently arrested several suspected members of Al Qaeda.
Al-Qaeda’s MO is often not to take “credit” for its attacks (thus getting “credit” for fear they didn’t necessarily instigate) and so this is conceivable.
: Hoder, the man who started the Iranian weblog revolution, calls on weblog software and news aggregator creators to get up to speed internationalizing their applications so they can handle languages that don’t use this alphabet. Amen to that. Look at what’s happening in Iran; imagine what can happen throughout the world as weblogs build bridges across borders. Stick that in your RSS pipe and smoke it!
Building bridges, building islands
: The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman got it wrong today in his column on Google as God.
He fears that the Internet will lead to more islands, more hatred, more collections of groups doing bad.
But I see the exact opposite happening. I even preached about it today. I see more connections, more bridges, thus fewer islands. I see Iranians and Americans talking; I see Iraqis beginning to tell their stories to the world; I see Israelis communicating their viewpoint; I see good coming of all this.
The byte is half-full, Mr. Friedman, not half-empty. The Internet — and particularly, weblogs — brings connections, not disconnections, understanding, not misunderstanding.