Posts from November 2003

Flim flam at 11

Flim flam at 11
: Will Farrell is lampooning TV news in Anchorman, a movie coming out next summer. But you can see the trailer now. [via Lost Remote]

Memorial failure

Memorial failure
: Greg Allen says now what I said the other day: None of the memorial proposals for the World Trade Center is sufficient. He calls for throwing them all out and starting again. And he sends us to Clay Risen‘s story in the Observer, which argues that the proposals are all too influenced by Vietnam Memorial designer Maya Lin and do not have an adequate sense of the place.

Nor is there any attempt to tie the site into its surroundings, either the rest of Ground Zero or lower Manhattan as a whole…. Then again, context wasn

Nuff said

Nuff said
: Noam Chomsky gives a snoozy forum interview at WashingtonPost.com (decrying power wherever it exists!). Here’s my favorite Q&A:

Washington, D.C.: Your writings and talks are generally very serious affairs. Do you have a humorous side? What sorts of things genuinely make you laugh?

Noam Chomsky: Playing with my grandchildren? Lots more. Frankly, I don’t like to respond to personal questions. I’m a private person. I don’t think it’s anyone’s business, apart from friends and family.

Yup, I think that answers it.

Who needs ombudsmen?

Who needs ombudsmen?
: David Weinberger fisks the Boston Globe on Dean today. Well, it’s not a true, rage-filled, gotcha fisk. It’s more a sigh-filled, disappointed dissection.

Vote for Hoder!

Vote for Hoder!
: Hossein Derakhshan, the Iranian weblog pioneer, has decided to run for the Iranian parliament!

See also the post below on the at-home primary. I suspect that weblogs give a person a small scent of power and can change their lives.

Hoder: Put up a tip jar for your campaign. I suspect there are no campaign spending limits in Iran, are there?

Update: In the comments, Sassan worries that this will put Hossein in jeopardy. I fear his incredible activities online could do that as well.

But if he merely tries to run — even if from afar, even if not allowed to, even if unable to campaign or win — sends a most powerful message:

Here is a man who has created a new political power base online.

We’ve joked about a blogger running for office in the U.S. Hoder is doing it.

We’ve joked about starting a revolution online. Hoder has done it.

I pray that Hoder does nothing to put himself at risk. But I stand in awe of what he has accomplished.