Posts from December 21, 2003

The public life

The public life
: Chris Pirillo blogs his divorce. That’s the problem of living publicly; the bad comes with the good.

Serious business

Serious business
: The threat level is orange and Dean tells bloggers to stop snarking about it and grow up.

J-school prof gets it bigtime!

J-school prof gets it bigtime!
: Hats off to James Glen Stovall, a j-prof at the University of Alabama, whose new textbook on Web Journalism seems to get it, really get it. Hypergene Medialog [via CyberWriter] pulls a few notable quotes. This one sums up weblogs and their value and significance to big-time journalism as well as anything I’ve seen yet:

… on some topics, weblogs are a source of up-to-date information that no media organization attempts to match. In addition, weblogs have an inherent respect for their audiences and take advantage of their wide-ranging knowledge and expertise. While contributions may not come from trained journalists and may not be vetted through a traditional editing process, weblogs offer the possibility of presenting a much wider range of points of view about information than would be possible in the traditional media.

That’s precisely the point I’ve been trying to make to the NY Times on Zeyad and the Bahgdad anti-terrorism demonstrations: Weblogs are a new source of information and viewpoints we could never before afford to gather. That’s valuable. Period.

Stovall on web journalism:

This new relationship will have profound effects on the way journalists gather information and make decisions. Readers are likely to become sources of information and lead journalists to new inquiries and stories. They could provide valuable perspective to journalists who are new to a story or not part of the community they cover (two of the major criticism of journalists today), offering points of view that journalists would not normally hear in talking with

Spawn

Spawn
: A frequent commenter hereabouts starts his own blog.

It won’t fly

It won’t fly
: Daniel Drezner shows why a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage won’t get off the ground. Thank goodness, a constitutional amendment is extremely difficult to enact. Threatening one is usually the last, desperate act of a hopeless movement.

: Update: Chris Geidner fisks the NY Times story that says a poll finds “strong support” for a gay marriage ban. [via Atrios]