Posts from January 24, 2004

It’s the economy, stupid

It’s the economy, stupid
: Tom Friedman gives us a bonus sixth part to his five-part series (confirming my suspicion that last week’s was an Iowa special edition) with a simple message: The cure to the problem of the Middle East is jobs.

I was at Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley a few days ago, and they have this really amazing electronic global map that shows, with lights, how many people are using Google to search for knowledge. The region stretching from Morocco to the border of India had almost no lights. I attended a breakfast at Davos on the outsourcing of high-tech jobs from the U.S. and Europe to the developing world. There were Indian and Mexican businessmen there, and much talk about China. But not a word was spoken about outsourcing jobs to the Arab world. The context

Simultaneous translation

Simultaneous translation
: Can any sane person tell me what the f this means?

Howard Dean’s bark was missing its bite. And his socks were missing their warp. Not to mention their woof.

If copy like that ever passed my desk, I would (a) demand a rewrite, (b) fire the person, (c) not run it. But then, I don’t work here.

Y’know, I’ve never hopped on the bandwagon trying to run over this writer but I’m running to catch up and jump on now.

If you’re not interactive, you’re deaf

If you’re not interactive, you’re deaf
: It pisses me off that I can’t leave comments at CampaignDesk.org. This supposed watchdog on the press and the campaign calls coverage of the Dean Scream “cheap shots.” I’d like to respond. But I can’t. What are you afraid of, guys?

Bryan Keefer writes something that’s nothing short of a Dean apologia, arguing that poor Howie was just trying to be heard above the roar of his eager supporters. Crap. He knew he was on TV. His rant was a coldly calculated move that backfired badly. He decided to come out looking not like a loser. And he ended up looking like a loser of another variety. And the voters and many a pundit and most comics and lotsa bloggers called it.

I would say that on CampaignDesk’s site. But they don’t want to hear from us.

The piece ends:

In the hermetically sealed world of campaign coverage, Dean’s post-caucus speech is no longer just a speech — it’s a symptom.

Who’s hermetically sealed?

Enemies networks

Enemies networks
: I’ve had it with friend networks. I want an enemies network. Six degrees of enmity. You are whom you hate. I want to send email to people: I hate you, do you hate me? I want to see reverse-friend networks: Any enemy of yours is a friend of mine. I want an automated social system that tells my friends whom not to invite to the same party with me (henceforth known as the Gawker index). I want to make it a life’s ambition to build a longer enemies list than Richard Nixon. I want to be mean again. Enough of this friend crap.

One-click campaigning

One-click campaigning
: Hats off to Amazon for creating one-click campaign contributions.

I hope they expand to local races.

FAQs here.

: I want to see more metadata (see the post below), for example: People who contribute to Howard Dean also buy Hey Ya!