Posts from February 18, 2004

Dean paupers

Dean paupers
: I wonder how many Dean paupers there are. Trippi tells the story of the person who sold a bike to give the money to the campaign. I’ll just bet you have college students who gave their book money to Howard. They’re grown-up and it’s their right and privilege to do so. Still, the social pressure to give and give again was strong and I’ll bet that today, there are a lot of Deaniacs who sacrificed for the campaign and now wonder whether it was worth it.

Iranian blogs in the news

Iranian blogs in the news
: AFP discovers the political power of Iranian weblogs:

If Iran’s hardline clergy has had little trouble barring reformist candidates from parliament, it is finding it much tougher to keep dissent from spreading on the increasingly busy Internet.

Dozens of Farsi-language political websites have sprung up catering to Iranian web surfers hungry for news and views that go beyond the austere, official line of the Islamic Republic.

And while the ruling clerics look certain to tighten their hold on the political establishment in Friday’s parliamentary election, they are fighting a losing battle to keep dissident websites in check, experts said.

“They are closing them down left and right,” said one Internet executive who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But you close one, 10 more open.”

Howard Dean and Joe Trippi didn’t start the weblog political movement. Hossein Derakhshan and the Iranians did.

Dean, toasting

Dean, toasting
: Dean’s making an announcement at 1p today. Already, the Deaniacs are sitting shiva for the campaign on the blog.

: Dean’s campaign obit from the AP.

Blogs on the air

Blogs on the air
: Chris Lydon interviewed Iranian blog pioneer Hossein Derakhshan yesterday; sadly, I can’t get the audio file to work.

Meanwhile, Boston.com reports that Chris’ Minnesota Public Radio gig could turn into something bigger with blogs and broadcast:

It’s just possible that Chris Lydon’s current gig as a fill-in host on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Midmorning” show could lead to bigger things. According to spokeswoman Suzanne Perry, MPR — which produces such significant national programming as “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Marketplace” — is starting to think about developing a national show about politics and blogging that would be hosted by Lydon, the former host of WBUR-FM’s “The Connection.” “We’re always exploring new national programs,” Perry said. Reached yesterday in Minnesota, Lydon said, “First, it’s not that cold. Second, there are real radio professionals [here]. Third, they’re wildly interested, as I am, in the Internet extensions of media.”