Posts from February 20, 2004

More from Iran

More from Iran
: The BlogIran newsletter proclaims:

Reports from most Iranian cities are stating about the massive popular boycott of the Islamic Clerical regime’s sham elections. Millions of Iranians have stayed home and far from official ballot boxes in order to show the rejection of the Islamic republic in its totality.

: Keep reading the citizens’ reporting on Persian blogs, translated here: Great stuff, very local. A few excerpts here and also a few posts below.

: Here’s a nice post from a Persian blog on media manipulation…

eehum: Tehran 14:00pm – TV’s channel 2 is showing images of people voting in different cities across the country. Images of city of Tabriz [north-west of Iran] show a long queue of people waiting to vote. However, looking carefully in the images, you can see there are a lot of people wearing short-sleeve shirts and not wearing warm clothes. I would like to ask my friends to find out the temperature in Tabriz. There is no doubt that these films are taken in a warm season.

Later in this blog: A friend told me that Tabriz is almost 8 degrees celcius above zero [which is indeed cold and not suitable for summer T-shirts].

” More media moments:

Iran and World News: This morning, on 10:30, around 50 people gathered around a minibus

Surprise

Surprise
: New York’s amazing. I ran into Jay Rosen on the street today as I headed to an MBA conference, where I was blathering on a panel. Then he emailed me to let me know that he and Anil Dash were speaking at noon at the Information Law Institute about how weblogs are changing the world. In the lobby on the way in, I met the famous Zach Rosen, Jay’s nephew, who built much of DeanSpace (along with Jay’s mother). In the room, there’s David Isenberg, expert in stupid networks (whom I just saw at ETech and who’s holding his own confab in April… update in a minute). So I’m here and I’ll blog.

: Anil is taking the crowd — many PhD candidates, a journalism teacher from Moscow, Red Burns of NYU’s ITP, a stellar crew — on the basics of weblogs.

He shows Glenn Reynolds blog and links from there to mine and says this page is a triumph of content over presentation. Anil truly hates this undesign. And he’s right.

: Anil shows the top story on Blodex for the Grey Tuesday music protest. A prof asks whether there has been major-media coverage. None.

: Michael Weiksner, a founder of e-the-people, is talking now. His blog.

E-thepeople sounded like a good idea when it started (I tried to do a business deal with them) but it never quite took off. It was a one-size-fits-all space for any cause, any grassroots effort to start a petition or a movement. Deanspace, on the other hand, exploded, as did MoveOn.org. That tells me that the tool is just a tool; it’s the movement that draws the people.

: Now Jay Rosen is up. “I called it Pressthink because that’s what I do… I didn’t want to do it until I had the perfect title and this is the perfect title.” That is how Nick Denton thinks, too; he won’t start a site until he has the ideal name.

Jay says that when he asked people advice on starting a weblog, everyone said the same thing: Make it short. And that’s why he didn’t.

Jay says he has his own magazine in his weblog, but “it has an outlet to the sea.”

He says the weblog lets him to be an online equal to, say CJR.org.

Jay’s saying many smart things that I’d dilute if I tried to summarize them. Just go reread his seminal post on what’s radical about the weblog form in journalism; that’s what he’s going through now.

Blogging the White House

Blogging the White House
: Here’s blogger and publisher Rex Hammock’s blog report on his meeting with George Bush (see yesterday’s post for background). Great stuff:

The President sat with us at a conference table between me and a young stay-at-home mother of two whose husband is a police officer (and, like me, a expat Alabamian). Across from the three of us sat two other young women and an older man, an apple farmer from Gettysburg, Penn. One of the women was a single mother of two who works full time and takes graduate school classes online. The other was a mom who works fulltime.

There were a few staffers around the edges of the room, including the logistics and policy people who had planned the event and a White House photographer. Andrew Card sat at the end of the table as a quiet observer,

Each participant had a name card in front of us and the Prersident was quick to use our first names in chatting with us about our work and families, especially asking us about how we had used any tax refunds or incentives. Only a few people knew I was going to do this, but more than one asked jokingly if I thought the President would give me a nickname. I’m happy not to disappoint them. He did. He turned to me once to ask a question and said,

Cut the crap, Kerry: Debate!

Cut the crap, Kerry: Debate!
: Edwards is, of course, itching for a one-on-one debate but on the radio this morning, Kerry’s side was still playing coy, saying a debate should include all candidates.

Crap. Don’t play with us. A lot of Americans are now trying to make an earnest and well-informed decision between these two candidates and we have the right to hear them without the distraction of the sideshow candidates.

At this stage in a campaign, nobody with, say, less than 5 percent of votes should be debating.

Dean ‘nuts’

Dean ‘nuts’
: A top labor leader calls Howard Dean “nuts:”

One of Howard Dean’s most powerful labor supporters, Gerald W. McEntee, said on Thursday that he had decided that Dr. Dean was “nuts” shortly before he withdrew his support for Dr. Dean’s candidacy and begged him to quit the race to avoid a humiliating defeat.

Mr. McEntee, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, defended his decision to abandon the campaign, saying he told Dr. Dean that he did not want to spend another $1 million of his union’s money “in order to get him a couple of extra points in Wisconsin.”

“I have to vent,” Mr. McEntee, the often blunt leader of the nation’s largest public service union, said in a leisurely interview in his office here. “I think he’s nuts.”

The voters figured that out before you did, sir.