The Pres’ words
: He’s no Tony Blair, but Bush had strong words tonight on Iraq:
America’s commitment to freedom in Iraq is consistent with our ideals and required by our interests. Iraq will either be a peaceful, democratic country or it will again be a source of violence, a haven for terror and a threat to America and to the world….
As I have said to those who have lost loved ones, we will finish the work of the fallen.
America’s armed forces are performing brilliantly, with all the skill and honor we expect of them. We’re constantly reviewing their needs. Troop strength now and in the future is determined by the situation on the ground. If additional forces are needed, I will send them. If additional resources are needed, we will provide them….
Now is the time, and Iraq is the place, in which the enemies of the civilized world are testing the will of the civilized world. We must not waver….
Yet, in this conflict, there is no safe alternative to resolute action. The consequences of failure in Iraq would be unthinkable.
Every friend of America in Iraq would be betrayed to prison and murder, as a new tyranny arose. Every enemy of America in the world would celebrate, proclaiming our weakness and decadence, and using that victory to recruit a new generation of killers.
We will succeed in Iraq.
Good speechwriter. Things didn’t stay quite so stentorian when the Q&A began, of course.
: WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Fred Wilson fisks the Pres.
The Pres conference
: It is as if Bush listened to Jay Rosen and ignored the press in the room and addressed the people directly. He spoke for 20 minutes regarding Iraq with more eloquence and force than usual, about our obligation and our determination. He will send more troops. We cannot think of defeat.
And it’s as if the press is listening to Rosen, too, and plays its bozo role perfect, asking the first question about Iraq and Vietnam and a “quagmire.”
Now I hate to bring everything back to bloggers; it’s so damned blogcentric, so blogotistical, so blognoxious.
If I were the Pres’ press secretary, I’d invite a few bloggers to the Pres conference and make sure the Pres called on them. These people, as citizens, would represent the citizens and their questions better than the detached, obvious, quagmiring reporters in the room. The press would hate it. But how could they complain, really, about citizens coming to the White House to question power? Isn’t that what reporters are supposed to do? Not challenge power. Not disdain power. Question power.
: Just amazing that the reporters keep harping on wanting Bush to say that he made a “mistake” or “failed” or should “apologize.”
Jeesh, do they think this is Oprah and they’re all Dr. Phil?
Is this on the test?
: Chris Albritton gives extra-credit questions about blogging for his NYU journalism class. Would you pass?
How many blogs are there?
What is considered the first blog?
What are the types of blogs; how do they differ from each other?
Why is blogging important?
Why should journalists know about blogging?
How can it help or harm journalism?
Who are considered some of the Web’s top bloggers?
What are the top five stories each on Daypop, Blogdex and Technorati for April 23, 2004? (You’ll have to wait to research this.)
What did you learn in this class?
: Jay Rosen has a pre-Pres conference message.
Enabling the conversation
: Honest to God, I was sitting on the couch last night thinking, gee, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a link on every post to see who’s linking to it and what they’re saying: the point-to-point Technorati.
And this morning, I see that Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing has done just that.
Dave Sifry explains how to do it yourself.
What’s so great about Technorati is that it enables the conversation: You say something; I link to it and react; you link back; somebody else links to one of us. It’s the conversation.
I looked at what Cory and Dave created and explained and said to myself it’d be even better if it did one more thing. And then came a message from Cory asking for two more great ideas: A counter so you can tell whether there are links and a degree-of-separation that lets you know not only who linked to this post but who linked to the links in this post (that is, who else linked to Cory’s post above).
The conversation gets more and more voices. It’s a chorus.
: Hmmm. I just tried it but it didn’t work for me, because it didn’t pick up the anchor tag for my permalinks….