Any friend of his…
: Roger Simon should sue Amazon. My “plog” (which disappears on its own, by the way) started this way today:
Jeffrey’s Plog Beta Monday, July 12, 2004
Weapons of Mass Distortion : The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media was released just 6 days ago on July 6, 2004; We thought you’d be interested because you bought Director’s Cut : A Moses Wine Novel.
Moses Wine, by smart man Roger Simon. Weapons of Mass Distortion by frightening self-appointed national nanny and religious fanatic and enemy of free speech and the First Amendment Brent Bozell. And what the hell made Amazon’s computers think these would go together?
: Fred Wilson talks on a panel at Infinity Radio (as in Viacom and Howard Stern) about what radio will be like in 2010, for like all big media companies, they’re worried about where this is headed. He shares his prognostications here.
The interesting flipside to the discussion he takes part in is what new disruptive opportunities there are for us citizens.
Internet radio hasn’t taken over the world yet but I think it will grow: Any of us can start a live radio station (but if you play music, you’ll need to pay fees for it). The problem today is distribution: The audience doesn’t expect to be tethered to a wire to the Internet to listen to radio. Radio is supposed to be everywhere. Once high-speed wireless connectivity is ubiquitous, online radio will be everywhere. But I don’t know when that will happen.
So I’ve been thinking that the first thing we should be doing — if we want to make radio — is to produce for iPods (and other MP3 players) so that our listeners can take our programming anywhere. I liked it when Chris Lydon interviewed people in the worlds of blogs and politics and I could take his interviews with me (sadly, he has all but stopped as he works on radio). I keep looking at Audible to find other nonfiction audio to hear but I don’t find much.
So what could you produce with a PC and a microphone that would be worth hearing on an iPod? Interviews? Jokes? Audio posts (what if 10 bloggers got one minute each to speak on a topic each day)? Arguments (our version of talk radio)? Reviews? Man-on-the-street reviews (ask people what they think of a movie or restaurant as they leave)? None of the above?
The Daily Stern
: CENSORING EVEN PBS: Richard Dreyfuss reluctantly bleeps a show he made for PBS to keep them out of trouble. Good quotes ensue:
Three foul words, including the F-word, have been bleeped from a new PBS drama, much to the chagrin of Richard Dreyfuss, its star and executive producer.
Dreyfuss and fellow executive producer David Black, a veteran TV writer, said that they reluctantly agreed to abide by new Federal Communications Commission language standards, but only to keep PBS, producing station KCET/Hollywood and other public TV stations from being slapped with onerous fines.
The drama, “Cop Shop,” which also stars Blair Brown, Rosie Perez, Rita Moreno and Jay Thomas, is to air Oct. 6 as the latest edition of the “PBS Hollywood Presents” series.
Dreyfuss and Black spelled out their reasons for the compliance in statements read at the outset of a session Friday at the TV critics’ summer press tour in Century City. Each also criticized the political pressures that led to the bleeps in the two-part, 90-minute program.
“The new FCC regulations represent an unacceptable assault on our First Amendment rights, on everyone’s First Amendment rights, an act unworthy of a free country, an act of censorship,” Black told the critics. To underscore the irony of the required bleeping, Black added: “As for the word ‘f—,’ I stand with Vice President (Dick) Cheney, who recently used the word on the Senate floor and who said sometimes you have to use it unapologetically because it makes you feel better afterwards.”
Dreyfuss, speaking via satellite from New York, where he is starring in “Sly Fox” on Broadway even as he battles pneumonia, called the required deletion of the words “a real-world moral and ethical battle with grimly wrongheaded un-American types who play pick and choose when they define our freedoms of speech and religion as it fits their particular political needs.”
He added: “Officeholders should remember that we are not children and shouldn’t be patronized or protected from ourselves.”
How to screw up and admit it
: Reader Patrick Hynes emails me a comparative study in newspaper corrections.
In the “Do’s” column, put Dan Okrent’s correction this Sunday:
In my June 27 column, I described Nigel Hamilton’s “Bill Clinton: An American Journey” as a “full-frontal attack.” This characterization came from my reliance on a review by critic Michiko Kakutani. She may be right, but given that I’ve never read the book, it was stupid of me to characterize it with such glib surety.
In the Don’t’s column, put Washington Post Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s 12-graf “explanation” for falsely reporting that Paul Bremer did not give a farewell address to the Iraqi people. “I screwed up; sorry” should have summed it up. But check out the full length of his effort to spread the blame on Scott Johnson’s blog.
: Reuters writes about Michael Powell’s “blog” on Always On (and a Tony Pierce comment on Howard Stern gets quoted). Powell’s contribution is getting lots of comments and that’s good. The only problem with this is that people will read the Reuters story, go to Powell’s thing, and say, “Oh, that’s what a blog looks like.” It doesn’t. Even Always-On is properly calling it a column now.