I’m forever blowing Googles
by Jeff Jarvis
Laughing instead of crying
: Election humor is exploding:
: Go see Frank Lesser’s Lie Girls now! You can call them and they’ll tell you what you want to hear….
“The economy is getting bigger and bigger…. It’s soooo big!”
“We’re the coalition of the willing!”
This from the man who brought you Pleasure Boat Captains for Truth.
: When I met the leaders of Communists for Kerry the other night, I asked them whether they had challenged Billionnaires for Bush to a rumble — depending on your age, imagine West Side Story or Gangs of New York with a laughtrack. So now the commies are challenging the buckboys in email from Ivan Lenin:
Here’s the deal. After Nov.2, we will probably be out of business, and you probably hope that the opposite will happen. We challenge you to a battle re-enactment. Your Big Money vs our Revolutionary Rage. Your classy wit against our leftist nonsense. Your snobbish pussiness against our relentless propaganda.
OK, maybe ya hadda be there.
: I spoke to yet another person yesterday about the popularity and success of Jon Stewart in this selection season, trying to unlock the mystery of it all and I said it’s really quite simple:
Politics is funny and news media doesn’t admit it from its high, institutional perch. At a human level, it is hilarious. That is precisely what gives Stewart more credibility: He, like we, knows just how absurd this crap is.
: Now this isn’t exactly a punchline, but note, too, how even NBC News is trying to make the election if not funny, at least fun.
I stopped by their Democracy Plaza — aka Rockefeller Plaza — yesterday after the cohost of Capital Report said he was there while I was taping my segment a few blocks away. There are all kinds of exhibits — a first-edition printing of the Declaration of Independence, which is, truly, goose-bump material; and activities (walk through a replica of Air Force One); and eye candy (huge flashing screens — Times Square for populism).
In the ice of Rock Center, they have painted a map of the United State, which you see here (simply, through my Treo). On election night, they will transform those states red and blue as the election is called. (Can you erase ice?)
Dear Mr. Powell,
: Doc Searls has two magnificent posts directed to Federal Censorship Commission boss Michael Powell. The first is a rant, the second is a patient effort to explain why this new thing you’re using right now isn’t a medium with content. It’s new, damnit, it’s new. From the rant Doc wrote after reading a hamhanded speech of Powell’s (with my button-pushing so as not to get on the wrong side of the FCC):
Reading this s*** just brings out the Jersey Guy in me…
Excuse me, dude, but I’m not just a f***ing “consumer” and I don’t just want f***ing “access.” Me and my friends here want to want to blow up the whole f***ing system you’re protecting. You’re a nice guy and all, and have some nice things to say, but you’re fucking in the way. Please step aside.
This revolution is about the demand side getting the power to supply. That’s what the Net, free software, Linux, open source, blogging, podcasting, indy music, indy movies and every other movement growing out of connected independence is about. The Net is a whole new marketplace, a land of the free and the home of the smart, the talented and the enterprising. It doesn’t matter how big and fat and old and well-connected your industrial system is. If it doesn’t adapt to the Net’s environment, it’ll choke on its own exhaust.
It would help to have an FCC that understands the nature of this new place. Michael Powell showed some positive signs a few years ago, but now he doesn’t. Freedom of “access” is bulls**t. Freedom to speak, produce, write, perform and do business is what it’s about. Maintaining the old one2many plumbing mentality is a shame and a sham. And worse, delusional.
Doc is cute when he’s mad.
He then sat down and tried to explain it all in terms that even a politician and bureaucrat could understand:
The way we describe the Net (and the Web) is primarily in place terms. We have “sites” that we also call “locations” with “addresses.” We often talk about the Net as an “environment” or a “habitat.” For regulatory purposes, the best description we use is “commons.” All of those terms derive from conceiving the Net as a place, rather than as a transport system.
In this place we’re writing, speaking, talking, inventing, innovating and doing business. We’re not just “consumers” looking for “access” to “content” from “producers” or “providers,” though many of us do only that. The Net is so broadly supportive that any of us can as easily supply as demand. And we’re doing exactly that. This may be scary to established media and other businesses, but it’s the way things work in free markets (which I know you appreciate), and nothing supports those better than the Net….
Our biggest challenge