Posts from October 23, 2004

More Jon Stewart… and more Jon Stewart….

More Jon Stewart… and more Jon Stewart….

: Howard Kurtz has a very good page-one story in the Washington Post on the Jon Stewart phenom today (I’m quoted).

: Stewart is the subject of 60 Minutes tomorrow night, too.

: From Kurtz’ story:

“Even I’m sick of us,” says Ben Karlin, the show’s executive producer. But “the media beast must be fed,” he added, amused that the show is being hyped by the “pack journalism” it regularly ridicules.

: Law Dork Chris Geidner sees significance in Kurtz quoting bloggers alongside real newsmen about the fake newsman.

Although it shows great progress that The Washington Post cited three Web sites — including two blogs — in a front-page story, the “idea integration” is just beginning. Bloggers who wish to add to the public dialogue have a responsibility not to just become more “talking heads.” As bloggers become more mainstream, there will be moments — like Cox’s MTV stint during the Democratic National Convention — to become “one of them.” And that’s fine.

But it’s important that we don’t leave the ideas behind on our laptops. Jarvis, for example told Kurtz of Stewart: “He calls politicians bozos. And then he went over the next line on ‘Crossfire’ and called media guys bozos.” Jarvis helped move the discussion he’s been having on the blogs to the rest of the world.

Like Stewart, some of the top bloggers are having to deal with the question: What happens when your Web log, or “blog,” project is legitimized (and loses scare quotes)? What changes? What stays the same?

Stewart, Cox, and Jarvis bring us no answers in today’s Post, but Kurtz’s article certainly highlights the questions.

: I will also note the irony that I praised Stewart for going after the yellers for yelling and then I appeared on CNBC’s Capitol Report and faced a bozo nutjob and right-wing media conspiracy theorist Bob Kohn and what could I do but point my finger at him and raise the volume? But Stewart’s lesson isn’t to lower the volume. It’s to be honest and call a bozo a bozo.

My sermon

My sermon

: Once a year, I get hornswoggled into preaching a sermon at my little Congregational Church in Warren, NJ. If you’re in the nabe, the show starts at 10:30 on Sunday. Here, if you choose to bear it, is the text of the sermon; I’ll try to put up an MP3 later, if that works.

You’ll be amused to know that I preach about mistakes… and Dan Rather… and George Bush… and more.

(Earlier efforts: six months after 9/11… a year after 9/11… and last year….)

How do I record MP3s?

How do I record MP3s?

: What’s the best software to use to record MP3s off a microphone — spoken word?

: Thanks for the advice. I just bought Super MP3 Recorder because I remembered using it before; it’ll work.

: I plan to record myself giving a sermon (insert punchline here) tomorrow and put it up here if it’s not too embarrassing.

: Yes, I should buy a Mac.

: Sadly, though, my iPod won’t work because I got a mini; it won’t record voice. That’s a reason not to cheap out and buy the mini.

The Iraqi blogosphere is a year old

The Iraqi blogosphere is a year old

: Of course, Salam Pax started blogging more than a year ago. But I just realized that blogs started spreading a year ago this week when Zeyad started blogging and getting others to blog and it has grown from there. (Here is the wonderful email Zeyad sent me before he started blogging.) Since then, more and more bloggers have joined in with more perspectives and we have learned so much from these good people as they have shared their lives with us through a year of great possibilities and greater trials.

: I neglected to link to this remarkable post by Omar on his meeting with Kerry Dupont and Jim Hake of Spirit of America and other Iraqi media leaders in Jordan. They are doing great work together.

: Here is an update on the work of Spirit of America by the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Henninger.

If the shoe fits…

If the shoe fits…

: Manolo blogs….

Under a picture of a beautiful model without one shoe on, Manolo says: “Manolo says, you are beautiful, pouty and dark, but you must leave the shoes on!

Even if they hurt, you must leave the shoes on! Sacrifice for the art of the catwalk!”

On a report that Carol Santana is making shoes, Manolo says: “Manolo aks you, does Manolo try to play the guitar?

NO!

Manolo does the shoes.”