Media on media
: I’m on On The Media this weekend talking about vlogs, about citizens’ video. Listen here. Or download big radio’s first podcast! (Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate are the next podcasts; when I last appeared on Brian’s show, I bugged him and the station’s program director to put up MP3s of their shows… and they are!) Esther Dyson appears on the same show.
On the interview, Bob Garfield makes reference to my embarrassing albeit pioneering attempts at vlogging two years ago. OK, since you insist, they’re here.
: I’m also interviewed on The Advertising Show about citizens’ media and marketing. Stream will be up midday Saturday.
: England is turning into America. The red states are spreading. Church attendance rises in London.
: More evidence of red-state seepage into England: An outcry of prigs and prudes against the BBC airing of the Jerry Springer play.
So much for tsunami news
: Jen and Brad have split.
: Australians are worried about attacks on aid workers by angry Muslims:
Fuelling the volatility of the region, fundamental Islamic activists are also flooding into the region in a bid to guard against what they regard as dangerous Western influences….
Indonesian sources say the chief concerns for the safety of aid workers and unarmed defence personnel are Free Aceh Movement (GAM) separatists looking for publicity, criminal gangs attached to GAM, and Islamic fundamentalists concerned about the influx of Westerners.
One hardline Islamic group took aim yesterday at an Australian Catholic charity, Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets, planning to set up an orphanage in tsunami-ravaged Aceh, warning it not to try to convert Muslim children.
Nutjobs. Just plain nutjobs.
I ridiculed the NY Times when it said the reason for us to give aid to Indian Ocean victims was because we should make nice to Muslims for our PR. No, I said, the reason to do it is because it’s the right thing to do. Period.
And attacking aid workers who are doing the right thing is the wrong thing. Period. If these nutjobs attack the good souls who are there to help them… well, let the world and God judge them.
Paranoia reigns supreme
: I, too, am chomping at the bit waiting for CBS to finally release the Rathergate report. But in the meantime, I have a life. RatherBiased apparently does not. Now they’re even attacking CBS flacks. They’re going after the hiring of Donna Dees, a former CBS flack because — gasp — she’s an organizer of the Million Mom March! She doesn’t like guns! She must be a … liberal!
Back when I was a TV critic, I worked with Donna. I asked for tapes and facts. She sent them. Worked fine. I met her at MMM. She was still nice. So now she’s going to flack for CBS News again. No big. No conspiracy. No — pardon me — smoking gun.
Hey, Ratherbiased guys, go take a weekend. Go to the mall. Go to a movie. Get popcorn. Order a beer. Live it up. And then let’s get back next week and dig into the Rathergate report with fang and claws. In the meantime, get a life.