by Jeff Jarvis
Open the gates
: Commenters are pissed at his tone; I was at first, too. He compares us to tabloid lense-snappers. From Cuban, that’s like Bozo the Clown critiquing opera. But the rest of the post is actually OK: It’s about the people watching the powerful anywhere, everywhere.
The enemies of First Amendment
: The House just passed the indecent indecency bill 389-38. As soo as I can, I will put up the names of the brave 38 lawmakers who voted for the First Amendment.
: The Center For Creative Voices in Media — an anti-media-concentration group — says:
Exploding TV: Fat Actress meets fat pipe
: Yahoo will air the first episode of Fat Actress before it airs on Showtime. Damned smart. Showtime will reach a larger audience. Time will tell what the best distribution mechanism is for such programming — or whether that choice is left us us instead of to the industry moguls.
Fighting for the First Amendment
: Even the conservative Heritage Foundation believes the indecency legislation rushing through Congress is indecent. James L. Gattuso just published a paper on the Heritage site trying — late in the day, unfortunately — to get Congress to stop this rush toward regulation and censorship. The good bits:
…However, the proposed solution, increased government restrictions on speech, is fundamentally misguided. Conservatives