: You have to give Bill Maher points — yes, you have to — when he shows an open-mindedness. Sometimes — when I disagree with him — he can drive me nuts; he makes a sport and a career of it. But sometimes, he swims against the liberal tide. On this week’s show, after having Richard Perle on — displaying his own balls for coming on this show, by the way — Maher says tells his panel that they have to acknowledge that a government has been formed in Iraq and progress has been made: “For all their bullshit and lying and f’ing it up, it still could work.” He then challenges his panel: “Come on, if in three years there are four democracies in the Middle East, you won’t give them that.” When Arianna Huffing complains about the deaths, Maher says, “7,000 died building the Panama Canal.”
: Two new efforts to get citizens to take and submit photos:
: The Guardian has an election-related Flickr gallery called the Blair Watch Project for Brit cits’ pix. And meanwhile, in the stix…
: Augusta.com has golf fans sending in pix. [via Rex and Smartmobs]
: Newspaper circulation gloom.
: Meanwhile, across the pond, Simon Waldman of The Guardian reports online job classified revenue there:
Some classified ad revenue figures for 2004 from the Advertising Association:
: Online recruitment revenues for online specialists in 2004: £80m (up 56%)
: Online recruitment revenues for regional newspapers in 2004: £33m (up 38%)
: Online recruitment revenues for national newspapers in 2004: £7m (up 61%).
I wonder whether Craig is a major factor there yet.
: The On The Media audio version of Bob Garfield’s very good Ad Age print story on the coming chaos in media is now available for your listening pleasure.
How many blogs?
: We’d found some consistency in the number of blogs: Technorati, Pew, and PubSub are all around 8 million. But note in the post below that Perseus found 20 million. Doesn’t much matter. The real answer is: Lots.