April 20, 2004

Iraqis enjoy new freedom of expression on Web journals

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USA Today> A year ago, few Iraqis had ever had access to a computer, much less used it to communicate to the outside world.
Now, Internet cafes seemingly dot every block in Baghdad, and new ones open often. That has led to a new phenomenon here: bloggers read more>

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Violence strikes Dutch Blogging Community: free speech at threat Dutch bloggers play sick prank

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Duncan Riley> this was originally a post about news from The Netherlands that a blogger for the GeenStijl.nl blog had been attacked in an apparent pay back for one of his posts. Thanks to Shutterclog I am now aware that this was all an apparent hoax. (The original post is reprinted at Shutterclog). I’m not going to waste many more lines on the fools at GeenStijl, but I will say this: a good humoured prank is one thing: this one was just sick. There are parts of the world where bloggers are jailed and physically attacked for their views. I wrongly presumed, following a tip off, that this sickening form of violence and intimidation had spread to the Netherlands, and editorialised in support of their rights to freedom of speech. Well GeenStijl: you can stick your free speech where the sun doesn’t shine. Free speech should be respected, and whilst you apparently are happy to use it to attack your enemies, your prank, and the coverage you received from those who genuinely wanted to defend your right to free speech, shows what gutter dwelling pieces of slime you are. I hope one day somebody doesn’t knock on your door and bashes you senseless. I’m not sure if this story is common in Europe: “The Little Boy who Cried Woof!”.
To Shutterclog: I thank you for letting me know, and yes, I jumped on the story as I had no reason to doubt a sincere email from Richard-William Loerakker of IT Dijkproducties in the Netherlands. Perhaps I am guilty, amongst others, of falling for the same trap big media does with stories like these. But there is one difference here, despite their differences, most bloggers are honest, and thankfully there are relatively few bad apples, and unlike big media, bloggers do not have the capacity to verify in any great depth stories such as these: it is the very nature of blogs that we take a lot of what we report in good faith.

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April 19, 2004

Many Started Web Logs for Fun, but Bloggers Need Money, Too

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We knew Jeff Jarvis at BloggerCon would be the highlight:
NY Times> “…The blog watchers agreed that the vast majority of the estimated 2.1 million Web logs out there today would never even attempt to make money. But even now there are exceptions, like AndrewSullivan.com, DailyKos.com and PaidContent.org, and bloggers speak of them with reverence because of their profitability. “We all love doing this, and we want to be able to support ourselves doing it and make it work,” said Jeff Jarvis, a journalist, blogger and president of Advance.net, an Internet strategy company…” read full story>

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Blogs Gain High Popularity Among Korean Youth

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Korea Times> Making a room in cyberspace is a new trend. There are many kinds of blogs and most students have their own.

Making homepages was very popular in the past, and blogs seem to be the same kind of phenomenon. However, the popularity of blogs is increasing continually. For example, there are more than 1 million blogs on Naver, a local portal site, and this is increasing continuously. What is the reason behind their high popularity? read more>

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The future of Weblogging

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(via Scripting News) The Register> The rise of Weblogging has been a cold shower for the complacent mass communication industries. Although the Weblogging pioneers are due much praise, their own rhetoric deserves examination, and they could also raise their sights higher. Nico Macdonald reports, and concludes with a radical proposal for the future of Weblogging. read more>

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Do babyblogs violate children’s privacy?

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BBC> With the rise of weblogs and public journals, some of today’s children are having their young lives publicly documented in a way that few other children have ever experienced.

So-called babyblogs have sprung up on the web detailing every last moment of a child’s life, from the minute it’s born. For friends and family far away, sites like these can be a superb way of keeping in touch.

But if, in the future, a prospective partner, friend or employer should type the child’s name into Google, will they appreciate having so much of their childhood documented for all to read? read more>

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April 18, 2004

BloggerCon Wrap Up

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We were going to spend a whole lot of time writing about BloggerCon but why waste our time when Liloia has provided links to all the blogs and stories for all of us (via BuzzMachine)

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April 17, 2004

First With the Scoop, if Not the Truth

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Great coverage for Gawker Media blog Wonkette:
NY Times> When the notoriously unreliable Drudge Report blared the stunning headline in February that Senator John Kerry had had an affair with a woman on his staff, the gossip columns in Washington’s newspapers did not print a word. Ana Marie Cox saw an opening.
Ms. Cox, writing in her new web log Wonkette, gleefully shared every unsubstantiated detail. That the story faded, unsupported by any evidence, seemed almost inconsequential to Ms. Cox. “It was just one of those things that people in Washington were talking about,” Ms. Cox said later, by way of explanation. read more>

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BloggerCon coverage from 18912.89km or closer

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Its BloggerCon day (or night here) and even though you may be 18912.89km (11751 miles) away like The Blog Herald or even closer, you to can listen and watch as the blogorati and a host of others gather in Boston to talk Blogs.
For the second year, here is our guide to BloggerCon from afar.
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CIA set to raid BloggerCon: Osama Bin Winer suspect

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Amazing news coming from the US this morning where Pentagon Insiders have tipped off the Blog Herald that CIA agents will be raiding BloggerCon 2 today to question Dave Winer in relation to terrorist activities. Agents were disturbed to discover links between Dave “Osama Bin” Winer and facism after doing an image search on Google and discovering the following disturbing link:
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