September 20, 2004

A Blogger’s Creed

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Andrew Sullivan writes for Time
Time> Well, last week, the insurrectionary pajama people—dubbed “pajamahadeen” by some Web nuts—successfully scaled one more citadel of the mainstream media, CBS News. One of the biggest, baddest media stars, Dan Rather, is now clinging, white-knuckled, to his job. Not bad for a bunch of slackers in their nightclothes. read more>

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True Awareness for Domestic Violence Month at the DesertLight Journal

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Trudy W Schuett> If bloggers and new media can take down CBS, there isn’t any reason why we can’t make a dent in domestic violence services that serve no one, and exist primarily to promote divorce and misandry.

Since March, the DesertLight Journal blog has been posting in serial form Friends to the End, the first-ever novel on domestic violence with a male victim. The book now appears in its entirety. It will stay up at the blog until October 1st, when it will be removed from the site.
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After Blogs Got Hits, CBS Got a Black Eye

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More Rathergate coverage, this time from a more high profile source. For all the damage that may have been done by the DNC bloggers, the Rathergate bloggers have forced change amongst the majority of the mainstream media.
Washington Post> Scott Johnson, a lawyer in Mendota Heights, Minn., put up his first post at 7:51 a.m. on Sept. 9. By the time he got to his Minneapolis office, he had dozens of e-mail responses. One of them was from Charles Johnson, a Web designer in Los Angeles, who promptly posted his own thoughts on the subject. read more>

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Blogging not leading to financial prosperity

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HoustonChronicle> If you think those Web journals of opinions and obsessions are a way to get rich, consider Jeff Soyer, a self-described “gay gun nut” in Vermont. Soyer, who runs the journal Alphecca.com, pleaded for donations last month alongside an image of a tip jar topped by gun-toting cartoon character Yosemite Sam. “Ten bucks buys a box of bullets or feeds my cats for a week,” he wrote. Days passed and he received nothing. “By next week this domain could belong to a porno site,” he subsequently posted. “Maybe you folks think that would be a better thing. I’m starting to think so, too.” Only after other bloggers linked to his request did he receive enough donations to pay the $117 for a domain name and a year of Web hosting fees. read more>

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September 18, 2004

Blessing or Curse? Editors Examine Blogs’ Role in ’60 Minutes’ Uproar

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The scrutiny starts to go both ways
Editor & Publisher> The current controversy over the validity of documents pushed in large part by bloggers and purporting to prove that President Bush received special treatment in the National Guard shows that partisan Internet pundits are having a growing impact on mainstream press, for better or worse, according to several newspaper editors. read more>

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London ‘call girl’ gives up blog

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BBC> The infamous call girl who recorded her liaisons and encounters with clients on her web diary, or blog, has signed off. read more>

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Journalism Teacher Drops Blog In Spat Over Naming Bryant’s Accuser

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The Denver Channel> Geneva Overholser, a journalism educator and former newspaper editor, discontinued her Web log for the Poynter Institute on Friday after her editors declined to let her identify the woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape.

Overholser’s short column, “Time to Name the Accuser,” argued that the woman’s name should be used in media accounts after she filed a civil suit against the NBA star in Denver federal court. read more>

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Microsoft flip-flop may signal blog clog

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News.com> As Web logs gain in popularity, critics warn that they are increasingly becoming the Internet’s new bandwidth hog.

The issue has been in the spotlight for much of this month, following a decision by Microsoft to abbreviate developer blogs both on its Web site and in syndication, citing a bandwidth crunch. The Redmond, Wash., software giant stopped delivering the full text of postings on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) to blog subscribers, requiring them instead to follow a link to read the postings in their entirety. Facing a clamor of criticism from its own developers, Microsoft on Tuesday backtracked on that decision. read more>

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September 16, 2004

Will cyber journalists turn the tables on big media?

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CNN> I’ve been reading a new book by Dan Gillmor called “We the Media.” Actually, I’m reading the e-book, but I already know I will pony up for the print version as well. This book picks up on a line of thinking popularized online by something called “The Cluetrain Manifesto,” also available as a print book. read more>

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Bloggers Declare War on Comment Spam, but Can They Win?

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Mark Glaser at OJR takes an indepth look at Comment spam, with interviews and comments from a range of A-list bloggers…….and The Blog Herald!
OJR> Spammers find a way to game Google search results by posting links in comments sections of popular blogs. Now the makers of Movable Type and bloggers are banding together to try to keep real-time interactivity alive in the blogosphere. Here’s a look at the battle so far. read more>

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