Part two of Chris Lydon's interview with Stirling Newberry.
Manila: Password-protected RSS feeds.
Jay Rosen: "Case closed."
One of the things on the roadmap for Berkman-Thursdays is a series of mini-BloggerCons, half-to-full-day salons in Cambridge and/or San Francisco (maybe NYC), where we discuss the art and science of weblogs. As the culture and technology grow, the topics grow to be more inclusive. Being at Harvard has expanded my horizons, and I've tried to pass that on as much as I can. Now I'm thinking about having the first salon, possibly as soon as mid-November, to talk about weblogs and democracy. It's pretty clear, based on discussions we've been having with the campaigns, and with journalists covering the campaigns, and with academics covering both the journalists and the pols, that the shifting of power isn't done yet. Dean was a good first step. Clark clearly has missed some opportunities. Edwards is doing some things right. What we haven't done is define what over-the-top would be. What do we want? Should we be lining up behind candidates yet, or should we be figuring out what our new democracy will look like? And what about the rest of the world? I just took a trip to Canada, and it's a lot further away than I thought it would be. So maybe it's time to start the process. This event would be free, and totally open, following the pattern of Day 2. We'll ask for contributions so we can fly in some experts who don't have much money. Consider this a trial balloon. Is there interest in a November meeting of the minds about democracy and the Internet?
We had a visit today from the Bill and Myles Berkman, members of the family that provided the backing for Berkman Center. So I asked if I could take their picture, along with the faculty directors, with apologies to John Palfrey, who has a silly thing going on on his face.
Steve MacLaughlin gets the skinny on Nick Denton's new Fleshbot.
Rogers Cadenhead has a list of weblogs covering the California fires.
Diego Doval: "As open as people can be on their weblogs, there is really no substitute for knowing the person."
Jim Roepcke blogs Tim O'Reilly talking about Mac OS X.
Essay: "To me, standing up to help a person being attacked is the best we can do. If it's the US government or a BigCo trying to keep people from talking about them, or a lout with a website, trashing good people's reputations."
Our Harvard weblog passed one million page reads today. Also just noticed in the referrers that PDCBloggers.Net gave us a nice link and a bunch of flow, pointing to the weblog-defined piece I wrote for Jupiter. After all the nasty crap I've read about myself from Linux bigots in the last few days because I dared to criticize their favorite OS, it's nice to get some respect from developers (I also criticized Windows, btw). You know the old saw about catching flies with honey. Linux has a lot of sour pusses catching nothing but losers. Bad evangelism.
Google Toolbar gives my weblog a page rank of zero. Thanks to Ole Eichorn for the screen shot. I'm sure this is just a bug, and not something deliberate. He says that Glenn Reynolds gets a 7, his own blog gets a 6, Scoble gets an 7.
Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Watch explains: "I show you as 8 out of 10. The toolbar has been notorious over the past few months of failing to show ratings or correct ratings for all types of sites."
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