Last week, in the rush of news and new features in NewsJunk.com, I got an email from Daniel Ha, the guy who develops Disqus, the commenting software we use at Scripting News.
I say "we" because it very literally is a we thing. When you place a comment on my blog, you're adding something to the record here, but you're also adding to the library of your written work.
So the question is: "Who owns the comment?"
I gave it some thought, before reading Daniel's essay -- and I decided that it's a mutual thing. I own the collection of comments on my blog, and you own the comments you've placed on my blog and all others. I should be able to back up a complete set of comments on my blog, and also back up a copy of all comments I've placed on all blogs.
Technically it's not easy or even possible in most contexts, but with Disqus it certainly is.
Then I read Daniel's piece and found that he more or less came to the same conclusion.
I loved the headline on this Salon piece so much I had to retweet it. And I'd add -- this article explains why the only people who pay attention to right-wing bloggers these days are other right-wing bloggers. In 2004 they beat Kerry by being the crabby bastard idiots of the Internet. Time for a new schtick, we figured that one out.
I'm probably the only one who isn't.
And I'm probably going to have to buy a new iPhone later today, I have no idea.
In the meantime it's really upsetting watching all the geek journos scrambling for scraps.
Which raises a simple question.
1. Why don't they broadcast Apple keynotes on MSNBC or CNN? All this makeshift jury-rigged michegas. It was cute for a while, but this has been going on for 25 years!
Of course someone must be live-screening it via Qik or somesuch. If you know of any please post a comment here.
Yahoo Live has over 2700 viewers. The quality sucks.
I'm watching another one that so far has pretty good quality, so sorry I'm not going to advertise a link. :-(
No I'm not going to pay-per-view for an infomercial! Geez Louise. What is it about Apple that inspires such insipid submission.
Dave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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