Dave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He 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 New York City.
"The protoblogger." - NY Times.
"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.
"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.
"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.
10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.
"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.
"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
If the Repubs had any class whatsoever, they would thank the President, reschedule the debate and all head back to DC to hear what the man has to say. He is President of the United States. If you don't respect the man, respect the office, respect the country. We'll treat you with respect too when it's your turn.
At the beginning of August I wondered if our President had a card up his sleeve. At the final moment, he'd play the card, the Republican hostage-takers would be exposed in such a way that even the idiots on CNN had to see it. But no. The Republicans boasted they got 98 percent of what they wanted. In a moment we realized that Republican depravity had no bounds, and the President was naive and driven by fear. Not what we want from the Leader of the Free World. It was a very very bad moment for the United States, and won't soon be forgotten.
Then at the other end of the month, outstanding leadership from all corners. I watched Christie in New Jersey, Bloomberg and Cuomo in New York. Governors and mayors from up and down the eastern seaboard. They worked together, collegially, without regard for party, for the good of the country. (I know there are cynics who will say that it isn't what it appeared to be. They are of course entitled to their opinion.)
When we think of what we need from national leadership, we should remember how they worked together around the hurricane. Maybe we should just move the bunch to Washington. Let's see. Christie as head of the House. Cuomo as head of the Senate. And I'd definitely go with Bloomberg as the first Jewish President of the United States.
BTW, if Perry gets the Republican nomination, I bet Bloomberg runs.
And what makes these three so unique? They are all comfortable in their own skin. They don't spend a lot of time thinking about what people will think. They knew what had to be done, and did it. This, simply, is what we want.