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.
My 40 most-recent links, ranked by number of clicks.
FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
Okay here's the schedule for this year's NJFF.
9:45AM -- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy.
1:00PM -- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
4:25PM -- Carnage.
6-8PM -- Dinner.
8:10PM -- Young Adult.
Back in the day I could post a request for a badge, and automagically one would appear.
From a great designer of course.
Let's see if it still works!
I need a badge for my blog that says This is a Facebook-free Zone. There are no Like buttons. No Facebook comments. No bugs that report to anyone at Facebook that you are here and have read this page.
Berkeley has signs on streets when you come into town saying it's a nuclear-free zone. I want something similar for my blog, except for Facebook.
I could see the day that I will only use sites that have this symbol and abide by the promise.
Just a few random notes for my outliner in the morning.
1. We had the plenary for the NJFF last night, here in NY of course. NakedJen and I went to see Mission Impossible in the IMAX theater on Broadway and 68th St. It was a great way to kick it off. It was like a roller coaster ride. And intellectual palate cleanse. Very light fare. But the images were thrilling. I thought the scenes with Tom Cruise flying around on the tower in Dubai were going to be the climax, and horrifying -- and they were that, but the climax came later, with a missile headed for Seattle or was it San Francisco? The writing was pretty shitty, sometimes movies can be appreciated for their shittiness. This movie was a fine way to start the fest. (Which now is a three-day affair?)
1a. Tonight's movie might be Carnage, starring the wonderful Kate Winslet.
1b. Listings for theaters around Lincoln Center.
1c. The best part of the movie was the preview for some new Batman movie, in IMAX of course. Super-thrilling! Freaky.
2. I was quoted in several places telling people to kill their GoDaddy accounts. That was incorrect. I think it's a pointless gesture. Dan Gillmor asked why. SOPA is not yet law, not even close. It seems likely it won't make it through all the hurdles. This time. But they'll keep coming back. And if they ever do get a law that tries to turn the Internet into a movie theater, that's the time to act. Occupy the movie theaters. Shame the actors whose lawyers are foreclosing on the Internet the way a banker forecloses on a bad mortgage. You can't be popular with the people, Mr and Ms Hollywood Star, and support killing free expression on the net. It's an either/or thing. It's like a Hollywood action film. There are good guys and bad guys. If you don't act out against what your industry is doing to our freedom, then you're the bad guy. We should all be looking for a lot more than outspoken-ness from our favorite movie and recording stars, esp the ones who use social media. Not just speeches or symbolic gestures, real action. That's why now is not the time, because there can only be symbolism now. Later, if it comes to that, there can be movement.
4. The project I'm doing is integrating rivers with the Bootstrap Toolkit, in an entirely static way. My prototype for this work is my personal river. Note that the RT's work. All you have to do is set up a linkblog server that can "catch" the kind of message it throws. Do a view source to see how the scripts work. And you can see how I edit the template, in an outline of course, and I use Dropbox to connect the outliner with the web app. Works like a charm. (I mirror my dropbox public folder in my own S3 space, that's what dropbox.scripting.com is.)
Just a few random notes for my outliner in the morning.
1. We had the plenary for the NJFF last night, here in NY of course. We went to see Mission Impossible in the IMAX theater on Broadway and 68th St. It was a great way to kick it off. It was like a roller coaster right. Very light fare from a writing standpoint. But the images were so thrilling. I thought the scenes with Tom Cruise flying around on the tower in Dubai were going to be the climax, and horrifying -- and they were that, but the climax came later, with a missile headed for Seattle or was it San Francisco? Like I said, the writing was pretty shitty, but the movie was a fine way to start the fest.
2. On Twitter yesterday I felt it was necessary to clear up that I was not recommending people boycott anyone at this time over SOPA. It's not law, not even close, and I have a feeling it's not going to make it through all the hurdles. This time. But they'll keep coming back. And if they ever do get a law that tries to turn the Internet into a movie theater, we'll just occupy the movie theaters. And we'll shame the actors whose lawyers it is that are trying to foreclose on the Internet the way a banker forecloses on a bad mortgage. You can't be popular with the people, Mr and Ms Hollywood Star, and support killing free expression on the net. It's an either/or thing. And we should all be looking for a little more outspoken-ness from our movie and recording stars, esp the ones who use social media.