Monthly Archives: September 2005

It’s all fun and games until somebody loses some rice.

It’s official Talk Like A Pirate day today, a day that seems to have particular appeal for copyfighters like Cory Doctorow (who react to the media industry’s technique of describing media sharing as “piracy” with a hearty “Arrr!”) and new … Continue reading

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Jay Rosen on Political Journalism, Blogs and Truth-telling

Jay Rosen offers a preview of the chapter he’s writing for our book… which I suspect is, in part, a preview of the book he’s working on. He explains that, historically, much of the literature about journalism focuses on “the … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs and bloggers, Media | 13 Comments

Cass Sunstein previews his new book

Cass Sunstein offered us a preview of his new book, tentatively titled “Mobs, Markets and Blogs”. As with Republic.com, it sounds like he’s asking tough (and eminently worthwhile) questions about whether the cybertools I know and love make us better … Continue reading

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Eszter Hargittai on blogger insularity

Henry Farrell and Daniel Drezner have invited a handful of academics who focus on blogs to a meeting in Chicago to present papers that are intended to become chapters in a book titled “The Power and Political Science of Blogs”. … Continue reading

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Mitt said it, not me.

I’m in Chicago for about 36 hours at the invitation of Daniel Drezner and Henry Farrell. They’re a pair of smart academics who wrote one of the more useful articles on blogs to appear thus far, which was featured in … Continue reading

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Belgian Priest may face death penalty for “role” in Rwandan genocide

There’s an understandable tendency to pin some blame on Belgium for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda: Belgium’s policy of indirect rule empowered Tutsis over Hutus, and early European eugenicists made studies of Hutu and Tutsi anatomy, making “scientific” conclusions that … Continue reading

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Peak Oil and the Rising Cost of Cordwood

The thermometer hit 40F (about 4C) the other night, the time of year where smart residents of Western Massachusetts start thinking about how they’re going to heat their homes this year. Most years, I am not a smart resident – … Continue reading

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Recovery 0.2.1 – more on geeky attempts to help out with Katrina relief

The Katrina PeopleFinder project is still hard at work. There are a few hundreds sets of data still available for entry on the PeopleFinder wiki, and the PeopleFinder team has now started focusing on resolving shelter databases in a project … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

If you take just a cursory glance at the headlines from Africa, it’s easy to get the impression that the continent is torn apart by wars, from Cote d’Ivoire to Darfur. Looking closely at the numbers, as the Uppsala Conflict … Continue reading

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From Mali to Paris: Migration, Remittance and Cotton

The aftermath of Katrina is – understandably – squeezing coverage of international stories out of many US newspapers. Mubarak’s re-election might have been a good chance for newspapers and bloggers to talk about whether a Potemkin village election is better … Continue reading

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