Monthly Archives: February 2004

Why I hate pressure groups

February 26, 2004
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Because of their idiotic insistence on their preferred terminology. From Clay’s post on the proper terminology on the gay-people-getting-married dustup. “Gay marriage” is a stupid thing to call it. Gay people can get married now. Just not to other gay people of the same gender. Thus, “same-sex marriage” can be used as an alternative....

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ACES conference update

February 25, 2004
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I’ve just learned that the Hyatt in Houston hosting the ACES conference has wireless Internet access, which means if you bring your WiFi-enabled laptop or PDA you should be able to blog the conference to your heart’s content. By the way, today’s the deadline for reserving your room at a special rate for the...

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More on same-sex marriage amendment

February 25, 2004
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Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post has a nice roundup of reporting/opinion. I met Froomkin once while interviewing for a job on the Post’s web site (note to boss: this was before you hired me) … very funny guy who remembered me because he had sent me an e-mail asking me to include his...

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More on the dangers of SUVs

February 25, 2004
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People need to know this, even news people, so I’m going to harp on it. Somebody writes in to Sheila Lennon explaining why he prefers a truck to a car: Did the people who make these reports ever think that some of us buy large trucks and vans because they are safer? The big...

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Here we go

February 24, 2004
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Apparently the notion of marriage between people with out-of-the-mainstream sexual proclivities poses a grave threat to our Constitution, which must therefore be amended to protect us from these evil corroders of all that is good, just and right. Must be, because President Bush says so. I can almost hear the gears of the right-wing...

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SUVs: Unsafe at any speed

February 24, 2004
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Sheila Lennon excerpts Malcolm Gladwell’s wonderful New Yorker piece on the dangers of SUVs. If you haven’t read the article, get busy. It’s a shocking expose of consumer stupidity and an industry eager to cash in on it.

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The problem with “Sex”

February 24, 2004
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Olive Press enlists a 20something friend to explain “Sex and the City.” I’m linking this here only because my employer, like yours, covered this empty vessel of a TV show as if it were the passing of an era or something. Thank God it’s finally over.

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Paging the Newsdesigner

February 24, 2004
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Newsdesigner promises to start showing favorite front pages from Newseum. Can’t remember the last time I did anything that showed up on 1A. Sometimes I wonder how much better our papers would be if we put as much effort into the inside as we do to the outside. OK, stream of consciousness complete.

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Who did Dean in?

February 24, 2004
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The press, of course, judging by the feedback sent to the Oregonian’s public editor. Sure, a certain amount of this is the Dean brigades looking for scapegoats. And I didn’t notice them complaining about all the fawning coverage that made Dean the front-runner. Still, I’m having one of those shaky-ground moments in my conviction...

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A lightbulb moment

February 23, 2004
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So I stopped by Tim Porter‘s site tonight and noted his excerpts of a seminar given by Dan Gillmor, Jeff Jarvis and Jay Rosen, who spoke at a techie teach-in down in San Diego. They were saying all the usual “news is a conversation” stuff I’ve read a zillion times. I’m nodding along because,...

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