Monthly Archives: February 2004

Lots o’ links

February 23, 2004
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Nicole Stockdale on essential Ralph Nader details Oregonian’s public editor on why they ran a picture of a mom grieving the death of her son killed in Iraq. File under: Public doesn’t want to know the cost of this war of ours. Former Ladies Home Journal editor “takes aim at what she calls the...

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ACES seminar preview

February 22, 2004
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Leonard Witt, a journalism educator at Kennesaw State University, wondered what I was talking about when I titled my ACES seminar “The Future Doesn’t Need Us: Weblogs and the End of Editing as We’ve Known It.” So he interviewed me via AIM and I gave him a quick rundown. Witt runs a blog called...

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DVD recommendation

February 22, 2004
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“American Splendor.” Fun stuff. I reviewed it here.

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Orkut: not a killer whale

February 21, 2004
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But maybe a killer app. I sent out e-mails to a few dozen people inviting them to become part of my network at this site. Orkut is designed to help people of similar ages, interests and localities get together. It has a bunch of “communities” of like-minded souls. The Internet has this remarkable trait...

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Wow, I have friends

February 20, 2004
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Finally confirmed by the fact that J.D., co-host of the blogger dinner the other night, invited me to join Orkut, a “social networking” site now owned by Google. The site’s in beta now, which means at any given time it won’t work for crap. Well, like the time when I tried to join up...

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Like fish in a barrel

February 20, 2004
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It’s that easy for the folks at Testy Copy Editors to dismiss missives posted at The Poynter Institute’s site. Choice zinger of the morning: Myth No. 6 about short writing: Poynter’s “senior scholars” know something about the subject. Speaking of the TCEs, they also discussed whether quotes should be cleaned up. While we’re on...

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Blogger meetup report

February 19, 2004
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I spent several hours last night at a little French cafe in San Francisco with a bunch of bloggers and techie people. Met a guy named George Kelly, who, it turns out, works on the copy desk at the Contra Costa Times, so he’s next on my to-do list for inclusion in the editors’...

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Watching the watching watchers

February 19, 2004
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Jay Rosen lobs some zingers at CJR’s Campaign Desk, which carries around a digital backpack full double-standards. The folks at the Desk have riled many bloggers with a nannylike insistence that bloggers who want to be respected must behave respectably. To which the bloggers said, essentially, “we don’t have to, so we won’t.” So,...

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Why I’ll never work for the Times

February 18, 2004
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Steve Outing quotes N.Y. Times editor Apcar on employee blogs. That’s one reason that The New York Times tightly controls personal blogs by its journalists. Of the companies I surveyed for this report, the Times was the most restrictive, by far. New York Times Digital Editor-in-Chief Len Apcar puts it bluntly: “I don’t like...

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Fun Banned for Life fodder

February 17, 2004
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An alert reader pointed out a bunch of linguistic hilarity emanating from the Langauge Blog — see Banned for Life details.

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