Dave Winer: why big media should embrace RSS

Dave Winer has a new RSS blog.  Today's post gives a very persuasive explanation of why and how major news companies will benefit from embracing RSS, ASAP.

In response to Dave's blog, Ben Sinclair has started a syndication blog. Dave has pointed to it.

Dave also pointed to a great post on feeds by Julie Leung: " ...if you give a girl a blog then she'll want an RSS feed. And if you give a girl an RSS feed, she's going to ask for an aggregator.... "   Be sure to read the comments.

# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 6/2/04; 1:01:54 PM - Comments [0]

Jim Moore on Sudan in the Blogosphere

Jim Moore points out that RSS mentions of Sudan have seen a sudden increase. His Sudan blog is great, and continues to call attention to the genocide in Darfur.

# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 5/27/04; 11:26:45 PM - Comments [2]

English & Chinese blogospheres

Isaac Mao has mapped the flow of information between the English and Chinese blogospheres.  It mainly goes one way.  Chinese bloggers are trying to encourage more Chinese to blog in English... until all of you out there learn Chinese, that is... 

# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 5/26/04; 1:02:36 AM - Comments [0]

Applied to Blog the DNC

I have applied for credentials to cover the Democratic National Convention as a blogger. My focus will be on the bloggers blogging the convention: how their coverage differs from the mainstream media, how professional journalists, staffers, and delegates at the convention react to them, and what the bloggers themselves think of the whole experience. 

# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 5/24/04; 11:04:27 PM - Comments [0]

My paper: please let me know what you think

I've been working on my final Shorenstein Center paper for a few weeks now. I wrote a draft, showed it to a few people, got their comments, decided to add and change a bunch of stuff, rewrote it, and now have a new draft.  I think it's finally ready to share more broadly for more feedback and comments. It's called "The Worldwide Conversation."  Please let me know what you think, and if it makes any sense. It is meant for a broad audience that includes people unfamiliar with the workings of weblogs, so for those of you who are already steeped in the blogosphere, feel free to skim through the explanations of blogging tools and processes.

# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 5/24/04; 5:06:04 PM - Comments [2]

Gapingvoid makes a very good point about trust

Gapingvoid makes a good point today about what is constant amidst all the technological change and upheaval... and what is just so much transitory b.s.:

Your "trust"- the people you trust and vice versa- is what will feed you and pay for your kids' college. Nothing else.

Stop worrying about technology. Start worrying about who trusts you.

Hear hear.

# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 5/22/04; 8:46:50 PM - Comments [0]


In today's New York Times James Fallows has an article titled "The Twilight of the Information Middlemen": As he introduces blogs to a readership not necessarily familiar with him, he writes: "the Internet's most fascinating impact has been on those who have decided not to charge for their work."

Fallows grasps a key point about weblogs, one worth emphasizing as this medium grows more mainstream: blogging was born out of the desire for free expression and the desire to share one's self-expression freely and easily with others... not out of the desire for profit.

Bill Moyers is also a blog fan. At the very end of his recent Fresh Air Interview he says: "I think the internet, the blogging, is the closest we've come in a long time to the history of the American media in the beginning. You know in the 1820's, 1830's all you needed to be a journalist was to buy a press. That's why they called them inkstained wretches. Because they operated their own hand presses. For a little bit of money, like Tom Payne and others, you could have your own press. .......  After the revolution independent journalists, printers they called themselves, sprung up all over the country ... they were partisan by the way, vociferously. They attacked the others politics. but it was a healthy period of bombast in america in which people could sort out the information. I think the bloggers, then the websites, come closest to the spirit of cacophany, to that democratic expression, that we had in the early part of this country's history." 

# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 5/16/04; 10:48:47 PM - Comments [0]

"Koreans will Kill TV"...

...with broadband. That's what George Guilder recently said in Seoul.

# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 5/16/04; 10:27:57 PM - Comments [0]

Observation on watching "the video"

Upon finding and watching the video of Nick Berg's slaughter, Keith Jenkins observes:

"On a daily basis now, we are getting horrifically blasted by images from our 'connected' society. The flow of data is becoming almost completely unfiltered - people to people - putting government and the press into the role of explaining and justifying, rather then editing and presenting."

I would add one further role for professional journalists which I hope will continue to be considered valuable: confirming and verifying facts of what actually happened... after ordinary citizens have brought forward images and accounts of events.


# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 5/15/04; 11:49:23 AM - Comments [0]

NPR's "The Connection" on Blogs

A lively debate about the usefulness and impact of blogs just wrapped up on NPR's "The Connection".  Very very worth a listen.

In searching for the webcast link I initially stumbled upon another archived show, also very interesting, titled: "The Worldwide Web at War".

# Posted by Rebecca MacKinnon on 5/11/04; 11:45:25 AM - Comments [0]