Blood of Innocents: Doctors say Hussein, not UN sanctions, caused children's deaths

“Doctors said they were forced to refrigerate dead babies in hospital morgues until authorities were ready to gather the little corpses for monthly parades in coffins on the roofs of taxis for the benefit of Iraqi state television and visiting journalists. The parents were ordered to wail with grief – no matter how many weeks had passed since their babies had died – and to shout to the cameras that…

Blogging and Streaming at BlogTalk

“BlogTalk, the European blogging conference, is about to get under way. If you’re in the U.S. and awake at this hour (which probably means you haven’t gone to bed yet), you can add to your sleep deprivation by watching the conference’s live video stream.” Dan Gillmor –Blogging and Streaming at BlogTalkDan Gillmor) Dan Gillmor is one of many bloggers writing from BlogTalk, thus making me feel really grumpy because I…

Exploring Myst's Brave New World

“We wanted a true persistent world. If you walk into a room, turn on a light, and then leave, when someone else comes along three days later that light should still be on. There are a lot of games that clean up after themselves. If you open a door, it closes itself. If you kill a monster, it eventually disappears. That’s not what we wanted. We also wanted a real…

Dynamics of a Blogosphere Story

“The most common way for a story to get started is for mainstream media to comment about the world of blogs, Google, websites, or the development of some new facet of the Internet. Of those stories we traced, the least common way for a story to get started is for a blogger to start a new topic, although this was the case in two stories of the 45 we studied.|When…

Dowd Spawns Bush Media Myth

“Last week, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd misrepresented a Bush statement to imply that he said the Al Qaeda terrorist network is ‘not a problem anymore,’ and the distorted quotation has since been repeated by MSNBC ‘Buchanan and Press’ co-host Bill Press, CNN’s Miles O’Brien and others, including numerous foreign press outlets. At a time when the New York Times is under fire for its conduct in the Jayson…

Unplug That Projector!

“I’m 40 years old, I make my living as a consultant, and I’ve never created a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. Clients occasionally look at me as if I’m from Mars when I show up without slides. I’ve found PowerPoint presentations to be superficial ways of delivering information. They are not actual presentations; they are, in fact, speaker’s notes on which a real presentation should be built.” Jimmy Guterman reviews The…

Literary Groups Decry Patriot Act as Invasion of Privacy

“Under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, passed in October 2001, a secret court can authorize the FBI to inspect or seize bookstore or library records without showing probable cause. Further, the law provides that the bookstore or library is forbidden to disclose that the inspection happened….Resistance to the Patriot Act has been building quietly since it became law. More than 90 cities and towns across the country have…

Web 'Shaman' Fights His Demons

“[F]or the Web to flourish it needs to remain open, nonproprietary, innovative, free and inclusive. “‘Oh my God, the entire world is inside my laptop,’” Berners-Lee shrieked in pretend shock toward the end of his speech while pointing to the need to develop new ways to organize and access data. “He also tried to assure the audience that both commercial and technical concerns could be addressed on the Web.” Michelle…

What If You Built a Blog and No One Came?

“I’m following best practices for e-mail campaigns. I’m producing interesting (I think), well-designed newsletters. I’m including viral marketing within my newsletters, hoping to encourage pass-along. The Weblog landing page is pretty well designed and easy to use. I think the content is compelling. Why wasn’t my traffic growing at the same rate as my coworkers’? “I don’t know the answer to that last question,nor do many marketers know why their…