Archive for February 2009

Bloggers and Unions Join Forces to Push Dems

February 26, 2009

The Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/us/politics/27web-liberals.html?_r=1&hp

Liberal bloggers and union leaders are teaming up to form a new coalition called Accountability Now, a left-wing equivalent of the conservative Club for Growth. The new organization will strive to solicit donations from their online followers and also recruit liberal candidates to challenge more centrist Democrats in Congress. From the article:

The formation of the group is another step in the evolution of the blogosphere, which has proven effective at motivating party activists to give money and time to political campaigns, especially in local races.

My Two Cents: It’s an interesting step that excites me. Already we can see that Obama’s liberal promises of his campaign have been lost among the bureaucratic nightmare that is Washington politics, so it’s encouraging to see a group try to push for alternative means of liberal voices. The fact that it is bloggers who are leading the way again is a testament to the power they hold. We can only hope that it remains progressive and forward-thinking.

Meet the Press Indeed…

February 25, 2009

Today, a live chat with NBC’s “Meet the Press” host, David Gregory. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29315555

Oh, but with certain limitations:

  • There’s nothing to do during a Live Blog other than read, watch and occasionally send in a comment or vote in the polling questions.
  • It’s not a chatroom. You go to largely find out what the writer has to say. An open chat with thirty or more readers turns into poor, disjointed content very quickly.
  • Your comments are published at the Writer’s discretion. The Writer can view all comments sent to them but only they can publish your comments for everyone to see.
  • Our ‘autoscroll’ feature ensures you’re always shown the newest content without having to refresh or scroll your screen. You can turn this on or off by using the controls at the bottom of the Live Blog.
  • Subtle sound effects alert you to new content as the writer publishes it. This can also be turned on or off as needed.

“Microbloggers”…

February 25, 2009

The Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/23/technology/internet/23drill.html?ref=technology

The median age of a Facebook user is 26, while the median age of a Twitter (or similar service) user is 31. The former is referred to as a social networking site, while Twitter and the like, are called “microblogging” services. In addition to their age differences, the average Facebook user and Twitterer vary in where they live. Microbloggers are far less likely to live in rural areas (9% of microbloggers live in rural areas, compared to 17% of all Internet users). What, you don’t want to Twitter about milking the cow?

25 Most Valuable Blogs

February 25, 2009

The Site: http://247wallst.com/2009/02/23/the-twenty-five-most-valuable-blogs/

A Summary:

  1. Gawker Properties
  2. Huffington Post
  3. The Drudge Report
  4. Perez Hilton
  5. Sugar, Inc
  6. TechCrunch
  7. MacRumors
  8. SeekingAlpha
  9. GigaOm
  10. Politico
  11. SmashingMagazine
  12. SearchEngineLand
  13. Boing Boing
  14. ReadWriteWeb
  15. SB Nation
  16. Destructoid
  17. Mashable
  18. Alley Insider sites
  19. /film
  20. The Superficial Network
  21. Neatorama
  22. Daily Kos
  23. Talking Points Memo
  24. VentureBeat
  25. Wowowow.com

My Two Cents:

Canada’s net neutrality…

February 21, 2009

The Article: http://www.saveournet.ca/content/take-action

According to the site:

A handful of companies are threatening to change the way our Internet works.

They want to replace the open network Canadians enjoy today with a discriminatory or “gatekeeper network” — where they decide which content and services get the fastest access to our homes. They want to take away access to the open Internet.

My Two Cents: Seems a little drastic, but when you consider the facts, it’s more convincing. Large Internet and cable companies are pushing to get rid of net neutrality in Canada, and there are legitimate concerns about this. Canada is not unique in this; the US has also been facing this issue for a while. The general consensus is the this will block small and independent businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups, independent media, and content producers. And information. That’s not democratic at all!

New Obama admin constrained by Gov’t tech slack

February 20, 2009

As the most tech-saavy administration yet, the Obama administration is finding the outdated technology in the White house cumbersome.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/PCWorld/story?id=6707674

Cuba goes open source

February 18, 2009

Article: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/Cuba-Linux-Nova-America-Windows,news-30321.html

Summary: Cuba has banned all Windows OS, moving to its own linux-based software. In an effort to curb American hegemony, the communist government banned the U.S.-designed OS Linux, is an open source operating system (meaning free), and, according to Cuba University’s Information Sciences Director Hector Rodriguez, “closer to the ideology of the Cuban people, above all for the independence and sovereignty.”

My Two Cents: There are two things Cuba is going for here: first, the further cutting of ties of all things American/capitalist, and second, the embrace of a more open, user-oriented, and frankly, better, operating system. Though I am no Linux user, from what I understand, its open source platform makes it amenable and therefore, more open to innovation outside of the corporative computer world. It’s no wonder Linux makes up for only about 12.7% of the market share- it would just make too much sense to switch! (source: http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS5369154346.html) Also, it requires an advanced knowledge of computers and such, so its users are usually limited to businesses and computer geeks. (no offense) But it’s interesting that Cuba would push its citizens to this OS with a broader ideology in mind. Of course, our Macs have a broader ideology in mind too: make things simple for people and they won’t care if you’re controlling every aspect of their computer usage…. (as I type this on my MacBook…)