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The Newspaper’s New Web Site

April 26, 2006

Check out The Newspaper's new website. It is awesome


Debate Editorial

January 11, 2006


I’m watching the federal leaders debate. I don’t know who is winning, but I know who is losing. All of us. We don’t have leaders; we have managers. And pretty lousy ones. These people depress me.

And Canadians depress me. I’ve been reading lots of political commentary, party platforms, message boards and blogs, and I’ve come to the conclusion that Canada is completely screwed. We have been handed a vast, beautiful, diverse, wealthy land, and all we can do is bicker. That’s what I’m seeing in the country at large, and that’s what I’m seeing in this debate – no debate at all, just squabbling. The leaders we deserve, I suppose.

I’m tuning out. I can’t watch this anymore. I’ll mark my ballot for the NDP, but until I see some sign that a Canadian in one province might actually give a shit about a Canadian in another, some sign that I live in a country and not a huge kindergarten classroom, I’m tuning out.

Buh-bye, kids.

I think a lot of people are feeling this way right now. It’s too bad, but I don’t totally disagree.

The Election Debate

January 10, 2006

electiondebate The amazing thing about blogs is how immediate they report the stories. The English debate for the Canadian election just finished half an hour ago, and everyone is already ringing in their two cents. (more…)

Voting Made Easy Thanks to blogTO

January 7, 2006

If only voting really was this easy (or this easy).

Libel Lawsuit Could Shape Blog Law

January 6, 2006

libelgraphic Blois Olson, Democratic PR executive, has filed a libel suit against Michael Brodkorb for comments made on his blog. Patrick Sweeney writes about the case for Pioneer Press:

Olson’s lawsuit, which was served to Brodkorb on Tuesday but has not yet been filed in court, seeks damages of more than $50,000 and a court order forcing Brodkorb to remove from the blog a Dec. 28 posting about Olson and his St. Paul-based public relations company.

In the Dec. 28 item, Brodkorb suggested that Olson had publicly criticized former FBI agent Coleen Rowley’s campaign for Congress because Rowley’s campaign staff last summer refused to hire Olson’s firm, New School Communications.

Olson insists the item was a fabrication; Brodkorb says he’s confident it was true.

“Here’s an anonymous blogger that wasn’t willing to retract something that could damage my reputation and my business — and that’s false,” Olson said Wednesday.

Brodkorb said, “It’s as simple as a Democratic operative trying to silence a Republican operative’s blog. He’s going to proceed with this through the courts, and I will, too.”

Jane Kirtley, a lawyer and journalism professor at the University of Minnesota, predicted that the lawsuit — if it goes to trial and eventually is appealed — could help determine whether courts will hold blogs to the same standards that newspapers and broadcasters face.

Link to article via Boing Boing

Other posts about this story.

Microsoft Removes Chinese Blog

January 4, 2006


Rebecca MacKinnon writes:

Microsoft’s MSN Spaces continues to censor its Chinese language blogs, and has become more aggressive and thorough at censorship since I first checked out MSN’s censorship system last summer. On New Years Eve, MSN Spaces took down the popular blog written by Zhao Jing, aka Michael Anti. Now all you get when you attempt to visit his blog at: is the error message pictured above. (You can see the Google cache of his blog up until Dec.22nd here.)

Note, his blog was TAKEN DOWN by MSN people. Not blocked by the Chinese government.

Link via Scobleizer via digg

La Shawn Barber also got this story in his corner.

Update: Boing Boing has picked up this story aswell.

Blogger Gets Spammed By Alaska Airlines

January 4, 2006


After publishing his account and pictures of an emergency landing, blogger Jeremy Hermanns started to receive suspicious comments on his blog:

I don’t know if they’re from actual Alaska employees, or maybe just hackers using Alaska’s IP address. But according to my server logs and a simple WHOIS lookup, they all came from an IP address registered to Alaska Airline, Inc..

Link via Digg

Center for Citizen Media – Coming Soon

January 4, 2006

Dan Gillmor writes at The Bayosphere:

Starting in 2006, I’ll be putting together a nonprofit Center for Citizen Media. The goals are to study, encourage and help enable the emergent grassroots media sphere, with a major focus on citizen journalism.

Why do this? We need a thriving media and journalism ecosystem. We need what big institutions do so well, but we also need the bottom-up — or, more accurately, edge-in — knowledge and ideas of what I’ve called the “former audience” that has become a vital part of the system. I’m also anxious to see that it’s done honorably and in a way that helps foster a truly informed citizenry. I think I can help.


The Year of the Digital Citizen

January 4, 2006

bbclogo Jo Twist for the BBC writes:

2005 was arguably the year citizens really started to do it for themselves. Raising mobiles aloft, they did not just talk and text, they snapped, shared and reported the world around them.

Link to full article

Answering Back to the News Media, Using the Internet

January 2, 2006

newyorktimes A NYT article on blogs allowing ‘the little guy’ to battle the traditional press by Katharine Q. Seelye.

Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel, or so goes the old saw. For decades, the famous and the infamous alike largely followed this advice. Even when subjects of news stories felt they had been misunderstood or badly treated, they were unlikely to take on reporters or publishers, believing that the power of the press gave the press the final word.

The Internet, and especially the amplifying power of blogs, is changing that.