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Read this great piece from Wired about over-reaction to the Virginia Tech killings. In light of the recent Blog Day Afternoon over Bullard, this sentence did catch my eye:

A high school student was suspended for customizing a first-person shooter game with a map of his school.

Just the kind of geek that … ?

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Amidst all the brouhahahahahaha over David Bullard – which continues with the launch of his Bullog blog, a little detail has gone unnoticed … Its in the URL, which reads: http://blogs.thetimes.co.za/bullard/?p=2 . Its the little part that says “thetimes” … could this be the start of something great?

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A person who acts as the political commissar of the blogisphere and takes it upon themselves to define and enforce the blogma* and to sift out the “true” blogs and bloggers from the false prophets.

* See earlier entry

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Britain’s Telegraph newspaper has started offering blogging. On the first day, 500 bloggers took up the offer … Take a look at the registration gateway page and the terms and conditions, which include:

5.1.5. you warrant that the material you submit is not: obscene, threatening, menacing, offensive, defamatory, abusive, likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety, in breach of confidence, in breach of any intellectual property right (including, without limitation, copyright) or otherwise in breach of or violates any applicable law or regulation or code; and

5.1.6. you acknowledge that any breach of the warranties set out in sections 5.1.4 or 5.1.5 above may cause us damage or loss and you agree to indemnify us in full and permanently on demand against any third party liabilities, claims, costs, loss or damage we incur as a result of publishing material you submit to us, including consequential losses.

5.1.7. you waive any moral rights in all material you submit

5.2. Whilst you acknowledge that we do not necessarily pre-screen any material that you have submitted to the Site, we reserve the right to remove, at any time and without reason or prior notice or any liability to you, any material that you have submitted.   (My bold)

Why the waiver of moral rights, I wonder …

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The old/new media thing has taken a new twist in Boston where a newspaper has started publishing blog posts, reports the New York Times. Quote:

Last week, editors began culling posts and running excerpts next to articles from reporters and newswires. The blog items, which appear in gray boxes, are still relatively few, but Mr. Wilpers said he thought the feature would grow.

Now is Boston Now’s publishing move old media or new media or more evidence that the two mediums will find a way to leverage off each other? 

Check out the blogger interface here.

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A fake blog. As in, they all thought they were reading the faith healer’s darkest secrets, but it turned out the whole thing was being written by a team from big pharma.

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Poynter online, which claims to be cultivating a “better journalist” has published a piece by Amy Gahran on the Bullard issue in which she remarks:

Looking over Bullard’s grossly misinformed generalizations and borderline hate speech, I’ve got to wonder: Exactly which “newsprint rules” applied at the Sunday Times in deciding whether to run this particular column?

Great, Amy. Just a pity that you only linked to and reflected ONE SIDE of the Bullard discussion – the side you clearly advocate throughout the article. Isn’t the first rule of reporting to give both sides of the story?

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