"I'm at a company meeting at MeetUp.com and James Hong, founder of HotorNot is doing a speed history and demo. In his five minute talk, he makes three points of particular interest to me..." David Weinberger, "Cool tech at NY Tech Meetup"
"Andrew Keen’s book, The Cult of the Amateur: How today’s Internet is killing our culture, was officially published this week. It is a shabby and dishonest treatment of an important topic. We do face many problems in a digital age, including several of the general issues Keen raises. (I wrote about many of them in my own book three years ago.) We do need to be dealing with those problems." Dan Gillmor, "Amateurish 'Cult of the Amateur'"
"Yesterday Massachusetts' highest court rejected the Boston Herald's motion to reconsider its decision in a defamation case brought by Judge Ernest Murphy. A month ago the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had voted unanimously to affirm a $2.1 million jury verdict against the Boston Herald for its publication of a story in which it quoted Superior Court Judge Ernest Murphy as saying that prosecutors should tell a 14-year-old rape victim 'to get on with her life and get over it.'" Mary-Rose Papandrea, "Massachusetts S.J.C. Denies Boston Herald's Motion for Reconsideration of Judge Murphy Libel Decision"
"Novelist Chris Abani is a deceptive and funny man. He tells us that he’s been at TED for three days, 'watching slideshows, listening to scientists… feeling a bit like a gansta rapper at a bar mitzvah.' Much of the conference, he observes, have been about narrative in Africa. 'But we’re really talking about news narratives. 40% of Americans can’t afford health insurance, they’ve got a president who doesn’t listen to his people and keeps prosecuting a senseless war - if we go by the news, the US is as bad as Zimbabwe, which isn’t true, right?'" Ethan Zuckerman, "Three voices. Listen."
"One of the best kept secrets of this website is a calendar of local and world events, bloggers meetings and conferences. This month is busy with meetings in South Africa, Tanzania, and the G8 Summit in Germany. Got any ideas for new blog projects? There’s just one week to go before Rising Voices and J-Lab grant proposals are due. Scroll ahead in the calendar to see more events." Solana Larsen, "Add your citizen media event to the Global Voices calendar!"