Saturday, July 23, 2005

Thanks Again!!!

 Get Real!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Thanks Emi and Phil!!!

 Eminent Web Guru needs help

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Blogging and John G. Roberts

From the day that Sandra Day O'Connor announced that she was stepping down as a Supreme Court Justice to take care of her ailing husband, the blogging world went berserk. Liberal bloggers wrote blog after blog concerning the grave importance of who Bush would nominate and the likelihood that President Bush would appoint a conservative judge to replace O'Connor's swing vote.

The frenzy of blogging did not stop and only heated up when President Bush announced on Tuesday night that John G. Edwards was his nominee for the Supreme Court position. According to an article in today's Washington Post, fifty of the top liberal bloggers joined together with Senator Ted Kennedy in a forty-five minute conference call organized by BlogPAC, to create a plan of attack in anticipation of President Bush's nomination. After the conference call, BlogPAC put calls into Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's office, Sen. Russell Feingold's office and liberal organizations such as MoveOn, Alliance for Justice, NARAL and People for the American Way.

According to the Washington Post, this conference call which brought together Congressional representatives, liberal organizations and bloggers, was an indication of the importance that blogging plays in today's political world. The article points out that this is the first nomination of the twenty-first century and liberals will use technology extensively to get their views concerning the nomination across. Senator Kennedy involved himself with the bloggers because he recognizes their potential to "convey the impact that this decision will have on hundreds of millions of Americans, whose last line of defense for their freedoms and liberties is the Supreme Court," according to the article.

These blogs have the potential to reach a huge audience, and by combining forces, they hope that the message from liberal bases will be as strong as possible concerning the Edwards nomination. Obviously each blog will write their own individual messages to their respective readers, but the goal as a whole will be the same and a central message will connect these blogs and organizations to each other, inspiring their readers to take the course of action they suggest.

I think this is an interesting idea, and may be used in the future with stronger results, but for now I truly think Bush's nomination of Edwards does not leave a lot of wiggle room for liberals to work around. He looks great on paper and while these blogs have compiled opposition research on him, I am not so sure that there is enough fire around Edwards for the blogs to be as effective as they hope.

All in all I think the use of synchronized blogging is a good idea in theory and I think that it is advantageous for the Congressional representatives and liberal groups to join forces with the blogs. I bet we will be seeing a lot more of this in the future from both Democrats and Republicans.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Finals!!!!!

 Basta de Blogar

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Get Out of Blogging Free

 Get out of jail free

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Filtering in China

The study Internet Filtering in China in 2004-2005 is a very interesting analysis into China's online filtering habits.

What I find very interesting is the lack of transparency that the filtering has. According to the study "the state does not generally admit to censoring Internet content, and concomitantly there is no list of banned sites and no ability for citizens to request reconsideration of blocking, as some other states that filter provide." While topics are described as sensitive or prohibited, the legal code is non-specific. As broad as the code is there are laws which prohibit citizens from testing the boundaries. As such there is also a "ban on spreading state secrets to discourage" the practice.

In China the government legally has the ability to control what users can see and what they can share with other Internet users. It was very interesting just to browse the list of accessible and non-accessible URLs according to the study. Sites that deal with the democratization of China and even certain pages that link from Yale's Web site can not be accessed. It truly is amazing what people can and what they cannot see.

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Future of Ideas

In his analysis The Future of Ideas, Stanford law professor Lessig made some very stark comments as to the direction the Internet is taking as we move into the future. To be honest, after reading just a small excerpt from the Future of Ideas, I found his insights very depressing.

The Internet inspired a revolution of innovation and new ideas exploded as the Internet progressed and that innovation was fostered by the Internet. Today, Lessig argues that a counterrevolution is taking place, replacing innovation with a general stifling of creative energy and control by powerful conglomerates. These conglomerates take advantage of the law and technology and Lessig argues are taming the Web as we know it.

Lessig offered the opinion that today the Internet is changing from an "open forum for ideas into nothing more than cable television on speed." This insight is an interesting analogy but I am not sure that I completely agree with it.

I am torn because on one side, I do see the rise of blogs, in this country mind you, to be a powerful force allowing people to speak their minds. But then I can also appreciate that the Web is becoming more regulated and the flow of information not be as free as it once was because of corporate interests. Obviously there are no easy answers, but just from reading a brief excerpt I am interested in hearing what else Lessig has to say.