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Sunday, September 15, 2002
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Are Weblogs Journalism?
Wrong question. A weblog is an Internet text/image journal on the screen, in the majority of cases by an individual and personal in nature with the possibility of having a viewership far beyond one's own screen.
Can Journalists be Webloggers is the more important question. Taken as a given that journalists will use their training and education for accuracy, their passion for their material and reasoned articulation of their viewpoints, the freedom to publish what they consider news, analysis and commentary without the constraints of column inches, editorial cancellations, or other concerns, is in a lot of cases too much freedom.
Should Journalists be Webloggers? The answer is yes. For the reasons mentioned above and also to demonstrate good writing, which in the majority of webblog discussions is pointed to as why they don't do it. So step up to the plate and show us how it is done.
Weblogs are about passion and communication. They are not about money or fame. Seems to me that Journalism is about passion and communication.
The Eldred vs Ashcroft lawsuit is about the insane length of copyright and the depletion of works in the public domain.
The legal brief that Larry Lessig and friends have been working on has been posted. It is Here. It is an excellent piece of work as you can follow along with the argument without being a lawyer. This is significant as it affects everyone on the web who publishes and everyone who is thinking about creating.
Copyright is broken. Not so much the insane length of time currently extended, the type of materials covered, but the Governments breaking the bargain that set up copyright. Registration and Deposit. Authors and Creators were given a Limited Monopoly in exchange for allowing the works to be put in the Public Domain, enriching all of the citizens. The current system is nothing short of a Entertainment Industry Congressional Welfare Program.
We had to Destroy the Village to Save It
Is the current tactic of the RIAA regarding music that is transferred across the Internet. No normal person is against the artist getting paid for their work with the exception of the members of the RIAA. Every consumer electronic device in the last 50 years has been fought by the entertainment industry.
Hello? what part of consumer/customer are they having a problem with.
It's Time to Stop the Music
I want you to stop buying Commercial Music and going to Movies for six months.
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