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Back on Webtalk, again

<![CDATA[►►Podcast – Internet Talk Radio – WebTalkGuys World Radio Show – Web Talk Radio – Formerly on CNET Radio:

WebTalk Radio with hosts Rob and Dana Greenlee with guest co-host Mitch Ratcliffe, blogger at RatcliffeBlog.com and co-founder of Persuadio. Other topics: National WiMax Network is COMING, Radios coming to our Passports, Is the Palm OS Dead, Google’s growing battle with publishers, Search Engine Value Diminishing, Seattle’s Mind Camp. Listener mp3:from Phil in Florida.

Check out my latest discussion with Rob and Dana. WindowsMedia, Real and MP3 formats to choose from.

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Saving journalism is about finding a new economic model

<![CDATA[BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » Saving journalism isn’t about saving jobs:

Saving journalism isn’t about saving jobs or even newspapers. In fact, the goal shouldn’t be just to save journalism but to grow it, expand it, explode it, taking advantage of all the amazing new means to gather and share news we have today.

Yes, it [the practice of journalism] can grow and expand, but we need an economic model that distributes the value of information to its organizers and creators. I don’t buy the insight of “norgs,” because it is a plaintive one, rather than a concrete suggestion about how news organizations can distribute value. Acknowledging the need for change isn’t cause for a standing ovation, it’s more of a “duh!” moment to be observed, followed by an extensive grilling for answers. So, what do we do?
The key quote is this one: “Because with a staff that is now too small to cover every news story, we can learn how to cover just the stories that truly matter to people, and cover the heck out of them….”
Wrong, because this assumes that a.) there is no economic system that can expand news coverage, and b.) that there are stories that truly matter and those that don’t, which can be ignored. The reality is there are many more stories that matter to smaller audiences than to giant masses of people; some of those small stories are components of generational movements, but not all, nor do they need to be to deserve coverage.
So, it’s not about saving jobs, saving journalism is about creating jobs, even jobs that exist outside of the news organization (we used to call it freelancing, but now it’s different, a kind of part-time work of passion and expertise) and expanding the organization by obliterating the walls between editorial efforts and economic rewards while somehow, miraculously, increasing accountability and ethical practices.
I’ve built a very low-cost news network before, and it can be done by pooling resources—equipment, subscriptions to research services, phone costs, cameras—while distributing rewards to bring the passionate gatherer of news into the effort. It must be self-critical to the Nth degree, while welcoming to new talent. It doesn’t involve distributing advertising and promotion, as Jeff Jarvis suggests; those operations can be relatively centralized (as Yahoo! and Google AdSense demonstrate in different ways). All it takes is an organization that doesn’t see itself as the center of value creation, which is usually confused with revenue.
A successful new news organization will acknowledge most value creation takes place outside itself and will find ways to project revenue to the many nexuses of value creation, what most of us call “talented people.”
I need more Theraflu….

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Flu flew in…. but not the bird flu

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Brownie did a helluva job?

<![CDATA[CNN.com – Lawmaker: E-mails show Brown ‘out of touch’ during Katrina – Nov 3, 2005:

Former Federal Emergency Management Director Michael Brown, who resigned after stinging criticism of his handling of the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina, exchanged e-mails about his appearance on the day of the storm and seemed “out of touch” after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, a Louisiana congressman charged Wednesday.

Really, this must be read to be believed. FEMA’s Mike Brown spent more time thinking about his appearance than New Orleans for days before and after Katrina hit. It would be funny if it weren’t so pathetically sad.

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Democracy spreads from the bottom up

<![CDATA[We all know that democracy has expanded dramatically in the past 200 years. But the currently predominant assumption is that democracy spreads from the top down, delivered by founders and liberators to the people.
In fact, democracy spread from the bottom up, from self-governing communities where democracy begins, even in totalitarian countries, forcing its way to the top by extending accountability to higher and higher magistrates. A critical mass of democrats must exist to create the political power to enforce democratic ideas in centers of national power.
Tyranny, oligarchy and other anti-democratic forms of government are all based on a system of accountability, the bottom to the top; democracy flips the equation over, making the magistrate responsible to the people. That notion of accountability takes root among the people before it ever takes hold of a national government.
So, we're looking at the problem from the wrong direction when we talk about governments being democratic. Instead, it is peoples are democratic first and governments are organized to impose democratic principles equally at all layers of society.

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Guaranteed to offend! The latest podcast is up, so download

<![CDATA[I've uploaded the latest Evolution Media, which you can download here or subscribe to here.
This episode is sure to offend some folks, especially because I juxtapose quotes by Jeff Jarvis and Robespierre, who both talk about a form of purity that I regard as dangerous. There is a reason why the United States has a system of checks and balances, even after the people have spoken, because the people who gain authority and power have a tendency to screw up and cover up those mistakes.
What’s missing from the blogosphere or Web 2.0—whatever you want to call it—is a process for deliberating over the meaning of ideas, especially how we define ideas, from the definitions in a dictionary to the application of political generalizations in news reporting.
This episode of Evolution Media is about that process, which Edward R. Murrow invented for broadcasting; a process that is worn out, but still useful as we envision a new set of processes for a more collaborative society.
If you’d like to read the script I read from, follow the continue reading link…. You’ll miss the Murrow excerpts, which are well worth a listen any day. The script is an amalgamation of recent postings.
Again, the show is available as an unprotected Audible file. You can play it without an Audible account and even pass it along to others. As an MP3, this show is more than 85 MB, but in Audible’s .aa format, it is 15.2 MB.

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Pass the benzoic acid to stretch Tamiflu supplies….

<![CDATA[news @ nature.com – Wartime tactic doubles power of scarce bird-flu drug – Use of common drug could stretch world stocks of Tamiflu.:

Doctors think they have hit on a way to effectively double supplies of a drug that fights bird flu. Administering Tamiflu alongside a second drug that stops it being excreted in urine means that only half doses of the treatment would be needed. As bird flu threatens to spread, officials are keen to find better treatments…..

The technique was invented during the Second World War to extend precious penicillin supplies. Scientists found that a simple benzoic acid derivative called probenecid stops many drugs, including antibiotics, being removed from the blood by the kidneys. Probenecid is readily available and is still widely used alongside antibiotics to treat gonorrhoea and syphilis, and in emergency rooms, where doctors need their patients to have high, sustained levels of antibiotics in their blood.

Good to know.

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It doesn't take a declaration of evil to be evil

<![CDATA[Technology News: Commentary : Is Google the New Evil Empire?:

In the end it may have to do with the one law that transcends industries and that is that power does corrupt. Preventing that corruption requires vastly more than just a policy statement. It requires a religious focus on making sure the word “right,” to your company, continues to mean the “right thing to do” and not simply the “right” to do anything you want regardless of consequences.

If Google continues to misuse its growing power it is on the bullet train to the next evil empire, and unlike Microsoft or IBM, isn’t in a market segment that changes slowly. Strangely enough, if Google slips, Microsoft is actually one of the best positioned to take their place (Yahoo being the other potential player) and, if this happens, this will be the first time anyone has ever come fully back from this kind of slide that we know of.

Rob Enderle joins the growing chorus calling Google’s self-righteousness what it increasingly seems to be: Abuse of power.

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Frist can't trust Reid? What about the rest of us trusting Frist?

<![CDATA[GOP Angered by Closed Senate Session:

The usually unflappable majority leader, Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), was searching for words to express his outrage to reporters a few minutes later. The Senate “has been hijacked by the Democratic leadership,” he said. “They have no convictions, they have no principles, they have no ideas.” Never before had he been “slapped in the face with such an affront,” he said, adding: “For the next year and a half, I can’t trust Senator Reid.”

This from a guy who defends going to war under false pretenses and claimed to have a blind investment trust that wasn’t blind, who is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission? We should ask the Republican majority to live up to its campaign promise to restore trust in government instead of tolerating this kind of disingenuous “rage” from Frist.
“Trust” is a joke on Frist’s lips.

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Gulags 2005: We're not the city on the hill, anymore

<![CDATA[CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons:

The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents.

Okay, we get that these are bad guys, but what happened to due process and the American example of liberty?
President Bush has presided over the United States transformation into the things he promised to fight, spiriting prisoners away into a legal void, using torture, ignoring habeus corpus and basic human rights. If that was what he had explained he was going to do, why didn’t he just say it?
We’re going to spend the next decade unraveling the damage to the American spirit and American prestige (or the abysmal lack of it) overseas, and other 50 years mopping up the mess Bush and cronies have made of the world.

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