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Date: 3/23/2006


Washington Irving was there in the 1820s; I’ll be in Granada at the Alhambra at the end of April for the Louis Round Wilson Knowledge Academy meetings. All kinds of good folks have recommended Irving’s book to me (thanks Terry and Ismael). I’m about 100 pages into the 1851 facsimile edition and am enjoying Irving’s adventures and storytelling immensely. What a treat it will be to be see the Alhambra now over 150 years after Irving’s visit.

All the Vice President’s News

Mr. CheneyFred through a pointer to Smoking Gun notices that among the requirements for our traveling VP is the demand that “All Televisions to be tuned to FOX News” [VP’s staff’s caps]. Among the note’s handwritten additions to the requirements are these print sources: New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and “local newspaper” then almost as an afterthought “Wash Post.”

Talking Back to the News

Journalists (and I am one at least in title) sometimes fear that their subjects can respond. Naked Conversations by Shel Israel & Robert Scoble is/are all about that. As you may have noticed, I regularly post about interviews I give here. Glyn Moody is a little excited though about my merely threatening (his word) to post my memory of what I told him in an interview the Linux Weekly News.
Fear Not Glyn! News is a conversation and we’re all better for it. My interview with you was a conversation and the postings are a way to widen the discussion beyond the time we had to talk, beyond the space available, and beyond just the two of us. Heck, you can even follow up on things that you wish you would have asked for example.
Chris Roush and I have had earlier conversations on this same subject. This is an ongoing subject on Chris’ blog.

Mixed Signals – News and Dues

Pew Center for the Study of Internet and American Life reports that “For many home broadband users, the internet is a primary news source.” :

By the end of 2005, 50 million Americans got news online on a typical day, a sizable increase since 2002. Much of that growth has been fueled by the rise in home broadband connections over the last four years. For a group of “high-powered” online users — early adopters of home broadband who are the heaviest internet users — the internet is their primary news source on the average day.

At the same time, the US is threatening to create a tiered Internet with positive support from FCC Chief Kevin Martin (reports /. and Networking Pipeline).

People are learning from the internet instead of watching Fox! This must be stopped (or at least further regulated and tamed)!

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