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Two calls to action on Net Neutrality and legalized spyware; Coming soon — the audience’s attention crash; What American accent do you have?


June 15 Deadline for Net Neutrality
Speak now or forever hold your piece (and pay the telecom companies twice to publish and view content on the Internet). “The FCC’s deadline for public comment is June 15.”

Act now to stop Congress from legalizing spyware!
“The SPY Act, a new anti-spyware law, makes it impossible for consumer rights groups to sue DRM companies for putting spyware in their DRM (like Sony did last year, with its rootkit DRM). The irony is that spyware is already illegal, so all that this act does is immunize big media companies that sneak spyware onto your computer.”

The Attention Crash
“We are reaching a point where the number of inputs we have as individuals is beginning to exceed what we are capable as humans of managing. The demands for our attention are becoming so great, and the problem so widespread, that it will cause people to crash and curtail these drains.” Newspapers, take note and figure out how to remain relevant to your audience’s lives!

Solution to training problem for P&S video
“It’s all true. Just want to point out that this statement is not only true for reporters and P&S video, but for almost all employees who are starting to pick up any type of video camera.”

New Oregon Live site incorporates Reddit social news site
“Here is a chance to see whether local news can work with social editing. I hope it can, for this gives us another window on the news. No, it doesn’t replace editors, but it does check editors and tell them what people care about; it also enables people to find more stories than editors have time to find.”

Openness & Accountability: A Study of Transparency in Global Media Outlets
The Libby, Enron and Arthur Andersen cases have all put the issue of ‘transparency’ in the forefront of the news. But how transparent are the media themselves? How candid are they about how they cover the news? How willing are the media to make their reporting and editing standards public?

Quiz: What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)
YES! “You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for.”

NPPA Honors, Awards, Presented At Portland Photojournalism Summit
Forgot to mention this when I returned from the NPPA shindig, Joe Weiss is the man and finally received an industry award for creating Soundslides: “The J. Winton Lemen Award was given to Joe Weiss, developer of Soundslides. ‘Your development of the Soundslides program has enabled countless photographers to cross the bridge into multimedia, and encouraged growth and creative storytelling.'”

Hearst Journalism Awards Program
2006-2007 winners. Big ups to former Post interns Brian Lehmann and Alyssa Schukar.

Mr. WizardDon Herbert, 89; TV’s ‘Mr. Wizard’ passes away
If you haven’t heard, Mr. Wizard, the man who inspired generations of nerds, has died.

Geekfest Portland 2007
I’m missing Portland and all these cool photographers … Melissa Lyttle, Kevin German, Sol Neeman, so many more.

My Report on Newspapers and Online Shopping
“Over the years, I’ve done a number of strategic reports for The Newspaper Association of America. The newest report, out today, is called ‘The Newspaper Online Shopping Report: Online Relationships with Retailers.'”

10 favorite things about Chicago
It’s interesting that only 3 of these would be in my top 10 list. Sounds like I need to make a trip soon to check out the 7 others. Chicago really needs a top 100 list, it’s too awesome to narrow to 10.

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