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Fired for Blogging at Friendster?

Gee, I'm hoping that my blogging will help me get hired somewhere...

Corrante is reporting that Joyce Park got fired for blogging about what is going on at Friendster.

Fair and honest elections

(Originally published at Greater Democracy)

Yesterday, I attended a discussion panel sponsored by American Compass, a conservative book club. I will write a more general post about this in a subsequent message.

One of the speakers was John Fund. John is a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, was the chief investigative reporter for syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novack in 1982, and has written a book, Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy

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Why blogs are so important

(Originally published in Greater Democracy)

When bloggers descended upon the Democratic Convention, the bloggers were a big part of the news story. Everyone questioned how journalistic bloggers would be, and in the end, the mainstream press seemed to dismiss the bloggers. They didn’t break any important news stories. David Weinberger even questioned a Pulitzer Prize winner how we could adjust for his biases if he wouldn’t even admit to them. The mainstream media particularly rankled at such questions.

Yet all of this greatly over simplifies the process. Everyone does have a bias and it comes through in their writing. An import aspect of blogs are their immediacy. By this, I don’t necessarily mean how quickly things get written. Sometimes bloggers have difficulty getting to a good WiFi hotspot to put up their posts. Sometimes, they spend a bit of time trying to recuperate from their experiences before they can put their post together. However, they have a greater sense of immediacy in the more traditional sense of the word. They are less mediated by editorial boards or efforts to make a very emotional experience falsely seem objective.

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Random Convention News

(Originally posted in Greater Democracy)

This afternoon, I explored the city, trying to get a good feel for what is going on with the convention. I stopped in Bryant Park to use the open wifi, and check my email. There was an interesting email from Jock asking to what extent New York is currently Baghdad on the Hudson, “a city occupied by a power elite who treat the residents as second class citizens with fungible civil rights. The way the occupiers have redefined NYC, it now has its own very own "Green Zone" -- just like Bagdad. A bubble of fantasy and dogma dictated "reality".”

There was something that resonated with me about that. Just like the Two Americas, it seems as if there are two New Yorks, one in which people try to go about their daily lives and the other that the Republicans are visiting.

When I was in Boston, I went and hung out in the lobbies of various delegations. It was a great way to get a sense of what was really going on. The delegates and dignitaries would pass through the lobbies. You could pick up information about what is going out through out the day.

Here in New York, it is different. You can’t get into the lobbies unless you are staying in the hotel. The delegates are pretty removed and isolated from New York. It is easy to get information about demonstrations, but not about what is going on for the delegates.

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NYPD Critical Mass

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