What are your communication goals?

I am on a mailing list of people interested in using technology for not for profits. On this mailing list a discussion erupted concerning when to post to the mailing list, when to put information on a blog and whether it is appropriate to post some of the information on the mailing list with a pointer back to the blog for a more detailed discussion.

I think the emails going back and forth bring us back to an important underlying concept. Whatever you write, think about the goals you have is what you are sending out and question whether the content and the medium effectively serve these goals.

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My Favorite Blogs, from the sound of Mainstream Media

Moonbats and Wingnuts and fascists and commies
liars and cowards and media fallout
long diatribes with no content at all
These are a few of my favorite spins

When the dow drops
When the bombs fall
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

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"My son’s life was not frivolous"

(Originally published in Greater Democracy)

In today’s New York Times, Robert Pear writes: “that four television networks had turned down its request to run an advertisement opposing President Bush's effort to clamp down on medical malpractice lawsuits.” He noted that the “networks said the advertisement violated their standards for advertising on controversial issues.”

By doing so, the fourth estate is failing its duties to promote public discourse about the issues that are most important to all Americans.

Flirt Commentathon

I don't know what timezone Flirt is in, but assuming it is a U.S. Timezone, you still have a few hours to go comment on her blog. She is offering to contribute a dollar per comment for up to 500 comments to charity. A few other people have offered to join her in contributions, so please consider this an an opportunity for you to contribute to charity as well.

Blogging the French Revolution

One of the popular geeky topics over the past decade has been to compare the Internet to the printing press. The printing press brought about a massive cultural revolution affecting all aspects of life, such as government, religion, and literature.

It took a long time for this change to take effect and this month we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote, the second most published book in the world, which Janet Murray traces to the invention of the printing press and hails as the beginning of the European novel in her book Hamlet on the Holodeck.

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