of the issues the entertainment issue is trying to deal with in an article called Hollywood vs. Your PC. It doesn’t have anything new in it if you have been following these issues closely, but if you haven’t, it will get you up to speed pretty effectively. [via ni vu ni connu]
: 99.9% of Websites Are Obsolete; an excerpt from Forward Compatibility: Designing & Building With Standards. An excellent and typically provocative (though why that should be is a mystery) article.
any effort to remove as much responsibility for domain registrations from Verisign as possible, so the “.org is a public trust” is very interesting to me. What I can’t figure out though, as an ORG owner, is how it might affect me personally. Will I be able to keep my domain under this proposal? Or is it the sunshine and popsicles it seems to be according to the sites I’ve seen who support this plan.
has published an interesting DaveNet today, “Is it marketing or journalism?” Of course this question has been central to journalism for years, going back at least to the days of Hearst and Pulitzer’s yellow journalism. But though the question seems to have been sleeping for a while, it has definitely revived in the past couple of years.
As far as I’m concerned, Winer is pretty directly taking on the Telecom Reform Act in a piece like that. At least that’s my interpretation. By concentrating ownership of the media, the Act led directly (though it wasn’t the only thing that led us here) to the point where there is a lack of competition in the marketplace: competition that would (and traditionally did) keep journalists honest. Think of baseball. The owners always scream about keeping free agent salaries down, about controlling their environment. But with 30 teams, someone (usually Steinbrenner, it seems) always defects and refuses to toe the line and signs the big contract. That competition no longer exists in journalism. There aren’t very many players left (at the money end of things), so it’s less likely that someone will defect from current practice (i.e., not questioning the boss or money) and thus in effect keep them all honest.
Again, with feeling: the CDA was a smokescreen! It was the rest of the 1996 Telecom Reform Act that was really offensive. It vacated accountability in the media through the removal of competition. The effect this has had (with other influences) is undeniable.
: The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse. “Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this site is for you.”