Net & Society Grab Bag, Oct. 31

This is an assortment of items that demonstrate how the internet is affecting or reflecting society – including free speech issues.

TOP OF THIS LIST: My FactCheck.org RSS Project, NetNerds, Oct. 23. One of the few pleasures I’ve found in this election is FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

However, as I’ve written earlier, FactCheck has had some difficulty getting its technical act together. One notable oversight there is FackCheck’s lack of webfeeds. Well, NetNerd has scraped a pretty good FactCheck.org webfeed. Thanks!

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  1. All of Osama, by Adam Curry, Oct. 30. Curry notes, “What [Osama bin Laden] says [in his recent video] isn’t that important. The fact that he’s using Aljazeera as a weblog does matter and it’s having an impact.” Good point – and an interesting way to look at it. Oh, and by the way – according to Reuters (Oct. 27), Aljazeera is getting ready to launch its own English-language satellite channel. This should be interesting.
  2. Attack prompts Bush website block, BBC News, Oct. 28. I’d been reading recently (in Netcraft and elsewhere) that the official web site for George W. Bush’s re-election campaign was rejecting visitors from outside the US. This particularly incensed some expatriate Americans, such as Adam Curry. BBC reported, “Scott Stanzel, a spokesman for the Bush-Cheney campaign said: ‘The measure was taken for security reasons.’ He declined to elaborate any further on the blocking policy.” Also, “There are now at least three working alternative domains for the Bush-Cheney campaign that let web users outside the US visit the site.”
  3. A polarized society leads to polarized journalism, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 24. This Media Matters column by David Shaw is a classic bit of circular logic. He writes, “When mainstream media pick up what these ‘para-media’ [blog, etc.] say, all the media wind up in the middle of an increasingly polarized political struggle.” Ok, well then who’s responsible for what here, exactly? What’s your point, David? (Thanks to Editors Weblog for that link.)
  4. Overzealous Lawyers Beware: Today’s Sites Are Fighting Back, by Mark Thompson, Online Journalism Review, Sept. 15. Excerpt: “Online publishers hit with cease and desist letters are no longer rolling over in the face of unreasonable demands. With help, they’re standing up to menacing legal threats – and winning.”

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  1. Thanks for the link! It’s important to note that its not a scraped feed!

    I find scraping a non-profit who’s bandwidth is sucking to not be the most
    ethical act ever and that’s why I made this feed based off of their e-mail alerts
    and not screenscraping!

    😀
    Chrissy @ NetNerds.net