The Biases of Daniel Lyons

I read the article on weblogs this morning from Forbes Magazine, “Attack of the Blogs(Attack of the Blogs)”:http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2005/1114/128_print.html. What I didn’t realize (and no else reading just this article would), is the obvious involvement that Lyons has in the story. From reading “Is Daniel Lyons a loser?(Is Daniel Lyons a loser?)”:http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/content/view/174/42/ and “Daniel Lyons is Not A Fanatic.

In Blogs we Trust

bq.Don’t trust everything you read in blogs. While more and more news organizations and companies are creating blogs of their own, many blogs are filled with false information. – “Marshall Loeb(The upsides and dangers of blogging)”:http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7B2DA3129F%2DF6A7%2D41E9%2D8D0D%2D3CDFE1DF01C6%7D&dist=rss&siteid=mktw
bq.Main stream media sneer at bloggers, claiming that we are unregulated, out of control and no one checks our work like their editors do theirs.

Credibility in Media

Some people have high expectations.
bq.The Periscope item in the May 9th issue of Newsweek is a creature from an earlier climate of credibility: when a single-source story was good enough; when anonymous was okay as long as you trusted “your guy” at the Pentagon or the DA; when the consequences of being wrong were not as great, as instant, or as global; when the game of being first – which always meant more to journalists than anyone else – could go on as if it had intrinsic value to the public.

Censorship in San Fran

Many stories have been covered in this space about government censorship of the Internet in totalitarian regimes like “China(The Great Firewall of China)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2003/04/17/firewall, “Iran(Blocking Iran)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2003/07/11/iran, and “Europe(Rating Freedom)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2002/11/09/freedom. Now you can add the city of San Francisco to the list with their “Blogger Registration(Who’s Foolin’ Who?)”:http://www.chrisnolan.com/archives/000738.html idea.

Building Empire

A few years ago, Mark Waid and Barry Kitson did a comicbook with a rather unique twist: “Empire”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1401202128/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/. The twist was that, in the end, evil always triumphed over good. That isn’t what makes it controversial, though.
bq.A public library book containing explicit pictures and language and aimed at younger readers will remain on the shelves at the Goldfields Library, despite concern from a Bendigo mother.

Banning Gay Books

Gerald Allen wants to stop “the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle”:http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1101896768316400.xml from the libraries of Alabama. I don’t even know where to start on this one. The article cites the obvious choices like the “Picture of Dorian Gray”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0553212540/libraryplanetcom/.

Photo No-No

Someone just forwarded me an e-mail from “Photo No-No!(Photo No-No!)”:http://www.photonono.com/. You will have to judge for yourself. Have we reached achieved “this level(I Filter Naked People)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2003/07/naked of technological achievement? Or should I be a skeptic?

Vietnam on Filtering

bq.Vietnam has ordered local governments nationwide to closely monitor Internet use and enforce regulations aimed at cracking down on “bad information” sent or read on the Web, an official said Tuesday. The move comes after the communist country sentenced several dissidents to long prison terms over the past two years for using the Internet to criticize the government and promote democracy.

Boeing on Filtering

bq.Users also won’t find any blocking or censoring of Web sites. The company decided – aside from the added complexity filtering would bring – that passengers are unlikely to visit objectionable Web sites in an aircraft, where other passengers can look over their shoulders.

Blue Coat Filtering

bq.In the case of Blue Coat’s new porn blocker, which it unveiled Tuesday, the company claims that it will go beyond merely filtering the addresses of known porn sites. It will also stop employees from using popular search engines to pull up indexed images of pornography.