Wiki wars: Bush vs. Kerry

If you think the blogs have been a battleground in the contest for the White House, you need to see what’s going on over at the Wikipedia. According to a piece in yesterday’s Red Herring, advocates for both sides have been battling over the collaborative encyclopedia’s entries on incumbent President George W. Bush and challenger John Kerry, U.S. senator from Massachussetts.

It’s gotten so bad, according to the article, that Wikipedia’s administrators had to post a warning to users that partisan manipulation of the content could affect the objectiveness of the entries. An online town hall meeting convened to address the problem failed… Read More »

City government adopts RSS

You don’t have to be a news outlet or a blogger to take advantage of RSS. The city of San Carlos, California, has introduced its first RSS feed, “What’s New on the Web.” According to the trade Government Technology, “This will enable interested Internet viewers with RSS enabled software to receive notification and copies of new information on the city’s Web site the same day it is posted, without visiting the Web site itself or the need for an email subscription.” The site is also employing Macromedia Flash Paper, which lets visitors view paper documents that download much faster than PDFs.

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Tell your execs: Know your .coms from your .orgs

During the televised U.S. vice-presidential debate, Vice President Dick Cheney directed viewers to a Web site where they could get the facts about the the vice-president’s role in the problems faced by Halliburton, the company where he was once CEO. The site he told viewers to visit: Unfortunately, the site he meant was, a non-partisan site run by the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

The .com site sells domain names; it’s housed offshore. When Cheney gave out the URL, traffic to the site skyrocketed. Desparate to reduce the volume of hits to their server, the site’s owners… Read More »

‘Political obsessives and pundits on speed’

Bloggers may be patting themselves on the back for breaking the Rathergate story, but The Washington Post doesn’t see it that way. In an article in today’s edition titled Breaking the news, then becoming it, Tina Brown writes, “Fear of missing the bandwagon is behind all the hype about the brilliance of bloggers who blew the whistle. You’d think ‘Buckhead,’ who first spotted the flaws in the documents, is the cyberworld’s Woodward and Bernstein. Now the conventional wisdom is that the media will be kept honest and decent by an army of incorruptible amateur gumshoes. In fact, cyberspace is populated by a coalition of political obsessives… Read More »

Uncovering political forgeries

By now you’ve probably heard that the documents shown last night on 60 Minutes II may be forgeries despite CBS’s contention that a handwriting expert validated them as authentic. What you may not be hearing from the traditional media is that bloggers—notably some who are also dedicated computer geeks—are the ones who have uncovered what may turn out to be fraud. (CBS is standing by its story, and Dan Rather asserts that the documents are only one piece of the puzzle.) Who else would spend time comparing kerning in Word to kerning on a typewriter? Tech Central Station has the full story.

Keeping track of political blogs

The presidential campaign is the subject of more blogging right now than just about anything else, and BlogPulse has set up Campaign Radar 2004 to help you see at a glance what the blog buzz is about the candidates and the issues.

According to Search Engine Journal, Campaign Radar 2004 uses the same technology that powers Intelliseek’s buzz monitoring service for Fortune 1000 brands.

According to the SEJ article, “In addition to daily lists of top issues and how they?re being discussed in the political blogosphere, Campaign Radar 2004 also will provide two daily trend graphs ? one that tracks blog discussion on presidential and vice… Read More »

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