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: www.FactCheck.com Unfortunately, the site he meant was www.FactCheck.org, 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 »

Iraqis blog to bypass politicians, media

In Iraq, news and information is filtered through government and/or media. But, according to a BBC report, some 70 Iraqis are writing blogs that allow them to issue uncensored reports on their daily lives.

One blogger, a mother of three and manager at a Baghdad water plant, initially shared her hopes for a better life based on the U.S. invasion, but time has changed her views. “Fighting, explosion, killing and blood everyday,” she said. “You are not safe, and everything is confusing you. Everything is sad, because you’re scared about your sons, your family, your job, everything.”

Ali Fadhil, a Baghdad medical resident, says, ““I was… Read More »

A political version of Slashdot

Slashdot.org was the original blog. Before the term was first uttered, Slashdot was a place where anybody could open a topic on something to do with technology and others could comment. The software that makes it work has been freely available for others to use. In many ways, Slashdot (motto: “News for nerds. Stuff that matters.”) paved the way for today’s blogosphere.

Today, Slashdot.org has opened an adjunct community dedicated to the discussion of politics. “With the US Presidential Election coming up, we’ve had a lot of story submissions that we would like to post, but they don’t fit very well on the Slashdot main page,” writes… Read More »

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