“Instead, I want a page, a site, a thing that is created, curated, edited, and discussed. It’s a blog that treats a topic as an ongoing and cumulative process of learning, digging, correcting, asking, answering. It’s also a wiki that keeps a snapshot of the latest knowledge and background. It’s an aggregator that provides annotated links to experts, coverage, opinion, perspective, source material. It’s a discussion that doesn’t just blather but that tries to accomplish something (an extension of an article like this one that asks what options there are to bailout a bailout). It’s collaborative and distributed and open but organized. Think of it as being inside a beat reporter’s head, while also sitting at a table with all the experts who inform that reporter, as everyone there can hear and answer questions asked from the rest of the room — and in front of them all are links to more and ever-better information and understanding. This is the way to cover stories and life.”—The building block of journalism is no longer the article (via azspot)
“Neocons and macho Republicans think we don’t win our wars because we lack the courage to use enough force. They believe that the US should nuke every country that doesn’t follow our orders. Indeed, many American “conservatives” are lusting for the US to nuke a country in order “to teach the world a lesson.” To accommodate this blood-lust, the Bush Pentagon revised US war doctrine to permit preemptive nuclear attack even upon non-nuclear-armed countries. During the long Cold War, preemptive nuclear attack was not a US option.”—Paul Craig Roberts (via azspot)
“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only what you are expecting to give — which is everything. What you will receive in return varies. But it really has no connection with what you give. You give because you love and cannot help giving.”—Katharine Hepburn (via bluenemesis)
“The House Republicans fear socialism, even this “socialism for the rich”, more than collapse of the economy. They are mostly well-trained rabble, pious schoolchildren, who sincerely believe the free-market ideology that led to this disaster in the first place. They have been more than happy with handouts to the rich for decades! But their deep fear of anything non-capitalist has brought them to total absurdity: they want bankrupt businesses to buy government insurance and to escape capital gains tax, even though these businesses obviously have no revenue! Do any of them understand that the day-to-day operations of the US government and military are totally in the hands of foreign rival creditors? We can and should hate Paulson but at least that lying miser understands the stakes for US capitalism and world power. The “no” vote is a sign of deterioration not “victory for the people.” Do these small minded rightist fools understand BWII, the international flow of funds, the organization of world trade, etc.? Do they understand the link between the military, petrodollars, bonds, and export-led growth? OF COURSE NOT. They just want their small minded and frankly shopkeeper fascist fantasy that they too can one day get rich. But US capitalism has happily cultivated these Panglossian delusions for decades, if not two centuries, because it has helped them repress various domestic untermenschen. So the US deserves such self-destructive stupidity. It is the economic equivalent of falling on your own sword.”—“The Shopkeeper Fascist Fantasy” (via azspot)
“Ce que ton analyse sous-estime, me semble-t-il, c’est que le nombre des intervenants à peu près régulier (100, 200?) est extrêmement faible par rapport au nombre d’abonnés (11.000 paraît-il, à la date d’aujourd’hui).
Le succès - car je crois qu’on peut parler de succès - du projet est donc lié au journal et non au club…”—Médiapart 1 et Médiapart 2 | Mediapart
“95 % des délits financiers demeurent impunis. Pour les plus maladroits, le maximum de la peine encourue n’est que de cinq ans, soit un peu plus de deux ans avec les réductions de peine. Qu’une société condamne parfois à de bien plus lourdes peines les délinquants d’Evry que les corrupteurs et les corrompus l’éclaire crûment.”—Eva joly : Notre affaire à tous
“… that much of the activity spent online is not really about social interactions, it’s instead focused on creating a digital identity, a representation of how you want the world to see you, literally a way to “write ourselves into being.”—Bench Marks » Blog Archive » Digital intimacy
“Le 3 juin dernier, la commission Culture du Parlement européen adoptait un projet de rapport « sur la concentration et le pluralisme dans les médias dans l’Union européenne » qui, entre autres, suggère de « clarifier le statut des blogs » et « encourage leur labellisation en fonction des responsabilités professionnelles et financières et des intérêts de leurs auteurs et éditeur ». Soutenue par l’euro-députée Marianne Mikko (PSE), le rapport a été présenté lundi 22 septembre en séance plénière du Parlement européen, et doit être soumis au vote demain.”— Ecrans - L’Europe met les pieds dans le blog (via cercamon) (via bibliothecaire)
A number of articles from CC insiders hit the blogs this week. I have one up at Media Rights, a site that focuses on social-justice documentaries and the activist filmmaker community. I focus my examples on how Creative Commons can help film makers reach greater audiences and media by framing them in light of the recent US Court of Appeals decision in our favor:
On August 13th, 2008 the United States Court of Federal Appeals handed down an opinion that further cemented the legal footing that gives “open content” licenses like Creative Commons (CC) their legal teeth. The decision of Jacobsen v. Katzer was monumental for the free culture and free software communities for a number of reasons. Public licenses, like CC’s six “Some Rights Reserved” copyright licenses and the one being litigated over, the Artistic License, grant rights to the public in general as opposed to a specific party. Where a private license between a filmmaker and a distribution company might stipulate that a particular distributor is given the exclusive rights to show a film, a public license might stipulate that anyone who comes across the film is allowed to show it so long as they give proper attribution and do not make modifications.
And over on BizCommunity.com, friend of the cause and South African lawyer Paul Jacobsen writes about some of the South African projects using Creative Commons in part 3 of his series about our licenses and the issues they implicate:
JoziKids, http://jozikids.co.za/, a wonderful child focussed website, uses Creative Commons licences to licence content created by its advertisers who create listings on the website rather than trying to take ownership of the content in order to provide the listings to visitors to the site. In this way Merle Dietrich strikes a balance between being able to publish rich listings on the site and not interfere unduly in the advertiser’s ability to exploit their content commercially outside the website.
“When I heard about this (Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae bailout), I thought I woke up in France where socialism has taken over." - "Ce matin, quand j’ai lu la nouvelle dans le journal, j’ai cru que je m’étais réveillé en France. Mais non, il s’avérait que le socialisme régnait désormais aux Etats-Unis.”—http://www.courrierinternational.com/hebdo/sommaire.asp?obj_id=646