Thursday, January 17, 2008

Around The Blogosphere 17 January 08

David Sasaki: Rising Voices proudly announces the first in a series of outreach guides meant to explain the fundamentals of citizen media to a non-technical readership. The first guide, An Introduction to Citizen Media, offers context and case studies which show how everyday citizens across the world are increasingly using blogs, podcasts, online video, and digital photography to engage in an unmediated conversation which transcends borders, cultures, and differing languages. [LINK]

Dan Gillmor: I’m with educators, news people and others at the Knight Digital Media Center in Los Angeles for several-day session with National Public Radio personnel. NPR got a big foundation grant to retrain its entire editorial staff to understand and do multimedia. Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall reports that he’s been “Banned at The DoJ” — taken off the email distribution list for press releases and the like. This has to be one of the more lame governmental PR decisions of the recent past.

Your "must read" blog post of the day: Black/Brown Politics from Aaminah Hernández: I was reading a really cool post on Angry Black Woman referencing Gloria Steinem’s terrible piece where she essentially claims that gender should and does trump race and that any woman not voting for Clinton is a bad feminist. (I’m not even going to touch that ridiculousness right now. For some good reading by more articulate women on that, see here, here, here, here and the above mentioned post at ABW. Some of these posts include links to others who have written beautifully about the matter, and the comments are very interesting too.) ABW doesn’t say much about this; what’s left to say? But the comments on the post are fabulous...
Lawyers, Guns and Money: Sentencing youthful offenders (that's kids who are convicted for crimes) to life incarceration violates virtually every human rights norm out there. According to Human Rights Watch, there are only 7 people outside the United States who were sentenced to life in prison while minors. Read more.

YPulse: anonygirl1 (how one teen girl went from obscurity to YouTube celebrity) - Party on MySpace! (Aussi teen plans huge party via MySpace costing parents thousands...but that also could lead to a a party promoter! Reuters rounds up a few more high profile party incidents.) AndYouthquake? (BusinessWeek examines the sleeping giant in the '08 election, i.e. the Millennial vote, in its latest cover story.)

Cool Hunting: Sometimes the obvious choice is the best choice, which is why we love the new manila envelope-based sleeve designed for the new MacBook Air by our favorite quick thinkers, Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans. [LINK]

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