Via Dave Winer. Microsoft discusses fundamentally altering their business to compete in the internet era. Microsoft has for years been fighting the net. They killed Netscape and let their browser die (Internet Explorer has not been updated for years. It will be in 2007 largely due to the rise of the superior, free, open source mozilla firefox browser). Cringely has more.
Heroic truth-tellers in the Watergate saga, the established media are now in disrepute, scandalized by unreliable “news” and over-intimate attachments to powerful court insiders. The major media stood too close to the throne, deferred too eagerly to the king’s twisted version of reality and his lust for war. The institutions of “news” failed democracy on monumental matters. In fact, the contemporary system looks a lot more like the ancien régime than its practitioners realize. Control is top-down and centralized. Information is shaped (and tainted) by the proximity of leading news-gatherers to the royal court and by their great distance from people and ordinary experience.
This is largely why I emailed Tammy Baldwin regarding her vote against free speech. Via Dan
Kristian Knutsen continues to impress with his City Council commentary and live blogging.
The Foliage Network provides “accurate foliage information for various locations across the United States. During the months of September, October, and November, The Foliage Network collects data from our foliage spotters twice a week”.