On the upcoming elections in Iraq

…Now we’re told that the upcoming elections in Iraq are a sign that everything is on the right track, and that once Iraqis elect their own leaders things will get better. I’m doubtful, but I hope I’m wrong. Every day when I think about Iraq, I think about the people there who want a better […]

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Wilco is the future of music

Wired: Lawrence Lessig: Wired 13.02: VIEW: “After its Warner label, Reprise, decided that the group’s fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, was no good, Wilco dumped them and released the tracks on the Internet. The label was wrong. The album was extraordinary, and a sold-out 30-city tour followed. This success convinced Nonesuch Records, another Warner label, […]

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Searching vs. Browsing

…Browsing is shopping, strolling, flipping through a magazine. Browsing is fun, casual, entertaining. Searching is mechanical, trial and error, frustrating. Searching is work. There’s a powerful emotional difference between the two. …Here’s what’s neat about tags: They’re bottom-up, so the classification comes from the people who make the content, not some highfalutin academic. They’re flat, […]

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nofollow? My own thoughts – including a possible big media angle on this

Last Tuesday Google, MSN, Yahoo! and an unprecedented group of blog toolset providers announced a solution that aims to prevent comment spam. Will it definitely work? Will there be unintended consequences? Those are the kinds of hard questions that sometimes keep people from trying difficult things in the first place. On that score – I […]

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