The 2008 Webware 100.

Of course, the afoe Satin Pajama will always remain the most prestigious award in all the internet, the voting procedure has begun for the 2008 Webware 100. So head over there to an idea of the state of art in exciting and possibly useful Web 2.0 goodness.

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Öffentliche Personen, private Statements.

Angesichts des neuesten Ausfalls des französischen Präsidenten, der einem unliebsamen Passanten auf der Pariser Landwirtschaftsmesse eine unschöne Aufforderung zum Wechsel seines Aufenthaltsorts an Kopf warf, beschäftigt sich Andreas Schepers auf Spreeblick mit der wohl bedeutendsten Frage der politischen Kommunikation in der neuen medialen Realität: Welche Konsequenzen wird es haben, wenn jede halböffentliche Bemerkung eines Politikers […]

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The digital divides.

The internet is certainly bringing people closer together. But it’s really more – some people than all people. Digital Inspiration has a couple of interesting visualisations of the current (well, recent) global digital divide. It’s also quite interesting to see which parts of the world are using which social networking service (add. diagram by LeMonde)

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GQ? Why GQ?

Just found this via the truly amazing DIGG Labs flash visualisations of the Diggosphere. The Raw Story reports that – “In the March issue of GQ, Wil S. Hylton argues that Vice President Richard Cheney should be impeached for committing “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Now I suppse there was a small chance for this to […]

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Besser spät als nie.

Kaum dreieinhalb Jahre nachdem ich meiner Schwester, die damals am Journalistischen Seminar der Uni Mainz einen Masterstudiengang absolvierte, den Vorschlag machte, doch zumindest im Rahmen ihres “online-publishing”-Seminars zu bloggen (oder den Vorschlag zumindest weiterzureichen), und fast zwei Jahre nach Lyssas Blog-Vorlesung am Gutenbergplatz hat nun auch das Journalistische Seminar der Uni Mainz ein Blog… Naja, […]

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Nieman Report Winter 2006: “Goodbye Gutenberg”

The Nieman Center for Journalism at Harvard University recently published the Nieman report Winter 2006 edition . and it’s called Goodbye Gutenberg. This is a must read, of course, not least because their treatment on blogging and journalism in the fall of 2003 was the first serious take on the issue and that, hailing from […]

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Deutsche Journalisten und das Internet…

Bei Fabian Mohr (Notebook | Online Journalismus) findet sich eine überaus interessante Diskussion über das Verhältnis von – sich selbst offenbar als angehende Elitejournalisten wahrnehmenden – Studenten der Deutschen Journalistenschule zu Onlinemedien im allgemeinen und zu Blogs im speziellen.

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Yesterday’s news today…

Sure, search engines are a great tool to prestructure the ever increasing amount of information available out there. But if you ever wondered if there will always be humans involved in selecting and presenting news, here’s a preliminary answer – yesterday’s news became news again: The SEO Blog: Google News Credibility Foiled By 15-Year Old […]

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Germany Blogs (a little)

True, the relatively small size of the German blogosphere, just as the relatively large size of the French one, has always been an interesting phenomenon leading to all kinds of cultural hypotheses and repetitions of all too common stereotypes. But, believe it or not – Germany Blogs! At least that’s the hypothesis – and in […]

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Blogging the GDR.

About two weeks ago I had dinner with my parents and one of their oldest friends who was in town for a day. Like my mother, he hails from the eastern part of Germany, the part formerly known as German Democratic Republic. Unlike my mother, he stayed there until the bitter end. I was inclined […]

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Blogs are really different.

To those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to read about Loic LeMeur’s efforts in bringing together the loose ends of the Germanic blogosphere, I say – do so. When I went to meet him and some other bloggers I had never seen or even heard of before, I was not too sure what to […]

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Georgy Update

The Ventura County Star thinks George may have stolen Georgy’s votes. Not that George (W.) though, who is probably innocent, for once. Here’s what the newspaper’s Colleen Cason believes: “A heretofore unknown candidate named George Schwartzman placed ninth statewide. Although the San Diego County businessman insists his fresh ideas won him those 11,000 votes, his […]

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Mainstream Blogging.

Maureen Dowd reflects about the mainstreaming of blogging – “Don’t get me started on the Blaster virus sabotaging Microsoft systems, or the cram of spam reminding us that the average American is an impotent, insecure, overweight, tired, depressed loser desperately seeking to refinance. The most telling sign that the Internet is no longer the cool […]

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Inappropriate.

Very much so. In pretty much all possible respects. I wonder if this kind of service was what the mobile handsets’ manufacturers’ marketing department had in mind when developing the idea of mobile handsets with cameras?

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Blogging Your Way To A Civil Society?

Papascott links to Jeff Jarvis, who believes that Salam Pax – the blogger who shared the sights and sounds of his life in Baghdad and is now writing a forthnightly column in the British Guardian – is an example of how sponsoring Iraqi blogging could create a true Iraqi Civil Society – “What comes out […]

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Stupid, stupid, stupid idiots!

Lillimarleen links to “pro-gun” tirade by Rachel Lucas called just like this entry. Rachel furiously tries to point out why previous cases of civil strife, ethnic persecution, or class warfare are valid arguments in favour of uninhibited gun ownership in general, and specifically in the USA – “If you make self-defense illegal, or even problematic, […]

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Flexible Price Economy

Dirk Engelhardt und Goetz Hamann worry in Die Zeit that outsourcing is threatening the quality of the German press. I’d say yes and no. Yes, replacing permanent contracts with temporary contracts on a massive scale (what outsourcing actually is) does reduce the journalists independence and is likely to increase the worlkload for many of them. […]

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De-Merging Patriotism

Last year, Michael Wolf, a director in McKinsey�s New York office, published an article in the WSJ (here via McKinseyQuarterly) explaing that market forces – especially a sluggish advertising market and the general trend to digital distribution – would continue to pressure media companies to merge into ever larger entities. Mr Wolf’s article was triggered […]

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Useful Addictions.

Yesterday’s New York Times featured a portray of Glenn Reynolds, whose blog, instapundit.com, has become one of the most widely read and thus most influential ones in the US. But as everyone knows, there’s no free lunch. Mr Reynold’s said he has begun to suffer from his successes in the blogosphere – admitting and warning […]

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New Economy. Does it really look that old?

Sometimes I am simply depressed to which extent indirect perception, ie the way we think about the stuff out there which we can’t sense ourselves, is shaped by people whose perceptions are themselves shaped by the very same mechanism. Let’s face it, it’s not really the case that the amount of possible interpretations of “reality” […]

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