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cameron gets blogging

So, Tory leader David Cameron is blogging.

Seems that he underestimated the demand a touch:

Webcameron down


UPDATE: OK, it’s working now. And, well, it’s a bit lame. There’s something about the desperate chumminess of the �look, I’m an ordinary bloke with a family� about the videos that doesn’t ring true. If something like this had cropped up along the way, it would have been charming. Up front, it looks too calculated.

Still, nice to see a party leader doing it.

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the future of the newspaper

Steve Rubel has an interesting post up on the future of newspapers, based on an article from Time:

Blogging has been wonderful for newspapers. It unshackles reporters from just delivering facts. They can now show who they are as people through the expression of opinions.

Although, to be fair, it does terrify some, who dislike the idea of readers being able to respond directly to their work or who might force the journalists into a conversation. For those who do get the idea of interaction, it’s a really invigorating experience.

However, blogging is the first in a series of dominoes that have to fall for the newspaper to thrive in a world where the reader rules – and tells everyone so.

The reader has always ruled, though. Most of the time, though, she’s only had the ultimate sanction: not putting her cash on the table. Now, though, we’re entering an age where the reader can participate easily in the debates that shape the print product and be an active creator in the online product. And, for journalists who enjoy interacting with their readers, these should be very exciting time.

Pity that’s not all journalists, isn’t it?

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the future of Top Gear

Today is a strange day. Today is the sort of day where I need two strong cups of black coffee, just to function. (The lady in the coffee shop here starts making me a strong, black Americano as soon as she spots me in the queue.) Today is the sort of day where I find myself linking to The Sun.

Why? Because Jeremy Clarkson’s account of his collegue Richard Hammond’s recovery from an insanely high-speed car crash is a work of pure genius:

In the wee small hours of Thursday night, just 30 hours after what is almost certainly the world�s fastest ever car crash, Richard Hammond suddenly sat up in bed, opened his eyes and asked what had happened.

�You�ve been in a car accident,� I said. �Was I driving like a tw*t?� he asked, before getting out of bed and walking, shakily, to the lavatory.

Go on, read the rest.

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am I a socialist or a capitalist?

I’m not normally one for posting those �meme�s that do the rounds, but I found the results of this one rather interesting:

You Are 48% Capitalist, 52% Socialist

While you are definitely sympathetic to a free economy, you also worry about the less fortunate.
Wealth and business is fine, as long as those who are in need get helped out too.
You tend to see both the government and corporations as potentially corrupt.

The little text at the bottom described how I feel pretty exactly

journalists aiding bloggers?

Dan Sabbagh makes an interesting suggestion in a piece in The Times about political bloggers:

The big political bloggers are now receiving regular tip-offs � often from journalists unable to get the story in question into their own newspaper or bulletin.

It’s notable that pretty much all of our national newspapers have a political agenda of their own. Is this the first sign of journalists starting to rebel against this? Even if it isn’t, it’s a whole new twist on the bloggers versus journalists debate.

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new �weird al� video

I confess: a have a weakness for musical humour, and �Weird Al� Yankovic’s parodies in particular.

Thus, this video makes me very happy indeed. And that’s good on a wet Friday afternoon.

car mag publishes photo without paying. tsk.

Over on Lawrence Lessig’s blog, there’s an interesting account of a traditional media mag � Autoweek � completely failing to �get it� in the internet age. Why? They grabbed a photo from the internet and used it in the mag, without paying the author. And they got found out.


Really, any editor stupid enough to think that they can just grab internet images and use them in the mag without any form of contact with the photographer, as appears to be the case here, is playing with fire. I hope Autoweek pays up, or gets burnt.

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