Weekend Edition: 2-28

Random Rant

I don’t wish ill on people. But I may consider an exception for spammers. For grins and giggles, I kept track of how many e-mails sent me last week were caught by the spam filter at work — more than 1,600. Of those, four — .002 percent — were legit e-mails inadvertently caught […]

Reflections on being (somewhat) in the news

For a number of weeks, I’ve been observing the coverage of a news story in which I was somewhat involved. While I’m proud of the years I spent as a journalist, my view of the profession — already damaged when I left it — wasn’t bolstered by what I saw.

I don’t think I’m breaking […]

Another take on bloggers as journalists

David Newquist provides a very interesting perspective on my post about how proposals for a federal shield law might apply to bloggers. Here’s an excerpt with which I fully agree but which also is not only a small slice of David’s analysis:

However, most blogs are not written to provide reliable information. They are written […]

Midweek Music Moment: Pearl, Janis Joplin

February 1971 may have been the commercial peak for Janis Joplin. Her LP, Pearl, hit the stores the first week of the month. By February 27, it was the number one record in the country. But Joplin wasn’t there to see the success. On October 4, 1970, she’d died of a heroin overdose.

Joplin was […]

Congressional proposals differ over whether bloggers are journalists

The question of whether bloggers are journalists is raised indirectly by differences in legislation introduced this month in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate to provide certain legal protections to journalists.

Both bills call themselves the Free Flow of Information Act and seek to create a federal “shield law.” Broadly speaking, shield laws protect […]