Showing posts with label Blogger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blogger. Show all posts

February 2, 2014

Blogging was Always Alive thus it can Not Die







a word from the Publisher): 

Blogging it’s so interesting that when I think back of what made me start a blog back in 2009 I want to both stop and keep going at the same time. I used to typed my ideas but mostly news because I have always found local and world affairs as fascinating. You have to know where you are and how the world turns to know in which direction to go. With such insights one might think that I knew so much about the world that I became rich knowing which roads to take in my life. Well, the world doesn’t turn that way. It’s not being at the right place but being at the right place at the right time. 

Besides with what I just stated, there is a maize of brain matter that can instantly kick one’s being out of the right timing by just having a wrong partner, death in the family, a new pet, etc., etc. If you think about all these things can have a massive impact on us even though we don’t think about it, you might agree with what I just said.
That is the reason I never became rich. Just wanted to integrate that sentence there so there is no doubt that money at this point in my life is something that doesn’t have the value it once did, if ever. Also it doesn’t seem to like me too much. It’s alway leaving me like a bad trick the next morning.

Back to blogging.
My concept of it was to share what I knew because I thought there was a lacking of information, particularly when I started reading public comments on FaceBook and other media. I had an instant desire to explain and share. Every time I want to quit blogging which almost a daily occurrence I bump into a stupid remark from someone who should know better. I’ve learn to let it go and not correct it because I have a means to share with a larger audience but at times the impulse takes over and I make a correction comment to someone who after ten seconds or ten minutes would have  counter punched and then I feel strongly to comment again until I catch myself and remember the quote which more or less says “don’t argue with an idiot because he will take you down to his level and beat the crab out of you when you fall in his neighborhood. His neighbors, his love and the guuy he cheats with including his family and yours will grab you and your intellect and pull it out of you, one hair at the time. It will leave you blind and bleeding, impotent at not being able to reach him and punch him right in the teeth.

Like I said the quote was more or less and I added more just to make the point in case there was an idiot reading who did not understand. I had someone say to me I read your blog but don’t understand what you write. I didn’t know want to answer since I only write one third of the postings and the majority are well known voices with large followings. Now I leave you to the heart of this posting which is to explain what blogging is and wether is dead and if not dead where is it going. The post is by  and it originally appeared at National.deseretnews.com.
Respectfully yours always, 

We've heard President Barack Obama give the State of the Union this week. But what's the state of Web journalism, something that continues to evolve and change?
One question being asked about the industry is whether Web journalism is a lasting industry or a temporary bubble. David Carr of The New York Times examined this question, asking, “Is there a big and lasting business being built or simply a lot of to-ing and fro-ing by entrepreneurs and investors taking advantage of suddenly fast and loose cash?”
Carr said that some media industries are dependent on each other and social media platforms, like Facebook. And there’s a financial aspect to consider, too, as “the digital pie may be growing, but the advertising rates are going down, spurred by competition among the many different sites,” Carr wrote.
Before asking this question, Carr asked whether Web journalism asserts itself in the journalism marketplace. Carr noted how Ezra Klein, a popular blogger and writer of The Washington Post, will be moving to Vox Media, which owns sports site SB nation and technology website The Verge. He said Klein and other big-time journalists moving to digital startups is the beginning of the next Web journalism bubble.
“Organizations like BuzzFeed, Gawker, The Huffington Post, Vice and Vox, which have huge traffic but are still relatively small in terms of profit, will eventually mature into the legacy media of tomorrow,” Carr wrote.
But to look forward, should we be looking back first? The Guardian recently spoke to three Internet experts, who all spoke on how the industry has changed in regards to journalism. The three — Justin Hall, Meg Hourihan and Dave Winer — are “three blogging pioneers” and were interviewed as a way to see how blogging and the Internet has changed in the last two decades.
And in spite of recent opinions that blogging is dead, Winer said the practice of blogging is going to live on for many years to come.
“Blogging was never alive,” Winer said. “It's the people that matter. There will always be a small number who are what I call 'natural born bloggers.' They were blogging before there were blogs, they just didn't know what it was called. Julia Child was a blogger as was Benjamin Franklin and Patti Smith. I inherited my blogging gene from my mom, who is 81 and has a blog.”
And blogging is demonstration by Internet users to show how far communications devices have come in the last two decades, the three bloggers told The Guardian. Hall said blogging is more personal and still has a place in the world.
“Blogging can be done for a private audience, but mostly we think of blogging as a contribution to the knowledge commons, the shared public information space,” Hall said. “Not all blogging is explicitly for the knowledge commons, but it’s usually some kind of self-expression or performance of personal identity that is accessible to a broader audience.”

March 30, 2012

Judge } Huffington Post Don’t Have to Pay Bloggers For "Doing" (copy-paste) What Bloggers Do

 We that are in the business of blogging know that Huffington Post does what we all do. We scan the net and either quote or copy what news is coming in, because news do not have an owner. 


There are services that think the opposite, like Associate Press, Reuters and others which charge for putting news on the net.  Well like my mom used to say: "Every crazy with his craziness, just let them be”.  
Now you have some bloggers that thought that their words posted on the net are covered by the same law that covers intellectual materials. 
Well sorry to tell you all that news and history to current events is not intellectual.  It is just the past, present or future.  Just reported the way it happened. adamfoxie*


"A federal judge in New York says that the Huffington Post and its parent company, AOL, don’t have to pay bloggers who provide content for the website.
U.S. District Judge John Koeltl dismissed a lawsuit that bloggers filed last year, saying they were unjustly denied compensation for their work.
The bloggers were seeking class-action status for the lawsuit. The lawsuit was prompted by AOL Inc.’s $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post last year. The bloggers claimed that the website unjustly profited from their work, promising only exposure.
In dismissing the suit, the judge says the bloggers knew from the start that they wouldn’t be paid and could have taken their work elsewhere”. NYPost


 Latest Update:
Bloggers hoping to put themselves on a more robust financial footing and close the gap between them and fully paid journalists are vowing to fight on after a New York court dismissed their multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the Huffington Post.

March 2, 2012

Blogger Breitbart Had Impact On Right, Left




Andrew Breitbart, June 2011.


Kathy Willens/AP
Andrew Breitbart, June 2011.
In life, Andrew Breitbart was the conservative blogger and provocateur whose sometimes controversial efforts against his ideological adversaries, both real and imagined, made him one of the most polarizing figures on the contemporary political scene.
In death, however, it was clear Breitbart had earned the respect not just of conservatives but of some progressives, too. The latter may have disagreed with his political views and tactics, but they admired his energy and the entrepreneurial verve with which he waged his campaign.
That doesn't mean that some on the other end of the political spectrum from Breitbart didn't find it difficult to express charity after hearing of the tragedy of a suddenly dead father leaving behind a wife and four young children. Breitbart's grenade-throwing style of political combat made it hard for some to forgive. That chilly sentiment wasn't uniform, however.
Breitbart, who had turned only 43 a month ago, may have seemed like a creature of the Internet age. But he was only the latest in a long line of American polemicists extending back to the nation's early history.
 
In his way, Breitbart was a hyperactive Web reinterpretation of the pre-Revolutionary pamphleteer Thomas Paine. Or of Philip Freneau, who, as a Philadelphia journalist during the early American republic, was an anti-Federalist propagandist for then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.
Breitbart's influence on the great debates of his day obviously wasn't close to being in the same league as Paine's was in his. But his impact was undeniable and will be remembered for some time.
At the top of his greatest hits, so to speak, would be his contribution to the takedown of ACORN, the now defunct network of groups that advocated for low-income Americans, whose demise Breitbart hastened.
It was Breitbart who posted on his website James O'Keefe's hidden-camera video of workers for ACORN appearing to allegedly abet a faux pimp and prostitute.
Also near the top of the list would be Breitbart's role in the Anthony Weiner affair. The blogger's possession of suggestive photos that the married then-congressman sent to women via Twitter eventually forced Weiner to resign from Congress.
But Breitbart will also be remembered for an ends-justify-the-means approach that sometimes misfired.
Never did that seem truer than in the Shirley Sherrod case, in which Breitbart edited a video of the then-Obama administration Agriculture Department official to make it appear she had told an audience of fellow African-Americans that she once discriminated against a white farmer seeking federal help and was proud of it.
When the full version of the video emerged after Sherrod was forced out of her job, however, it showed that she had actually told the audience she had helped the white farmer despite conflicted feelings from all the discrimination she and other Southern blacks had experienced.
The moral of her story was that discrimination was wrong — exactly the opposite of what Breitbart's edited version of Sherrod conveyed. Sherrod sued Breitbart, who never apologized for the incident.
Sherrod, on Thursday, issued a succinct statement that belied all the emotions stirred up by her virtual encounter with Breitbart. The statement, as it appeared on CNN, said:
"The news of Mr. Breitbart's death came as a surprise to me when I was informed of it this morning. My prayers go out to Mr. Breitbart's family as they cope during this very difficult time."
Breitbart got his start in the world of of partisan propaganda/journalism with Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report, then worked with Arianna Huffington; he first met her when she a conservative. After her political transformation to a progressive, he helped her start the Huffington Post.
In an emailed response to a request from NPR for reaction, Arianna Huffington wrote:
"... I was asked many times this morning for my thoughts on what Andrew meant to the political world, but all I can think of at the moment is what Andrew meant to me as a friend, starting from when we worked together — his passion, his exuberance, his fearlessness. And above all, what I'm thinking of at the moment is his amazing wife Susie and their four beautiful young children. My love and thoughts are with them right now."
While he was a fierce, no-holds-barred partisan for his side, that didn't stop liberals from paying their respects Thursday. It was noted that even though he was a conservative, he publicly supported gay rights. Lisa Derrick, who knew Breitbart and whose LA FIGA blog is part of the FireDogLake community of blogs, wrote:
"Andrew was an instigator, a rabblerouser and while our politics so did not line up, he became an unlikely ally of the LGBT community last year when [he] told a CPAC audience"
" 'If being conservative means rejecting gay conservatives because they are gay, then fine, I'm not a conservative.'
"He later resigned from the board of GOProud over allegations that the group's leaders, Christopher Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia, had outed an official working with Rick Perry's presidential campaign.
"I disagreed with a lot of what he did, but I appreciated that he existed, if only to be a huge counter balance ..."
But while some on the left, like Derrick, noted the loss of someone they saw as a worthy opponent, conservatives mourned the loss of a blogger-activist whom many on the right viewed as a brash champion for their causes.
Erick Erickson wrote on RedState.org:
"What I admired most about Andrew was his willingness to be the lightning rod despite criticism from both the left and the right. He was the lightening rod and when lightening struck, Andrew used the brilliant flash of light to direct everyone's attention to precisely what he wanted them to see. He was a master at it. The attention he garnered was never about getting attention for himself, but using the attention to tell the story and share the news he wanted told and shared."
The Republican presidential candidates weighed in as well. Mitt Romney tweeted:
"Ann and I are deeply saddened by the passing of @AndrewBreitbart: brilliant entrepreneur, fearless conservative, loving husband and father"
Rick Santorum told reporters:
"He will be, what a huge loss ... for our country and certainly for the conservative movement and my prayers go out to his family. I'm really sorry to hear it."
Breitbart was an early presence at Tea Party rallies nationwide, and there was a profound sense of loss in that movement.
NPR's Neda Ulaby interviewed Jenny Martin for Thursday's All Things Considered. Asked for the reaction of Tea Party activists to the news of Breitbart's death, Martin said:
MARTIN: "They feel like lost a true patriot and they lost a fighter who was willing to fight fearlessly for our core values of our country. ... He set the tone for a lot of the political discussions that happen today. He created news. He broke news. His voice will be missed."
In May 2010, The New Yorker ran a profile of Breitbart by Rebecca Mead that is well worth reading to gain a sense of the suspicions he harbored about liberal conspiracies and how he went from aimless young man to committed conservative firebrand.


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