Sunday, April 30, 2006

Plagiarism doesn't have to be word for word

Publisher Little, Brown and Co. finally got their act together and pulled 'How Opal Mehta Got Kissed..." from the shelves.

Lesson the first: Plagiarism doesn't have to be word for word. Author Kaavya Viswanathan changed nouns and verbs throughout the passages she stole from Megan McCafferty, but the similarities are still blindingly clear.

Lesson the second: Teenagers shouldn't get $500,000 book contracts.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Quote of the month

"What the hell is the point of having this means of communication if we are not going to write about what people need to know? We can write about dating when we have our freedom back."
--Dinesh Wagle, co-founder of United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal

Link to article about Nagle and UWB

I've been thinking the same thing ever since I heard this story (Link to PDF transcript) about Guantanamo on This American Life.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Update on Apple vs. online journalists

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) testified to a California appeals court that "denying protections for confidential sources would deliver a dangerous blow to online journalism and independent media."

I really hate it when I have to criticize Apple...


The glorious fecundity of new media

From The Economist:

"The ease with which the internet spreads wrong-headedness — to say nothing of lies and slander — is offset by the ease with which it spreads insights and ideas. To regret the glorious fecundity of new media is to choose the hushed reverence of the cathedral over the din of the bazaar.

I couldn't have said it better myself (seriously).


McClatchy CEO: Newspapers should deliver news 24/7

McClatchy CEO Gary Pruitt is calling for newspapers to deliver news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via the Internet.

How long before they stop publishing on paper?

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Where I've been

I haven't disappeared - I've just been recovering from my first academic paper presentation, which I gave at the International Association of Online Communicators conference (That's me in the picture.)

My paper was entitled, "The Credibility Exchange Effect: How Linking Influences Web Credibility." I'll be posting it as soon as I check with the conference organizers...

In any case, I'm hoping to start posting regularly this week now that the conference is over. So please check back soon!