30 junho 2003

CULTURAS IN VITRO
The Genie in an Architect's Lamp: Frank Lloyd Wright's '57 Plan for Baghdad May Be Key to Its Future [...]
Wright's plans for Baghdad remain a little-known last act in the long career of the flamboyant architect. He was 93 when he traveled to Iraq in May 1957 to take up a commission for an opera house that would "help modernize" the capital city of what was then a kingdom ruled by King Faisal II.
CULTURAS IN VITRO
Artist Hiro Yamagata follows a new light [H]is latest work: two building-sized cubes covered with holographic Mylar panels
CONTAMINANTES
DNA on Envelope Reopens Decades-old Murder Case: A 20-year old murder case that spanned from Washington State to New Jersey has now ended. Investigators say with one lick of an envelope, they got what they needed - DNA. [...]
Seattle police say they tricked their prime suspect into giving them a DNA sample. They sent John Athens a letter, he sent one back. And when he licked the envelope he gave the investigators what they were looking for, his saliva. A DNA sample that police say matches forensic evidence found on the victim's body.
[act.:] Whose DNA Is It Anyway?: Asking convicted felons to surrender their genetic privacy is one thing. Making the same demand of innocent people goes way too far
CONTAMINANTES
Judge Delivers Max Sentence In 'Black Box' Manslaughter Trial: A Pembroke Pines man convicted of killing two girls in a high-speed crash learned his fate today as a Broward County judge handed down his sentence.
Edwin Matos, 47, got the maximum sentence, 30 years behind bars, for his convictions on two counts each of vehicular manslaughter and manslaughter.
Matos' trial made national headlines because of a so-called black box inside his car that provided perhaps the most damaging evidence in the case. The black box, a computer which is included in some Ford and GM cars and records vehicle conditions, indicated that Matos was traveling more than 100 mph down a residential street seconds before the crash.
VITAMEDIAS
"Scientific journalism is too important to be left to journalists", diz Richard Dawkins no seu futuro livro A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love, citado na New Scientist...
VITAMEDIAS
Uma crítica atrasada como ponto de partida: Esta capacidade de as pessoas, sejam elas mais ou menos criativas, apresentarem a sua vida pessoal em narrativas e documentários enquanto intervenções públicas, existe não apenas na TV mas na Internet e no vídeo. "Sites" pessoais e blogues fazem parte dessa possibilidade maravilhosa de toda a gente ter acesso a um meio técnico que lhes permite dizer o que querem, quando querem e para um público tão surreal (o mundo inteiro, sem se saber onde, mas certamente num computador privado, símbolo de intimidade) que podem dizer o que lhes apetece com uma liberdade inebriante. Os blogues são gavetas abertas.
VITAMEDIAS
Depois do anúncio de os blogs serem "obrigados" ao direito de resposta, o Conselho da Europa revelou a nova "Draft Recommendation on the right of reply in the new media environment".
Os blogs aparentemente ficam de fora mas leia-se este considerando [edição minha]: Considering that publications, such as websites operated by individuals, which do not contain frequently updated and edited information of public interest, should remain outside the scope of the following minimum principles; e esta definição: The term "medium" refers to any means of communication for the dissemination to the public of information at regular intervals in the same format, such as newspapers, periodicals, radio and television, or to any other service available to the public containing frequently updated and edited information of public interest, para perceber que só falta definir o que poderá suceder aos blogs colectivos actualizados frequentemente e com informação editada ou o que é "informação de interesse público".
[act.: Bloggers Gain Libel Protection: loggers, website operators and e-mail list editors can't be held responsible for libel for information they republish, extending crucial First Amendment protections to do-it-yourself online publishers.
Online free speech advocates praised the decision as a victory. The ruling effectively differentiates conventional news media, which can be sued relatively easily for libel, from certain forms of online communication such as moderated e-mail lists. One implication is that DIY publishers like bloggers cannot be sued as easily.]

27 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
Contribuição para a discussão da blogosfera nacional: depois da media_tização dos blogs, inicia-se o caminho para o folclore (no bom sentido, claro!): Paulo Querido fala amanhã no Expresso de quem é O Meu Pipi (o que já mereceu mais de 60 comentários sobre o assunto no Meu [dele] Pipi).
Entretanto, o Abrupto queixa-se da "Mentalidade de Rebanho": "agora todos os jornais vão ter que ter pelo menos um artigo sobre blogues. Agora é moda porque é novidade, depois passará de moda porque já foi moda, e seguir-se-á o silêncio que envolve a não-novidade." Sem dúvida mas não foi JPP que ajudou a mediatizar o assunto quando escreveu sobre ele em meses anteriores? E quantos dos actuais "bloggers" mediáticos vão manter os seus blogs após esta fase mediática?
Sobre a velha questão media-blogs, JPP refere ainda as "palmas ou assobios conforme agradam ou não às tribos organizadas". Repito: "tribos organizadas"?!?! Não vou questionar em qual delas JPP se encontra mas gostava de recomendar quem anda a pensar sobre estas questões de forma mais generalizada: se houvesse um mercado bolsista de ideias, eu apostava forte no Socio[B]logue, que não conheço de lado nenhum mas leio como nenhum outro. Um exemplo? «Genderlects» e a Blogosfera. Depois, podem dizer que faço parte da tribo dele...
No entretanto, gostava de integrar a "tribo" dos que pensam sobre os efeitos sociais, mediáticos, tecnológicos e prospectivos dos blogs. Para onde caminhamos, o que fazemos agora num quadro geral de futuro, qual o passado que vai condicionar ou estimular novas vertentes desta comunicação pública? E como será o futuro? Será pago, medíocre e tecnologicamente controlado? Ou serviço público, onde a selecção natural de qualidade prevalecerá e a tecnologia será neutra?
[act.: Depois da visão externa sobre os blogs, descubro uma leitura interna. Mas, desta vez, os 21+1 pontos para um weblog melhor do Cafeína falham redondamente: ele não gosta das intromissões externas e propõe uma auto-regulação (será?), numa confusão entre forma, conteúdo e meio que mereceu uma resposta cujo final subscrevo: a essência dos weblogs é a liberdade. Daqui advém um inúmero conjunto de escolhas. Individuais. De cada um. Nem mais.]

26 junho 2003

ECO-TERROR
En Irak, les revers de l'après-guerre: 56 militaires américains et dix britanniques sont morts depuis la fin «officielle» du conflit, le 1er mai.
Attaques planifiées, sabotages, émeutes..., la situation sur place est jugée «grave» par la coalition
VITAMEDIAS
Cannibalizing Print: Newspaper websites are beginning to cause some cannibalization of print editions, according to Belden Associates' Spring 2003 survey of newspaper website users. Although Belden's earlier quarterly surveys had reported that newspaper sites had no net affect on print subscriptions and had slightly increased single-copy sales, the latest survey reports net losses.
Surveying 8,801 newspaper website users, Belden found that 4 percent started a print subscription but another 6 percent stopped subscriptions, and among those who've never subscribed, 8 percent are buying more single copies in print, but 12 percent are buying less.
ECO-TERROR
Very Richest's Share of Income Grew Even Bigger: The average income of the top 400 taxpayers grew steadily while they paid less of their income in taxes
VITAMEDIAS
Don’t Blog: What happens when blogging becomes mainstream? What bad things will we face? Other technologies experienced a public backlash after a hype cycle. This blog attempts to chronicle that coming backlash.

25 junho 2003

ECO-TERROR
No centenário do nascimento de Orwell, autor do inevitável "1984" e de outros textos...:
Orwell's 1984 stirs debate in 2003: On the anniversary of author George Orwell's 100th birthday the Big Brother society he described in his then futuristic novel '1984' continues to cause debate as to whether it is with us 2003.
The Road to Oceania por William Gibson
Answering Orwell: It's disturbing to many that government wants to expand its reach by creating massive systems to track citizens. But one should consider who can access surveillance tech and whether society cares about, and acts on, government abuses of power.
When only government possesses surveillance technology, there's reason for worry. But if citizens also play in the spy game, things start to change.
Happy 100th Birthday, George Orwell
[E, para os interessados no assunto, a ler o Bolas... para a privacidade em Portugal]
VITAMEDIAS
O deputado Telmo Correia acaba de explicar o abandono pelo CDS-PP da defesa do V-Chip. A "patetice" (sou eu que o digo, há muito tempo) foi levantada por Paulo Portas quando interessava a questão da violência na TV. Hoje, Correia explica que era uma solução interessante para as famílias mas o seu partido não avança por "dificuldades na sua implementação" (o que já se sabia quando do seu anúncio nos Estados Unidos...) e porque "estava na berra quando avançámos e o seu sucesso não era o que se julgava" - ou seja, um bom exemplo de como se faz política nestas matérias. Se alguém tivesse legislado nesse sentido, onde estávamos hoje?
Segundo Correia, "há outros caminhos para que a solução não seja a mesma", por exemplo, "pela classificação e com coimas pelo não cumprimento da diferenciação de horários".
(No entretanto, a discussão sobre as leis concretas do audiovisual estão esquecidas na Assembleia, entre helicópteros nas passadeiras de Cannes, jet-fotografias-set e estatísticas sobre quem vê o quê durante n tempo na TV...)
Mais informação sobre o VChip:
V-Chip: Viewing Television Responsibly
The Moral and Political Significance of the V-Chip
How does the V-Chip work?

24 junho 2003

ZITE
365 Days Project: For the entire year of 2003 this site will feature one mp3 file (every day) to download.
ECO-TERROR
EU annual reports on access to documents - still a very long way to go
- less than 50% of Council documents available to citizens
- European Commission's register of documents "a disgrace"
ECO-TERROR
Did Iraq have weapons of mass destruction? It doesn't matter.
The Selling of the Iraq War: The First Casualty
what matters as far as American democracy is concerned is whether the administration gave Americans an honest and accurate account of what it knew. The evidence to date is that it did not, and the cost to U.S. democracy could be felt for years to come.
I was briefed on Blair's secret war pact: Senior figures in the intelligence community and across Whitehall briefed the former international development secretary Clare Short that Tony Blair had made a secret agreement last summer with George Bush to invade Iraq in February or March, she claimed yesterday.
TV graphic labels Bush 'professional fascist'
Bush is a Coward. I am the one who took his place in Vietnam, so I should know.
Can Bush Be Both Ignorant and a Liar? Yes. There's no reason for Bush-bashers to choose between the two.
VITAMEDIAS
Measuring the Spanish Blogosphere [data gathered from the end of the year 2002 to the first quarter of 2003]
CONTAMINANTES
Want to be a cyborg? You already are [...]
A wristwatch is the obvious example of having technology wrapped around us. If someone asked you 'Do you know the time?' you'd likely answer 'yes.'
But, ["Natural-Born Cyborgs" author Andy Clark] says, that's not because you automatically know the time in your brain, but because you know how to get the time.
VITAMEDIAS
Episódio 2: The Best Magazines: Based on scores of letters and e-mail, here are the Tempo readers' Top 20 magazines.
1 The Economist
2 Real Simple
3 Scientific American
4 Vanity Fair
5 Utne
6 Forbes
7 Men's Health
8 Wired
9 Newsweek
10 O
VITAMEDIAS
Wired: The Magazine That Launched a Decade [ou como lançar uma revista com apenas 75 mil dólares e Negroponte em três meses]
The Wired Way
1) GET CHEAP LABOR.
2) ADVERTISE CAREFULLY.
3) CHOOSE ALLIES STRATEGICALLY.
4) TARGET EARLY ADOPTERS.
5) WIN OVER THE RIGHT WRITERS.
VITAMEDIAS
Impresa já aprovou lançamento de uma nova revista: O conselho de Administração da Impresa já aprovou o lançamento de, pelo menos, uma nova revista este ano.
“Já foi aprovado o lançamento da primeira revista, mas a data para o seu arranque ainda não está confirmada”, disse a mesma fonte, escusando-se a adiantar mais pormenores. Ainda assim, o lançamento deverá ocorrer entre Setembro e Dezembro deste ano.
O presidente do grupo, Francisco Pinto Balsemão, já tinha afirmado a intenção de arrancar com este novo produto, mantendo mesmo em aberto a possibilidade de sair uma segunda revista ainda este ano. A mesma fonte admite que “poderão de facto vir a haver mais, mas tal ainda não foi aprovado”, acrescenta.
VITAMEDIAS
BlogoPrint: Sem querer ser ingénuo, eu penso que o problema da blogosfera é igual ao aparecimento da SIC: veio tornar evidente a incompetência generalizada, o compadrio sem nome e o mau serviço que o serviço "público" nos prestava. Depois as coisas evoluíram noutras direcções mais comercialóides. Mas, da queda da máscara, já ninguém os livrou.
Blogwatch ou Blogspotting: Mas os blogues não constituem apenas um objecto de investigação interessante, eles abrem também oportunidades e possibilidades animadoras para investigadores: falo, claro, dos chamados «blogues de investigação» (research weblogs).

23 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
Ikea's 'Lamp' ad takes top Cannes prize
Cannes Lions - Winners
Nike Top 10: the all-time top 10 Nike TV commercials as picked by employees of Nike and its ad agency, Wieden & Kennedy, for the agency's 20th anniversary last year
ECO-TERROR
Summiteers Split on way home: The charter aircraft taking ambassadors and the commission's top bureaucrats back to Brussels on Saturday night was forced to make an emergency landing in Croatia after a large crack appeared in the cockpit.
On board were the ambassadors of Austria, Britain, Germany, Portugal and Sweden. Curiously, most are countries that opposed putting God in the preamble to the EU's new constitution.
ECO-TERROR
Media Silent on Clark's 9/11 Comments: Gen. says White House pushed Saddam link without evidence
CLARK: "There was a concerted effort during the fall of 2001, starting immediately after 9/11, to pin 9/11 and the terrorism problem on Saddam Hussein."
RUSSERT: "By who? Who did that?"
CLARK: "Well, it came from the White House, it came from people around the White House. It came from all over. I got a call on 9/11. I was on CNN, and I got a call at my home saying, 'You got to say this is connected. This is state-sponsored terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein.' I said, 'But--I'm willing to say it, but what's your evidence?' And I never got any evidence."
[act.:] US war reporter under fire: A reporter for The New York Times, Judith Miller, is the target of claims that she and her newspaper have been the vehicle for White House and Pentagon "propaganda" over Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction.
Miller, a Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of a best-seller on biological warfare, is a hawk in the United States media coverage of Iraq's alleged weapons possession.
Miller's star status, frequent TV appearances and her newspaper's position as the daily US news agenda-setter, made her reports crucial to the war debate.
WMD, FCC & Tina: So, all right, it isn’t just that media execs sucked up to Bush and his war effort for a favorable FCC ruling. They did, but the supplication goes well beyond that. After all, there’s nobody but a fabulist or paid believer who doesn’t think the Democrats are going to lose in 2004. What’s more, you can’t have any reasonable sense of commercial and political equilibrium and not feel the pull: It’s a right-wing country! The only question is how bilious and fanatical.
VITAMEDIAS
Médias, l'appel au secours: Licenciement ou harcèlement moral, les salariés sollicitent régulièrement les journalistes pour obtenir un soutien qu'ils ne trouvent plus dans le monde du travail.
Par un article ou une émission, le salarié espère régler son cas ou dénoncer l'attitude de son employeur.
VITAMEDIAS
Fast forward into trouble: In June 1999, Bhutan became the last nation in the world to turn on television. The Dragon King had lifted a ban on the small screen as part of a radical plan to modernise his country, and those who could afford the £4-a-month subscription signed up in their thousands to a cable service that provided 46 channels of round-the-clock entertainment, much of it from Rupert Murdoch's Star TV network.
Four years on, those same subscribers are beginning to accuse television of smothering their unique culture, of promoting a world that is incompatible with their own, and of threatening to destroy an idyll where time has stood still for half a millennium. [...]
While the government delays, an independent group of Bhutanese academics has carried out its own impact study and found that cable television has caused "dramatic changes" to society, being responsible for increasing crime, corruption, an uncontrolled desire for western products, and changing attitudes to love and relationships. Dorji Penjore, one of the researchers involved in the study, says: "Even my children are changing. They are fighting in the playground, imitating techniques they see on World Wrestling Federation. Some have already been injured, as they do not understand that what they see is not real. When I was growing up, WWF meant World Wide Fund for Nature." [...]
There is something depressing about watching a society casting aside its unique character in favour of a Californian beach. Cable TV has created, with acute speed, a nation of hungry consumers from a kingdom that once acted collectively and spiritually.
Bhutan's isolation has made the impact of television all the clearer, even if the government chooses to ignore it. Consider the results of the unofficial impact study. One third of girls now want to look more American (whiter skin, blond hair). A similar proportion have new approaches to relationships (boyfriends not husbands, sex not marriage). More than 35% of parents prefer to watch TV than talk to their children. Almost 50% of the children watch for up to 12 hours a day.
CULTURAS IN VITRO
Copyright Conundrum: Is downloading copyrighted music tantamount to stealing?
VITAMEDIAS
Needed: a magazine about death: the last time a groundbreaking weekly debuted was more than three decades ago, when People first appeared on newsstands.
Yet there is a magazine waiting to be born if only publishers like Condé Nast, AOL Time Warner and Hearst would stop obsessing about shopping, belly-baring celebrities and stock-market tips. Its name is Obituary.
CONTAMINANTES
Ethics and mapping the brain: Emerging technologies that map the brain, reveal "guilty knowledge," and expose patterns associated with disfavored behavior raise thorny questions of law and ethics.
CULTURAS IN VITRO
Bark if you love art: Ever wonder what a dog sees on his strolls through the world? Canadian artist Jana Sterbak did, and the resulting video installation is opening a few eyes at the Venice Biennale
ECO-TERROR
Europe Moves Toward Issuing Passports With Data Chips embedded with digital fingerprints or eye scans, according to a plan approved by European leaders [...]
The agreement announced here today does not commit governments to a timetable for the chip-laden documents. The agreement says that "a coherent approach is needed in the E.U. on biometric identifiers" for visas and passports. It also allocates 140 million euros, or about $164 million, for further study of biometric identifiers and other immigration-related issues.
But an official from the European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, said the union's governments are bound by a timetable set out by the United States government after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Under the United States' Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, countries whose citizens enjoy visa-free travel to the United States - as is the case with most if not all of Western Europe - must issue passports with biometric identifiers no later than Oct. 26, 2004.
CONTAMINANTES
Diversity is Power for Specialized Sites: Small websites get less traffic than big ones, but they can still dominate their niches. For each question users ask, the Web delivers a different set of sites to provide the answers.
[act.:] Big Sites Hoard Links: University of London researchers have uncovered another clue about the Internet's structure - the rich-club phenomenon. Large, well-connected nodes have more links to each other than to smaller nodes, and smaller nodes have more links to the larger nodes than to each other.
The researchers found that 27 percent of connections are among the largest five percent of nodes, 60 percent connect the remaining 95 percent to the largest five percent, and only 13 percent of connections are between nodes not in the top five percent.
VITAMEDIAS
Destaque do Público: a blogosfera nacional
Comentário relativo aos blogs nos media: o Público dá destaques, notícias e citações (e um editorial!), o DN trata do assunto entre afecto e ódio pelos colunistas (depois de uma notícia) e o Expresso já atirou com os blogs das notícias no Actual para a coluna social da Única... Elucidativo :-)
[act.: A ouvir a conversa sobre blogs entre Pacheco Pereira, José Magalhães e Lobo Xavier no Flashback, a partir dos 19m57s - "Oh Pacheco, vá escrever o blog!" - e com JM a anunciar o seu. (Obrigado, Ter Voz)]

20 junho 2003

ECO-TERROR
EU Leaders Hail Draft Constitution at Greek Summit (texto da Convenção Europeia)
Where to file it: Europe's constitutional convention has produced a lamentable piece of work
E o que pode fazer Portugal? Só para comparação, segundo a Economist: In 1998 America’s main tobacco firms agreed to pay $246 billion (or more than twice the national income of Portugal) to settle a lawsuit brought by state governments over the cost of health care for smokers.
ECO-TERROR
Alguém sabe o que isto significa? A contenção económica não afecta helicópteros? First RTM322 engines for Portugese EH101s delivered: The first RTM322 engines to power Portugal’s EH101 helicopters have been delivered on schedule to Agusta in Vergiate, Italy, where the EH101s for Portugal are being built. The first Portuguese EH101 is due to start test flights in September 2003, with delivery to the customer next year.
This is the first of more than 80 RTM322 engines for Portugal and Denmark for their EH101s, deliveries of which will continue through to 2005.
VITAMEDIAS
Will We See Gore TV? The former Veep is assisting in an effort to create a liberal alternative to conservative talk radio, and is exploring a cable television venture
[Ficam desde já anunciadas publicamente as PFTV, PedroFTV e derivadas! (Os directamente interessados numa Fonseca TV ou FTV podem contactar-me para uma futura "holding"...) Isto para evitar situações como Spike Lee Stops Viacom Naming TV Station Spike TV, levando a que Spike Lee Lawsuit Costing Viacom Big: Viacom said in court papers that its inability to use the name cost it nearly $17 million in the first week]
VITAMEDIAS
How the media left the evidence out in the cold: Quest for cures in news coverage of drug trial was "a disservice to the public"
CONTAMINANTES
"Email" de ministros em arquivos públicos? Segundo o Comunicado do Conselho de Ministros de 18 de Junho de 2003, "Constituem o património arquisvístico nacional os documentos, qualquer que seja a data, forma ou suporte material, produzidos ou recebidos por uma entidade pública ou privada no exercício da sua actividade. Inicialmente conservados, a título de prova ou informação, esses documentos, se considerados de valor permanente, decorrente da sua relevância jurídica, política, económica, social, cultural, religiosa ou científica, devem ser integrados em arquivos históricos para que possam ser utilizados pelos investigadores e pelos cidadãos em geral."
VITAMEDIAS
The Internet under surveillance: Obstacles to the free flow of information online
Tunisian cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui, winner of the first Cyber-Freedom Prize: At least 51 cyber-dissidents are in prison around the world.
VITAMEDIAS
Will the Web and blogs Change how we Govern - and are Governed? "With Weblogs and other forms of media that allow reputation management and the ability for a competition of ideas to increase signal to noise while maintaining diversity and transparency, the quality of news and information should dramatically increase.
"This will hopefully put the media to work harder on reporting more objectively and create alternative channels. Lack of media, transparency and the competition of ideas is maybe the single biggest barrier to change in Japan."
Q&A With Publisher Mark Devlin
Q: The Internet and e-mail newsletters mean that now anyone who wants a voice can have one. How will this change the media dynamic in Japan?
A: I think that blogs will die out soon. However, I believe that mainstream media will have to integrate user opinion into news sites much more effectively.

19 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
Lists, From Naughty to Nice: Let the record show that the reigning genre in contemporary American magazines is... The List. [...]
Of course, there are many reasons for the rise of The List. The top five reasons are:
1) Lists are the easiest way to organize information without actually thinking.
2) Magazine editors are too lazy to think of anything more creative.
3) Magazine editors figure their readers are too lazy to read anything but lists.
4) Magazine readers really are too lazy to read anything but lists.
5) David Letterman's Top Ten lists have warped everybody's mind.
Most magazine lists are, needless to say, totally stupid. But some are only semi-stupid and some achieve a level of meta-stupidity that verges on genius.
ECO-(tecno)TERROR
President's Segway tumble seems a tiny bit suspicious: The first U.S. president to try a Segway supposedly forgot to turn it on, so the gyroscopic stabilizers couldn't automatically balance him.
But maybe Bush wanted to fall. Maybe he understands in a way few do that society is on the verge of a debate that could mold the future of transportation, much like the debate 100 years ago when cars first suggested that horses weren't the only way to travel.
And if the future veers toward little two-wheeled electric-powered personal transporters, where does that leave ExxonMobil and Halliburton and the rest of the oil industry President Bush adores? [...]
The conspiracy theory is bolstered by this: It's nearly impossible to fall off a Segway. Seventy-nine-year-old George H.W. Bush didn't fall off the one he got from his sons for Father's Day. Barbara Bush also got one, and she didn't fall off hers.
VITAMEDIAS
Já alguém reparou que o tomarpartido questionou "o vazio deontológico" dos jornalistas?
"Face aos quadros normativos actualmente em vigor, as conclusões a tirar são, em nossa opinião, as seguintes:
1ª Todos os jornalistas estão sujeitos aos deveres fundamentais que constam do Estatuto do Jornalista actualmente em vigor;
2ª A Lei não exclui, antes expressamente admite, a existência e a vigência de um ou mais códigos deontológicos aplicáveis aos jornalistas;
3ª O Código Deontológico aprovado pelo Sindicato dos Jornalistas apenas vincula os jornalistas que são membros do Sindicato;
4ª Só uma associação pública criada por Lei, do tipo das ordens profissionais, poderá aprovar um Código Deontológico com a força jurídica e o alcance equivalentes aos que se aplicam a certas profissões como os advogados, os médicos ou os arquitectos entre outros;
5ª Sendo assim é mais apropriado falar do Código Deontológico do Sindicato dos Jornalistas do que falar em Código Deontológico dos Jornalistas.
6ª Nestes termos pode dizer-se que existe uma zona de vazio deontológico na ordem jurídica portuguesa no que à deontologia dos jornalistas diz respeito."
.DE!
Ainda agora chegou e já juntou "comentários e delírios"! O Aviz anda tão bloguiano que já remete para a revista Visão com o endereço http://www.visaoonline.blogspot.com. Calma!...
VITAMEDIAS
Como é também para isto que servem os blogs, aqui estão as notas retiradas à pressa da conversa desta noite na Antena 1 sobre a blogosfera no programa “Escrita em Dia” liderado por Francisco José Viegas (FJV) com Nuno Costa Santos (NCS, o “único casado” do Desejo Casar), Pedro Lomba (PL, ex-A Coluna Infame), Pedro Mexia (PM, Dicionário do Diabo) e José Mário Silva (JMS, do Blog de Esquerda que tem o “cuidado de não misturar águas com o Bloco de Esquerda”).
[Desculpas aos intervenientes e leitores por algo que me tenha escapado ou sido apressadamente escrito. Os comentários estão à disposição para corrigir o texto. Não se espere qualquer “pirâmide invertida”, foram as notas ao sabor da conversa.]
NCS começou por afirmar ser um “novo rico da blogosfera”, dada a recente chegada, enquanto PL divulgou um seu novo blog possivelmente denominado “Ginecologista Casto” [já existe um com um “post” de um Pedro...] e PM anunciou o Dicionário do Diabo, onde se explica o porquê da coisa e que será mais abrangente e não apenas político).
FJV começou por lembrar a questão levantada pelo Abrupto sobre o umbiguismo na blogosfera nacional a que JMS respondeu que os blogs “também são um media alternativo, são diários e Pacheco Pereira é pouco propenso a falar de si mas não deve haver anátema sobre isso”. Os blogs representam personalidades, “são blogs de personalidades”, referiu.
Para PL, “blogar não é um género de escrita” comparável ao da imprensa ou dos livros mas acabou por considerar que se tratava de “um género de escrita fértil”. Mas “não é um género alternativo, vive da imprensa mas não temos cronistas que vivam disso”. “Não tenho blog, infelizmente” e recordou o episódio ocorrido ontem em que Zézé Beleza o deixou atravessar uma passadeira numa rua e “era um ‘post’”, na sua cabeça aquilo dava um “post”, “não dava uma crónica mas apenas 5 linhas”, realçando que os blogs servem para estas “pequenas crónicas, há uma pulverização das crónicas e que não é jornalismo”. Mas que se introduz no jornalismo [como sucedeu com a “mistificação” sobre as declarações de Wolfowitz] e “é benéfico para o jornalismo mas não substitui os jornais, é outra coisa”.
Por outro lado, “há um excesso de protagonismo na blogosfera”. A Coluna tinha “500 ou 700 leitores diários, não é importante”, referiu Lomba, embora haja “reacções por vezes de pânico por quem está de fora da blogosfera”, o que não sucede “com quem está por dentro”.
Ainda neste sentido, considerou que os blogs “são um incentivo para os jornais melhorarem”, têm “incisividade, graça” mas que são mundos diferentes: “em pequeno, não queríamos ser bloguistas mas jornalistas”.
FJV, que lançou ontem o seu Aviz, questionou-os então como “pioneiros” sobre o fenómeno bloguista. JMS lembrou uma primeira fase em que “o jornalismo clássico o menosprezou” mas acordou para ele e o que “tornou o fenómeno interessante foi a entrada de muitos, como jornalistas, e de Pacheco Pereira”.
Quanto à facilidade da deslocalização para qualquer um ter um blog, levantada por FJV, PM lembrou a questão dos comentários e que o Blog de Esquerda “é dos poucos que têm algum interesse mas que baixou o nível recentemente – a agressividade e o insulto são muito livres”.
Mexia (ou PL ou JMS?) explicou então que “já estamos na terceira geração” dos blogs, “quando apareceram blogs mais políticos – já havia outros, alguns de música muito interessantes – mas a política interessa a todos”. E com textos curtos, que “não é possível na imprensa, como o faz a Voz do Deserto, isso não funciona na imprensa”.
JMS regressou aos comentários para lembrar que houve “posts” com mais de 130 comentários – na polémica com a Coluna Infame – e que há “comentadores fixos, que deviam ter os seus ‘blogs’ porque escrevem bem” mas há também uns “franco atiradores”. “Evitámos fazer censura, sou contra isso, mas acabei por fazer ameaça” e foi considerado de direita. “Os comentários não são um sub-blog, é uma continuação”.
E há mais blogs de direita ou de esquerda, questionou FJV? “Há mais de direita, segundo me informei”, referiu NCS, mas muitos blogs “tratam da política como se tratassem da sua virilidade” e “há um certo exibicionismo político na blogosfera”.
Para Lomba, “estamos todos a aprender, a construir um estilo e o comentário político é uma arte que se treina”, não é como Pacheco Pereira que “cria o seu blog e os jornais olham para a blogosfera”. E “gosto muito da subjectividade que os blogs têm, não é como os jornais cheios de informação acessória”.
Mexia lembrou que “quando começaram os blogs políticos em Portugal foi na altura da guerra do Iraque”, com implicações políticas de direita ou esquerda mas “num momento muito politizado”. Momento em que muitos não se sentiam representados na imprensa, havia uma “sub-representação” mas “reivindicaram esse espaço” dos blogs e isso “pode ser um factor correctivo da imprensa”.
Em termos de qualidade da escrita, que surpreendeu FJV, o mesmo ocorreu com JMS: “foi uma surpresa na blogosfera, pessoas que não escrevem em jornais ou livros, com uma qualidade espantosa – não esperava ver tantas pessoas a escrever tão bem”. Ao contrário dos “posts” que são muitas vezes escritos rapidamente, “a escrita não é apressada e foi uma surpresa”, realçando um blog como A Memória Inventada a que os editores deveriam estar atentos – “tem uma qualidade literária superior ao que se escreve hoje em Portugal”.
A par da qualidade (nalguns blogs), outros primam pelo humor. No entanto, NCS salientou haver uma “tirania da piada, a ideia de que em cada português há um humorista”.
Para finalizar, três blogs de eleição à escolha dos quatro:
PL: Voz do Deserto, Um blog sobre Kleist, Liberdade de Expressão;
JMS: Janela Indiscreta, Ponto e Vírgula, Gato Fedorento;
PM: Blogue dos Marretas, Cruzes Canhoto, Ponto Media;
NCS: O País Relativo, Gato Fedorento, É a Cultura, Estúpido!
E assim aconteceu.

18 junho 2003

ZITE
cable clock
CONTAMINANTES
Flash Mob's successful takeover of the Manhattan Macy's fancy-rug department
[act.: E-Mail Mob Takes Manhattan]
CULTURAS IN VITRO
Destroy 'pirate' PCs, says politician: A US senator wants to develop new technology which would remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music tracks. [...]
[Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican representing Utah] said damaging computers "may be the only way you can teach someone about copyright".
[Convém confrontar o interesse de Hatch nesta matéria com os seus apoios políticos...]
VITAMEDIAS
Google expands ad services that helps operators of small Internet sites automatically place targeted ads on their pages and get paid each time a visitor clicks on an ad.
[e, no futuro, os blogs?...]

17 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
'Let me tell you about my day' and other great offers: Why would anyone want to publish their personal diary on the internet? And why would we want to read it? Catherine Jarvie explores the pleasures and pitfalls of blogging
VITAMEDIAS
The Next Great American Newspaper: America's next great newspaper is a wonderful idea - but it will have to be published on the web and not on paper, and as a new style web newspaper, not one of today's conventional web-based losers. It is coming - and (in the nature of things) it will redefine the news story and the newspaper.
Why on the web and not on newsprint? [...]
Why a "new style" web newspaper and not today's style? [...]
VITAMEDIAS
Privacy laws only protect the rich, editors insist: National newspaper editors have lambasted MPs' demands for a privacy law, warning such legislation would hamper investigative reporting, protect only the rich and famous and allow corruption to go unchecked. [...]
The Independent's editor-in-chief, Simon Kelner, said: "I welcome almost all the suggestions to strengthen the press complaints commission and achieve greater transparency - but a privacy law is a step too far.
"The main danger of a privacy law is it will act, as it does in France, and will be a curb against investigative journalism."
ZITE
Mobile Asses: usando telemóveis para fotografar...rabos!!!
ECO-TERROR
Economic murder-suicide: On June 3, 2003, the European Commission adopted measures to "tackle harmful tax competition." If the term "harmful tax competition" sounds to you like an oxymoron, you are thinking clearly. The EU's measures are designed to make it easier for them to tax savings but, in reality, will largely destroy the small amount of remaining legal savings by EU citizens. [...]
To understand the problem, assume you are a citizen of France. You save $1,000 and receive an interest payment of $60 (6 percent). Inflation is 3 percent, so your real interest earnings are only $30. However, you must pay a 59.7 percent tax, or $35.82, on the $60 of interest, plus the $30 inflation tax. (Remember, inflation is caused by government producing too much money.) This leaves you a net loss of almost $6 on each $1,000 saved. (In those EU countries where inflation is 3 percent or more and maximum tax rates are 50 percent or more, many savers have effective tax rates on interest of more than 100 percent.)
People quickly figure out they are worse off rather than better off by saving; hence, they either move their savings out of the country to a more tax-friendly jurisdiction or stop saving. The EU will receive virtually no increase in tax revenue from these new measures. They will only succeed in driving their citizens to find legal or illegal loopholes.
Any reduction in savings rates in the EU will be a disaster.
VITAMEDIAS
Doctored cover photos add up to controversy: If you noticed that Julia Roberts' head is slapped on the wrong body on the cover of the new Redbook, you've got a sharp set of eyes.
In fact, Roberts and other Hollywood A-listers are fuming over altered magazine covers that look bizarre at best and disproportionately freakish at worst.
It's known as airbrushing, or digital manipulation.
Cover-by-numbers: That smile, these arms, this hairdo: Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston say Redbook magazine's last two covers display images of the actresses that were cobbled together by computer, without their knowledge, from old publicity or paparazzi photos.
Sarah Michelle Gellar says a recent cover of Seventeen, which used one of her publicity shots, was so poorly computer-altered that it looks like "an alien foot is attached to her arm," her lawyer told the New York Post.
ECO-TERROR
Many Americans Unaware WMD Have Not Been Found: A striking finding in the new PIPA/Knowledge Networks poll is that many Americans are unaware that weapons of mass destruction have not been found in Iraq. While 59% of those polled correctly said the US has not found Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, 41% said they believed that the US has found such weapons (34%) or were unsure (7%). [...]
Another widespread misperception is that Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons in the war. Twenty-two percent held this misperception, with 9% being unsure, while 69% correctly said that Iraq had not used such weapons. [via Cibertulia e Matrix Reloaded, in Público]
ECO-TERROR
Inmates Released from Guantánamo Tell Tales of Despair: Afghans and Pakistanis who were detained for many months by the American military at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba before being released without charges are describing the conditions as so desperate that some captives tried to kill themselves.
CONTAMINANTES
Andava eu a pensar como Pacheco Pereira tem "condicionado" muitas das temáticas e da agenda intelectual da blogosfera nacional desde que apareceu, lançando sistemáticos desafios a que muitos blogs (este incluído) respondem, quando leio o País Relativo! Sintonia, não sou o único a ter a visão: "O melhor dos leitores de Bourdieu, Pacheco Pereira marca a agenda do que há e não há para discutir, (só) propõe temas de relevo e reserva para si certos tópicos apetecíveis. Esta tentativa para impor como legítima uma certa (a sua) visão das divisões e para apresentar como natural aquilo que resulta de uma (a sua) construção revela uma pulsão totalitária iniludível. O Abrupto quer transformar-se na rotunda dos Produtos Estrela da blogosfera e Pacheco no seu polícia sinaleiro. É demasiado mau que queira ser também o seu Renato Romariz."
Mas, questiono-me, sem ele, por onde andariam alguns desses desafios? Teriam emergido com a mesma força? E que outros teriam despontado?

16 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
[atenção, bloggers:]
Why Europe still doesn't get the Internet: The [Council of Europe] all-but-final proposal draft says that Internet news organizations, individual Web sites, moderated mailing lists and even Web logs (or "blogs"), must offer a "right of reply" to those who have been criticized by a person or organization.
With clinical precision, the council's bureaucracy had decided exactly what would be required. Some excerpts from its proposal:
• "The reply should be made publicly available in a prominent place for a period of time (that) is at least equal to the period of time during which the contested information was publicly available, but, in any case, no less than for 24 hours."
• Hyperlinking to a reply is acceptable. "It may be considered sufficient to publish (the reply) or make available a link to it" from the spot of the original mention.
• "So long as the contested information is available online, the reply should be attached to it, for example through a clearly visible link."
• Long replies are fine. "There should be flexibility regarding the length of the reply, since there are (fewer) capacity limits for content than (there are) in off-line media."
CONTAMINANTES
Scholars Who Blog: Is this a revolution in academic discourse, or is it CB radio?
In one form or another, that question inevitably arises in conversations with scholars who have taken up the habit of writing Web logs, or "blogs." Some have started blogging in order to muse aloud about their research. Others want to polish their chops at opinion-writing for nonacademic audiences. Still others have more urgent and personal reasons. ("The black dogs of depression are snarling at my feet," reads the first entry of one scholar's blog.)
It's perilous to generalize, but the typical blog entry comments on - and links to - a news article or an entry on someone else's blog. [...]
One of the most combative strains of scholarly blogging is the investigation of alleged academic misconduct.
VITAMEDIAS
Television is good for you: TV makes you lazy. TV makes you violent. TV makes you fat. Don't believe everything you read - Time to accept television: Can you imagine the world without television?
[T]elevision remains the most ubiquitous, educating, egalitarian, affecting and powerful medium the world has ever known. [...] So the real test is this: Can you turn it off?
TV gets its PhD: Who knew that it was also about "self-reflexivity"? Or that it was a metonymy of global capital and a great case study in ignominy, or the "audiovisualization of shame," which "challenges long-held assumptions about the boundaries of genre and representation"? And just why do viewers tune in each week? Turns out it's the "mathematical processes of prediction and the narrative processes of textual pleasure" that compels the audience.
Academia has tuned in to television, and it's TV's most of-the-moment shows that are garnering much of the interest, part of a broader, not universally lauded trend in cultural studies that is pushing pop culture front and center.
Television? It's academic, really: I am a camera: When the University of Pittsburgh's Hugh Curnutt discussed "self-reflexivity" in a his paper presented at the MIT conference, he was referring to the confessional moments in reality shows such as "The Bachelorette," where the contestants talk directly to the camera, and the viewers.
[act.: For Lonely Travelers, TV Is a Faithful Companion: There is a dirty little secret harbored by many business travelers, and it has nothing to do with abusing their expense accounts or with romantic interludes on the road.
It is about how much television they watch while holed up alone in their hotel room: apparently, way too much. Some even say they feel powerless to turn it off.]
CULTURAS IN VITRO
The Pursuers of George Orwell [ler tudo, os destaques aqui seriam o texto integral...]
CULTURAS IN VITRO
Lost from the Baghdad museum: truth: So, there's the picture: 100,000-plus priceless items looted either under the very noses of the Yanks, or by the Yanks themselves. And the only problem with it is that it's nonsense. It isn't true. It's made up. It's bollocks.
Not all of it, of course. There was some looting and damage to a small number of galleries and storerooms, and that is grievous enough. But over the past six weeks it has gradually become clear that most of the objects which had been on display in the museum galleries were removed before the war. Some of the most valuable went into bank vaults, where they were discovered last week. Eight thousand more have been found in 179 boxes hidden "in a secret vault". And several of the larger and most remarked items seem to have been spirited away long before the Americans arrived in Baghdad.
Hoaxes, Hype and Humiliation: Turns out the Iraqi National Museum lost not 170,000 treasures but 33. You'd have to go back centuries, say, to the Mongol invasion of Baghdad in 1258, to find mendacity on this scale.
What happened? The source of the lie, Donny George, director general of research and study of the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities, now says (Washington Post, June 9) that he originally told the media that "there were 170,000 pieces in the entire museum collection. Not 170,000 pieces stolen. No, no, no. That would be every single object we have!"
Of course, George saw the story of the stolen 170,000 museum pieces go around the world and said nothing - indeed, two weeks later, he was in London calling the looting "the crime of the century." Why? Because George and the other museum officials who wept on camera were Baath Party appointees, and the media, Western and Arab, desperate to highlight the dark side of the liberation of Iraq, bought their deceptions without an ounce of skepticism.
Museum celebrates return of vase: The sacred Vase of Warka, a centrepiece of the Iraqi National Museum collection and feared to have been lost for ever after being looted, was returned yesterday. Three unidentified men brought it to the museum in the boot of a car. [...]
Looting and thefts from the museum after the fall of the city to US forces caused an international uproar, but the number of missing pieces appears far fewer than the thousands originally thought.
The Vase of Warka is one of 47 main exhibition items which coalition officials said last week to be still missing. They did not identify the 46 other pieces.
ZITE
Around the World in 60 Sites

13 junho 2003

12 junho 2003

CONTAMINANTES
On Permalinks and Paradigms...: But why did it take off? What was so important about the permalink? It may seem like a trivial piece of functionality now, but it was effectively the device that turned weblogs from an ease-of-publishing phenomenon into a conversational mess of overlapping communities.
.DE!
Run Jerry Run! Jerry Springer is considering running for the U.S. Senate
VITAMEDIAS
Jorge Sampaio "repórter" quis saber o que correu mal na reconstrução no Faial: O Presidente da República voltou a assumir quinta-feira a condição de jornalista, questionando o Governo açoriano sobre o que correu "menos bem" na reconstrução nas ilhas do Faial e Pico após o sismo de 1998.
Na terça-feira, em Angra do Heroísmo, Jorge Sampaio pegou no microfone de uma equipa de televisão para pedir ao primeiro- ministro, Durão Barroso, um comentário ao discurso que acabara de proferir nas celebrações do 10 de Junho.
[Mas Jorge Sampaio não sabe que "é condição do exercício da profissão de jornalista a habilitação com o respectivo título", segundo o Estatuto do Jornalista por ele promulgado?...]
[act. a 16-06-03: E antes da final da Taça de Portugal, o presidente do FCPorto Pinto da Costa retirou por duas vezes o microfone da mão da jornalista da TVI para "entrevistar" José Eduardo Moniz e Valentim Loureiro...]
CONTAMINANTES
'Agroterrorism' poses devastating threat: The federal government has recently classified several scientific studies that show that the U.S. food supply is highly vulnerable to potentially devastating terrorist attack, experts said [in May] at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
In some cases, making the studies secret has hindered efforts to inform farm and food companies about the security gaps and how they might better protect the food supply, the scientists said.
In a session on "agroterrorism" - attacks against farm crops, livestock, produce or packaged foods - speakers agreed that the U.S. food supply may be more vulnerable than skyscrapers, bridges, nuclear power plants or other high-profile infrastructure targets. A major agroterror attack might produce substantially greater economic damage, they said.
VITAMEDIAS
The 50 Best [american] Magazines
1) Cook's Illustrated
2) The New Yorker
3) Martha Stewart Living
4) Sports Illustrated
5) People
6) Wooden Boat
7) Q and Mojo (tie)
9) Entertainment Weekly
10) Esquire
VITAMEDIAS
China leads world newspaper sales: While the Japanese are the world's leading newspaper buyers, China holds the world daily circulation record of 82 million, followed by Japan, India and the United States, a report said.
The report by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) says the Japanese and Norwegians remain the biggest buyers of newspapers, followed by the Finns, Swedes and Swiss.
China held the world circulation record with 82 million newspapers sold daily, followed by Japan with 70.8 million, India with 57.84 million and the United States with 55.18 million.
Online publishing grows as print falls: The World Association of Newspapers' (WAN) annual survey has shown that, while newspapers worldwide suffered a decline in circulation figures, Internet consumption and advertising levels were much stronger than anticipated, with online readership tripling since 1999.
VITAMEDIAS
The purloined letters: With writers under increased scrutiny, why do so many resort to stealing others' words?

11 junho 2003

ECO-TERROR
Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq (by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, coming July 28)
CULTURAS IN VITRO
Van Gogh Was Here, But When?In a marriage of science and art, three astronomers have pinpointed the precise time and date of a painting by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh based on calculations of the moon's position in the picture.
CULTURAS IN VITRO
Radiohead TV goes on air: Rock group Radiohead have launched their own internet TV channel to coincide with the release of their sixth album, Hail To the Thief.
ECO-TERROR
Abrandamento económico limitou aumento do número de milionários: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett e os irmãos Albrecht têm fortunas equivalentes ao PIB dos 47 países mais pobres do Mundo.
De acordo com o estudo, existem 7,3 milhões de milionários
VITAMEDIAS
Journalists used to judging, not being judged: "Why does it take America’s best journalistic organizations so long and so much public embarrassment to come clean about their mistakes?"
Since the Jayson Blair scandal, more readers are becoming watchdogs: One of the troubling questions about l'affaire Blair is why so many readers do not report serious errors to their papers.
For Bloggers, NYT Story Was Fit to Print: Webloggers kick Trent Lott out of his job! Weblogger Salam Pax gives the best on-the-scene reports from Iraq! Webloggers take down the top management at The New York Times! Well, two out of three ain't bad. The last one is a bit of a stretch, if you try to piece together the Net's role in the undoing of Times Executive Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd.
CULTURAS IN VITRO
Confidential Apple music details leaked: An insight into the success of Apple's online music service has been provided by leaked details from a meeting with representatives from the independent record industry.
According to notes published on the web, Apple has sold 3.5 million songs since it launched its iTunes music store at the end of April
The computer manufacturer is selling about 500,000 songs a week and about half of those are sold as albums, allaying fears that people would choose individual tracks instead of a whole record. [...]
The iTunes store has more than 200,000 songs from artists such as U2, Eminem and Sting for sale at 99 cents (62 pence) each.
The service got off to a flying start, selling a million tracks in its first week. [...]
So far the iTunes service is accessible to fewer than 5% of the world's computer users - those owning an Apple Macintosh and living in the United States.
A Windows version of iTunes is planned for later this year, and an overseas expansion is also on the cards.
Media chiefs express fears of digital piracy: For all of the new ways that digital technology and high-speed Internet connections are making music and movies available, many of the nation's media giants remain profoundly fearful that online distribution will open the door to massive piracy.
Big Names Ready to Rival Apple: Will Microsoft, AOL, and Yahoo launch their own music services?

10 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
The Wild World of "Open-Source Media": Web logs, or blogs, offer everyone a platform for political commentary, diary writing, and sharing links. And the best are truly influential
Business Blogs Provide Edge, Present Challenges: there is a slew of questions to answer before integrating Weblogs into the corporate structure, including: Who in the company should write? How often? What should they say? How much of their personality/personal information should be interjected? What legal issues should you be aware of?
Fotolog: Where Art Meets T&A: The increasingly popular Fotolog website is becoming a battleground where high and low culture clash.
Fotolog is a relatively new weblog-cum-photo-gallery that allows anyone to post digital photos in chronological order. Thanks to the ability to link to, and comment on, others' work, the site is rapidly building a large community of enthusiast snappers.
But like many new online societies, members with radically different ideas are waging a battle for its "soul."
CONTAMINANTES
Frescos: já repararam que a partir de ferramentas como esta de saber os últimos blogs actualizados se ficam a saber coisas privadas. Por exemplo, hoje:
- às 2:29, o blogsempt estava a ser actualizado, tal como o Meu Pipi três minutos antes - mas os gajos não dormem?
- às 6:04, já o bloco-notas estava a pé (ou a ir para a cama...);
- às 9:43, JPP actualiza o Estudos sobre o Comunismo mas só faz o mesmo no Abrupto às 17:08 - diferenças ideológicas?
- a Tia de Cascais estava a pé às 1:42, 20 minutos depois dos Marretas?!?!?
- o Jornalismo e Comunicação actualiza-se às 11:26 - tempo suficiente para as primeiras notícias -, enquanto a Querida Televisão só age às 13:50, à mesma hora do Filme de Porrada?
- o Charutos, Jazz, Uísque e Blog escreve às 18:03 - preparando-se para o jantar ou depois de almoço?
- na noite anterior, os últimos Azimutes foram estabelecidos às 5:53 e as primeiras Picuinhices às 9:23?
Divertido? O ContraFactos retirou as horas dos "posts" precisamente para evitar estas situações. Agora, como ser eliminado de todas essas "ferramentas"?!
[não há links para ninguém porque são muitos e apenas exemplificativos...]
CONTAMINANTES
Reflexões sobre o estado da blogosfera_pt, no dia de Portugal:
- somos tolerantes desde que não nos batam à porta e somos todos amigos, não vale a pena polemizar (fecho de Coluna Infame e palmadas nas costas de Blog de Esquerda)? [act.: comentário no Jornalismo e Comunicação (http://www.webjornal.blogspot.com): hihihihihi... isso é o que chamamos aqui de "e-treta". O passatempo dos deuses.]
- o Abrupto congratula-se com o regresso do Textos de Contracapa (TdC) porque "os blogs estão a mudar e depressa e é preciso que continue a escrever o seu [TdC] para que essa mudança seja mais rápida" - mas essa mudança vai em que direcção?
- os blogs são o "take 3" da Internet, depois dos ruidosos newsgroups nacionais e dos milhões de páginas Web inúteis?
- os blogs sem comentários ou "email" de contacto têm melhores hipóteses de sobrevivência do que os mais "comunitários"?
- assiste-se agora a uma maior "okupação" por blogs de direita e extrema-direita, depois de ter sucedido o mesmo por parte da esquerda (e extrema)?
- em termos de discurso, estamos perante uma visão etária ou otária (Ana Roque nos TdC) nos blogs?
- o aparecimento de novos blogs de políticos e intelectuais vai elevar o discurso inteligente e qualitativo ou aumentar o "hype" e trazer mais lixo e ruído?
Dúvidas, só dúvidas...

09 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
Adeus Mónica, Cascão, Cebolinha,...?: Parece que a Maurício de Sousa Produções está indo pro saco. Fecharam departamento de animação, planejam mudar de prédio, terceirizaram até o estúdio de quadrinhos, o setor mais tradicional lá dentro. Era isso ou a bancarrota.
Mas como pode, vendendo três milhões de revistas por mês?! [...]
E o cúmulo foi a resposta dada a um leitor indignado com a queda da qualidade nas histórias, numa das primeiras edições desta fase post-mortem dos personagens: disseram-lhe que não eram as histórias que pioravam, era ele que tinha crescido.
Ora, vão pro inferno, sim?
VITAMEDIAS
Diz a Coluna Infame: "Quanto mais popular se torna a blogosfera, mais idiotas inúteis atrai. Sabendo que este blog estava em chamas, uma horda de pirómanos resolveu vir cá pela primeira vez para ver o fogo." [Não, não vou perguntar quem ateou o fogo...]
CULTURAS IN VITRO
[ou a verdadeira dimensão dos interesses:]
Frank Gehry apresenta novo Parque Mayer: Pedro Santana Lopes, Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, não escondeu o entusiasmo e a grande afinidade estética com Frank Gehry: «Fico quase esmagado pela capacidade que ele tem de apreender Lisboa. Tenho a certeza, já neste momento, que (este projecto) será algo que marcará a vida de Lisboa por muito tempo».
Magical world of Gehry: At any given moment, there are perhaps 30 projects at various stages of development being worked on by the 103 people in the Gehry office.
Two major events dominate the life of the white-haired genius who started life as Frank Goldberg in Toronto in 1929 and moved to Los Angeles 18 years later.
One is the completion and opening in the next few months of Walt Disney Concert Hall — one of his most daunting projects ever — in downtown Los Angeles, 15 years after he began working on it.
The other is Gehry's re-connection with the country where he was born [Canada]
VITAMEDIAS
Is Big Brother the future of British government? People under 45 watch almost no politics on television. A new Oxford report has just concluded that the only way to interest the electorate in democracy is through the model of reality TV. [...]Suddenly, everybody is taking Big Brother very seriously.
VITAMEDIAS
[Rolando Santos, executive vice president and general manager, CNN Headline News] dedicated to diversity: In any given hour, there are 320 pieces of information on the screen or coming out of the screen. The audience gets to pick and choose on the ticker or on the weather or the sports or whatever what they want.
CULTURAS IN VITRO
The Irresistible Rise of Telephilia: Almost no one can resist the call. How else to account for Brent Scowcroft's appearance on "Da Ali G Show," in which the éminence grise of national security ended up parsing the difference between anthrax and Tampax?
But the urge to be on screen has rarely reached the epic proportions it does in "Capturing the Friedmans," the hit documentary about the destruction of a seemingly ordinary middle-class family in Great Neck, Long Island. In 1988, Arnold Friedman, a retired high school teacher, and the youngest of his three sons, Jesse, then 19, pleaded guilty to multiple acts of pedophilia carried out in the basement of their split-level home, where they held after-school computer classes for neighborhood kids.

06 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
Os blogs elevados ao nível da generalização:
O esclarecimento: Wolfowitz e o petróleo do Iraque: O PÚBLICO e outros jornais europeus ("El Mundo", "El País", "Die Welt", "Der Tagesspiegel" e a edição "online" do "The Guardian") atribuíram ao subsecretário da Defesa americano a afirmação de que o principal motivo da acção militar contra o Iraque foi o petróleo. O artigo suscitou críticas de alguns dos nossos leitores e polémica em alguns "blogs", porque não correspondia ao que Paul Wolfowitz realmente disse numa Conferência sobre Segurança na Ásia [...]
Repare-se como se citam os jornais mas não os blogs...
ECO-TERROR
Blix questiona principal motivação da guerra contra o Iraque: O chefe dos inspectores de desarmamento da ONU, Hans Blix, pôs hoje em causa a motivação oficial que levou George W. Bush e Tony Blair a partirem para a guerra com o Iraque, ou seja, a posse e desenvolvimento de armas de destruição maciça pelo regime de Saddam Hussein.
"As preocupações sobre as armas biológicas ou químicas eram reais, mas houve outras motivações (...) e isso faz com que nos interroguemos sobre a importância real dessa questão das armas" na decisão de entrar em guerra, afirmou Blix numa entrevista divulgada hoje de manhã pela BBC.
Powell e Blair Recusam Acusações de Manipulação da Informação Sobre o Arsenal Iraquiano
Iraq's WMD Intelligence: Where is the Outrage? The fundamental question that is nagging at many is this: How reliable were the claims of this President and key members of his administration that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction posed a clear and imminent threat to the United States, such a grave threat that immediate war was the only recourse? [...]
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction remain a mystery, an enigma, a conundrum. What are they, where are they, how dangerous are they? Or were they a manufactured excuse by an administration eager to seize a country? It is time these questions were answered. It is time - past time - for the administration to level with the American people, and it is time for the President of the United States to demand an accounting from his own administration as to exactly how our Nation was led down such a twisted path to war. His credibility and the credibility of this Nation is at stake.
As a Part of Its Ongoing Oversight of the Intelligence Community, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Will Conduct a Review of Intelligence on Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction
A mentira por Miguel Sousa Tavares
Recapitulando. O Iraque tinha armas de destruição maciça? Não provado. O Iraque era uma ameaça militar para os vizinhos? Falso. O Iraque estava ligado à Al-Qaeda e ao terrorismo internacional? Nenhum indício, antes ou depois da guerra. O Exército iraquiano estava a fuzilar civis em Bassorá para evitar que eles fugissem em lugar de lutar? Mentira. O Iraque estava a matar prisioneiros a sangue-frio, como jurou o "homem de convicções" que é Tony Blair? Grosseira mentira - até o célebre resgate da soldado Jessica Lynch das mãos dos seus esbirros não passou de uma ridícula encenação. O que resta, então, de verdade? Que Saddam Hussein era um ditador sanguinário e que passou à história (espera-se). Muito bem, eis uma verdade e uma consequência positivas. E quem é o senhor que se segue?
Weapons of mass deception The Bush administration goes into full spin mode and Tony Blair battles to save his political life, as charges mount that they lied their way into war.
Inspecting the case for war Demands for proof that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction are growing, especially in Britain
CONTAMINANTES
'Big Brother' watching new super diary? A Pentagon project to develop a digital super diary that records heartbeats, travel, Internet chats -- everything a person does -- also could provide private companies with powerful software to analyze behavior.
That has privacy experts worried.
Known as LifeLog, the project aims to capture and analyze a multimedia record of everywhere a subject goes and everything he or she sees, hears, reads, says and touches. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has solicited bids and hopes to award four 18-month contracts beginning this summer.
ZITE
The Webby Awards: 2003 Winners
VITAMEDIAS
Blogs are threatened by big players, too: Rebecca Blood, recently said at a conference in Vienna that the mandate of the online discourse is the personal view. "No one expects (bloggers) to be objective ... and no one expects them to be fair."
Bloggers, unlike mass media, focus on the "I-level." This is how I see the world. And then someone else who has a different take can challenge that world. The danger is that people only read stuff they already agree with - and that's not enough. We need conversations to go back and forth, discourse, the essence of civility.

05 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
Free to break the rules, big business exploits internet loophole to produce adverts with subversive messages: A new brand of advertising has arrived on the internet. It is underground yet big-budget and, best of all for the advertisers, beyond the reach of any official sanction.
While advertisements on television and in the press are regulated by a code that maintains "advertisers should not make speed or acceleration claims the predominant message of their advertisements" and "advertisers should not portray speed in a way that might encourage motorists to drive irresponsibly or to break the law", no such limits apply at BMW's own film site, www.bmwfilms.com.

04 junho 2003

ECO-TERROR
Weapons of Mass Disappearance: The war in Iraq was based largely on intelligence about banned arms that still haven't been found. Was America's spy craft wrong - or manipulated?
America's Matrix: a false reality is being pulled daily over people’s eyes, often through what they see and hear on their TV screens. Facts have lost value. Logic rarely applies. [...]
Many Americans so enjoyed the TV-driven nationalism of the Iraq War, for instance, that they didn’t want it spoiled by reality. [...]
“Those who say we haven’t found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons are wrong,” Bush declared, referring to the mobile labs. “We found them.” [ver Iraqi Mobile Biological Warfare Agent Production Plants]
Standard Operating Procedure: The mystery of Iraq's missing weapons of mass destruction has become a lot less mysterious. Recent reports in major British newspapers and three major American news magazines, based on leaks from angry intelligence officials, back up the sources who told my colleague Nicholas Kristof that the Bush administration "grossly manipulated intelligence" about W.M.D.'s.
And anyone who talks about an "intelligence failure" is missing the point. The problem lay not with intelligence professionals, but with the Bush and Blair administrations. They wanted a war, so they demanded reports supporting their case, while dismissing contrary evidence.
Lawmakers Question White House on Iraq Arms: Lawmakers from both parties, saying the United States' credibility is at stake, on Monday pressed the Bush administration to offer more information behind its charges that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. [...]
The White House defended the intelligence it presented to justify the war against Iraq. Secretary of State Colin Powell, speaking in Rome, said he thought the evidence that Iraq had continued to develop weapons of mass destruction was "overwhelming."
The alleged weapons have not been found weeks after the war, although the administration says it still expects to find them or suggested they may have been destroyed.
ZITE
Moviepoper: Select a film from the list to see the spoiler
VITAMEDIAS
Tracking your every media move: Technology is hurtling along, offering a wide assortment of Orwellian options to gauge viewing and listening preferences. As with medicine, however, those advances are coming faster than we can sort out their implications and decide just how much information we all want our corporate big brothers to possess.
So enter, in a closely monitored test underway in Philadelphia, the "portable people meter," or PPM. It's a device the size of a pager that people carry around with them, picking up encoded signals in the media they consume. The individuals need do nothing, with the PPM automatically identifying what the users are watching or what radio station they're listening to.
Creepy, you say? Not so, says Arbitron, which is conducting the trial with the cooperation of Nielsen.
CONTAMINANTES
"Food for thought":
O Ubíquo Mr. Lovegrove levanta a questão do corporativismo bloguista [cito na sua totalidade, peço desculpa...]: O Mundo dos Blogs em PT (MdBePT) começa a ter já alguma dimensão. Indexados já passam dos quinhentos, mas só uma minoria que nem a 10% chega será relevante e digna de menção pelos padrões dos que os mantêm. Por exemplo, eu pertenço claramente aos outros 90% pelos meus próprios padrões e seguramente pelos padrões dos outros.
Esta avaliação é feita por mim baseada na percepção que tenho ao ler os meus vizinhos de blogosfera pertencentes a esses tais 10%. Esses vizinhos costumam ter um ego inchado, normalmente considerando-se relevantes a si e às suas opiniões. Desprezam os diários e as opiniões do blogueiro comum, mas exultam de felicidade quando um novo blog aparece desde que seja mantido pelo académico, pelo periodista, pelo conhecido cronista ou mesmo pelo amigo. Esses 10% do MdBePT não são democráticos, não há lugar para outsiders; o círculo é restrito e só entra quem tenha cartão da casa ou garrafa no bar. Não são democráticos porque nesses 10% muitos escrevem na imprensa ou têm ligações institucionais que não lhes permitem ser democráticos, sendo claro para mim que nenhum quer ser o Peter Arnett português, opinando sobre o que "não deve" ou visto como um radical "renovador" seja de que instituição for.
É normal vê-los a citarem-se uns aos outros, a discutir a opinião uns dos outros, a elogiarem-se mutuamente mas também a discordarem entre eles sobre quem deles é afinal o dono da verdade. E tem graça fazerem-no nos seus próprios blogs e não no blog que começa a polémica. Com sistemas de comentários instalados e endereços de e-mail disponíveis, preferem levar ao seu próprio blog quem quiser acompanhar a discussão. Se isto não é uma demonstração de narcisismo, então não sei o que é.
Num exemplo concreto que até é desprovido de polémica, Pacheco Pereira no Abrupto pede para que lhe façam chegar listas de sugestões sobre objectos em extinção. Em vez de lhe enviarem as suas listas, alguns preferiram fazem posts nos seus próprios blogs sobre o assunto. Mas e depois, mandam-lhe um mail a avisar, tipo "Caro JPP, no meu blog tem uma lista de sugestões, cumprimentos"? Isto só a mim não faz sentido?
Esses 10% do MdBePT não são uma comunidade, são uma famiglia siciliana em luta pelo posto de capo di tuti capi das opiniões, apesar do respeito (ou temor) que têm pelas linguas uns dos outros.
Também o Paulo Querido salienta que "o Abrupto voltou a ser citado no Público, desta vez na coluna "Diz-se", que é uma revista dos outros media [...]
é mais um prego para o caixão dos blogueiros armados em ases mediáticos, que acham que basta publicar (de tornar público, acessível) para se ser citável.
não basta. é preciso ser reconhecido. ser voz reputada e respeitada. algo que só se ganha com duas coisas: tempo e competência.
JPP não nasceu reputado: teve de dar muito ao dedo (e à voz) antes que a sociedade lhe ganhasse respeito.
ninguém nasce iluminado.
adenda: um jornalista tem um treino específico de comunicar pela palavra. nestas circunstâncias, é absolutamente normal que um blog de um jornalista tenha uma vantagem sobre o blog de um indivíduo que, a despeito da sua putativa melhor (in)formação, não tem treino em comunicação."
Finalmente, o blog que supostamente divulga os eventos do "É a cultura, estúpido! não apresenta uma linha sobre o evento de hoje mas a sua publicitação está feita em diferente blogs de personagens ligados ao evento.
São três exemplos que assaltam a minha consociência para a realidade: a blogosfera nacional apenas traduz a realidade portuguesa. Realmente, porque deveria ser diferente?...
CONTAMINANTES
E pronto, eis "quase de certeza o primeiro [poema] em português a usar a palavra blog no seu texto", refere o Abrupto:
não há nada no mundo que me pague
para aqui estar. não há nada que jogue
e nada que responda ou faça blague
por eu, panteramente, estar no blog.

não há verso do rilke que me afague,
por mais que o vgm aqui dialogue
com o jpp, quer me embriague,
quer passe fome, ou me espreguice e drogue.

sou a pantera fora da internet.
passo lá por acaso. depois saio
e volto às grades onde alguém me mete.

e rujo e rosno e mordo e não me ensaio
nada nas piruetas da disquette
de apagá-la depois. só me distraio.

Vasco Graça Moura

Agora só faltam músicas e filmes. Quanto a documentários, estou à procura de mais ideias para fazer algo sobre o fenómeno em Portugal e diferente do Blogumentary. Algumas ideias? Mais originais do que Blogs are the Devil?

03 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
A pressão do directo ou quase: no TeleJornal da RTP, José Alberto Carvalho afiança que Beckham pediu hoje calma aos apoiantes da selecção britânica para o Euro 2004. O problema é que foi ontem que Beckham falou aos fãs...
ECO-TERROR
Ministério Público não pediu mais tempo para terminar inquérito do caso Casa Pia
[Além de todo o espalhafato noticioso, como este ou o dos indivíduos em mota que não se percebe se estavam ou não a atentar contra o juiz, não se está perante espalha-factos?...]
VITAMEDIAS
Mega-Media: Better or More Of the Same? It wasn't hard to find the big story in Tampa yesterday. News of the arrest of Tampa Bay Buccaneers football player Michael Pittman on domestic violence charges appeared in the Tampa Tribune, again on the Tribune's Web site, again on TV station WFLA's Web site and yet again on TBO.com, a local news portal.
In every case, however, it was the same story, written by a single Tampa Tribune reporter, Katherine Smith. As it happens, all the media that carried Smith's story are owned by the same company, Media General Inc. of Richmond.
It is, perhaps, a vision of what's to come for the news media.
CULTURAS IN VITRO
Comparación de los Filmes "Dark City" & "The Matrix"
.DE!
Streisand's home: A suit is born
Barbra Streisand thinks that people, people who fly past her house with cameras, are the nosiest people in the world.
Claiming her privacy was violated, the diva actress and singer has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Silicon Valley millionaire and environmentalist Ken Adelman. The suit demands that he remove an aerial photograph of her oceanfront Malibu mansion from his Web site.
VITAMEDIAS
[Uma diferença entre jornalistas e "bloggers:]
'Off the Record' Gates/Jobs Comments Posted Online: The organizers of the Wall Street Journal's D - All Things Digital conference made reporters promise that all sessions were off the record unless the speakers specifically agreed to put the comments on the record. Regular conference attendees were under no such restraint, and as a result we have coverage from the audience, not the journalists.
Denise Howell has posted Bill Gates' and Steve Jobs' remarks on her weblog. Should I post my own coverage soon, now that Denise (and others in the audience) are filing their own stories? Why shouldn't I? (I won't because I said I wouldn't.)
Denise Howell: So, I've been noticing a little chatter about this press/blogger distinction as I continue to post my notes from D. No one has asked me not to do this (a fact that is utterly unsurprising to me given the overall insignificance of this weblog and its authoress). Moreover, nothing on the conference Web site, in the related materials I received or in the comments from the stage led me to believe the remarks of the speakers were not an appropriate subject for public discussion.
[act.: Gag Rules? Bloggers Report Anyway: The Wall Street Journal is thinking of changing the reporting rules for its high-profile technology conference after a couple of webloggers inadvertently broke a gag order. [...]
Saul Wurman, organizer of the long-running TED conference (which is now TedMed), said reporting restrictions are meaningless, a smoke screen to make attendees think they will be party to confidential information.
"It gives a certain panache to things," Wurman said. "It gives people the impression they are hearing things no one has heard before. I don't think it affects what (the speakers) say. They play their cards too close. These aren't the kind of people who spill the beans. It's an artificial restriction."]
VITAMEDIAS
Sources of Accuracy [via PontoMedia]
Let's end the old taboo against showing stories to sources before publication.
There is no written version of this prohibition on any newsroom bulletin board that I know of. But it remains an important part of American newspaper culture. I know this because I have been violating the taboo for 18 years and know how uncomfortable it makes other journalists to hear about it. [...]
The more I have done this, the more I've realized that the unwritten rule against checking stories this way is an unfortunate byproduct of that sense of entitlement that animated the stories I heard during my intern summer. We journalists feel that the First Amendment makes us arbiters of fact and that outsiders have no legitimate role after we've finished interviewing them. [...]
There is much confusion about the rules governing the issue. When I switched assignments six years ago, one of my new bosses told me that it was against Post policy to show stories to sources but that he would overlook my bad habit in consideration of my advancing years.
Actually, The Post does not prohibit this method, although it doesn't encourage it either. If you ask them, most editors, like mine, say it is okay, although a Wall Street Journal editor told me it is a no-no in his newsroom. I don't want to require that all reporters do this. That might mean that an otherwise conscientious reporter could be sued if she did not have the time or opportunity to get back to her sources before deadline. But I would like editors at least to announce to all reporters that they may do it, and see if that might help serve our disenchanted readers better than we have been doing lately.
[Nada como uma crise nos media para se colocar tudo em questão! Esta é interessante. No entanto, se é para dissipar dúvidas, não é preciso mostrar o texto todo aos entrevistados, basta telefonar e confirmar os dados - ou não?...]
VITAMEDIAS
If you really want to know, ask a blogger: On 18 May, for example, one Geoffrey Nunberg fulminated in the New York Times about the fact that whenever one does a Google search on any topical issue, the top page rankings often go to blogs rather than established media sources (such as the New York Times ). [...]
The moral is: if you want to score with Google, be on the web. Otherwise, go whistle.
ZITE
Domino Artwork

02 junho 2003

VITAMEDIAS
Mas eles não aprendem?... Depois de a Provedora do DN alertar para que "informar não é, apenas, divulgar um facto. É explicá-lo, interpretá-lo e reduzir, sobre ele, o grau de incerteza", o jornal insiste hoje na primeira página que "Herman processa grupo Balsemão" para lá dentro referir que Herman pode processar SIC, salientando no primeiro parágrafo que Herman "ameaçou processar quase toda a comunicação social do fim-de-semana que se referiu ao seu alegado envolvimento na rede de pedofilia da Casa Pia". Em que ficamos?
VITAMEDIAS
FCC lifts limits on ownership of outlets: The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed concerns about media diversity in approving new ownership rules that increase the ability of large media corporations to increase their holdings of local media outlets.
F.C.C. Votes to Relax Rules Limiting Media Ownership: Federal regulators relaxed decades-old rules restricting media ownership Monday, permitting companies to buy more television stations and own a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in the same city.
ZITE
Insanidade Mentol:
- Nós, aqui no blog, defendemos que o Luís Delgado merece ser sepultado no Panteão Nacional. Tem é de ser já. [...]
A história da blogosfera desta nossa província espanhola ficou abruptamente marcada por um acontecimento: a descida ao underground de JPP.
No futuro, falar-se-á do pré-Abrupto e pós-Abrupto:
-E quando foi preso Paulo Pedroso?
-Mês dois depois de Abrupto.