31 março 2005

TECNOSFERA

Pois é...: Os perigos da net e outros assuntos desagradáveis: A net é um sítio muito perigoso. Que não existam ilusões sobre este facto. Não é paranóia, é a verdade absolutamente nua e crua.

TECNOSFERA

Mobile phones as blog tools: A new technology expected to launch in April promises to turn cellular phones into mobile blogging tools.
The application, called "Rabble," streamlines the now-cumbersome process for publishing text or images from a cell phone to a Weblog. It also creates a way to search mobile blogs for items of interest -- from homes for sale in a particular neighborhood to updated tour information for a favorite band.

It's Not Just a Phone, It's an Adventure: In recent years cellphone makers have tended to view their products, which millions of people press to their faces every day, less as phones and more as platforms for services and features.
Practically every new iteration of cellphone promises more: digital music, streaming video, 3-D video games, location-based navigation and full Internet browsing, not to mention a camera. With more features often come more buttons, complications and costs, and thicker operating manuals.
Some people call it feature creep.

.DE!

Falta de concentração?!?! Ou excesso da mesma?
Legend of Mir 3 Gamer Killed After Selling Virtual Sword: In a shocking example of virtual life crashing into real life, a Shanghai online game player stabbed his gaming pal in the chest multiple times after he learned that he had stolen approximately US$870 (£462/?671) from the sale of a powerful "dragon sabre", jointly owned by both players.
The "dragon sabre" sword didn't actually exist in real life - it was an artifact used in the popular online fantasy game, "Legend of Mir 3", featuring heroes and villains, sorcerers and warriors, many of whom wield enormous swords.
Qiu Chengwei, 41, stabbed competitor Zhu Caoyuan repeatedly in the chest after learning that he had sold his "dragon sabre."

So much media, so little attention span: As U.S. children are exposed to 8½ hours of TV, video games, computers and other media a day ? often at once ? are they losing the ability to concentrate?
Are their developing brains becoming hard-wired to "multi-task lite" rather than learn the focused critical thinking needed for a democracy? [...]
Teachers and school psychologists notice that more kids than ever won't sit still. "I hear it all the time," says [David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and the Family], who does more than 150 workshops on media a year for parents and educators. "It's become harder over the last 10 years to keep kids' attention. The expectation is to be constantly entertained and, if they're not entertained, they quickly lose interest."
The problem intensifies after third grade, when harder course work requires children to concentrate

30 março 2005

.DE!

A imaginação humana não tem limites: Clocky is, quite simply, for people who have trouble waking up.
When the alarm clock goes off and the snooze button is pressed, Clocky will roll off the bedside table and wheel away, bumping mindlessly into objects on the floor until it eventually finds a spot to rest. Minutes later, when the alarm sounds again, the sleeper must get up out of bed and search for Clocky. This ensures that the person is fully awake before turning it off.

VITAMEDIAS

Dow Jones Executive Foresees More Paid Web Sites: More U.S. publishers likely will try to wean readers off free Internet versions of their newspapers by starting to charge online subscription fees [...]
Paid Internet sites can help publishers bring in new subscription revenue from readers who want access to the online content, but free sites are attractive to advertisers because they attract many more readers.
Internet advertising is growing much faster than traditional print advertising, although it still represents only a small amount of overall ad revenue.
[E, já agora, para ter em atenção: Freelance Writers, NY Times Settle for $18 Million: Freelance writers have reached a settlement worth as much as $18 million with The New York Times Co. and other defendants in a copyright infringement case involving work posted online or in databases [...]
publishers including The New York Times, Time Warner Inc.'s Time Inc. unit and Dow Jones & Co Inc.'s Wall Street Journal have agreed to pay writers up to $1,500 for stories in which the writers had registered the copyrights.
Writers who failed to register their copyrights will receive up to $60 per article]

TECNOSFERA

Dos blogues:
How Blogs Work in 7 Easy Pieces

Fontes de informação: A questão é mesmo muito pertinente: os "weblogs jornalísticos" estão a cobro da revelação judicial das fontes? Ou só os jornalistas "encartados"?
O meio é a mensagem: E mesmo se assim for entendido de forma positiva, quando a fonte revela informação obtida de forma ilícita, continua o jornalista a poder protegê-la?

Laying the Newspaper Gently Down to Die: "We deliver you less and charge you more." That is not the attitude of an industry that wants to survive. As to how it happened (the death spiral) Malone says: "One answer is that most newspapers are unbelievably retrograde. They grew up in a world of newsprint and that's where they intend to stay. They cannot believe an institution as venerable as the newspaper can ever go away."
It's a case of legacy costs. The people who are in a position to make the key decisions cannot see decisions to be made until they admit they lost the trail a while back. The disincentives to do that are quite high.
Equally a problem is the complacency of the semi-informed view among rank and file newspaper people.

Do You Blog? More importantly, some suggest, these web journals or diaries are turning into a respected marketing tool for businesses and individuals looking to make a name for themselves on and off the Internet.
Enter the lawyers. [...]
Some observers believe blogs may hold even more promise in the field of legal research, where they can be used to monitor evolving legal issues, uncover answers to arcane legal questions, or find far-flung experts across the continent.

.DE!

US will cease to exist in 2007: A thorough analysis of the Koran reveals that the US will cease to exist in the year 2007, according to research published by Palestinian scholar Ziad Silwadi.
The study, which has caught the attention of millions of Muslims worldwide, is based on in-depth interpretations of various verses in the Koran. It predicts that the US will be hit by a tsunami larger than that which recently struck southeast Asia.

VITAMEDIAS

Publicações mais vendidas em Portugal durante 2004 (dados APCT, média ponderada da circulação paga):
Maria (261 532 leitores)
TV 7 Dias (168 953 exemplares)
Nova Gente (153 777 exemplares)
Selecções do Reader?s Digest (134 941 exemplares)
Expresso (131 070 exemplares)
Correio da Manhã (115 943 exemplares)
Telenovelas (115 433 exemplares)
Jornal de Notícias (112 150 exemplares)
Visão (102 399 exemplares)

Gratuitos são o fenómeno de 2004

PHOTO-GRAFIA

Newspaper Photographer of the Year

28 março 2005

VITAMEDIAS

N.C. Newspaper Uses Blogs to Reach Readers: At the News & Record, a 93,000-daily circulation newspaper in Greensboro, reporters and editors are asking tough questions about the paper itself. The biggest questions: If the paper needs to change to survive, what changes should be made? What can it do, especially online, to make itself the electronic equivalent of a town square?

CULTURAS IN VITRO

As mobile phones go Hollywood, who'll control the content?: The rush is on to deliver music and video to mobile phones, with wireless providers and device makers jockeying for position to grab their share of the payday, all parties mindful of the surprising billions being spent on musical ringtones.
At the same time, the media companies who produce the entertainment, which also includes video games, are approaching cautiously, determined to avert any Napster-like, file-sharing bonanza among cell phone users.

Coming to a Phone Near You: Street Art: This month, a New York-based Web site that celebrates graffiti and other street art began testing a system to address this shortcoming by allowing art lovers to download images created by emerging artists onto the video screens of their cellphones.

TECNOSFERA

O II Encontro Nacional de Blogues anunciado para 14 de Outubro pelo Baleia Branca, no âmbito das Jornadas Media, Cidadania e Proximidade

VITAMEDIAS

Many Advertisers Find Blogging Frontier Is Still Too Wild: At their best, blogs are an advertiser's dream: the diary-style Web sites that feature running commentary and reactions are tightly targeted niche markets where avant-garde enthusiasts regularly return to read, post and send in tips. Well-placed blog ads can boost a company's image as cutting-edge. Plus, they're inexpensive [...]
But many companies are wary of putting their brand on such a new and unpredictable medium. Most blogs are written by a lone author. They are typically unedited and include spirited responses from readers who can post comments at will. Some marketers fear blogs will criticize their products or ad campaigns. And, like all new blog readers, companies are just learning how to track what's being said on blogs and which ones might make a good fit for their ads.
As a result, advertising on blogs is still in the early stages.

TECNOSFERA

You've got hate mail: Cyberbullying, in which school kids anonymously spread gossip online, is an epidemic authorities find hard to stop
[ler também, via Ponto Media: Ferme ton blog d'abord! plus d'un élève sur deux dans les collèges et lycées intervient sur un site web ? Peu au fait de la loi, les jeunes bloggeurs diffament et insultent profs et camarades ? Les exclusions scolaires, définitives ou temporaires, se mutliplient]

TECNOSFERA

Boing Boing under attack: 2005 Bloggies Blog of the Year award winner Boing Boing is under attack on two front today, both distinctly related to their status as a blogging favourite. [...]
GlassDog even goes as far to say that the site, which first posted that it was adding advertising to cover the cost of increasing hosting demands, is misleading in its purpose and should come clean on the advertising issue. [...]
The mainstream media, or in particular Rob O?Neill at Melbourne?s The Age newspaper, (sub required) points out that BoingBoing winning the best weblog award at the Bloggies is ?one in the eye for media critics? as Boing Boing is run by professional journalists and writes: ?Hell, these guys even write for The New York Times.?

VITAMEDIAS

The Future of the 30-Second Spot: With the growing popularity of digital video recorders like TiVo, as well as video-on-demand, viewers are fine-tuning their relationships with television in ways that would have been unfathomable just a decade ago, watching shows when and how they want - not when some distant, towering network demands.
But the technology behind all that small-screen freedom cuts two ways. The same digital set-top boxes that turn your television into an ad-zapping, instant-gratification device also provide an opportunity for the advertising-dependent television business to rejuvenate and rejigger the time-honored 30-second spot. [...]
Marketers recognize the need to tailor their messages to different, more finely calibrated audiences. [...]
Internet advertising, meanwhile, having recovered from the industry's burst bubble, has become more enticing to marketers. They appreciate the ability to pinpoint their audience and to get instant feedback about how well their message has resonated. [...]
[B]y 2007, time-shifting and ad-skipping will begin putting considerable pressure on the prices that television networks can charge for commercial time.
The pain can already be felt
. Dozens of big marketers have expressed their frustration with the existing model of television advertising.

Man Sells Device That Blocks Fox News: It's not that Sam Kimery objects to the views expressed on Fox News. The creator of the "Fox Blocker" contends the channel is not news at all. Kimery figures he's sold about 100 of the little silver bits of metal that screw into the back of most televisions, allowing people to filter Fox News from their sets, since its August debut.
The Tulsa, Okla., resident also has received thousands of e-mails, both angry and complimentary ? as well as a few death threats.
"Apparently the making of terroristic threats against those who don't share your views is a high art form among a certain core audience," said Kimery, 45.

ECOPOL

Blogues na política:
Tories plan to beat "bias" by bringing in bloggers: The Conservative Right is to turn to new American campaigning techniques and the internet to try to revive the party and overcome what it sees as opposition from the metropolitan Establishment.
Only weeks away from the general election, senior Conservatives will open a new front today in the battle for ideas by creating a website advocating ?social conservatism?.
It will invite people to bypass the media and put forward their own views on how the party should evolve. [...]
It wants people to use the increasingly popular practice of "blogging" - writing online diaries - to break the power of the broadcast media.

More politicians write blogs to bypass mainstream media: Politicians across the spectrum are discovering the merits of online journals including former presidential candidate Howard Dean, Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. [via Ponto Media]

Bloggers narrowly dodge federal crackdown: Political bloggers and other online commentators narrowly avoided being slammed with a sweeping set of Internet regulations

24 março 2005

ECOPOL

Para pensar: Para José Sócrates o investimento das empresas públicas passa a ser investimento privado: Está, na altura de lançar em Portugal uma nova e ambiciosa parceria estratégica público-privada, que oriente e favoreça a modernização infraestrutural do País e que sirva, também, o relançamento da nossa economia.
Conhecimento e Ser Humano: Hoje em dia as empresas terão, inevitavelmente, que repensar todas as suas estratégias à luz da competitividade crescente nos mercados. As variáveis de gestão cada vez menos incidem sobre "coisas palpáveis", e cada vez mais sobre aspectos que estão centrados no Ser Humano (competências, motivação, conhecimento, memória, aprendizagem etc?)

VITAMEDIAS

The Role of Ethics In Weblogging: You see ? the real role of ethics isn't in the media. It's in the community ? and it always has been. The system as it existed before molecular media created a dependancy on media. Society hoped ? and depended on ? the media being objective and reporting accurately. In time, society expected it because there just isn't enough time in the day to challenge the media.
Enter the weblog ? a real weblog, with actual content and the ability to comment. Suddenly there is a simple process to interact with the media, to affect the media ? and to be a part of the media. Yet being a part of the media is not a responsibility we are used to ? we are products of a system which created a society that depended on journalistic ethics.
Like it or not, now we're all closer to being an active part of the media. We're ultimately responsible ? not the individual weblogger. As a society, we're now being required to clear the cobwebs from our minds and do something extraordinary


(BTW, nos membros da Media Bloggers Association, encontramos:
Luis Antonio Santos - Atrium
Manuel Pinto - Jornalismo e Comunicação
António Granado - Ponto Media
Daniela Bertocchi - Intermezzo)

23 março 2005

CONTAMINANTES

Construction Comparison of the World's Most Booming Cities: This listing ranks cities by the visual impact of their skylines.
1. Hong Kong
2. New York City
3. Seoul
4. Chicago
5. Singapore
6. Bangkok
7. Tokyo
8. Shanghai
9. São Paulo
10. Toronto

Tallest High-rise Buildings in Countries: Europe: Portugal:
1. Torre de Mosanto Oeiras 120 m 2001
2. Torre São Gabriel Lisbon 110 m 2000
3. Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Towers Lisbon 100 m 1972
4. Torre do Lidador Maia 92 m 2000
5. Twin Tower I Lisbon 90 m 2001
6. Twin Tower II Lisbon 90 m 2001
7. Jardins da Rocha Portimão 85 m 2000
8. Edifício Nova Póvoa Povoa Varzim 84 m 1980
9. Hotel Alfa Lisboa Lisbon 83 m 1981
10. Hotel Vila Galé Porto Porto 76 m

VITAMEDIAS

O verdadeiro jornalista multimédia:
Cable Company Urged Journalists to Search Region for Satellite Customers: Time Warner Cable asked journalists to turn in the names and addresses of local residents who subscribe to satellite television service.
In a memo obtained by NEWSBREAKERS, the cable company asked employees at R News, which is owned by Time Warner, to help provide 4,000 new sales leads in the greater Rochester area. The cable giant offered a trip and merchandise to the employee whose participation led to the most new leads.

VITAMEDIAS

Newspaper Giants Buy Web News Monitor: Three of the nation's biggest newspaper publishers, the Gannett Company, Knight-Ridder Inc. and the Tribune Company, are joining forces to buy three-fourths of Topix.net, a Web site that monitors more than 10,000 online news sources.
Each publisher will own 25 percent of the company. Topix.net, based in Palo Alto, Calif., will retain the rest and continue to run the site.

Newspaper Bargains: In the last year, newspaper and publishing stocks in the S&P 500 are down 9%, versus a 7% gain for the broader index. The selloff has left some print media giants with historically cheap valuations. Still, it's not easy being a bull on this sector.
"The last three years have not been fun," says Miles Groves, an economist and consultant to the newspaper business. Groves, who also publishes monthly and quarterly research, cites disappointing advertising results, sagging circulation stats and challenges ahead as readers devote more attention to bloggers, while media buyers send more dollars to the likes of Google and Yahoo.

VITAMEDIAS

E esta: registos públicos que não são... públicos? Ou serão mas com o ónus para quem os quer ver! O primeiro passo é dado nos Estados Unidos e envolve também os jornalistas...
N.C. Cities Want To Sue Over Public Records Requests: North Carolina cities and other government agencies are pursuing the authority to sue citizens who ask to see public records.
Cities, agencies seek right to sue: State law gives you the right to see public records and attend government meetings. But now the government wants the power to sue you for asking. [...]
a Court of Appeals panel of three judges concluded that allowing the government to file pre-emptive access lawsuits would create "a chilling effect on the public."
The court also ruled that requiring members of the public to defend the lawsuits in lengthy court actions would undermine "the fundamental right of every person to have prompt access to information in the possession of public agencies."
And such lawsuits, the appeals court suggested, would violate the aim of state sunshine laws "of promoting openness in the daily workings of public bodies."
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case April 19.

22 março 2005

TECNOSFERA

Online Threats to Kids A Growing Problem: Lt. Tim Lee, Michigan State Police Department: "They can say horrible things about a principal or horrible things about their parents, or horrible things about the kid next door, and they feel like no one's going to find them."
But what kids often don't realize is that saying horrible things about a person on the internet could get them into trouble with the law.
[E são só os jovens?...]

VITAMEDIAS

Media Firms Piece Together New Strategies: After a decade of growth by acquisition, media conglomerates such as Viacom, Sony Corp. and Time Warner Inc. are beginning to reconfigure, pushed by new technologies and changing consumer habits. At the same time, the 1990s cookie-cutter model of a media giant -- take one television network, add a movie studio, theme parks, music company and maybe a pro sports team -- is falling from favor, as companies settle on their core identity, analysts said.

VITAMEDIAS

Note to media, showbiz: The status quo is history: Most media companies continue to be encumbered by the legacy processes, infrastructures and rituals that hold them together but must be literally torn apart and reinvented if they are to thrive in an interactive digital universe that remains virtually unregulated. They're having to rethink strategies that seemed like good ideas five years ago now that digital cell phones and portable video game consoles are emerging as powerful "third" screens for information, entertainment and communications in a Wi-Max, 3G world.
As they continue to dismantle the unwieldy portfolios they assembled during the wild dealmaking of the 1990s, media and entertainment concerns are torn between investing their swollen cash balances on select assets or stock buybacks to boost stock prices that have lagged 3% on overall 5% blended growth and improved return on invested capital last year.
At the same time, the next generation of media leaders must be more driven by vision and enterprise than by the empire-building instincts of their famed predecessors.
The truth is, digital conversion no longer is a blue-sky stretch; it is a mandate. [Será?]

VITAMEDIAS

Preocupante? On-line era leaves media out of loop: Blogs and other on-line tools that enable companies to speak directly to consumers are pushing the news media out of their central role in public relations, says the head of the world's largest independent PR firm.
Richard Edelman, president and chief executive officer of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, said that as PR practitioners rely less on the media to get messages out, they need to act more like journalists. [...]
"If we're just putting stuff up [on the Internet] and people are reading it and accepting it as truth, then we should have a journalist-level quality as our objective instead of a promoter objective."

VITAMEDIAS

Do ads still work? Because the audience is increasingly fragmented, advertisers have found other media?from the Internet to ?guerrilla marketing? tactics, such as using the foreheads of college students (Dunkin? Donuts paid for that privilege). [...]
Today, the technologies that permit advertisers to track consumers also give consumers a way to hide from advertisers.

18 março 2005

ECOPOL

Don't say 'blogger' to US Immigration: Jeremy was detained and interrogated by US Immigration when he arrived in New York last week for a meeting with McGraw-Hill to discuss a great business opportunity for Jeremy in the area of blogging.
It appears that the immigration people simply did not believe that Jeremy could make a living as a blogger.

VITAMEDIAS

What Is a Journalist? The answer to that question was once easy. Until the Internet, journalists were typically attached to an established organization that could afford to own and run a newspaper, magazine, radio or TV station, TV network, or cable news outlet. Their credibility was both individual and institutional.
For all of its flaws, and despite often high entry costs, this marketplace of ideas has flourished. Journalists know that transparency and fairness in how they cover the news are critical.
But in the Internet age, the cost of distributing news has become minimal. Almost anyone can set up a web log ("blog") or send a mass e-mailing, and present themselves as someone who surveys the public scene and presents "news." Some of these lone-wolf reporters are a refreshing challenge to the usual pack journalism of old media. Reputable reporters hear the howl and see if the yapping is worth pursuing. They benefit from the range that bloggers offer.

CULTURAS IN VITRO

The Collaborative Effort to Update: Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace: Lawrence Lessig first published Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace in 1999. After five years in print and five years of changes in law, technology, and the context in which they reside, Code needs an update. But rather than do this alone, Professor Lessig is using this wiki to open the editing process to all, to draw upon the creativity and knowledge of the community. This is an online, collaborative book update; a first of its kind.

VITAMEDIAS

Não descobri em vários blogues actuantes sobre a actualidade dos media referências aOs colocadores de feltro. JPP está enganado? É mesmo verdade que "Os colocadores de feltro estão já a trabalhar afanosamente com o objectivo de encher tudo de almofadas protectoras para os socialistas. Uns fazem-no conscientemente, outros fazem de "inocentes úteis", mas o sentido do seu trabalho é o mesmo."

[Claro que convém também ler este "Virtual sources: organized interests and democratization by the Web". Do "abstract": "Journalism advertorials, a form of outside lobbying by organized interests, are directed at members of the working press to influence the news they produce to create a favorable policy and public opinion environment in which organized interests can pursue their objectives. Political actors, including organized interests, adapt to changes in communication technology. Research has shown a precipitous decline in the number of advertorials in the two most prominent professional journalism periodicals. However, organized interests continue to care how they are portrayed in the press. We hypothesize that organized interests have adapted and now use journalist friendly Web sites to assist the working press. We examined the Web to see if 368 organized interests (classified into five types) that sponsored 2,510 advertorials between 1985 and 2000 had Web sites, and whether those sites contained Media Centers and nine other features that would serve journalists in the production of news stories. We found almost all organized interests had Web sites, most had Media Centers (economic organized interests utilized them more than other types), and organized interests with Media Centers provided more journalist-friendly elements than sites without Media Centers. We found parity among the five types of organized interests in terms the number of elements provided and their overall friendliness to journalists. We conclude that the organized interests migrated to the Web, contributing to a more level playing field among sectors of organized interests."]

ECOPOL

The Age of Missing Information - The Bush administration's campaign against openness
Since President George W. Bush entered office, the pace of classification activity has increased by 75 percent, said William Leonard in March 2 congressional testimony. His Information Security Oversight Office oversees the classification system and recorded a rise from 9 million classification actions in fiscal year 2001 to 16 million in fiscal year 2004.

TECNOSFERA

As File Sharing Nears High Court, Net Specialists Worry: As the bitter debate over computer file sharing heads toward the Supreme Court, the pro-technology camp is growing increasingly anxious.
Some technologists warn that if the court decides in favor of the music and recording industries after hearing arguments in the MGM v. Grokster case on March 29, the ruling could also stifle a proliferating set of new Internet-based services that have nothing to do with the sharing of copyrighted music and movies at issue in the court case. [...]
The court case could hinge in part on the entertainment industry's argument that advanced computing technology now makes it possible for consumer electronics designers to create technology that can distinguish between legal and illegal file copying.
The Internet technologists worry that, if the court accepts that reasoning, Hollywood could end up dictating the technical specifications for digital technology in a way that would choke off future innovation. In fact, they point out that peer-to-peer applications are now branching out in all directions from more basic file-sharing origins.

16 março 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Who's Investing for the Future? Plenty of Us: I share the concern that news organizations are cutting their investments. An informed citizenry is crucial to the functioning of the republic and of society as a whole.
I don't see much hope that commercial journalism organizations will invest more. They are conservative to a fault when it comes to adapting to change. (I hope I am wrong on this, and suspect I'm not.)
But there is a great movement beginning to form. [...]
In a world of dwindling resources, a world of falling daily newspaper readership and fragmented television news audiences, who will produce the journalism of scale and importance that informs citizens about national political campaigns and international conflict? Bloggers? Citizen journalists? The software developers who produce RSS readers?
The answers that emerge over this decade to those questions are certain to impact the future not just of Internet news but of journalism itself.

VITAMEDIAS

O CIMJ tem marcado para 5 de Abril (FLAD, Lisboa) esta "Press, radio and television Ombudsmen Save Journalism From Itself?", conferência de Jeffrey Dvorkin, e um workshop no dia 8 do mesmo Ombudsman da National Public Radio e Presidente da Organization of News Ombudsman sobre "Conflitos de interesse no jornalismo".

VITAMEDIAS

BBC broadcast 'fake' news reports: journalists working for the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) have been commissioned to provide news reports to the BBC. [...]
Spinwatch can reveal that we have our very own fake journalists operating in the UK. The government pays for their wages and they provide news as if they were normal journalists rather than paid propagandists. [...]
The UK is awash with fake news, of which the examples here are only a taste, it is just that we don't pay much attention to it. The American scandals over fake news are played out against the background of some pretty clear laws forbidding propaganda with a disguised source within the borders of the US. There are no laws forbidding fake news in the UK. Perhaps we needs some.

TECNOSFERA


Political Influence of the Blogosphere: degree of interaction and behavior among top conservative and liberal political bloggers during the November Presidential election

Researchers "Geocoding the Blogosphere" Portend Stronger, More Authentic Detection and Analysis of Social Trends
Researchers in the University at Buffalo's School of Informatics have undertaken a long-term research project to study how information from blogs produced in specific American urban areas reflects the political agendas, opinions, attitudes and cultural idiosyncrasies of the general population of those places.
"It is our contention that the totality of content across millions of weblogs vividly and objectively depicts the social landscape and ideology at certain points of time and space," says Alexander Halavais, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication in the UB School of Informatics.

VITAMEDIAS

Cybersky-TV: Global free television. Sharing television channels in real time, peer-to-peer.
What is Cybersky-TV?
Cybersky-TV is a free software application for sharing television signals. It allows users with a broadband internet connection to share the TV channels they are able to receive. TV channels can be shared irrespective of the means of reception, be it by cable, terrestrial or by satellite, be it analog or digital, as long as there's a way of getting the signal to your pc. You can watch incoming channels in almost real time. There will be a constant delay of about 5 to 10 seconds.

TECNOSFERA

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Details Begin to Leak: Sources say that IE 7.0 ? which is code-named "Rincon," they hear ? will be a tabbed browser.
IE 7.0 will feature international domain name (IDN) support; transparent Portable Network Graphics (PNG) support, which will allow for the display of overlayed images in the browser; and new functionality that will simplify printing from inside IE 7.0, partner sources said. The new browser also will likely include a built-in news aggregator.

Microsoft to Launch Paid Search Technology: Following the lead of Google and other online competitors, Microsoft plans to start selling sponsored links on its search Web pages.
Microsoft's move into this potentially lucrative area capitalizes on detailed demographic information the software company has gathered over the years, raising privacy concerns for some.

VITAMEDIAS

Para pensar: Can democracy survive our media-saturated society? young people are spending many of their waking hours absorbed in media of one type or another, primarily television and other forms of visual stimulation. Bedrooms for youngsters ages 8 to 18 have increasingly become media centers, with televisions, CD players, radios, DVD players, video-game consoles and computers with Internet access.
Because there are only so many hours in the day, youngsters are simply packing more media into each hour ? multitasking. Outside school, they spend about 6.2 hours a day with media, but much of this usage overlaps ? for example, a youngster watching television and surfing the Internet simultaneously ? so they are using a combined total of 8.3 hours of media every day, an increase of an hour in the past five years. [...]
They are obsessed with media ? but seldom the news media or serious reading. [...]
In today's intense, media-dominated society, young people have no spare time to reflect, to think deep or long-range thoughts. They are never away from instant visual stimulation, often a mélange of media at the same time.
In the media-saturated world, the importance of image over substance dominates politics, and big money to purchase media time decides elections.
More ain't better, and our democracy is already feeling the effects.

VITAMEDIAS

Could landmark media case shackle World Wide Web? Hyperbolic visions of the web's future are emerging in a landmark legal battle being waged in Canada -- pitting the Washington Post and 50 media giants against an aggrieved former United Nations official.
The case hinges on whether a person who believes they have been wronged on a website can challenge a foreign publication in court where they live -- or in a place where they may chose to reside in future. [...]
The Post is challenging an earlier court ruling that a former UN official Cheickh Bangoura can sue the Post in Ontario over two articles that accused him of sexual and financial transgressions.
The paper and backers including CNN, the London Times and the Yomiuri Shimbun, argue that if the case goes ahead, any media organisation could be sued anywhere, over stories posted on its website. [...]
Critics warned the ruling would force media firms to employ lawyers in virtually every country in the world with an online connection.
Web surfers living in jurisdictions where libel laws are stricter than in the United States, for instance Canada or Britain -- may find themselves blocked from some content on newspaper websites, they warn.
The Post case is complicated by the fact that the alleged libels, in articles in 1997, did not even take place while Bangoura was living in Canada, and he did not take up residence in Ontario until 2000.

TECNOSFERA

Yahoo 360 takes spin through blogosphere: Yahoo 360 combines a new blogging tool along with several longtime Yahoo products, including instant messaging, photo storage and sharing, and Internet radio. It also offers tools for sharing recommendations about places to eat, favorite movies, music and so on.

VITAMEDIAS

Associated Press Breaks Tradition With Optional Leads & will start transmitting alternative beginning paragraphs for news stories, letting editors choose whether to go with the old-fashioned just-the-facts-approach or a snappier style. [...]
In the new communications landscape in which newspapers are competing against television, radio, Internet news sites, and bloggers to reach younger audiences less inclined to read the morning paper over a bowl of cereal,the ?optional lead?will help newspapers ?compete for eyes,? the managing editor of the AP,Mike Silverman,said in an interview with The New York Sun.

15 março 2005

CONTAMINANTES

What is a researcher? European Commission defines roles and responsibilities
The European Commission has today adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. [...]
700.000 additional researchers are deemed necessary to attain the objective of 3% of EU GDP for R&D and at the same time replace the ageing workforce in research. Although the number of researchers in the EU rose slightly from 5.4 per 1000 workforce in 1999 to 5.7 in 2001, this is well below the level in other countries that invest more (USA 8.1; Japan 9.1).
The potential shortage of researchers could pose a serious threat to the EU?s innovation, knowledge and productivity in the near future and may hamper the attainment of the Lisbon and Barcelona objectives.

TECNOSFERA

Usar a internet para comunicar: A maioria dos portugueses com 15 e mais anos afirma que a principal finalidade na utilização da internet é para enviar e receber mensagens. [...]
Os fins profissionais e a formação pessoal são outras das finalidades mais referidas, respectivamente por 19.8% e 19.5% dos inquiridos, ao que se segue a obtenção de notícias, apontada por 18.5%.

TECNOSFERA

Já se conhecem os vencedores dos Fifth Annual Weblog Awards (e, já agora, Seven Bloggers Named in Media 100 List)

14 março 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Can Papers End the Free Ride Online? Newspaper Web sites have been so popular that at some newspapers, including The New York Times, the number of people who read the paper online now surpasses the number who buy the print edition.
This migration of readers is beginning to transform the newspaper industry.

History Is Going, Going, Gone When all our documents are generated by digital means, the nature of what consists of an "original" becomes fuzzier and fuzzier. [...]
But accessing documents only electronically means that we lose the thrill of viewing and touching the actual papers handled by the geniuses and artists who created them. Actual contact with the physical objects that helped shape an industry that will forever shape us is, well, priceless.

VITAMEDIAS

Dos blogues:
Blogging Beyond the Men's Club: Since anyone can write a Weblog, why is the blogosphere dominated by white males?
[act.: Reasons why people ? er, men ? wonder why there are "no" women bloggers.]

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Cambodia Sihanouk Launches 'News From Cambodia' Blog, Postings Include Political Comment: FBIS first observed the blog in late February at http://www.norodomsihanouk.info.

Former analysts put stock in blogs: Late last year, he started the Internet Stock Blog, where investors can read his lively analysis about companies such as Google and Yahoo. Although the blog generates only $1,000 a month in revenue, a tiny fraction of what he made on Wall Street, he's excited by the possibilities.

Lawsuit stirs up blog fog: Not long after dismissing the possibility of snarky gossip site Gawker.com being the target of a lawsuit, Gawker founder Nick Denton is facing just that: an $80 million suit from Limp Bizkit crooner Fred Durst.
Durst's suit, filed two weeks ago, claims that Gawker -- along with nine other sites -- posted a video hacked from Durst's computer that shows him and his ex-girlfriend having sex.

Liberal Bloggers Reaching Out to Major Media: a group of bloggers is trying to use old-fashioned telephone conference calls to share their ideas with newspaper and television journalists.

Online sources ordered revealed: Judge Sidesteps One Issue: Are Bloggers Journalists?
A San Jose judge ruled Friday that two Web sites have no right to protect the identity of people who gave them trade secrets about an upcoming Apple Computer product.

VITAMEDIAS

Estudos:
The State of the [U.S.] News Media 2005: a comprehensive look each year at the state of American journalism.

State of The Blogosphere, March 2005, Part 1: Growth of Blogs: Technorati is now tracking over 7.8 million weblogs, and 937 million links. That's just about double the number of weblogs tracked in October 2004. In fact, the blogosphere is doubling in size about once every 5 months. It has already done so at this pace four times, which means that in the last 20 months, the blogosphere has increased in size by over 16 times.

VITAMEDIAS

The 30 greatest media movies:
Salvador (1985)
All the President's Men (1976)
Almost Famous (2000)
To Die For (1994)
City of God (2002)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Defence of the Realm (1985)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
The Front Page (1931)
Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
The Insider (1999)
Network (1976)
The People vs Larry Flynt (1996)
Superman (1978)
Play Misty for Me (1971)
The Truman Show (1998)
Shattered Glass (2003)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Broadcast News (1987)
The Parallax View (1974)
Talk Radio (1988)
Private Parts (1997)
Under Fire (1983)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
His Girl Friday (1939)
Newsfront (1978)

13 março 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged Television News: the federal government has aggressively used a well-established tool of public relations: the prepackaged, ready-to-serve news report that major corporations have long distributed to TV stations to pitch everything from headache remedies to auto insurance. In all, at least 20 federal agencies, including the Defense Department and the Census Bureau, have made and distributed hundreds of television news segments in the past four years, records and interviews show. Many were subsequently broadcast on local stations across the country without any acknowledgement of the government's role in their production. [...]
The practice, which also occurred in the Clinton administration, is continuing despite President Bush's recent call for a clearer demarcation between journalism and government publicity efforts. "There needs to be a nice independent relationship between the White House and the press," Mr. Bush told reporters in January, explaining why his administration would no longer pay pundits to support his policies.

VITAMEDIAS

Who Is a Journalist? Anybody who wants to be
Even before the advent of blogging, the issue of who qualified as a journalist was a tricky one.


Blogs Not Yet in the Media Big Leagues: Three-quarters of the U.S. public uses the Internet at work, school, or home, but only one in four Americans are either very familiar or somewhat familiar with blogs [...]
Even among Internet users, only 32% are very or somewhat familiar with blogs.

Need Some New Luster? Try Rosie O'Donnell's Method: Create It by the Blogful: Ms. O'Donnell ended up with a measure of privacy, but she began to drive her friends crazy with all of her opinions.
"One of them finally said that I should start a blog," Ms. O'Donnell said in a telephone interview from her home in upstate New York. "I have had offers to do books, but what I do is too rough and raw for them. They always want it to be more linear than I think. This way I can just put it out there."

VITAMEDIAS

Newspapers: an industry in crisis: "Newspapers are dead but it will take a while for the body to cool down."
It's unofficially official: news print is dead. Behind closed doors, web editors are united in their predictions of doom.
These particular closed doors were at Cambridge-MIT Institute's digital technologies project last Friday, where the big guns of British and US media were discussing the future of online news.
All the editors and publishers were speaking under the Chatham House Rule, which means their quotes can't be attributed. But the consensus was clear: newspapers are dying and dragging their news sites down with them.
In the US, newspaper sales have stayed at the same level for 20 years - even though the population has increased by 25 per cent. Web audiences have boomed but newspaper sites have struggled to keep up.
So why are they falling behind?

Consumers Buying More Online Content: U.S. consumers spent more on online content last year, with the biggest boost coming from entertainment and lifestyle news, a trade group said Thursday.
Consumers handed over $1.8 billion in 2004 to content providers, a 14 percent increase over 2003, the Online Publishers Association said.

VITAMEDIAS

Catching the Online Cartoon Virus: Organizations as disparate as Burger King and Greenpeace are producing offbeat video, hoping it will prove so entertaining that people will forward links to one another around the Web - and cut through the clutter of marketing messages bombarding Americans. But will this "viral" technique just create new clutter online?

10 março 2005

TECNOSFERA

Ora aqui está algo de que nem os governos do PS ou do PSD se podem orgulhar: Balanço da Estratégia de Lisboa "é lamentável" (Declarações do primeiro-ministro luxemburguês, Jean-Claude Juncker, que parece ter lido a entrevista de Manuel Castells ao Público)
[act. a 14: afinal leu o estudo da Eurochambres: US economy ahead of EU by at least 20 years!]

VITAMEDIAS

Attack At The Source: Can reporters really protect anonymous sources? Why the Plame case is so scary.
Part of the clash between lawyers and journalists can be attributed to their shared populist bent. As Stephen Bates, a former prosecutor for Kenneth Starr in the Whitewater investigation and literary editor of The Wilson Quarterly, notes, both reporters and prosecutors are ?professional snoops ? curious, analytical, skeptical. Both pursue truth and . . . both believe that their work serves society, a belief (however justified) that sometimes engenders self-righteousness, obstinacy and hypersensitivity.?
Of course, there are some major differences as well. Prosecutors have the power to put people in jail, journalists don?t, at least not directly.

TECNOSFERA

Uma interessante história: Business schools redefine hacking to "stuff that a 7-year-old could do": In the 1960s the term "hacking" meant smart people developing useful and innovative computer software. In the 1990s the term meant smart evil people developing and running programs to break into computer systems and gain shell access to those systems. Thanks to Harvard Business school the term now means "people of average IQ poking around curiously by editing URLs on public servers and seeing what comes back in the form of directory listings, etc."

TECNOSFERA

Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

09 março 2005

VITAMEDIAS

In new era of reporting, blogs take a seat at the media table: Some blogs have embraced a role of influencing traditional media coverage. A prominent blogger recently proposed that conservatives should scrutinize the Star Tribune in a bloggish tactic called "swarming," which is what happened to Rather after his Bush National Guard story.
"The moment when Dan Rather and CBS were forced to back off that story was considered a high watermark for the impact of blogging," said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. [...]
But blogs do provide a potential end run around the traditional "gatekeeper" role of professional journalists.
Before the Internet, if someone had information he or she wanted to share with a wider public, there were few options other than to get a newspaper, TV or radio reporter to do a story.
But bloggers can "construct their own alternative version of what's interesting and important," Rainie said. They can share information with an audience that, while still smaller than audiences for traditional journalism, is sizeable.
And the blogosphere can generate so much buzz about story that it gets adopted by the mainstream media.

VITAMEDIAS

Augusto Santos Silva vai tutelar a comunicação social

ECOPOL

Para Os ministros que acabam, não há uma única crítica? Só "méritos indiscutíveis"? Tss, tss...
Carta aberta a José Sócrates - dezasseis ministros para quê? Espero que a cada um dos que convidaste para o Governo tenhas sublinhado a sua condição futura de máximo responsável por um sector da administração pública. E que dele esperavas, não um eterno queixoso dos funcionários com quem vai ter de contar, nem o protagonista de novas leis e grandes projectos, mas sim um líder eficaz e próximo dos seus colaboradores, capaz de lhes fixar objectivos claros, promovendo a mudança de métodos, delegando responsabilidades, exigindo prestação de contas e, sobretudo, identificando o sentido do que se faz, para quem se trabalha, como e a quem se pretende servir.

TECNOSFERA

How to make a webcam work in infra red

ZITE

World Mouseclicking Competition! Have you got what it takes to be a Big Fast Finger round town? Or are you a bit of a limp clicker?
Try this throroughly useless game below.

TECNOSFERA

How to prevent theft of your source code! Here are a number of very effective methods of keeping unscrupulous surfers from stealing your HTML source

08 março 2005

TECNOSFERA

Top Corporate Hate Web Sites: The following nine sites--there were ten, but one went unexpectedly dark during the editing of this story--are the crème de la crème of online rage. Note that we substantially cleaned up some of the posts, editing out odd capitulation schemes, iffy grammar and plain incoherence.

VITAMEDIAS

About.com CEO explains why NYT spent $410 million to buy site
OJR: Why couldn't your model be replicated by aggregating some of the blogs that are experts in subjects or niches?
Horan: With few exceptions, none of the blogs have critical mass. For the most part, with few exceptions, advertisers don't want to advertise on someone's personal home page, they don't like advertising in forums, they don't like advertising in blogs. It's a media business. Media is about getting to critical mass and about getting advertiser support.

VITAMEDIAS

O Jornalismo e Comunicação já chamou a atenção para este "Trabajar como ?freelance?, cada vez más difícil".
Engana-se quem pensa ser apenas sobre o trabalho dos jornalistas "freelancers" - é igualmente uma visão sobre o novo jornalismo...

TECNOSFERA

24.388 Blogs em português? Eis a resposta: Os 13000 blogs nacionais que fazem parte da relação acessível pelos links alfabéticos de A a Z, ainda assim contêm alguns erros mas aproximam-se do número real de blogs que existe ou existiram.
[Aconselha-se a leitura completa do texto.]

07 março 2005

TECNOSFERA

Olha, olha, a reviravolta: Software patent directive officially approved: The European Council adopted the software patent directive on Monday, despite requests from Denmark, Poland and Portugal to reject it.

CULTURAS IN VITRO

Is entertainment's crime spree making us into monsters? Does violent entertainment make us less able to respond to actual atrocities?
"Certain types of images of violence do become cliches after a while," concedes Schechter, English professor at Queens College. But he adds, "We've become more sensitized to violent imagery, not less, as real violence becomes remote from our lives."
The fact that crime stories dominate the TV lineup and the local news is a good thing, he claims. "It's a reflection of how safe and civilized our lives are. After all, we belong to a species that in just a few generations has moved from watching real people being killed and tortured in public to watching zombies be killed in video games."

VITAMEDIAS

Fixing 'the Essential Newspaper': For me, the issue at the top of the list is whether the press has indeed been too timid in probing and challenging an administration that is, in contrast, perhaps the most skilled in modern times at diminishing and closing off many of the so-called mainstream media.
That may be the substantive challenge. Here's the practical one from a reader in New Hampshire. "I got rid of my TV, stopped my lifelong love affair with the N.Y. Times and Washington Post (I'm 83) when O.J. Simpson coverage and Princess Diana coverage just wiped me out. TV was the worst, but the newspapers weren't far behind. I had a brand new Apple computer with a big screen, a new easy chair in front of the screen and enough computer skills to make the type large enough for easy viewing. . . . I really thought it was only a temporary hiatus until the offensive coverage was over, but I have never gone back. I still read the Times and Post on the Web, along with the Los Angeles Times, Manchester Guardian, Der Spiegel and an eclectic bunch more. I Google the world and it waits for me. When I got broadband, then I knew I was hooked forever."

VITAMEDIAS

Reuters to go personal: Reuters, the electronic information and media company, is preparing to supply news and information to retail consumers on mobile phones, iPods and other new technology platforms.
The company has traditionally sold its news services - including news, photographs and broadcast footage - to other news and media organisations.

VITAMEDIAS

Are Bloggers Reporters, Too? "Under what circumstances should an online forum be forced to disclose a source behind information that they're posting?" [Susan Crawford, a law professor at Cardozo law school of Yeshiva University (and a blogger herself)] said. "There is no principled distinction between a New York Times reporter and a blogger for these purposes. Both operate as news sources for wide swaths of the general public."
Blogs, she added, are already becoming more and more powerful, and some have readerships that exceed those of small-town newspapers. [...]
"As the mainstream media has become more and more corporate and more and more like the governmental and corporate bodies that mainstream journalists used to report on," [Brad Friedman, who describes himself as an investigative blogger] said, "a lot of this stuff has fallen now to the bloggers - to do what mainstream folks used to do. It's still serving the exact same purpose: keeping the bad guys honest."

VITAMEDIAS

Building the Fun Bomb: But seriously, how do you top Jon Stewart? Inside Comedy Central's R&D lab.
Comedy Central plans to shell out more money than ever to buy shows this year - some $200 million, up nearly 10 percent from last year. [...]
Cable programming today is as competitive as the network business, and far more profitable.

TECNOSFERA

elastic space: A list of spatial annotation projects and platforms.

04 março 2005

TECNOSFERA


Don't blog about me! When the exponential growth curve eventually steeps to a somewhat stable plateau, every blog author has to think about social and moral consequence when deciding what to write about, or what comments to make regarding issues on satellite blogs. One misjudged comment that penetrates the occasionally myopic-community can lead to many sleepless nights for another living, feeling, human being. What if one's perception of truth is wrong?

TECNOSFERA

24.388 Blogs em português?
A FAQ refere apenas 13 mil mas a pesquisa dá esse número...
(via Cidadão Jornalista, para lá levado pelo Sociedade Global)

ECOPOL

Aí está: Composição do XVII Governo Constitucional, em que oito ministros são militantes do Partido Socialista e oito são independentes:
Primeiro-Ministro: José Sócrates
Ministro de Estado e da Administração Interna: António Costa
Ministro de Estado e dos Negócios Estrangeiros: Diogo Freitas do Amaral
Ministro de Estado e das Finanças: Luís Campos e Cunha
Ministro da Presidência: Pedro Silva Pereira
Ministro da Defesa Nacional: Luís Amado
Ministro da Justiça: Alberto Costa
Ministro do Ambiente, do Ordenamento do Território e do Desenvolvimento Regional: Francisco Nunes Correia
Ministro da Economia e da Inovação: Manuel Pinho
Ministro da Agricultura, do Desenvolvimento Rural e das Pescas: Jaime Silva
Ministro das Obras Públicas, Transportes e Comunicações: Mário Lino
Ministro do Trabalho e da Solidariedade Social: José António Vieira da Silva
Ministro da Saúde: António Correia de Campos
Ministra da Educação: Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues
Ministro da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior: Mariano Gago
Ministra da Cultura: Isabel Pires de Lima
Ministro dos Assuntos Parlamentares: Augusto Santos Silva
Secretário de Estado da Presidência do Conselho de Ministros: Jorge Lacão

[Comentário: Com esta estrutura, a sociedade da informação está dividida em, pelo menos e directamente, três ministérios: da Economia e da Inovação, das Obras Públicas, Transportes e Comunicações e da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior...
E onde ficam os media?
]

VITAMEDIAS

Austrian Publishers Spot New Content Competition: hear a publisher name "the 'Googles,' 'eBays,' and 'Yahoo!s' of this world" as the main competitors of traditional media in the content area is fairly unusual still.
[T]he borders between journalists and readers blur, and "the biggest 'content generators' in the future will not be media companies, but their former readers."

VITAMEDIAS

Os bons rapazes da imprensa: Deus e os anjos - eis a expressão adequada para classificar a forma como tem decorrido, desde a noite de 20 de Fevereiro, a relação entre o Partido Socialista, em particular o primeiro-ministro indigitado, José Sócrates, e a generalidade da comunicação social, comentadores e colunistas incluídos. [...]
Num repente, foi como se a imprensa tivesse decidido acatar o "habituem-se", decretado por António Vitorino, à porta da sede do Largo do Rato, em plena euforia da vitória absoluta. Os jornalistas, que passaram semanas a transmitir ao País a ideia de que o PS fazia uma campanha frouxa, que Sócrates "não tinha jeito para aquilo", que tinha perdido os debates televisivos e que a maioria absoluta era uma miragem de homens embriagados de fé socialista, parecem ter optado pela penitência.
[Só um comentário: o autor não é comentador e colunista?...]

VITAMEDIAS

The Blogosphere's Matt Lauer: Will the real Jason Kottke please blog up?
You?re something of a Web celebrity, yet you?re not famous. Is that a weird sensation?

Call it microcelebrity.

VITAMEDIAS

Começou e poucos vão ligar a este tipo de notícias... Como de costume, falaremos então daqui a uns meses sobre se a protecção de bloggers deve ser equivalente à dos jornalistas: Apple 1, bloggers 0: In a case with implications for the freedom to blog, a San Jose judge tentatively ruled Thursday that Apple Computer can force three online publishers to surrender the names of confidential sources who disclosed information about the company's upcoming products.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg refused to extend to the Web sites a protection that shields journalists from revealing the names of unidentified sources or turning over unpublished material. [...]
The case raises issues about whether those who write for online publications are entitled to the same constitutional protections as their counterparts in more traditional print and broadcast news organizations. [...]
In its court filings, Apple argued that neither the free speech protections of the United States Constitution nor the California Shield Law, which protects journalists from revealing their sources, applies to the Web sites. The company said such protections apply only to "legitimate members of the press."
[Já agora, para os mais distraídos, aconselho a leitura destas recentes vitamedias. Por exemplo: Certainly a lot of bloggers are very much out front. Do we give bloggers the press exemption? If we don't give bloggers the press exemption, we have the question of, do we extend this to online-only journals like CNET? [...]
E também porque, "In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.]

03 março 2005

CONTAMINANTES

Majority of Europeans Believe in God despite Declining Church Membership According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Reader's Digest Germany [...]
97 percent of those interviewed in Poland said they believe in God. Portugal came with 90 percent, and Russia followed with 87 percent. The Czech Republic came in lowest with 37 percent, along with Netherlands (51) and Belgium (58). [...]
When asked if religion is a positive force in the world, 79 percent agreed in Portugal, 78 in Poland, and 72 in Spain. Belgium (39), Russia (36) and the Netherlands (34) answered that they were not that sure.

TECNOSFERA

As palavras procuradas na www em Portugal: A palavra Portugal foi usada nas pesquisas de 576 mil utilizadores únicos [...]. A segunda palavra com mais procuras foi download [...]. Lisboa aparece na terceira posição [e] 2004 foi a quarta mais pesquisada [...] Em quinto lugar, surgem as referências a mapa [...]
na lista das procuras mais frequentes realizadas por homens em 2004, encontramos Portugal, download, 2004, Lisboa, mapa, free, jogos, Porto, sexo e sapo.
Já na lista das 10 mais procuradas por mulheres, encontramos as palavras Portugal, Lisboa, escola, mapa, 2004, jogos, Porto, casa, como e sapo.

TECNOSFERA

Finding Free Content in the Creative Commons: The Creative Commons search engine can help you find tons of (legally) free stuff on the web.

VITAMEDIAS

The coming crackdown on blogging: Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over.
In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.
Smith should know. He's one of the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, which is beginning the perilous process of extending a controversial 2002 campaign finance law to the Internet.

VITAMEDIAS

A Liga dos Últimos é um dos melhores programas da televisão portuguesa.
O interesse nas cabelereiras ou nos calendários das garagens pode parecer desinteressante, tal como a reportagem dos jogos de uma certa (3ª? 4ª?) liga. Não é - é excelente a forma do feitio.
Acho que é apresentado pelo mesmo Rui Baptista deste Amor e Ócio. A qualidade nota-se.
("Disclaimer": não o conheço pessoalmente, não é meu amigo, não há aqui qualquer favor, apenas verificação de factos. O programa é mesmo bom...)

TECNOSFERA

Yahoo! Netrospective: 10 years, 100 moments of the Web

02 março 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Prisa diz que processo de venda [da Lusomundo Serviços] foi opaco, "sem regras definidas" e "atípico dentro das normas seguidas por empresas cotadas".
O extraordinário caso da Lusomundo: como é possível que o mais pequeno entre os candidatos tenha feito a melhor oferta? Melhor que qualquer dos pesos pesados espanhóis, melhor que qualquer dos pesos pesados portugueses?
Perguntando ao contrário. Porque será que na segunda ronda, os pesos pesados não reforçaram suficientemente a sua avaliação da Lusomundo de forma a ultrapassar a proposta de Joaquim Oliveira? É que se nuns casos terá sido por inoportunidade financeira, noutros só pode ter sido por um, talvez evidente, excesso de risco.
Mas, além do risco, com que dinheiro ou lucros se proporá Joaquim Oliveira pagar a factura? Que engenharia financeira estará pois destinada à Lusomundo, de forma a que, por um lado, seja amortizada a sua dívida corrente de 50 milhões de euros e, por outro, seja pago o capital de 174 milhões de euros comprado à PT e financiado pelo Millennium bcp?

VITAMEDIAS

A tele-visão sobre os jornais: como se sabe o que quer a audiência?
About Face: I think you've got to think of a completely new way of looking at what journalism is about, and this is something that publishers have had a great deal of difficulty doing. Very few of them manage to grasp this, and that's this very simple point. What they produce every day is not a website or a blog or a newspaper or, in our case, a magazine. What we actually produce every day is our intellectual property - our journalism - and how we distribute that has to be driven entirely by the demands of our audience. So, if they want it in print, we should do it in print. If they want it on a website, we should do it that way. If they want it in person, we should do it that way. But traditional journalism in the sense of reporters going out, finding stories, developing contacts; editors then processing all that material - that is a very expensive business, and the sort of money that newspapers could get for their advertising in print just isn't coming up at the same level on line in order to fund those newsrooms.

VITAMEDIAS

IHT's ambition: Paper of the global elite: Since The New York Times took full ownership of the International Herald Tribune in January 2003, there's been much talk of the Times' rising ambitions against Britain's Financial Times and its leading U.S. rival, The Wall Street Journal. [...]
?Our goal is to become the world?s biggest global general interest newspaper," says Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, senior vice president and commercial director at the IHT. "We want to be the newspaper that is read around the world by the global class.?

TECNOSFERA

The Coming of blog.gov? In its short life span, blogging has had a serious impact on the media and politics. Now businesses and governments are looking to turn this form of communication to their advantage.

VITAMEDIAS

Blogues e jornalismo: Blog Storm in the Midwest: Led by law student Jason van Beek and University of South Dakota history professor Jon Lauck, the Thune bloggers tormented and rattled the Argus staff for the duration of the 2004 election, clearly influencing the Argus' coverage. They also appear to have been a highly efficient vehicle for injecting classic no-fingerprints-attached opposition research on Daschle ? most of it tidbits that perhaps might never have made it into the old print media ? directly into the political bloodstream of South Dakota. What they did may turn out to be a "dark side of politics" model for campaign-blogger relations in 2005-06 ? made all the more telling by the fact that the Thune bloggers relied heavily on now-discredited Jeff Gannon/James Guckert of Talon News for many of their stories. [...]
What is certain is the fact that there's a lot of potential in using blogging to rattle the mind of a person who has large responsibilities ? such as a newspaper editor or reporter ? if you can make sure that they'll pay attention to your blog. If this is the story Thune told his colleagues, we can look forward to hearing about shaken journalists at papers across the country in the coming elections.

TECNOSFERA

Yahoo! 10th Anniversary (sem cantilena é um Unhappy Birthday...)

TECNOSFERA

Who Owns Your Desktop? You Do!

01 março 2005

VITAMEDIAS

E pronto, a PT vendeu a Lusomundo Serviços à Controlinveste. Quinta-feira será a última vez que se vão conhecer os resultados financeiros deste grupo de media...

VITAMEDIAS

Passado, presente e futuro dos jornais:

Newspapers: 400 Years Young! The World Association of Newspapers has accepted evidence produced by one of the world?s leading printing museums that 2005 marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of the first newspaper in print.
Newspapers: A Brief History (via Jornalismo e Comunicação)

The Essential Newspaper: So I, too, worry about the future of newspapers. They are central to an informed citizenry, and their special role cannot be filled by competing media.
I worry about the self-inflicted wounds that diminish the trust that should exist between newspapers (and television news networks) and the public, and about the increasing numbers who are not reading newspapers at all. [...]
My vote goes for more hard news, especially on Page One, more of the context that newspapers can so well provide, more probing of government and institutions at all levels, and more journalism that is unflinching yet beyond reproach -- in other words, trustworthy.

Memo to Today's Media Execs:
Q: What's happening in the media business today?
A:
You're seeing a shift from the great bootstrapping entrepreneurs who built these companies to the professional managers. You can see a lot of parallels with this evolution to what took place before in the financial, auto, and oil industries. At the same time, though, you have the realization of convergence in media. It couldn't be a more fascinating time. [...]
Q: What's the single biggest challenge for the media executive of tomorrow?
A:
Let me give you two challenges. The first is how do you grow your business when there's such consolidation on the provider side [and] so much fragmentation on the audience and advertising sides? Secondly, media companies have invested to create companies with giant asset bases. So how do you generate an attractive return on these assets?

Would you like a CD with that newspaper? A DVD? "It's bizarre," joked Miguel Pereira, the director of marketing for El País, who is presiding over the newspaper's profitable development of a sideline trade in discounted books, DVDs, and CDs. "The fact that a kiosk has become a bazaar is pretty bizarre."

The Next Generation: For today's media execs, digital is where the action is
Today's executives have to manage in three dimensions -- constantly imagining their books, magazines, movies, shows, and games in an array of digital forms. More and more you hear executives referring to cell phones as their third screen. [...]
Inertia in many of the sprawling media empires can make it even tougher to turn a new idea into a revenue stream. [...]
By its nature there's really no escaping the new world of media.

How Will Magazines Survive the Internet?

Internet editor turns his focus on the West: Jonathan Weber, who in California helped found The Industry Standard magazine in the 1990s, now lives in Missoula, Mont., where last week he launched the online magazine New West. He hopes to tap into the tech-literate ?New Economy? workers of the Rocky Mountain region and bloggers, whose writings offer fresh perspectives. Communities in the West are changing, Weber said, and ?the media choices haven?t kept pace.?

A Indústria do Comentário: Há hoje uma indústria de falar / escrever sob a forma de comentário que faz parte das novas tecnologias e é, meus caros amigos e inimigos, uma ?indústria de ponta?. É como essa outra tecnologia dos nossos dias a produção do humor, outra ?indústria de ponta?, florescente em tempos deprimidos como os nossos. [...]
A indústria agrega académicos, empresários, políticos no activo (os que esperam ir a votos no quadro de legítimas ambições) e interessados pela política, jornalistas, escritores, advogados, professores num estatuto de igualdade. Alguns académicos pensam que quando opinam têm regras diferentes dos empresários, mas enganam-se. Na indústria do comentário tudo se mede pela qualidade da opinião, que é obviamente reforçada pelas competências a montante e a jusante, mas não é por elas legitimada. O mesmo tipo de ilusões existe nos políticos e nos jornalistas, mas opinião mede-se contra opinião.

ECOPOL

Grounded: Millionaire John Gilmore stays close to home while making a point about privacy: He's unable to travel because he refuses to present a government-approved ID
John Gilmore's splendid isolation began July 4, 2002, when, with defiance aforethought, he strolled to the Southwest Airlines counter at Oakland Airport and presented his ticket.
The gate agent asked for his ID.
Gilmore asked her why.
It is the law, she said.
Gilmore asked to see the law.
Nobody could produce a copy. To date, nobody has.
The regulation that mandates ID at airports is "Sensitive Security Information." The law, as it turns out, is unavailable for inspection.
(via Politechbot: John has posted on Politech a number of times about his case: http://www.politechbot.com/p-04179.html
Case documents are here: http://freetotravel.org/)

PHOTO-GRAFIA

The color photo was invented in 1903 by the Lumiere brothers, and the French army was the only one taking color photos during the course of the [first] war.

VITAMEDIAS

Les cinq recommandations de reporters sans frontières concernant la liberté d'expression sur Internet
1. Toute législation touchant à la circulation de l'information sur Internet doit être fondée sur le principe de la liberté d'expression comme définie à l'article 19 de la déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme.
2. Seul l'internaute peut décider des informations auxquelles il peut et souhaite accéder sur la Toile. Le filtrage a priori des contenus circulant sur le Réseau, que ce soit par un Etat ou un opérateur privé, n'est pas une solution acceptable. Par conséquent, les systèmes de filtrage ne peuvent être installés qu'à l'initiative de l'internaute et au niveau de sa connexion personnelle. Toute politique de filtrage à un niveau supérieur - au niveau national ou même local - va à l'encontre du principe de libre circulation de l'information.
3. La décision de fermer un site web, même illégal, ne doit en aucun cas être prise par un hébergeur, ou par tout autre prestataire technique de l'Internet. Seul un juge peut décider de l'interdiction d'une publication en ligne.
Par conséquent, un prestataire technique de l'Internet ne peut voir sa responsabilité pénale ou civile engagée du fait d'avoir hébergé un contenu illicite, sauf s'il a refusé d'exécuter une décision judiciaire rendue par un tribunal impartial et indépendant.
4. La compétence juridictionnelle d?un Etat, en matière civile ou pénale, s?exerce exclusivement sur les contenus hébergés sur son territoire ou s?adressant spécifiquement à ses internautes.
5. Les responsables de publications en ligne, y compris les webloggers et les responsables de sites personnels, doivent bénéficier des mêmes protections et des mêmes égards que les journalistes professionnels puisque, comme eux, ils mettent en ?uvre une liberté fondamentale : la liberté d'expression.

TECNOSFERA

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