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News Challenge opportunities

Kara:
My main objective with Drupal En Español is to make a "DLRC" that is
specifically geared towards Spanish-speaking communities with the
overarching goal of increasing civic engagement by making Drupal accessible.
We can start as local or as big as we want. I would love it to be the
Guatemala or Venezuelan communities because those are communities Ytaelena
and I are well-connected to and can create bridges really quickly. Ideally
we would pick four communities: Guatemalan and Venezuelan communities in the

Ted Rall, capitalist:

"NEWS DOES NOT WANT TO BE FREE": Ted Rall, in his syndicated column that he posts free on his web site, quotes Chris Hedges: "Nearly all reporting--I would guess at least 80 percent--is done by newspapers and the wire services."

Rall goes on to write:

Personal democracy is an oxymoron; the next renaissance must be for collective participation, reprogramming our culture

Douglas Rushkoff at the Personal Democracy Forum: Second day invocation speech video.

Some notes. Paraphrasings, not exact quotations, so I'm just putting the whole thing in brackets.

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Personal democracy is an oxymoron.

I'm on the here comes everybody side of this discussion. But it's the everybody that matters.

It's not the network.

It's the people.

The network is just a tool for people to be people again.

The problem with branding, the problem for top-down communication, all these Renaissance era ideas

Mass Support of Journalism through Funding Stories

Thoughts from David Cohn's Representative Journalism: Funding Beats or Stories (cross-posted from a comment left there, with a couple typos corrected).

Key point, that people don't have to believe in "journalism" to contribute to its practice through spot.us.

This will bring many more people to get involved, which will make the funding of individual stories more independent of pressure from concentrated interests than beat-covering institutions.

Media sexism needs to be addressed

Let me say now before Hillary Clinton officially ends her presidential bid that while I follow Molly Ivins on this and opposed Senator Clinton's presidential ambitions from the start, there was definitely sexism in the campaign coverage that I and many people with a far greater reach than my voice should have spoken out against more loudly and more often.

They may define you as a disease next

On the one hand having transexual identity treated as disease can get operations covered, on the other it implies that some people need to be changed, fixed, to suit other people's definitions of sex. But one thing is certain, no one who cares wants control-mad reactionaries to be in charge of rewriting the medical definition of "Gender Identity Disorder"

In particular, I want to point out that there is a sordid history of using psychological evaluations and methods to discredit and detain people.

If Firefox is a gateway drug, what is Flock?

Not arguing with any of this, but if tried-and-true Firefox is a gateway drug to using web sites and online tools in a sophisticated way, what class substance is the social media browser Flock?

The End of Waste: The Reusable Silver Lining of Economic Disaster

Another confession that could ruin a political career.

I'm a little excited that I'm likely to live through a time when economics will force an end to the gross waste that has characterized the United States, and to a lesser extent much of the rest of the wealthy and even not-so-wealthy world.

No more disposable packaging for everything. Local reuse of materials.

China Most Favored Trading Nation Status compounded harmful NAFTA results

In comments to an article on Clinton's NAFTA position:

Alexa, on February 25th, 2008 at 12:19 am Said:

A Movement Larger Than Electoral Politics is More Important Than Who is President

Quoting myself from over at RuralVotes' The Field:

One thing is certain. As Tom W. points out, there is not much distinction between Obama and Clinton on policy, and the term movement is being used pretty loosely.

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