Friday, January 28, 2005

Goes Round and Round and Round

Now that I'm on with the more serious and alert segment of my morning (up next, summing up c.1 of H. White's Tropics of Discourse), I have to point you to a bit I landed via Metafilter on proposed legislation to fine drivers of spinner-adorning autos in Iowa.  Spinning hubcaps can be misleading, you know; they give off the appearance that the vehicle's wheels are moving when they aren't. When the vehicle stops, the wheel covers keep moving.  When the vehicle's moving, the wheel covers could be rolling in reverse motion. They're perceptually dishonest.  Unethical.  Basically, expensive lies. And so to curb rampant wheel-cap mendacity among Iowa drivers, the fine would charge ten bucks for the offense.  I'm sharing this just because the comments are a riot, from comparisons of spinners to moonwalking (which also should be banned, yes?) and rear-view mirror danglers.  And definitely scroll down to the Jetta collapsed under the load of wood (in the linked entry, not the MF comments).

Open in a different tab:  Slate's Ed-in-Chief on "Blog Overkill." Gist: you be careful fetishizing new media, and journalists are s l o w e r than bloggers:

The biggest difference between me and conventional bloggers is that I usually pause between first thought and posting. Inspired by the slow food movement, I like to think of myself as a slow blogger. Sometimes I'm so slow--as this Wednesday dispatch from a Friday-Saturday conference proves--that I resemble a conventional journalist.


I'll send a U.S. dollar to the first who writes "Shafer doesn't get it."

For a dollar? Shafer doesn't get it.  If not getting it means overgeneralizing about the thoughtfulness and care girding most writing in the blogosphere or, in another spot, suggesting that new media merely mimic the work of old media, then it deserves more nuance.  But subtleties aside, the essay offers insight to the tensions between clashing info-economies--the flows and mediums and controls and values tangled together.  And that's worthwhile, especially if such attempts bring about dialogue that pushes any of us beyond revolution/stagnation cliches.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at January 28, 2005 10:34 AM to Media

I just took a quick look at this and due to time constraints, couldn't get into all the links and details. However, I'm not sure if anyone really gets it. Going back to Speech 101 (CMU, 1967) "a percept is a product," what more can I say?

In my opinion, the blogosphere is all about liberty and freedom (does GWB go here?) Who needs to listen to the Bushies when you have the bloggers?

As one who is a disciple of the 80 - 20 principle, I find that the vast universe of cyberspace can be very challenging to traverse, especially regarding time management. What are the rewards reaped for the time invested? With the new media, are we growing collectively, and individually in a positive manor?

Posted by: pops at January 28, 2005 9:06 PM

Percept/product is interesting, Dad. And I appreciate your thoughts on blogging as it relates to liberty and freedom. It's especially relevant to consider this alongside the ongoing revelation that GWB and friends have been funding conservative talking heads to circulate rave reviews of suspect or even damaging initiatives.

Posted by: Derek at January 29, 2005 5:35 PM

The alleged payoffs to talk rafdio hosts was one of my points. Something like "payolla" in the old days of rock 'n roll.

Was it the Canadian rauckers, The Who, who said "we wonn't get screwed again!"

Posted by: pops at February 10, 2005 9:10 PM

I don't listen into much talk radio. Tend to think of it as working somewhat differently than blogs. But yeah, forums for exhcanging ideas, the freer they are, are generally better for it.

Posted by: Derek at February 11, 2005 7:16 PM