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May 2005

Digital Culture and Free Speech23:45, May 15, 2005

Every once in a while a text comes along that in an oh-so-simple, and just plain elegant, way explain a complicated phenomenon. If you’ve ever tried to tell a friend why you are so fascinated by new media participation (come on – I know you have!), and felt that the look they gave you back was one of complete confusion (come on – I know they did!) you know exactly what I mean.

Lance Knobel of davosnewbies posted a lecture he held a few days ago with the title Nullius in verba: navigating through the new media democracy, that truly is one for the books. Using historical accounts and parallels this is a wonderful introductory text on the subject.

Just print and hand out to all your friends. It will save you time. Believe me.

Technologies05:08, May 11, 2005

Podcasting, the practice of distributing recorded audio over the internet, almost like home-made radio, is quickly gaining popularity. It’s being hyped as the Next Big Thing by bloggers and grassroot journalists all over the (industrialized) world. However, yours truly is not impressed.

Technologies13:18, May 3, 2005

Today, Bloggforum Stockholm 2.0 was announced to be held on Saturday the 28th of May 2005. Bloggforum 2.0 is a follow-up to the first conference held last November. The organizers are – just like last time – two of swedens arch-bloggers: Erik Stattin och Stefan Geens. This time around there will be more seminars, more people and more fun.

I have been invited to participate as of the panellists in the Media and Blogs seminar, moderated by Jonas S?derstr?m.

Registration is free. Hope to see ya’ll there!

Censorship and Free Speech00:11, May 3, 2005

Today, the 3rd of May, Internews celebrates the World Press Freedom Day with a photo essay.

Some truly extraordinary photos – and stories – of people who appreciate even the simplest of media technologies. In the future, when I get upset about something silly, like non-conforming RSS-implementations or whatever, I think I’ll just have a look at these pictures and try to appreciate the freedom and the things I take for granted.