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My goodness, I go away for a week and miss all sorts of happenings in the world where sex and politics collide.
It seems there’s always some big hullabaloo or other surrounding celebrities. The media would have us believe that not only does the average citizen fawn over Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ baby or shake their head sadly over Britney Spears’ latest shenanigans, they do so with more than a passersby interest. They lead us to believe we need these celebrities in our daily lives.
The infernos engulfing thousands of acres in rural and residential Southern California are being amply covered by bloggers in and around the region. Here is a sampling of citizen journalists/live bloggers documenting and photographing the disaster:
It's been an interesting week so far, and it's only Tuesday! Yesterday, I met with organizers of the Rez the Vote, a grass-roots campaign in Second Life intended to get Americans registered to vote in real life. Tomorrow, I'm spending the day at MIT's Center for Future Civic Media, where the people responsible or some of the best ideas in communications technology over the last quarter-century have gathered to consider new tools for promoting citizen engagement.
From my blog: http://www.coping-with-life.com:
WFAN in New York City has long been my favorite radio station.
Now it's become my favorite radio station run by hypocrites.
I'm speaking about the hiring of Craig Carton, who replaced Don Imus in the morning talk-radio slot after the veteran broadcaster made a racist remark about the Rutgers University women's basketball team. CBS radio later fired him.
Bob Woodward spoke at the Dillon Lecture Series at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, this morning. Woodward and his colleague, Carl Bernstein, wrote a series of articles for the Washington Post about the Watergate break in that ultimately led to the resignation of President Nixon. For those of us who are journalists - past, present or future - Bob Woodward is huge.
From Dr. Diana Zuckerman, President of the National Research Center for Women and Families
Dear Ms. Howell,
As ombudsman of The Washington Post, we depend on you to be concerned about tastefulness and accuracy. I therefore turn to you to protest an ad that appeared on the inside back cover of yesterday’s Washington Post Sunday magazine.
A plastic surgery group placed the ad to promote cosmetic breast augmentation.
The ad’s headline says: “Natural Stunning Results: We Are About Empowering Women…”
I just got off of I-95, returning from the Converge South conference on the campus of North Carolina A & T University, an historically black university in Greensboro, North Carolina - a city that will be a stop on the BlogHer 2008 Reach Out Tour.