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January 2004

The Open Opinion Layer

In the Comments to Bill Quick's piece (below), Tom Cohoe writes: 'Nice concept, but I fear the more idealistic you are in allowing unfettered and equal access to your site, the more likely it is to degenerate into a typical discussion group. Unmoderated discussion groups, which usually develop into a structure under which the meanest troll and his lieutenants operate, as a model for the real world, did more to convince me that the libertarian philosophy won't work (I once described myself as a libertarian) than anything else. You'll have to keep the site under your two thumbs or it will fade.'

Patrick Brown then draws our attention to the work at Ottawa of Hassan Masum: TOOL, The Open Opinion Layer, is an exploration of "open architecture", its 'operational behavior, and potential benefits and pitfalls ... (Through such analysis) we gain clearer insight into what is possible and desirable.'

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Vision for a blog

Bill Quick is striking out in a very promising direction: 'You may have noticed a few changes around here recently. I've added trackback functionality, for one thing, and included inline excerpts from other blogs that automagically link to items here on Daily Pundit. Long ago, Daily Pundit was also one of the first blogs to use inline comments, so that the comments themselves (and the commenters) became an open and integral part of the blog. Now the comments from other blogs will also become a part of this blog, with the full text only a click away.

If you haven't been bored to death by the lack of posting, you've probably noticed that, with the unstinting and invaluable help of TweezerMan, I've now added the ability to post text and pictures directly to Daily Pundit from any "information appliance" capable of sending such data via email to the blog. What that means is I will be able to take something like a Treo 600 or a Danger Hiptop with me wherever I go, take pictures, add text, and email them over wireless phone lines directly (and immediately) to the pages of Daily Pundit - and do this directly from the scene where the news is happening - in realtime!

And so will you. Once the kinks are worked out, I will make it possible for those of you who have photo-phones or similar thingamabobs to post your pictures and commentary instantly to Daily Pundit. In fact, if any of you are interested and have the ability to send email images in that way, get in touch with me. I'd like to work out a trial run or two and see how the posting script handles different info appliances.

This is my current vision for the latest iteration of Daily Pundit. Breaking news and pictures posted here instantly, from anywhere in the world. Instant syndication of that news and those pictures all over the blogosphere, complete with inline links to everybody in the blogosphere who picks up and comments on that news, so readers can track down and read what others are saying about the posts here. And open, easily accessable comments right here from me and everybody else about that news and those pictures and the inbound links that follow therefrom.

Jeff Jarvis has been responsible in a major way for promulgating the mantra-meme "news is a conversation," and that is what I hope to create with the new Daily Pundit - an endless cycle of input and output and commentary on both sides of the equation, accessible 24 hours a day. The immediacy of on-the-scene observations and pictures coupled with conversation and commentary about the news as it comes in, or, more calmly, in retrospect as the tides of the blogosphere process the happenings of the world around us.

... None of these ideas are themselves original - trackback has been around for a while, blogger has had an email posting feature (although I don't know if it can handle images), and as I've noted, inline comments have been an integral part of this blog for more than a year.

It is the combination of all of these that I feel is potentially so powerful: Every person an on-the-scene reporter, photographer, and even pundit who possesses the ability to instantly publish and syndicate worldwide news and images within a few seconds, and then see inline comment, analysis, and general punditry on these items, all in realtime.

Call it distributed journalism, or call it a conversation. It doesn't matter. Either label is accurate. Whatever you call it, I believe it is the future of journalism and reporting.'

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Posted via email

I thought I'd just see about posting by e-mail. Which is why this will reach you by email as well as (hopefully) the WebLog.

I'm including the College hyperlink 3 times just to see how TypePad parses things.

www.radley.org.uk http://www.radley.org.uk Radley College

Incidentally, I much appreciated enkoder; see "email us" now in place on WebLog One.

I also enjoyed the MT Plug-In directory. I don't know whether we can use these with TypePad Pro but, if so, then we might might want to explore "scripturizer" as a means of putting live-linked Bible Readings into the yet-to-be-defined-but-I-have-lots-of-ideas-so-lets-keep-an-open-mind eCalendar(with apologies to Lynn Truss, whose book I am much enjoying).

I sent at 5:22pm 28 Dec 03 according to my computer....

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Blogs and TiVo

'A TiVo is a machine. A blog is a journal. Like comparing apples and noises.' 'RSS newsreaders are TiVo for blogs. .... Newsreaders like NewzCrawler and Radio UserLand do TiVo things. Time shifting. Easier, more complete channel and program selection. Season pass for your favorite shows. Record in the background while playing in the foreground. Save a post to your blog instead of to your VCR.' ' ... now I want functions in RSS aggregators to record between dates. Record Jon's Radio from December 22nd till today and cache the referred pages so that I can take it on my laptop and read it offline. Or, I will leave my workstation running during holidays and please record all channels that mention the word "HyperChip". Well, well, we are getting there. With blog recording, page caching and text filtering at our fingertips, the day is not far when we will finally be able to take long holidays and not worry about what we are missing.'

'The implication: that blogs are indeed media of some kind, and not just journals.' Read on.

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