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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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