Wednesday, November 14, 2007

response to Nancy

Let's face it, facebook is just too damn friendly and positive, it's no place for crusty, antagonistic people like me (but not you dear Nancy!). In all seriousness, you're right, to be a "fan" of a brand or other entity (I'm apparently a fan of an NGO and a blogging network), makes no sense. The platform is struggling with numbers it seems. There are lots of reports now about getting 'timed out' notices for too much cruising around Facebook, or refusals of facebook to send out notices to groups that have over 1000 members. So while this represents a certain clumsiness on the part of an exponentially growing platform, the issue for me is one of framing -- where can we indicate our curiosity, frustration, deep antipathy, or apathy? While at AoIR I bumped into an old nemesis from my undergrad days, an enemy of sorts lets say. But hell, he was a significant person in my life... but why is there no language here (or in some of the more vocal academic work on social networking) about networks that include such figures in ones past or present...this fella was way more important to me than 95% of my facebook friends -GE

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ron Paul's 5th of November fundraising campaign

Yet another example of maverick campaign working online but going nowhere with the electorate.

Covert Cat

Does anyone want to share insights on Youtube's "Covert cat". This person has uploaded some rather lengthy -- and interesting, to say the least -- videos. I'll pass on posting links.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Waiting for call to be on the Christy Clark show...;-)

...but Canadians don't want an election (Conservative -Liberal coalition government emerges)

How much longer can Dion say he opposes the government, think their proposals are wrong for Canada, and then abstain from voting in the house? The Conservatives have already done a pretty decent job painting Dion as a weak leader, now the NDP are doing the same. The Tories near term agenda seems to offer yet more of the same for Dion, modest right-of-centre policies (or the "new" Centre as Andrew Coyne has argued) that the majority of the Liberal caucus support (or have proposed before). Unless the Tories take a sharper turn right, Harper will continue to benefit from the Conservative-Liberal coalition government.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

video threads

I love video-bloggers who respond to videos with another video. Well, I thought so until this:

Friday, October 05, 2007

sign of the Times

OK, now I'm more convinced that a federal election is around the corner -- Signs for sale, advertised on political blogs.

No PMO blog contract? Why not blog for RBC?

OK, I'm not making this up...this is all from RBC and their blogger or P2P "contest" where university students can "Make some cash blogging from your room". Imagine being able to: "Get paid to tell the truth about money". But this is of course contingent upon being able to answer yes to their litmus test question: "Do you use money?"

Thursday, October 04, 2007

This, here

So, for the best coverage and analysis on the Ontario election, check out this, from this guy, and make sure to tell your friends about this, cause here is where it all happens.