New! New! New! (not yet)

When you let it be itself, every­thing on the Inter­net belongs to every­thing else. The walls tech peo­ple try to raise, to con­vince investors that there’s dol­lar value there, are fake. They don’t hold any­thing behind them that has any last­ing value. The only things that stand a chance are things that flow. And for that, the walls get in the way.

Some news is slow

There’s a big bug in our news system.

We like to say it’s a 24-hour news cycle. And maybe it is, but there’s real news, stuff that effects our lives, that hap­pens over a much longer span of time. Bor­ing or not, we have to keep cycling back to it, for our own good.

Dave Winer - Some news is slow.

A cause worth giving something up for


There’s lots of stuff going on right now that I’m not part of. That’s the way it goes. Me and Face­book are over. It’s going to stay that way. And if I’m on a ship that’s sink­ing, well I’ve had a good run, and I can afford to go down with the ship, along with peo­ple who share my val­ues. It’s a cause, I’ve dis­cov­ered, that’s worth giv­ing some­thing up for.

Dave Winer - Scoble: I’ll go down with the ship.

Self-criticism and the Times

One day the Times will have the courage to devote a seri­ous amount of their space to self-criticism. To teach the read­ers how to file bug reports, and actu­ally learn how to lis­ten to them. And their prod­uct qual­ity will soar. Until then, we should all be fol­low­ing the Exam­iner so there’s at least some bal­ance to the report­ing in the Times.

Dave Winer — NY Times Exam­iner.

Baseball vs real life

I don’t think we can afford to view pol­i­tics or tech­nol­ogy as we view base­ball. In base­ball, I can per­son­ally insult Yan­kees fans, or con­de­scend to Cubs fans, or feel a soul­ful affin­ity with fel­low Mets fans, and it’s all fun. Because we know it totally doesn’t mat­ter. But these other things do mat­ter. So we really can’t afford to think of it as Us vs Them. It’s not Repub­li­cans vs Democ­rats, it’s Amer­i­cans decid­ing what we want our gov­ern­ment to do. And in tech­nol­ogy, it’s the peo­ple of the world, in very much the model of Jef­fer­son, decid­ing what we want to be. And not hav­ing cor­po­ra­tions and their need for profit, be the sole determinant.

Dave Winer — Base­ball vs real life

Arrington is the future of what we used to call journalism

I hap­pen to think jour­nal­ism was a response to pub­lish­ing being expen­sive. It cost a lot of money to push bits around the net before there was a net. They had to have huge capital-intensive print­ing plants, fleets of trucks and deliv­ery boys with paper routes. Now we can hear directly from the sources and build our own news net­works. It’s still early days for this, and it wasn’t that long ago that we depended on jour­nal­ists for the news. But in a gen­er­a­tion or two we won’t be employ­ing peo­ple to gather news for us. It’ll work differently.

Dave Winer — Arring­ton is the future of what we used to call jour­nal­ism.

A little truth leaks out

What’s remark­able about [David Frum, Dou­glas Holtz-Eakin, and Paul Krug­man], what gives me hope that there may be a way out of the big­ger mess, of which this month’s melt­down is just a symp­ton, is that finally blog­ging is effec­tively rout­ing around MSM. If you want to hear from smart peo­ple who know what they’re talk­ing about, and who aren’t spin­ning, you can.

This is why blog­ging is impor­tant.

Dave Winer — A lit­tle truth leaks out.

Why Google cares if you use your real name

There’s a very sim­ple busi­ness rea­son why Google cares if they have your real name. It means it’s pos­si­ble to cross-relate your account with your buy­ing behav­ior with their part­ners, who might be banks, retail­ers, super­mar­kets, hos­pi­tals, air­lines. To con­nect with your use of cell phones that might be run­ning their mobile oper­at­ing sys­tem. To pro­vide iden­tity in a commerce-ready way. And to give them infor­ma­tion about what you do on the Inter­net, with­out obfus­ca­tion of pseudonyms.

Sim­ply put, a real name is worth more than a fake one.

Dave Winer — Why Google cares if you use your real name.