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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
  Excellent C-Span program - "Blogs & Knowledge'

I meant to let everyone know this was coming on yesterday, but I got wrapped up in a book, and almost missed it myself. Anyway, it's worth your time (maybe not if streaming video doesn't stream), an hour and a half, to watch this - C-SPAN: DIGITAL FUTURE.

Quick point: I currently cannot access the program from the link provided: "rtsp://video.c-span.org/project/digital/digitalfuture111504.rm". I receive a "rtsp is not a registered protocol" when using Mozilla, and Explorer states "the page cannot be displayed". I have notified C-Span.
David Weinberger, former senior internet adviser to the Howard Dean campaign, discussed how Weblogs work & their value in gathering knowledge...
David Weinberger, one of North America's best known experts on "blogging" and coauthor of the bestselling book, "The Cluetrain Manifesto" (2000). Weinberger is also author of "Small pieces, loosely joined: a unified theory of the web" (2002), a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Here and Now," and has been published in many magazines including Wired and the Harvard Business Review.
While he was the primary speaker and did bring out some excellent points, the other members of the panel also provided some fascinating insights, and the question and answer session was pretty enlightening as well.

I guess I really enjoyed it because so much time was spent on the ideas of 'knowledge' and 'authority', their forms, and whether or not they are changing. One point made by one of the panelists (I'd provide the name, but as I stated above, I'm experiencing tech difficulties and can't review the program at this time) which I found very interesting, is that 'authority' has changed over time. Authority used to reside in the 'voice' of the person transmitting the knowledge, but when the printing press came into use, 'authority' shifted to the text. Apparently now 'authority' is shifting again - away from the 'text' and to a shared social authority like Wikipedia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and even the blogging community.

There was also a great deal on 'objective' vs 'subjective' knowledge.

Another Note: Problem with viewing the video was on my on my end. You must have RealPlayer 10, with 'rtsp' protocol enabled. See C-SPAN page and click on "Problems with video? >>" for instructions. It also provides instructions for Mac users.

I have some things to do around the house, now. I'll try to post more later, but it might be tomorrow. I want to talk about The Mayan Prophecies, which I just finished, and I want to get a feel for the rash of resignations from Baby Bush's administration and what it might portend. So, later... 
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