A free society can exist in a terror-laden world. Here’s what you can do.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I read a lot of feeds. By organizing them in categories, I can easily get an idea of what field is hot. For example, yesterday, upon looking at Bloglines, my RSS aggregator, I knew that something important was happening (or not, considering that it was April 1st) in the search space as the feeds I had classified as search-related seem to have more than the usual number of entry. I call this concept blog chatter. Over the past few weeks, with the 9/11 commission running its public interviews, the word chatter has come back to the forefront. Basically, it means that the noise is increasing. Thanks to the immediate or almost immediate updates given by RSS feeds, it is now possible to track what the blogosphere is talking about. Of course, this is hardly news to users of Technorati, Blogdex, Popdex, Daypop or similar services. However, one thing that is missing is a graphical representation if this chatter, similar to what Newsmap used to do. Newsfilter does an interesting job of creating instant layout based on news chatter in the Google News service but I’ve yet to see anything similar for the blog world. This is…Read More
Wired News reports that General Wesley Clark entered the race due largely to online prompts to do so. This is another example of how the net is affecting politics in a radically new way. This represents an interesting twist in what has already been a fascinating year in terms of the net’s influence on the political process… and it could have some impact on software delivery. The Wired article points out that this is just the beginning, though. Drafting a candidate is a very different thing from trying to get that candidate to be elected and it is obvious that the Internet will be a critical element in establishing who the nominee will be on the democratic side of the 2004 presidential campaign and will probably be a critical element in the overall campaign. New tools like weblogs have enabled people to have a clear impact on the presidential process. Moving forward, the use of technology is only going to increase and presidential candidates might find themselves in a state where they become software producers to gain an edge over their competitors. Once that happens, one could start asking questions relating to use and distribution of the software they create.…Read More