“I’m trying to buy my magazine back now. They just messed my magazine all up, but I’m gonna get it back. You better believe it, I’m’a take it online because print and all that stuff is over. We gotta get into the 21st century you know. Print and all that stuff is over, we gotta remember that. The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Post Intelligencer. The Miami Herald. They’re over the same way as the record business. We have got to get into this century.”—Quincy Jones, Quincy Jones Will Not Let Vibe Die
There are secondary stories too: How much does death help an artist’sbottom line? How much money will AEG Live, the organizers of that 50-date concert tour, have to eat? Why does the House of Representatives have so much free time?
Also, this makes no sense: “All that follows is discussion and wouldn’t we really rather discuss it with our friends than Al Sharpton?” I dunno, did our friends know Michael Jackson since they were teenagers? Did they collaborate on issues of race in the music industry? Are our friends meeting with the Jackson family to discuss memorial events? Sharpton may not be the best example of an unbiased source, given his own agendas here, but it’s clear that he has a lot of context and history to offer. More generally, obviously it’s more interesting to watch a discussion between experts and/or people who have information to provide; that’s why cable news and discussion shows exist. (And please don’t brandish declining ratings info at me here; it’s clear that for topics of big interest, people are tuning in.)
Businesses and governments overreacted to the global recession and credit crisis, Forrester said, by cutting back too much on spending in the past nine months. As companies realize that the recession is not as deep, or as long-lasting, as they feared, they will resume technology spending.
"The good news is that it is in the past. We are not going into a terrible terrible downturn," said Forrester analyst Andrew Bartels.
Vibe, one of the nation’s leading popular music magazines, is closing immediately, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Word leaked to music and media news Web sites early this afternoon, and the spokeswoman, Tracy Nguyen, said the Vibe staff would be formally notified in a meeting at 2 p.m. She said she did not know how many people would be laid off as a result of the closure.
“So now we got a domestic violence czar - an adviser. What the hell kind of advice are you gonna get? I assume If you’re going to have a domestic policy adviser, the advice you’re gonna get - put some ice on it. Your lip’s a little bleeding and swollen - put some ice on it, as you leave the swanky motel room. Domestic violence adviser - why do you need any advice on that? There are some instances where it’s justified and you need an adviser to tell you when, in case the woman’s a republican and the husband’s a democrat, it’s perfectly understandable why there would be domestic violence, we’ve got to allow for this? What the hell are we doing here?”—
“A conservative Christian needn’t worry that she will accidentally disgrace herself by marrying a libertine, because the libertine has the decency to make his intentions known. In contrast, it’s hard to avoid close social relations with hypocritical traditionalists. Since they pretend to share socially conservative values, they worm their way into your life and your family. Then like the hypocrites they are, they shirk, lie, and adulterer, bringing shame to their spouses, children, and extended families.”—Why Traditionalists Should Prefer Libertines to Hypocrites— Bryan Caplan (via josephweisenthal)
As usual, the Green Brief, by Josh Shahryar of Anonymous Iran. Highlights in bold.
1. There was a human chain planned for today. The plan had been to form it between Tajrish Square and the Railway; however, the route was guarded heavily by Basijis, plainclothesmen and security forces. Nonetheless, people at gathered Mellat Park, Valiasr Field, Vanak and Valiasr Avenue and were trying to form a human chain. The police tried to disperse the crowd and stop the human chain from being formed. There were reports of clashes as well which cannot be fully confirmed. Reports of police smashing people’s windows for honking their horns and slashing their tires with knives.
2. Cell phone services were cut off around Valiasr as well as other parts of Tehran. The Basiji had Daneshjo Park under their control and helicopters were flying all over the place, especially over Valiasr. Today was one of the few times when the government cut off phone lines in order to disrupt communications between protesters and hinder their coordination of the event. During the event, several people were arrested as well. Most of Tehran was crawling with Basijis carrying sticks, some on motorcycles sporting camouflage vests. Protesters and some other people were wearing green wristbands in support of Moussavi.
3. Larijani, the speaker of the parliament today said that CNN had given money and cell phones to protesters to portray a wrong image of Iran. He added that the unrest was not an important event and it will be easily overcome and that it was just another experience for the Islamic Republic.
4. Two former Ministers of Interior have asked the Ministry of Interior to form an independent commission to investigate the problems related to the election. They have asked for the release of all the detained protesters as well and for the Iranian media to let protesters’ demands be heard. They have also requested an investigation into the deaths of protesters and other crimes committed during the protests and ask that people should be compensated for their losses.
5. Bijan Khajehpour a renowned Iranian political economist was detained at the airport in Tehran on Saturday upon arrival from the UK. Sources were unsure about his whereabouts but assumed he was in Evin prison. Dr. Mehdi Khazali, the son of Grand Ayatollah Khazali, who unlike his father is a critic of the government and Ahmadinejad, was also arrested. The Iranian media also announced the arrest of some people who were posing as Basijis. Yesterday’s arrest of Homa Roosta has now been confirmed to not be true.
6. Human rights groups claim that so far over 2,000 people are still in detention. Reports have surfaced that there is no more space left for women in Tehran’s official prisons. Human rights’ activists report on unsanitary and inappropriate conditions for imprisoned women protesters in Iran’s overcrowded jails. At least 60 of imprisoned women are in the public wards and have only been given a blanket and are forced to sleep in corridors.
7. Today, Amnesty International expressed concern about the political leaders who have been arrested and claimed that they faced torture in detention. This is while a member of the National Security Council announced today that they were not going to release any of the political prisoners any time soon.
8. Members of the National Security Council met with Khatami today. A special commission has been ordered to be formed by the Judiciary to take up the cases of the people arrested in the recent unrests. Ahmadinejad has reportedly asked the Judiciary to investigate the murder of Neda Agha-Sultan. In a letter, Ahmadinejad asked the head of the Judiciary for answers in the death and called the killing ‘suspicious’.
9. State TV says Iran’s top legislative body has confirmed Ahmadinejad victory in the disputed June 12th Presidential election after a partial recount. The Guardian Council’s leader, Jannati said that the GC deemed the complaints and irregularities irrelevant and thereby can confirm the results. Clashes were reported in Tehran after people took to the streets protesting the Guardian Council’s ruling. (This cannot be fully confirmed). People also started shouting ‘Death to Dictator’ on their roofs, after GC confirmed the victory of Ahmadinejad.
10. Since official results of Ahmadinejad’s win, only 11 countries congratulated Ahmadinejad on his ‘victory’. These countries are Tajikistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, the People’s Republic of China, Oman, Russia, Qatar and Venezuela.
11. The office of the Islamic Association of Sistan and Baluchestan University was set on fire by anonymous people today. The office is a hotbed of reform student activity.
12. Mohseni, Iranian Minister of Information, said today that he had met with Mousavi and had told him that the path he had taken had no end. He added that he told Mousavi that his insistence on annulling the election would achieve nothing but create more problems for him and his followers.
13. Five out of nine British Embassy staffers arrested earlier in the week were released today. The rest are currently being held at an undisclosed location and include senior staff members. The government issued a statement saying that the detained staffers had connections with the unrest in Iran. . The EU threatened a mass pullout of its ambassadors from Iran if the staffers were not released.
14. The spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Iran has stated that they don’t want to close any embassies. He added that the arrest of the local staff of some embassies was not breaking international conventions. He added the remaining four staffers will be dealt with according to the law.
15. Keyhan, a newspaper close to Khamenei, slammed Mousavi today and called him a criminal. Also in a TV confession, another of Mousavi’s staffers was forced to say that the Iranian election protests were preplanned. Press TV announced today that reports of Iranian soccer players being punished for wearing green bands during their game with South Korea are false, after FIFA inquired about their reported lifetime ban which was placed by the Iranian Football Federation.
“You have to be confident that you can curate the material in such a way that it still hits its audience while also taking advantage of the book medium. For the books that I’ve worked on … my aim is that the person in the bookstore who picks up a copy will fall in love with the material the same way as someone who stumbles onto the website.”—Erin Malone, Book Based on “Texts From Last Night’ Blog Sold to Gotham
the source confirms that jay-z threatened to cancel his performance at last night’s BET awards if chris brown was allowed to perform, which caused BET to cancel brown’s performance.
Insiders tell TheSource.com that Chris Brown was confirmed to put on a tribute for the late icon on Friday. Brown had even rehearsed for three days in L.A. for the show, however, once Jay-Z caught wind of this, he flexed some of his muscles, threatening not to take the stage if Brown had. BET obviously obliged and had Brown cut the morning of the awards show. Sources are also stating that the reason for so many Ne-Yo/Jamie Foxx performances was to make up for the time that Chris’ tribute would have took.
Not so fast…Jeff Rosenthal of It’s The Real asked BET.com’s Editor-in-chief who reports that Chris Brown was never invited in the first place.
Blogger and tweeters represent the information elite. For true change to happen, information must disseminate. Information that stays elite is useless to the broader community. In open societies, social media has had success because information bubbles up from the information elite and seeps into the mainstream as newsapers and television networks pick up on it.
In closed societies there is no “up”. The government controls means of mass communication. Information stays elite. Insular communities stay insular. And governments can let bloggers/tweeters say whatever they like, because governments can make sure that their ideas never reach a wider audience.
Of course, this only remains true as long as blogs have a relatively small audience. Should any blog become sufficiently large, a closed government would have to shut it down. But as long as no particular blogger becomes too influential, authoritarian governments probably won’t worry too much about the blogging community at large.