January 20th, 2009


The Art of Conversation

Since I just updated, an occasional reminder: besides my LJ, I have a "professional blog", The Art of Conversation, which is specifically on the subject of productive conversation in online communities. I don't update it nearly often enough, but just posted (on the subject of Filtering and how it necessary it is becoming), so if you're interested in that area, I encourage you to join in. (And comment! I always prefer Art of Conv to be a conversation itself, so comments are more than welcome...)

Let us sing the praises of C-Span

I'm going to have to remember that, for events that they cover, they're sometimes a really fine choice. I watched the Inauguration there (I still have it on now -- they were just showing the speeches at the luncheon), and their "just the facts" approach is delightful. Where all the other TV networks are vying with each other to provide ever more talking heads giving opinions, C-Span covered the whole thing the way they do Congress: with lots of cameras and nary a commentator.

Really: I understand that the networks try to use the commentators to distinguish them from each other. But this allows C-Span a fine niche, distinguishing itself mainly by not playing that game. And for me, that's a big win...