The Nastiest Possible Message

Mark Morford at the San Francisco Chronicle writes a bitter op-ed piece today that summarizes the baseline non-cheerleading stance on the Iraq election:

“The ends do not justify the means. A barely democratic Iraq is fine and good, but you well know that if Bush had mumbled to the nation three years and $300 billion ago that we were going to start bombing this piss-poor country back to the stone age and gut the U.S. economy and put thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis in death’s way to deliver it, all while sending the nastiest possible message to the world and actually increasing the threat of terrorists while turning our backs on every major U.S. ally, I doubt that many Americans would have giddily waved the flag of support…”

Media Getting High On Iraqi Democracy

To all those who are patting themselves on the back for a job well done in bringing democracy to Iraq, including the MSM, journalists who work for the Bush Administration, and blogger illuminati, congratulations. You have succeeded in alienating the Sunni minority, who after having ruled under Saddam for years will now most likely be heartily ignored by the Shiites, if not persecuted. Welcome to the ever-ripening conditions for a civil war. Good job.

Edupodding 101

This guy just spoke in my undergrad journalism class. He’s Steve Sloan, and he’s talking about professors using podcasting as a means to deliver lectures. For some reason I have a flashback to Rodney Dangerfield showing up to class and finding a tape recorder on every seat, and eventually, the prof. has left his recording playing as the joke recurs throughout the movie.

I like the idea that podcasting can be free radio – forget all those scenes of local pirate radio subversives getting raided by the feds – podcasting might not be as inexpensive as a radio (yet), but there it is – a means to get your information/news/propaganda/advertising/ego-trip/music anything you want out online, with your voice and tunes and ideas intact.

For now, when I miss a class, I’ll just copy someone’s notes.