Fundamentalism on both sides: The Power of Nightmares is a triumph

Am I the only person who things The Power of Nightmares is a seminal programme which deserves high praise and wide exposure? Certainly I may be the only one who wishes there was a further reading list attached the site where one could delve more into the ideas expressed, since there is no such information. This programme shows how fundamentalism both from the Neo-Cons and the Radical Islamists has left

Blogs get ads – lose soul?

Kottke bemoans blogs turning into, er, publishing: “Just a couple of years ago, almost every weblog on a top 100 list would have been noncommerical and the blogosphere in general was mostly opposed to advertising on blogs. Now it’s accepted to the point where I haven’t heard anyone complain about it in months…even Boing Boing’s audience didn’t protest too much when they added advertising a couple of months ago.”

Evite Launches Social Networking

A Jupiter analyst writes: The biggest problem facing social networks, aside from their lack of a workable business model, is that users don’t stick around very long. Friendster has around 10 million registered users, but only one million visit the site in any month. It appears that people register, play around for a week or two, figure out that there’s really no point to a social network, and then never

The infinite store’s music service, Rhapsody, and video retailer Netflix get 20 percent of their sales from products not available in Wal-Mart and Blockbuster; gets 57 percent of its sales from titles you can’t find. Wired’s The Long Tail explores the “new economy” of e-commerce sites that have endless inventory, without the costs associated with physical space (Via Poynter)

Newspaper readers like blogs

Interesting article from the Poynter Institute says newspaper readers who follow blogs remain cautious, but they consider them a “vital newcomer to the media scene… All this has forced the traditional media to re-evaluate its relationship with readers newly empowered to speak out and challenge the system.” Steve Outing, senior editor at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, thinks blogs are “are influencing mainstream media to become more interactive, to