Here’s the declaration

I couldn’t really think of how to say this, so I’ll resort to a bit of cricket speak, if you’ll indulge me. I think it’s time to declare the innings closed and retire to the pavilion. Pajama Pages will stay here as an archive, but I don’t foresee any more new posts for a while. ...

A message to my students

I apologize to you that this has happened during finals week. None of us needed the additional stress right now. To those of you who attend NewSpring, my complaint is not with you or the many other people who also attend. It is strictly with a set of staffers and insiders who seem to have ...

A couple of random observations

There’s no such thing as Internet anonymity, even on Twitter. I don’t know how many people noticed this in my narrative, but Maxwell was identified because Twitter responded to a subpoena and gave his IP to the detective. A second subpoena to Blackberry identified the person who was using that IP. That’s a story in ...

I’m not sure I have enough faith to be a scientist

Is this what Obama meant in his inaugural speech about putting science in its rightful place? Still worried that the Large Hadron Collider will create a black hole that will destroy the Earth when it’s finally switched on this summer? Um, well, you may have a point. Three physicists have reexamined the math surrounding the ...

Fairness Doctrine punishes honesty

Selwyn Duke at American Thinker points out that a revived Fairness Doctrine only punished communicators who are honest about their beliefs. After all, who’s to label the various sides of the debate if not the participants themselves? If you don’t label yourself as biased, you need no antidote. The dirty little secret behind the Fairness ...

Hugh Hewitt vs. MSM

Hugh Hewitt defends the journalistic legitimacy of blogs against a young skeptic from the Wall Street Journal, who had tried to dismiss the blogosphere as foolish and irrelevant.

Nothing’s new to the EU

As weblogs begin to move into video and site like YouTube gain large audiences, the EU wants to apply broadcast censorship standards to the web. Viviane Reding, the Media Commissioner, argues that the purpose is simply to set minimum standards on areas such as advertising, hate speech and the protection of children. But Shaun Woodward, ...

How blogs are earning their trust more than the MSM

In the early stages of another big-media fakery scandal, Ed Driscoll provides a fine comentary on how the power of ideas rather than authority is giving the blogs a more believable voice than the MSM. He includes this commentary from Glen Reynolds from 2004: While arguments from authority are hard on the Internet, substantiating arguments ...

Nielsen adapts to a DVR world

Nielsen, the leading television rating company, will start tracking DVR use and adding it to its ratings reports, which will now come in three forms. Responding to the requests of clients who wanted to know how DVR use affected viewing, Nielsen will now offer three ratings per program and network: Live, Live/Same Day (which includes ...

Blockbuster becoming Old Media

Blockbuster share prices have dropped on fears that the company may default on some debt payments and close some stores in the next 12 months. The rapid growth of DVDs and the large inventory and cheap distribution offered by Netflix have shown the video giant to be a little slow to respond.