Monday, January 31, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Things are never so bad that they can't get worse.

Sister Toldjah has a piece up at her blog reminding us of the potential of things to get much worse in Egypt.

Yes, Mubarak is a repressive dictator, Biden's Claims to the contrary notwithstanding. However, Is he worse than a group like the Muslim Brotherhood running the place? I don't think so.

China's version of Twitter Censors any mention of Egypt.

According to this AFP Article:

The word "Egypt" was censored Saturday by several micro-blogging sites in China, where the ruling Communist Party is wary of issues of political reform, demands for democracy and disturbances to public order, including overseas.
On the sina.com and sohu.com sites, the Chinese equivalents of Twitter, which is censored in China, a query with the word "Egypt" returned the response: "According to the laws in force, the results of your search cannot be given."
I'm really not surprised at all. The thought of a population rising up and overthrowing a dictatorial government has to scare the crap out of the Chinese officials.

Amazon Kindle Books Outsell Printed Books

In a recent Press release Amazon said

Amazon.com is now selling more Kindle books than paperback books. Since the beginning of the year, for every 100 paperback books Amazon has sold, the Company has sold 115 Kindle books. Additionally, during this same time period the Company has sold three times as many Kindle books as hardcover books. This is across Amazon.com's entire U.S. book business and includes sales of books where there is no Kindle edition. Free Kindle books are excluded and if included would make the numbers even higher.


Amazing to see this, just a few hours after starting a blog with this subject...

What do you mean "Electrons By The Barrel"

The Saying "Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel" has been attributed to dozens of different people over the years.

Generally speaking, it was used in a way saying that it was foolish to get into a fight with the newspapers, the most pervasive form of media of the day. Those Media Monopolies had vast amounts of power to frame the debate in their favor, and virtually no other voices could be heard.

Over Time, the Media has changed, with Radio, and then the TV Networks, but generally speaking the same talking heads, with the same opinions were the only things that the public could hear.

Now? You've got thousands of Blogs and other websites, Viral Videos on Youtube, Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and who knows what else is coming down the road. Rather than Ink, opinions are transmitted by electrons being pushed around through computer networks and onto your screen. And More importantly than the Medium, is the lack of monopoly power by the mainstream media. There's more of us than there are of them, and they no longer have the power to shut us up and lock out dissenting opinions.

It's a whole new media world, and they should be afraid of those who can spread their opinions using Electrons By The Barrel.