Barry-ing the Hatchet
Wednesday, July 28, 2004; 11:48 AM
This is how you know you've really made it -- when you've annoyed Dave Barry (and Judi, the mysterious other poster on his site). Incidentally, I discovered my unwitting exposure to other Dave Barry fans through Providence Journal columnist Sheila Lennon, whose Subterranean Homepage News offered a link to his site. Lennon writes some of the best blog observations coming out of the convention thus far, and as I mentioned yesterday, her site's name is seriously cool. Today's entry reads, "The Washington Post covers me covering bloggers covering the convention. (Got that?)." To return the compliment, I now am officially covering Sheila Lennon covering me covering her covering bloggers covering the convention.
Dave Barry's Blog
The Providence Journal: Subterranean Homepage News
No, Not That Wire
Now, an answer to the question -- can journalists do their jobs without the Internet? Reuters reported that hundreds of reporters were left hanging for more than an hour Tuesday "after engineers caused a portion of the network in the media center to go offline. Web connections in the two-story media pavilion erected next door to the FleetCenter to house dozens of media outlets went down for over more than an hour shortly after 6 p.m. ET. 'We noticed slower-than-normal traffic on the system and in making adjustments to take care of that we must have knocked some connections offline,' said Peter Bowman, an on-site spokesman for Verizon Communications Inc. While he could not estimate the extent of the problem, Bowman said he did not think "it was a wide outage by any stretch of the imagination."
The wire service, in its own just-the-facts-ma'am way, hinted otherwise: "Reuters was also affected."
Reuters via USA Today: Convention Internet Access Crashes for an Hour
The Seattle Times worked the outage news into the bottom of its blogger story that ran this morning: "It hasn't been all smooth sailing on the boulevard. Just a few hours before the convention was gaveled to order, [Democratic National Committee] technicians were trying to ensure the bloggers had constant high-speed wireless Internet access inside the FleetCenter as promised. The system was on the blink. 'If we're not online, we don't exist,' said Jay Rosen, 48, a New York University journalism professor and an accredited blogger. "We're going to be useless."
The Seattle Times: 'Bloggers' Boulevard' Is a Detour From the Conventional Coverage
Bloggers: Piranhas by Any Other Name?
Wired's Adam L. Penenberg wants to know exactly what is going on with this blog craze: "Blah, blah, blog: Knight Ridder has a blogger. So does MSNBC, which borrowed Newsweek reporter Howard Fineman for the convention. The Associated Press has three bloggers. Chris 'Hardball' Matthews touts Hardblogger. Not to be outdone, CNN.com hosts a multi-headed blog and monitors millions of other blogs in real time. Blogs here, blogs there, blogs everywhere. What's going on? This absorption of the blog model by mainstream media has left Josh Marshall, who operates Talking Points Memo, almost speechless. 'When I see the mainest of mainstream outfits buying into the concept or the model, I really don't know what to think,' Marshall wrote. 'The best way I can describe my reaction is some mix of puzzlement and incredulity.'"