Today’s news-worthy news:
In the punditocracy, My column for today is Prisoner’s lament, my reply to Jose Abueva’s letter to the editor.
The Inquirer editorial notes with bishops joining the call for the Comelec to, in effect, quit, and the Comelec chairman publicly refusing to, any effort at reform is futile, for now.
Today, I must say, is a good day for columnists. There are days when you read a columnist and realize why they’re columnists. Exhibits a, b, and c:
Connie Veneracion has what I think is one of her most brilliant columns to date: Government as a stock corporation.
Gail Ilagan, whose columns are always provocative, writes on how blogging has touched her (and not in a particularly good way). Sorry about that, Gail. She defines the distinctions that exist and should exist between opinion writing and teaching.
Juan Mercado subtly whittles away at the PCGG’s objections to revealing information to the Senate, and in the process shows why Senate inquiries can be a good and necessary thing.
The Arab News editorial blasts George W. Bush’s latest State of the Union speech; John Dickerson in Slate found it too partisan and sneaky. I am naughty enough to say that, predictably, Philippine Commentary loved the speech.
Madame Chiang makes some positive comparisons between the Philippines and Hong Kong. Speaking of Kowloon Side, etc., Thoughts, Ideas, Etc. from Hong Kong tackles the real levels of influence of Filipino political blogs.
Publishers are miffed at Google, says Poynteronline. BuzzMachine, paladin of new media, says the Old Media, dinosaurs are whining, that old-fashioned journalists are hell-bent on trying to control bloggers, but also points to an interesting effort, the Blogictionary.
From Yuga: blogging taught by academe!
Mediashift does a roundup on views and opinions on the burning blogdom issue of the day: to monitor, or not monitor or restrict, comments (answer? it depends!).
Online Journalism Review tackles how to make Wikipedia better.
MediaShift asks, since you don’t have to own a physically tangible thing like a CD or a vinyl album, or a DVD to enjoy music and movies anymore, what will be the shelf life of the new, purely electronic, media?
Captain’s log has already pointed to a simply ridiculous entry by some utterly unsophisticated Americans on their first encounter with Jollibee food. Filipinos got angry. So Captain’s log says in a follow-up entry, the writer of the original entry decided to keep egging on those she made angry. My answer to Filipinos offended by what those Americans wrote: brush up on your roadkill recipe (including the hoity-toity versions) jokes.
Will be at Media Nation 3 so no updates until I return.