Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Revolution will be televised after all

Video blogger Josh Wolf has been released by the feds after a record seven and a half months in prison. He eventually gave them what they wanted - a video of a violent demonstration - but has held onto his rights (and his satisfaction) because he refused to testify before a grand jury. The charge? Not giving up source materials.

Josh's message: journalists are still not protected under federal law.

Josh's second message: the government cannot decide who is and who is not a journalist. Neither can the New York Times, all the other righteous bloggers in the blogosphere, or even Daddy Murdock.

Let's face it, we're all watching, participating, and documenting our process. Civilization is undergoing an interesting transformation as the ways in which knowledge are traditionally codified are becoming subverted and diffused. The oligarchy of information is only hanging on to the nightly news. Blogging is just the beginning.

I'm not a radical, I'm just the son of a librarian. And damn straight I'm taking notes.

BTW, Karl: You can't erase emails anymore, yo. Good luck with that.

2 comments:

feralkevin said...

I read this article on Yahoo this morning, which I rarely do. It's great to see you blogging about it.
But we can't erase emails?

Whitey Ford said...

...and it will be televised live, with a million cacauphonous voices chiming into the blogosphere...But you know what? I'm betting that, anymore, MC Rove can do whatever he wants:
http://www.reuters.com/news/video/videoStory?videoId=47029