Another Book About Me

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Update: Just discovered that yet another book will feature my exploits / shenanigans. Can’t talk about it yet, but it sounds interesting.


Although I can’t sell a book to save my life, it looks like I can get in them easily enough.

First, I was quoted in Naked Conversations, then an abortive idea for an open-source Israel-Palestine peace proposal was included in Wikinomics and now Abby Schonenboom, a professor at the City University of New York, has discussed, and included a screenshot of, my post, “Statistics on Fired Bloggers” in Hiding Out: Creative Resistance Among Anonymous Workbloggers, an upcoming book based on her doctoral thesis.


Quoted in Associated Press

Ashley Heher quoted me in an article on an effort to create a bloggers’ union. The story is called “Bloggers Consider Forming Labor Union.” This link is to the Washington Post publication of the story, though it’s also carried in the Los Angeles Times and others and others. Unfortunately, the way the quotes are arranged, it seems like I’m a conservative blogger. Hardly. About as much as I’m a liberal one. Still, it’s hard to deny how brilliant my thoughts are. (Ugh.)

“The reason I like blogging is that it’s very anarchistic. I can do whatever I want whenever I want, and oh my God, you’re not going to tell me what to do,” said Curt Hopkins, founder of the Committee to Protect Bloggers.

“The blogosphere is such a weird term and such a weird idea. It’s anyone who wants to do it,” Hopkins said. “There’s absolutely no commonality there. How will they find a commonality to go on? I think it’s doomed to failure on any sort of large scale.”

Well, “I may be just a simple hyperchicken from a backwards asteroid…”

Update: This post from Salon, gives background information I didn’t have. I thought from the the reporter’s questions that it was a more all-encompassing plan. (It was my fault for not researching before I agreed to the interview, and the one with Media Life and the one with PR Week.) I am very sorry to hear of Ms. Madrak‘s loss of her friend. Even if this is solely an issue of health care, questions that remain in my mind are the simple ones of how it would work and who would qualify. I don’t know. I wish her luck, though. Everyone deserves decent health care.

Update: Here’s another article, from PR Week by Hamilton Nolan, in which I was also quoted (though hopefully to a little better effect than the AP story), on the topic, but pointing out the focus on health insurance. It’s titled, “Proposed blogger union sparks controversy.” Controversy? Really? Eh.

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SmartMoney on Blogging

10 Things

I was quoted in an article by Dan Cho in SmartMoney magazine called, “10 Things Your Blogger Won’t Tell You.” It’s a perfectly fine article but I think I’ve recalled my public radio story for the last time. In print, something that happened a long time ago takes on an inordinate amount of importance. It’s not that it didn’t hog my load and it wound up, frankly, with me doing a lot of cool stuff that I never would have done otherwise, but sheesh.

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CJR on Arab Blogging

I was quoted in an excellent article by Gal Beckerman in the Columbia Journalism Review, called “The New Arab Conversation.” I spoke to Gal about methods of government repression of bloggers and turned him on to our friend Ammar Abdulhamid and others.

The Committee to Protect Bloggers, a now defunct U.S. organization that monitored bloggers who found themselves in danger, kept track of the various forms of intimidation and suppression. Curt Hopkins, who was the group’s director, says there are three basic methods that countries employ to suppress bloggers: technical filtering, the law, and direct intimidation. Though it is fairly easy to track down bloggers using IP addresses, bloggers have an easier time evading the authorities than do journalists working for a newspaper. “When it comes to shutting down a publication, it’s pretty easy,” says Hopkins. “You just send some goons with baseball bats and suddenly you don’t have a publication. It’s that simple. Also it’s easier to find people because they are in the offices when you come to arrest them. And though it’s true that if you have enough money and time, you can find almost anyone, you’ve got to remember that most governments don’t have enough money and enough time.”

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Curt Hopkins Shares Wisdom of Ages with Foreign Policy Readers

Today my “Expert Sitings” bit came out in Foreign Policy magazine. I wrote it in…I think it was 1982. But I stick by my sage opinions.

I recommended Zimbabwean Pundit, although Zim has since then transfered over to the editorial seat of our Enough is Enough site. Well, it’s not ours anymore, it’s his and theirs.

I recommended Back Seat Drivers, an Ireland-based European site, as an alternative to the wonked out Fistful of Euros.

I recommended Ammar’s Amarji site. I don’t think American thinkers are nearly dramatic enough. Ammar is.

Finally, I called Awful Plastic Surgery the apotheosis of blogging. Since then I’ve come to believe that Baghdad Girl‘s kitty blog is more perfect. But anything that spends all its energy making vomiting noises at celebrities is still pretty beautiful.

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I’m Famous in Spain and It’s About Damned Time

The Argentine writer Hernán Zin has written an article on my work with the Committee to Protect Bloggers for the Spanish daily La Voz de Galicia. It’s very flattering, considering it’s part of a series on genuine do-gooders. Hopefully no one will find out I’m a cynical fraud. I’m counting on seeing a plaque unveiled someday in Spain with my profile in relief and beneath it the words, “El Curtillo.”

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