Comments: Lawrence Lessig and "activist's frustration"

I responded on topic here. The more relevant trope here is knock-the-Times, the news-pinch, etc.

I'm surprised no one's promoted a good technical solution to the apparent problem here: getting adequate coverage of an event. Have the event oranizer promote a tag (or URL, whatever) to identify the event. Anybody can blog away on it, and the reporter will know to read those blogs a priori. If he misses a detail, well, then the activist has a complaint. Not only would the reporter have missed a detail, he would have missed something else that was reported in quicker time, and had the chance to read. Certainly this is pointless for over-covered events like a political convention (where journalists outweigh participants), but not for these little events.

Just my constructive take on the whole thing.

Posted by Jon Garfunkel at April 11, 2005 12:37 AM

Interesting points you've made concerning an "activist's frustration".

"But for an intellectual, who cares passionately about conveying his or her ideas, it's very frustrating to have to suffer someone trying to reduce those often complex concepts to a little squib without even a sanity-check (e.g. "No, I don't really propose eating babies, that part was satire")."

Excellent point and, unfortunately, true.

Thanks for the blog (I found it from your reference on Lessig's site).


Posted by Peter Rock at April 11, 2005 06:10 AM