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MSM Gets A Texas Sized Shot Across Its Bows

It’s been coming for a while.  The instant coverage that the internet affords many things – rocket launches, concerts, sports and more besides – has often been touted as a threat to the mainstream media.

Last night in Texas, State Senator Wendy Davis did as she promised and spoke at remarkable length in an effort to prevent a law restricting womens’ access to abortion services being passed onto the state statute books.  There wasn’t much mention of Senator Davis’ intention or efforts in the mainstream media, especially the tv news channels.  But word soon got around Twitter of the live streaming of proceedings.  150,000 people were said to have watched events unfold.

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Beware The Geeks

The British Chiropractic Association’s decision to throw in the towel against Simon Singh has continued the debate about the need for libel reform.  What the events leading up to this capitulation also show is the increasing resolve and influence of those who are online.  The geeks, if you will.

Nick Cohen’s piece on the Guardian website, “Now charlatans will know to beware the geeks” is interesting stuff, telling how the author attended a gathering in support of Simon Singh…

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Paperchase & The Increasing Voice of Social Media

Paperchase have finally come clean.

And not before time.  I’ve already said that this was an issue which they could and should have handled much better.  CEO Timothy Melgund’s apology falls short of what I believe is in order, namely a full apology for and retraction of his comments to the newspapers about Twitter and its user community, but it is at least an acceptance that Paperchase did not handle the situation at all well.

Hidden Eloise writes some Final Advice To Paperchase which includes the following:

“Here is what I propose instead to Paperchase.
  1. Make a clean and public apology for the bad research that led you to the conclusion that no copying was ever done.
  2. Acknowledge publicly that the plagiarism was real and my allegations correct.
  3. Retract publicly the damaging comments you made regarding me and all the Twitter users.
  4. Put the infringing items back on sale and give all profits from this range of products to a charity of my choice, supporting something that we both hold dearly: independent artists.”

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Corporate Theft: Paperchase

Vox populi is being heard again. Neil Gaiman tweeted about Hidden Eloise and how her work has been plagiarised by Paperchase. You can guess what happened. Word spread as this was retweeted. The Amazon product page for the Paperchase item was visited by people who commented on Paperchase’s behaviour and asked Amazon to withdraw the item. A couple of hours later and lo, the product page is a 404 (not working, not there).

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