Text of the controversial Harvard commencement address originally titled “My American Jihad” by Zayed Yasin. Thanks to Christopher Anderson, who pointed me to it and noted it is nowhere to be found on Harvard University’s site. It’s actually pretty tame; the overblown turmoil was only about the use of the term ‘jihad’ in the title, on which Yasin relented before delivering the address. BeliefNet
The top 10 search engines according to the top 10 search engines kottke.org [via Walker]
FmH was pointed to today as one of several “worthy liberal blogs” (“The Utne Reader of blogs… always has fascinating and different stuff”) on Winds of Change. This is a relatively new weblog focusing on world affairs by a gentleman, Joe Katzman, who seems to lean toward Sufi wisdom, appears to observe the Jewish Sabbath, and says,
“If you read my blog and think of words like “thoughtful, “iconoclastic,” and “depth”, I’ll know I’ve succeeded.”
identifies his politics thusly:
“Cards on the table: I’m a right wing guy. Most people would call me a neo-conservative. In Canada, I support the Canadian Alliance and really like their new leader Stephen Harper. If I lived in the USA, I’d support John McCain. Much of the Blogosphere right now seems to share those views to some extent.”
I’m not sure I agree with his next assertion, that the predominance of right-leaning thought in the weblogging world is part of a struggle to give a disenfranchised political stance a voice. It has often been argued whether the media as a whole have a leftward bias — the conservative accusation — or a rightward tilt — as per progressives. Oh well, if the sense of being disenfranchised juices up the discourse, I’m all for it.
Several months ago, I opined that there seems to be little dialogue between the ‘warbloggers’ and the ‘peacebloggers’, in a fervent reaction to something on UFO Breakfast. At least here is one self-professed ‘neoconservative’ who appears to find something worthwhile in FmH. Thanks for the flattering nod, Joe… [Could that mean he thinks I’m “thoughtful”, “iconoclastic”, and have “depth” too?]
Here’s what Rebecca, coincidentally, has to say on the issue of claims of media bias today:
“Rhetorica is a terrific resource. Go read this wonderful article on Media/Political Bias. It starts with some terrific observations and tools for detecting bias, and it ends with a bang:
Is the news media biased toward liberals? Yes. Is the news media biased toward conservatives? Yes. These questions and answers are uninteresting because it is possible to find evidence–anecdotal and otherwise–to ‘prove’ media bias of one stripe or another.
Far more interesting and instructive is studying the inherent biases of journalism as a professional practice–especially as mediated through television.
Commercial bias…. Temporal bias…. Visual bias…. Bad news bias…. Narrative bias
Take any news story, consider it from those five perspectives, and you’re well on your way to media literacy. Understand and apply everything in the article, and I would consider you to be a master.”
Rebecca’s book on weblogging, by the by, comes out RSN…
Does 20/20 hindsight mean foresight? Signs of attacks well-known:
‘No one wants to believe that the attacks of Sept. 11 could have been prevented, but we do a disservice to our country if we stay in denial. No one wants to believe that President Bush had more forewarning than he acknowledges, but there is strong circumstantial evidence that he did.
Reviewing that evidence on May 26, The Washington Post‘s ombudsman, Michael Getler, alluded to one very telling sign from a conversation between CIA Director George Tenet and former U.S. Sen. David Boren over breakfast on Sept. 11. When an aide rushed up to tell Tenet of the attacks, Tenet’s immediate reaction was: “This has bin Laden all over it. . . . I wonder if it has anything to do with this guy taking pilot training?” ‘ The Miami Herald [thanks, Walker!]
Nuclear Arms Taboo Is Challenged in Japan: “Alarmed by the rising power of China and anxious about the effectiveness of security guarantees from the United States, some of Japan’s most powerful politicians have begun to consider breaking with a half-century-old policy of pacifism by acquiring nuclear weapons.
In comments that stunned many here, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s top aide told reporters last week that what Japan calls its three non-nuclear principles could soon come under review.” NY Times