| The Blogging Awards Controversy|
As you know, blogs (also called as weblogs and personal
publications) are regularly updated notes
compiled by individuals on the web.
Dave Winer, the patriarch of bloggers, announced this week
that he would recognize excellence in blogging, and instituted
The Scripting News Awards.
He also opened a can of worms, by nominating sites
without their consent, excluding those whose ego clashed
with his own, and weighing heavily those that use his
I find the Blogging awards analogous to the
Hollywood's Academy Awards -- rigged, incestuous,
and yet having some value because the merit is judged by one's peers.
I neither use Winer's software (here's why),
nor do I agree with all his nominations. But I do not
understand why they are such a big deal.
Perhaps Dave Winer is indeed a man everyone loves to hate.
I both like and dislike Winer. I like his ideas and dislike his
- His stance on Palestine, Bush, Microsoft, and Jews are similar to mine.
I believe he created the outliners. Outliners are cool.
- He talks a lot of about technology, has great vision,
and (sometimes) provides great links.
- Dave can articulate his ideas well and I've found inspiration in them.
- He is confused between non-violence and pacifism.
Worse, he thinks they are same!
- He also created XML-RPC. XML-RPC is a solution in search of a problem.
He doesn't distinguish between his company, and his person. Winer thinks old code base is
good code base. He has some ego management problems. (What kind of narcissist gets an ISSN for a weblog?)
Links for the day:
Stories behind the stories:
Photographing Muslim Women
FAQ on the Argentine Crisis
NDTV : Interview with a terrorist -- "Ghazi Baba just has to tell them and they start competing amongst themselves (to go
on suicide missions)"
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Thursday, December 20, 2001|
Last Modified: 1/29/2003