Wednesday, May 31, 2006 relaunches this weekend relaunches this weekend with a new design. Can't wait to see what they do.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

New Yorker chronicles MySpace

The New Yorker magazine's current issue has a feature story about the online community site MySpace that chronicles the genesis and history of the service and some of the controversy it's related to.

It's a good primer to understanding at least part of the current state of affairs in the online/blogging/social networking/community part of the Web.

For those who don't know about MySpace, it's a kind of a closed community/blogging site that's insanely popular with teenagers and university students. Its growth rivals that of blogs, and right now its rate of growth outstrips the blogosphere.

The controversy related to it -- which is the same controversy that has dogged the Internet since it opened up to the population at large in the mid-1990s -- is that is allows online predators to exploit children.

In any case, it's worth checking out.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Speaking at Canadian Association of Journalists conference next week

I'm giving a workshop about blogs, journalism and the evolution of news at the Canadian Association of Journalists conference in Halifax next week. Here's the blurb:

What, Me Blog? – Saleem Khan
Sometimes it seems like everyone from newsmakers to lawbreakers has a blog these days. As watchdogs, commentators and critics, bloggers have broken big news - and even some journalists' careers. Journalists who blog have risen to prominence and bloggers have crossed over into mainstream media. Metro Toronto’s Saleem Khan will show you how to join the trend and explain why blogs, podcasts and more are good for journalists and journalism.

Unfortunately, the blogging panel I was supposed to be on had to be scheduled before I'm able to arrive, since I'll be flying from Los Angeles, where I'm covering video game industry conference and trade show E3.

I'll also be speaking on a featured panel about the Danish cartoon controversy:

No Joking Matter

Moderated by chief editorial writer Bob Howse of Halifax's The Chronicle-Herald, this panel will feature Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant, Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, national president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, Bruce MacKinnon, the award-winning editorial cartoonist of The Chronicle-Herald and Metro Toronto’s news editor Saleem Khan. This feature panel discussion will look at the Danish cartoon controversy, which has sparked violence around the world and tough questions within newsrooms everywhere.

Should be interesting, especially since I'm the only panelist who represents a news organization that publishes a paper in Denmark, and had some long conversations about the subject with our Danish edition's editors.