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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Lefties Lift List?

This morning's Herald carries the following interesting snippet. The questions arise: Is Ana Samways a leftie? Did she compile the list? If not, who did? How come she declined to mention the exposure of Rather and Mapes? If she didn't compile the list, will she be sacked for plagiarism?

Webby Awards

Top 10 most influential internet moments:

1. The dotcom boom and bust (1995-2001).
2. Drudge Report breaks the Lewinsky scandal (1998).
3. Amazon's Jeff Bezos named Time's Man of the Year (December 1999).
4. Internet gives people a voice in elections worldwide (2004).
5. September 11 (2001).
6. Asian tsunami (2005).
7. Napster shut down (July 2001).
8. Live 8 on AOL (July 2005).
9. Match.com booms (2002).
10. Sars virus discoveries online (2003).

Sideswipe is compiled by Ana Samways and published Monday-Friday in the NZ Herald.
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 11/13/2005 07:44:00 am


Blogger David Farrar said...

The Webby Awards are well known web awards - Ana is merely reporting on them.

You could argue she could have linked to the webbys homepage, but you can't say it is plagiarism as she hass attributed them to the Webbys - it is like reporting on the Oscars - you don't need to link to the academy awards homepage.

11/13/2005 10:39:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I think this plagiarism thing has gone ridiculously far. I really don't care if someone copies a paragraph or two of anothers text without making clear where it has come from - it just shows how lame they are.

Shouldn't it be more important the ideas discussed are interesting and relevant?

11/13/2005 11:26:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Oh and I agree - Rathergate should be on that list. The first political scalp collected by the US blogs.

11/13/2005 11:27:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

"Live 8"?

Napster shut down? You can still pirate music using many other networks.

Where the hell is eBay?

11/13/2005 11:35:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Thanks DPF, I did not know that. I'll pull my head in on the plagiarism dig but fancy leaving off Rathergate!!!!!!

11/13/2005 12:06:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

The Webby's have been around for quite a few years now, but she should really have noted its URL:

11/13/2005 12:11:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

What a crap list!

What about Tim Berners-Lee inventing the WWW?

The boom-and-bust is not a 'moment' - it is protracted over many years.

Why are real-world events such as Sept 11 and Dec 26 on the list? They are real world events?

Oh, an online dating service is booming - they're only a few years behind the porn industry...

11/13/2005 12:34:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

So who actually compiled the list?

11/13/2005 02:35:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Aaaah. It was an international group of 500 comprising, among others, visionaries, luminaries and, oh yeah, celebrities. A gang of bloody lefties. Probably included Mary Mapes herself. Better go and see if the 500 are listed

11/13/2005 02:39:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

From the Webby website:

"The Academy is an intellectually diverse organisation that includes 500 members. Academy members are leading industry experts, evangalists and visionaries working to advance the electronic medium" (Why on earth would you want an evangelist?????)

Sounds very much like the Board of TVNZ.

A quick look through the list of 500 tells you why RAthergate did not rate a mention. This outfit appears to be about 85% academics, mainly from California, and MSM people. I see two each from CBS and BBC.

Yup. Right up there in the "A" listing of members. Serena Altschul, jounalist, CBS News. Oh, and then there's Marian Buckley, Editorial Director of fuk.co.uk (obviously one of the evangelists), a large contingent from UCLA, another from Uni of Berkley, a significant waiting in staff of arts faculties, a Head of Theology and Religious Studies, the Reseach Manager for the BBC, a Development Executive for the BBC, a Vice President for NBC, a columnist for CNN, senior correspondent for Time Magazine, Mark Kortekaas VP Ops, CBS Info Systems, John Markoff, writer for NYT (you could guarantee they would be there) John Ousby, Head of Distribution Tech BBC, Joseph Patel, Producer MTV News, Bob Tedeschi, E_Commerce columnist NYT,

11/13/2005 03:16:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Hmmm. Even the real Oscars have a better spread of judges than this.

11/13/2005 03:28:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Adolf - technology evangelists are those people that get out there and promote new technology to the masses. Sometimes paid, sometimes not. They are usually nowhere near as bad as the religous evangelists.

11/13/2005 04:11:00 pm  

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