Powell’s Blog flip-flop

Note to FCC Chairman Michael Powell: Dictating or having a flack write out a self congratulatory note about technology, and FCC without really saying anything much for a quasi-blog type entity does not make you a weblogger. Instead it makes you open to ridicule from pesky irritants and self important journalists like moi. If you are going to blog, well start a weblog at fcc.gov. In other words, we should limit the confusion to policy and not bring it to the blog-world. And in case someone insists on calling your statement a blog, remind them not to put the following as a footnote – it takes away any pretension of authenticity. Side note to news agencies: please check with webloggers on the definition of a weblog.

This is the first in a regular series of columns by FCC Chairman Michael Powell. Chairman Powell will be the opening keynote speaker at the AO2004 Innovation Summit at Stanford University on July 13 at 6:45pm, where he’ll be joined in a fireside chat by Steve Jurvetson (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) and Professor Larry Lessig (Stanford University).

Required reading: TechFocus.org

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