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February 15 at 1:37pm

Inside The New NEA

Everyone knows that America’s public support of the arts is minimal and embarrassing. Rocco Landesman has promised to shake things up. Newsweek thinks he is and it’s a bit inspiring to see a mainstream journal cover his goings on. When he was appointed, Tony Kushner said it was: “potentially the best news the arts community in the United States has had since the birth of Walt Whitman.”

Read Newsweek’s peak into his first steps.

Now comes the test. It would be great to have easy access to what the NEA is up to and how we all could be more involved.

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February 13 at 12:07pm

Privacy 101: Has Google Buzz Broken The Rules?

I am hoping to cover the issues & actions that affect media, particularly Indie & Truly Free Film, a little bit more fully this year.  We’ll see…

Privacy is certainly the battlefield of the next few years.

The NY Times today published: “Critics Say Google Invades Privacy With New Service” .  It starts off:

When Google introduced Buzz — its answer toFacebook and Twitter — it hoped to get the service off to a fast start. New users of Buzz, which was added to Gmail on Tuesday, found themselves with a ready-made network of friends automatically selected by the company based on the people that each user communicated with most frequently through Google’s e-mail and chat services.

Read the whole article here.

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