A Day of Silence

Hi, it’s Tim from Pandora,

I’m sorry to say that today Pandora, along with most Internet radio sites, is going off the air in observance of a Day Of Silence. We are doing this to bring to your attention a disastrous turn of events that threatens the existence of Pandora and all of internet radio. We need your help.

Ignoring all rationality and responding only to the lobbying of the RIAA, an arbitration committee in Washington DC has drastically increased the licensing fees Internet radio sites must pay to stream songs. Pandora’s fees will triple, and are retroactive for eighteen months! Left unchanged by Congress, every day will be like today as internet radio sites start shutting down and the music dies.

A bill called the “Internet Radio Equality Act” has already been introduced in both the Senate (S. 1353) and House of Representatives (H.R. 2060) to fix the problem and save Internet radio–and Pandora–from obliteration.

Go here to read more and to help.

Thread Heads

Here’s a great idea: fight consumerism by encouraging people to treat recycled clothing as raw materials. It has enviromental implications too. The shirt is ugly, but the dresses are cool. The coffee-stained blue jeans are really great.

It’s hard to figure out all of the players, but these folks turn out to be part of a network of like minded people. NikiShell seems to be at the heart of it, but there is also the Threadbanger site too. Witty and fun and naive and good-hearted in the way punk was funny and good-hearted and naive.

Wikipedia 2.0

This study examines the degree to which Wikipedia entries cite or reference research and scholarship, and whether that research and scholarship is generally available to readers. Working on the assumption that where Wikipedia provides links to research and scholarship that readers can readily consult, it increases the authority, reliability, and educational quality of this popular encyclopedia, this study examines Wikipedia’s use of open access research and scholarship, that is, peer-reviewed journal articles that have been made freely available online… The results suggest that much more can be done to enrich and enhance this encyclopedia’s representation of the current state of knowledge. To assist in this process, the study provides a guide to help Wikipedia contributors locate and utilize open access research and scholarship in creating and editing encyclopedia entries.

from What Open Access Research Can Do for Wikipedia, First Monday, volume 12, number 3 (March 2007)

It’s slow reading, I know, but this study illustrates what I think might be the next stage of Wikipedia’s evolution: scientific respectability. Willinsky calls Wikiepeidia, “literacy’s ultimate democracy,” and makes a compelling case for finding ways of integrating open access science into the online encyclopedia. It seems to me a marriage made, uh, here on Earth somewhere. Here’s an introduction to open access science, by Peter Stuber.