Booming headline in Tennessean: While traveling, I always like to check-in with what’s happening back home in Nashville. This just rolled into my newsreader: “Human cannonball recovering after back spasm” – David “The Bullet” Smith, a human cannonball, went to the hospital on Saturday after being shot 150 feet out of a 35-foot cannon at the Williamson County Fair. But his father, David “Cannonball” Smith Sr. is now in town to make sure the show goes on.
Freakonomics fisking of AP story on music and teen sex: Anyone who saw the AP story headline “Sexual lyrics prompt teens to have sex” and who has read the book Freakonomics knew it wouldn’t take long for one of the authors to point out the obvious conclusion there’s a correlation between reporters not taking statistics in college and misinterpretation of survey data. (There’s a difference between “correlation” and “causal” in research. However that doesn’t stop reporters and their editors from using words like “prompt” when the data does not necessarily prove such.)
Alternative universe: Author Steven Berlin Johnson is looking for someone who’ll read blogs for him related to research he’s doing. He think’s he needs about 40 hours of blog-reading and he’ll pay $11 per hour. You may recall Steven is the author of a book about how playing video games is good for you Paying someone to read blogs seems one-more-step in Johnson’s efforts to convince my 15-year-old that he’s is coolest person alive.
Citizen Journalism unconference: Today, I’ll be participating in the Citizen Journalism unconference* that Dan Gillmor, director of the Center for Citizen Media is coordinating. I’m sure it will be heavily blogged, so I’ll at least be doing some linking during the day. I’ve also got several snippets of things I’ve started during the past couple of days that I’ll probably lump together and post later today, as well.
Update [10:45 a.m., EST]: I am ‘un’officially moving all of this over to the conference wiki’s “participant coverage” section. Please go there to check out the ways you can track the seminar and add info if you’re here and blogging it.
Doc Searls is maintaining an outline (docnography) of the day.
Bloggers here: A list of blogs by bloggers in the room — I’ll be adding to this:
John Joseph Bachir: The Lyceum Project C.K.: Sample the Web Doc Searls: doc.weblogs.com Lisa Williams: H2otown Tish Grier: the Constant Observer Robert Cox: The National Debate Isable Walcott: isabelwalcott.com Micah Sifry: micha.sifry.com and www.personaldemocracy.com shava: blogs.law.harvard.edu/anonymous and Andy Carvin: Andy Carvin and www.pbs.org/learningnow Lance Dutson: Maine Report Kumple: kumple.blog.pl Travis Smith: Unvarnished (the world’s only horizontal blog) Betsy Devine: SteveGarfield.com Dan Bricklin: Dan’s blog Jason Calacanis: Jason’s blog Andrew Lih: Andrew Lih’s blog Rex Hammock: rexblog Partial list of attendees This list continues here…
*The “unconference” format recognizes the audience is comprised of experts — no formal panels, but rather moderators drawing out what is known by everyone in the room: the idea is to learn from one other.