Scripting News for 4/27/2008

The mea culpas didn’t come 

At best the MSM got the Wright story wrong, at best it was a mistake.

But if it were a mistake, there would have been some mea culpas today, after seeing the Wright interview, someone would have said they got it wrong, maybe even apologized for contributing to the vilification of Rev Wright.

But the mea culpas didn’t come. They rationalize it, generally, by saying it wasn’t a real interview. At least they didn’t completely ignore it, but they came close.

I was reminded of the aftermath of the Karla Faye Tucker execution in Texas. Because she was a woman, and religious, repentent and reformed, she didn’t seem to be a threat to society. She went on Larry King to plead for her life. Tucker made the perfect spokesmodel for advocates of the death penalty. She admitted to a horrible murder, but she was such an attractive murderer. It was a way to show support for the cause even when the subject was a compelling person, someone you might like to know. There was a huge national debate about it.

On February 3, 1998, she was executed. I wondered why it was so quiet. Why weren’t the advocates of the death penalty who said they needed her death to feel closure weren’t saying “See I told you so, I feel closure now, don’t you?”

They didn’t say that because they didn’t feel it. Murder isn’t an equation that can be balanced. You can’t balance the taking of a life by taking a life. It doesn’t work that way.

I’ll never understand why we enjoy a circus like the shaming of Rev Wright, a man who should be proud of his life, not ashamed. I feel empathy for the person in the middle of a threatening circle, don’t you? I feel empathy for a murderer being put to death. I feel rage for the innocent people who are put to death by the state, in my name, in the name of justice.

I think there was silence about the death of Karla Faye because there was so much shame about it. The justice system needed her to shut up. Maybe that’s the same reason the press has nothing to say now that Wright has spoken and shows they got the story horribly wrong. Maybe, to preserve their sense of integrity, they need him to shut up. And he’s talking. That’s a problem for them.

Since the press isn’t going to cover this, it’s up to the people to cover the press. Obama won’t talk about it either (makes me wonder about Obama). I think the problem is bigger than getting Obama elected, we need to reform how ideas and information flows in our country.

Update: Cross-posted at Huff.

Twitter spewage among my contacts 

On a lighter note…

Everyone loves lists that rank people based on popularity and how much UGC the U generates. And of course everyone loves Twitter. So here’s the perfect meaningless distraction for a Sunday afternoon with nothing better going on, a ranking of my contacts on Twitter in order of the amount of spew they create! Toxic spew, or green spew, it doesn’t matter — it’s quantity over quality, the triumph of Web 1.95.

Of course Scoble tops the list. I’ll let you figure out what that means. I chuckled when I saw Guy Kawasaki coming in at #4. I guess his semi-spam pays off (if this means anything, which it doesn’t — see the disclaimer).

If you have any questions or comments post them here.

My Amazon wishlist 

From time to time people have asked me to start an Amazon wishlist. I don’t know why I never did it, but last week I was undecided whether I should or shouldn’t buy an EyeFi card for my new camera, and thought — this is exactly the kind of thing that should be on a wishlist. If I get one, I’ll review it, but it’s not one of those things I’m so sure I’ll use that I want to plunk down the money for it.

My Wish List

So that was the moment. I started a wishlist. It’s linked to in the right margin of Scripting News. If you ever feel like giving me a gift, now you know how to do it. I’ll try to keep it stocked with relatively inexpensive things I’d like to try out, or things I need that (again) don’t cost too much. Maybe from time to time I’ll put a whopper in there, but I don’t want to be greedy. Let’s see how it works. 🙂

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