Ambassador Quincy

Quincy Jones visited China for the first time in his storied career last week. The big story in the press is that Jones offered to compose a theme for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The real news, however, is what’s worth a skim. On May 26, Jones delivered a compelling speech at Beijing University in which he recalled the far-reaching history of jazz as public diplomacy. He expressed his great passion for “4,000 years of awesome Chinese culture” and noted the power of cultural diplomacy as a tool in bring the world together as one.

Read the speech here (.pdf) | (text).

Pew: Nearly 50 Million Create Own Web Content

Another great study released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

The Technology & Media Use report discloses that while “adoption of high-speed internet at home grew twice as fast in the year prior to March 2006 than in the same time frame from 2004 to 2005,” nearly 50 million Americans have posted their own content to the web.

At GigaOm, Robert Young believes that MySpace and other social-networking hubs are the primary reason for the uptick in user-generated content:

To some extent, self-expression should be viewed as a new industry, one that will co-exist alongside other traditional media industries like movies, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. But in this new industry, the raw materials for the ?products? are the people?

The Pew report also points out the disappearing digital divide. More web postings are generated from within household’s under the $50,000 income threshold, than above it.

VoIP set-ups like Skype and municipal broadband projects taken on by the likes of Earthlink are also breaking down big-money barriers to broadband.

Independent: kids, porn & Guantanamo

Some of the best reporting in recent years has appeared in the Sunday pages on the mothership isle on the other side of the Atlantic.

The Independent (on Sunday) takes aim and fires away with “The children of Guantanamo.” A true story purporting to “reveal” that “60 of the detainees of the US camp were under 18 at the time of their capture, some as young as 14.”

Seems like a lead story to me, but really, in context — the cover of this “IoS” is clearly covered with porn! (Even the Nuge made the cover)!

otoh, front page images or not, Sarah Baxter has had a hand in several hq reports as the Sunday Times‘ D.C. – scribe, including today’s column “Revealed: how US marines massacred 24.”

Dennis Hastert: All Blogged Down

Somebody cue Hastert’s homies from Rockford, Illinois — Cheap Trick

brian ross and dennis hastert


What Denny worry? As long as he’s got poor Rep. William Jefferson’s back in freezergate, perhaps people will forget about Brian Ross’ revelations this week of the Speaker’s own shady involvement in the Abramoff scandal (despite harsh denial, ABC continues to stand behind Ross’ reporting).

In a post summarizing press coverage of the issue, Mark Kleiman writes:

Not only are the AG, the Deputy AG, and the FBI Director prepared to resign in protest if Bush orders them to return the materials seized in the Jefferson raid.

But Dennis is unfazed. In a blog post written Friday, titled There’s a Right Way, Speaker Hastert writes:

The issue that has concerned me, as Speaker, since Saturday night is not if the FBI should be able to search a member of Congress’ office, but rather how to do it within the boundaries of the Constitution.

As is typical of the “right” way, Hastert acts appalled that Jefferson was busted. He should be “vigorously prosecuted,” blogs the Speaker, but what he is really posting about is his newfound mission to ensure that Congressional property never again is searched without a proper warrant, aka saving his own ass.

Keep knocking on wood, Denny, or just go ahead, and “surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away…ay…ay….ay!” (w/ thanks to Rick Nielsen, Cheap Trick) and You, tube!