Month: August 2008

National Day of Action: Tens of Thousands of Petitions Delivered

Yesterday, what began as a click on a Web site became a national day of action in which local community members from Phoenix, Ariz. to Bridgeport, Conn. marched into their representatives’ local offices and urged them to stand up for better media.

In nearly 50 cities and towns around the country, local citizens delivered tens of thousands of petition signatures calling on members of Congress to support the “Resolution of Disapproval” that would veto the Federal Communications Commission’s latest handout to Big Media. (more…)

A Slight Change in Format

This is just a short post to announce a few changes here at Groundswell. The first is obvious, I am playing with some new WordPress designs. I am still not entirely satisfied with the stock options on WordPress and may be changing this further soon. Stay tuned.

While the first change is an aesthetic one, the second change is more substantial. This blog has primarily been a forum for my long-form essays, focused around three key issues: media, community, and the land. Over the coming months I’ll be expanding the focus here at Groundswell to include more general (and often times shorter) posts about a range of topics including but never limited to design, parenting, work, teaching, and more.

There are numerous reasons why I am making this change, but it is perhaps sufficient for now to just assure you that this shift should lead to more regular updates, more diversity in topics, and more styles of writing here on Groundswell.

Stay tuned for more soon.

McDowell’s Scare Tactics Reach New Low

Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell increasingly sounds like a man stranded on a desert island, willing to say anything to get a ride back to shore.

Yesterday, Commissioner McDowell stooped to a new low in a talk with bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He was invited to discuss the FCC’s recent decision to punish Comcast for blocking users from sharing legal content on the Internet.

Comcast was caught red-handed secretly discriminating against innovative technologies used for high-definition online TV, using the same censorship technology the Chinese government uses to block free speech. This discriminatory behavior represents a blatant and outrageous violation of free speech. (more…)