What is Open Source Media?

Open Source Media is a blog advertising project whose name has been the subject of debate lately. Basically, seven people who do radio shows 4 times a week also use the name “Open Source Media.” The radio guys make extensive use of bloggers as their “in-house” experts:

A joint production of Open Source Media Inc. and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Open Source is presented by WGBH Radio Boston and distributed by Public Radio International (PRI).

What this means is that we are seven people in a rented office with, incidentally, a rather bold mouse who does not yet have a name. We make a radio show four times a week that uses bloggers as local and topical experts; this show is distributed to public radio stations by Public Radio International, and to truckers and early adopters by XM satellite radio.

Now, the blog ad project formerly called Pajamas Media is using the name “Open Source Media.” The blog ad project has a note on their website stating that the radio guys are going to allow the new OSM use of the opensourcemedia.net domain. Using “Open Source Media” as a company name seems like a stupid idea, it’s too general. It’d be like “FoxNews” changing it’s name to “TheNews.” When I hear “open source media”, I think of news providers who are more local and not so mainstream. But, whatever. To each their own. Oh, and I’ve made quite a few changes to this post. I think my original wording was causing some confusion. No, there was absolutely NO confusion on this end. 🙂

Oh, and I should note, Allah was MIA at the Open Source Media launch party.

For more information and commentary, check out one of these blogs:
Riehl World View
Pundit Guy
The Politburo Diktat
The Moderate Voice
Stop the ACLU
Say Anything (again)


Bush Needs Potty Break

I saw this via WizBang just a few minutes ago. It’s scary that Reuters has the balls to photoshop a note to make it look like Bush wanted to take a bathroom break during a meeting.

Reuters has already explained, saying “There was no malicious intent. That’s not what we do.” That’s a bullshit explanation though for photoshopping a note Bush was writing. They’re obviously trying to make him look bad. It’s a direct attack against him if they knowingly did it. Someone obviously did because you can see where they blanked out the original text. It’s too white compared to the rest of the paper.

Daily Pundit filled me in on the Reuters explanation. Little Green Footballs has a couple updates.

I can’t believe they would actually use that photoshopped image in actual news articles. This is probably one of the most fucked up things we’ve seen from Reuters. I’ve lost what little respect I had for the MSM. This type of thing is just wrong.

UPDATE: I need to clarify a little it would seem. I fully understand that Reuters could have enhanced the image to make the text more readable. For those of you that say the note was shown to show Bush for the puppet he is, you’re wrong. He needs to show a certain level of diplomacy at meetings like that. He can’t just get up and go piss when he feels like it, it would offend someone.