Friday Night Party Line Episode 32.

August 16, 2008

David and newcomer Alex and Thaed are the hosts tonight.

Here are the topics:

–A scientist let the fire department in to put out an air conditioner and lost his home chem lab.
http://www.telegram.com/article/20080809/NEWS/808090323/1008/
Should this have had a different outcome?  Why or why not?
–A 24 hour curfew in the United States?
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080813/ap_on_re_us/arkansas_town_curfew
The ACLU has threatened to sue.  Does it matter?  Is this an effective way to deal with crime and poverty?  If not, what should have happened?
–According to this article, humans are biased toward the beautiful:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19926694.600-humans-are-biased-towards-the-beautiful.html?DCMP=ILC-hmts&nsref=news6_head_mg19926694.600
Is this dampened by the internet where in theory, no one knows if you’re a dog?  Does beauty work its way into everything anyway? Should something be done about it?
–New Media Expo, SXSW, podcamps, barcamps, PAX do all of these conventions have any value?  Is social media in general overblown? Who is making money?
–Blogger lawsuits.  What should bloggers be sensitive to in order to avoid getting sued?

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