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October 5, 2006

Survivor 13×03: Flirting And Frustration

I guess I never wrote anything about last week’s episode of Survivor. I must have just been too bummed out about Cecilia getting booted off. Here you have a girl that doesn’t fit into the normal Survivor mold of a walking skeleton with big eyes and big teeth (I’m looking at you, Eliza. And Janu. And Danielle). A girl who’s actually for real good-looking, and who also seems mature, and intelligent, and… Okay, so I can see why she didn’t fit in on the show. How’d she ever slip through the casting process? We hardly ever saw her on screen anyway. For a while I thought she might be getting the flying-under-the-radar edit, and they’d show more of her as the season went on. But no, they were giving her the this-girl-is-toast-so-let’s-not-waste-our-time-showing-her edit. Too bad.

Anyway, the other big news in last week’s episode was that the Race Wars are over and everyone got “integrated” into two tribes. Wow, they let their big gimmick last all the way until the third episode…they really are slipping. Last year when they underwhelmed us with the “big twist” of young men/old women, they stopped it five minutes into the second episode, just when it was in danger of getting interesting. This year they let the Race Wars get even closer to the point where it would have been compelling TV. Luckily for us, they orchestrated one of the most Rube-Goldbergesque merges ever, and quickly got us back to the same old boring two-tribe game we all know. Thank goodness, we wouldn’t want Survivor to start getting interesting, would we?

Only two hours until the new episode!

Miss Alli’s recap
Trevor’s review at RFF
TV Guide review
Watch the episode on InnerTube
Download the episode with BitTorrent

10 More Ways

Everyone’s got a list. In August I linked to 9 Ways for Newspapers to Improve Their Websites by Todd Zeigler. Now Doc Searls has his own list.

  1. Stop giving away the news and charging for the olds
  2. Start featuring archived stuff on the paper’s website
  3. Link outside the paper
  4. Start following, and linking to, local bloggers and even competing papers (such as the local arts weeklies)
  5. Start looking toward the best of those bloggers as potential stringers
  6. Start looking to citizen journalists (CJs) for coverage of hot breaking local news topics
  7. Stop calling everything “content”
  8. Uncomplicate your websites
  9. Get hip to the Live Web
  10. Publish Rivers of News for readers who use Blackberries or Treos or Nokia 770s, or other handheld Web browsers

:: Also on the topic of Changing Newspapers, Jeff Jarvis wrote about how newspaper editorialists have become irrelevant in this day and age, and need to evolve with the times. What especially needs to change is the anonymous, “Voice of the Institution” feel these editorials take on, like what’s being written isn’t the opinion of any one person, but the opinions of the newspaper itself. Like a disembodied voice emanating from the printing press. Of course, the editorialists attacked back with plenty of sputtering comments about how what they do is important to the community, and what the newspaper says is important because, well, because it’s the newspaper.

Is there a difference between the voice of and the voice of the New York Times? You bet — it’s the New York Times.

Nice how this sort of thing always evolves into bashing the bloggers. Feel threatened much? Anyway, Jeff defuses all the arguments pretty swiftly by pointing out that people don’t trust newspapers anymore. The “institutional voice” matters less when nobody likes the institution.

So it’s time to change or die, and there seems to be a lot of resistance to change.

Lisa Williams is giving a sneak peek of, the new site that will be acting as a directory and aggegrator for place blogs all across the U.S. Place blogs are local interest blogs, covering and talking about what’s going on in a community. And she says she’s found 700 of them so far, although she’s shooting for 1,000. was supposed to have launched last month, but I guess the project grew a little bit out of control, since now she’s saying it won’t launch until later this year. And the HTML is screwed up in part of the post, so until it gets fixed, here’s what’s missing:

Programming is being done by the folks at, and the design is a creation of Andrew DeVigal. I’ll be writing a blog on the site chronicling the drive toward an annotated world – picking out great examples of citizen coverage, innovative approaches to stories and new technology for online communities. The site will launch later this year.

I can’t wait! Especially since Around Carson is supposed to be one of the 700 on there.