Emboldening

Pres. Bush really made “emboldened” happen. Remember when he first said it and everyone thought it was a made-up word a la The Simpsons‘ “embiggened”? At least three academic panelists at the conference this weekend have used it.

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The language of crisis

Fascinating conference today and yesterday at Yale Law School on new media, journalism and economic models for the future. A combination of the usual suspects (Clay Shirky, Jeff Jarvis, Steve Brill) and a variety of journalists, law professors, economists, sociologists … One of the great things the conference is doing is enacting its precepts with a live video stream, live blog and constant Twitter updates – it’s even creating a feedback loop between David Carr tweeting in the audience, panelists reading the tweets and responding during their talks, and Carr asking questions in person.

One disappointing thing, though: about 80 percent of the panelists are middle-aged white men. What does it say about this language of crisis that these are the people having the discussions?