Other people’s blogs

The computer tampering/cheating scandal at Fayetteville-Manlius may be big news around here, but in Rochester there’s already a “Cyber Safety and Ethics Initiative” aimed at K-12 students. This covers things like cyberpredation against kids, illegal downloading by kids, and cheating by kids. Pretty broad territory. Nicole Black, the lawyer behind Sui Generis New York Law Blog, takes a harder look at this initiative and its connections to the Department of H@%^$land Security, and doesn’t feel comfortable with what she sees. I wonder if this group will try to branch out into the Syracuse area now?

Election fallout: CNY Political Insider looks at Utica elections and sees only one relevant player: Michael Arcuri. More election fallout: Simon of Living in Dryden marks an anniversary and decides to keep blogging.

I’ve never set out to compete with the Journal or the Cortland Standard or even the Dryden Courier. This work is about changing things at the margins, helping people who are slightly interested become more interested, and helping people who are interested enough to find local news too weak find more information.

MetaEzra Cornell Blog posts on a favorite subject already much discussed, the Upstate/Downstate divide and its economic implications. Should Cornell address it? (Should other Upstate colleges and universities address it?)

New York City Students’ Blog. A great idea, if done right. (Does Syracuse have a student union?)

WSYR-TV now has a whole stable full of news staff blogs; a few of them are opinionated and some of the comment areas are quite lively. Matt Mulcahy of WSTM has had one for a while.

This “Skeptic’s Take on Academic Blogs” from Inside Higher Education is worth a read if you have a few minutes, as it looks at the mechanics of commenting and community. You can skip over the details of academic infighting in the second half of the article — the author’s initial observations about online conversation are more interesting. (For the record, I never find long comments to be an “imposition.”)