Colin McKay - Abramoff, Op-eds, and the "Invisible" Hand of the Free Market
Business Week and others reveal payments for editorial mentions of a lobbyist's clients in op-ed pieces placed by think-tank analysts.
Scott Baradell - Media Orchard Presents: The 10 Worst Spins of 2005
David Weinberger - Microsoft Word: 20 Years and Still Wrong
David Weinberger marvels that he still can't perform some basic image placement functions in Word, despite 20 years of refinement of the standard word processing program. (With some help from his blog readers, he figured out how to solve the particular problem he was complaining about, but what happened to the good old days when WordPerfect let you view its commands and delete the ones that were causing problems?).
Another take on Word:
Uriel Wittenberg - A Tool for Thought Declines
A long-time Word user complains about the dumbing-down of certain capabilities.
Shel Israel - Edelman, the Missing Linker
The co-author of a new book on blogging takes the CEO of the world's largest PR firm to task for never linking to others in his influential blog. A much-discussed item in the PR blog world this week.
P2PNet.net - How the RIAA Gets its Victims