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Look At How This Article Spelled Tim Donaghy’s Name?


In case it gets corrected later on, it read:
A former high school classmate of „Tguiltyaghy” pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges he paid the disgraced basketball referee thousands of dollars for inside betting tips on NBA games.
Was it a hacker or did he actually write that or did someone on yahoo mess up?

Can Anyone Provide Me With Some Point By Point Rebuttal On This Article „cult Of Amateurs”?

The Cult of the Amateur
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Published: June 29, 2007
Digital utopians have heralded the dawn of an era in which Web 2.0 ? distinguished by a new generation of participatory sites like MySpace.com and YouTube.com, which emphasize user-generated content, social networking and interactive sharing ? ushers in the democratization of the world: more information, more perspectives, more opinions, more everything, and most of it without filters or fees. Yet as the Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andrew Keen points out in his provocative new book, ?The Cult of the Amateur,? Web 2.0 has a dark side as well.
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Catherine Betts
Andrew Keen
How Today?s Internet Is Killing Our Culture
By Andrew Keen
228 pages. Doubleday. $22.95.
Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Mr. Keen argues that ?what the Web 2.0 revolution is really delivering is superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgment.? In his view Web 2.0 is changing the cultural landscape and not for the better. By undermining mainstream media and intellectual property rights, he says, it is creating a world in which we will ?live to see the bulk of our music coming from amateur garage bands, our movies and television from glorified YouTubes, and our news made up of hyperactive celebrity gossip, served up as mere dressing for advertising.? This is what happens, he suggests, ?when ignorance meets egoism meets bad taste meets mob rule.?
This book, which grew out of a controversial essay published last year by The Weekly Standard, is a shrewdly argued jeremiad against the digerati effort to dethrone cultural and political gatekeepers and replace experts with the ?wisdom of the crowd.? Although Mr. Keen wanders off his subject in the later chapters of the book ? to deliver some generic, moralistic rants against Internet evils like online gambling and online pornography ? he writes with acuity and passion about the consequences of a world in which the lines between fact and opinion, informed expertise and amateurish speculation are willfully blurred.
For one thing, Mr. Keen says, ?history has proven that the crowd is not often very wise,? embracing unwise ideas like ?slavery, infanticide, George W. Bush?s war in Iraq, Britney Spears.? The crowd created the tech bubble of the 1990s, just as it created the disastrous Tulipmania that swept the Netherlands in the 17th century.
Mr. Keen also points out that Google search results ? which answer ?search queries not with what is most true or most reliable, but merely what is most popular? ? can be manipulated by ?Google bombing? (which ?involves simply linking a large number of sites to a certain page? to ?raise the ranking of any given site in Google?s search results?). And he cites a recent Wall Street Journal article reporting that hot lists on social networking Web sites are often shaped by a small number of users: that at Digg.com, which has 900,000 registered users, 30 people were responsible at one point for submitting one-third of the postings on the home page; and at Netscape.com, a single user was behind 217 stories over a two-week period, or 13 percent of all stories that reached the most popular list in that period.
Because Web 2.0 celebrates the ?noble amateur? over the expert, and because many search engines and Web sites tout popularity rather than reliability, Mr. Keen notes, it?s easy for misinformation and rumors to proliferate in cyberspace. For instance, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia (which relies upon volunteer editors and contributors) gets way more traffic than the Web site run by Encyclopedia Britannica (which relies upon experts and scholars), even though the interactive format employed by Wikipedia opens it to postings that are inaccurate, unverified, even downright fraudulent. This year it was revealed that a contributor using the name Essjay, who had edited thousands of Wikipedia articles and was once one of the few people given the authority to arbitrate disputes between writers, was a 24-year-old named Ryan Jordan, not the tenured professor he claimed to be.
Since contributors to Wikipedia and YouTube are frequently anonymous, it?s hard for users to be certain of their identity ? or their agendas. Postings about political candidates, for instance, can be made by opponents disguising their motives; and propaganda can be passed off as news or information. For that matter, as Mr. Keen points out, the idea of objectivity is becoming increasingly pass

This Run By The Lakers Looks Familiar (article From Sports Writer John Ireland)?

As I watch the Lakers rise like a rocket towards the top of the NBA, I keep thinking that I’ve seen this movie before. And the other day, I finally figured out where.
I’ve been a huge basketball fan since I was in college, and when I became a sportscaster, I followed the NBA religiously. As I watch the West play out, it’s happening the same way it did in the East in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Back then, there were three „Super Powers” in the East. Boston was the team loaded with Hall of Fame players at the end of their careers (Bird, McHale, Parrish). The Celtics won games with veteran leadership and smarts, even though you knew they were almost out of gas. You knew that they knew how to win and it was crazy to bet against them.
The best team of that era was Detroit. The Pistons were loaded with stars in their prime (Isiah Thomas, Dumars, Rodman). You knew that if the games were officiated straight and that if Auerbach didn’t cheat, that the Pistons were just better than the Celtics. If every player on every team was healthy, the Pistons were the favorite.
But the team everybody knew was coming was Chicago. The Bulls had the biggest star in the league in Michael Jordan, and he was unbelievable. He was in his late 20’s, and you could start to see that the team had finally surrounded him with some help. The Bulls hadn’t figured out a way to beat Boston or Detroit, but you knew that when they did, the Bulls would zoom past both.
Fast forward to today.
Phoenix is like the old Celtics. They have aging Hall of Fame guys (Nash, Shaq, Grant Hill) and on paper, they look great. They start four former all-NBA first teamers, and even though most are old, you just can’t count them out. Old guys (like Tony Kornheiser) are all picking the Suns because they remember what these individual guys are capable of.
San Antonio is like Detroit. They have stars in their prime (Duncan, Parker, Ginobli), and if they’re healthy….the smart money is on the Spurs. They’re simply the best team…period. But they’re also an injury away from being mortal, and they’re starting to suffer a lot of injuries.
The Lakers are like Chicago. They have the best player in the league, who is often unbelievable. And now, they’ve surrounded him with help. It’s too early to tell if they can figure out a way to beat the other, more established teams in a playoff setting. But it’s obvious that if and when they do, they’ll zoom past everybody.
Of course, if the West plays out this way, it’s great news for Lakers’ fans. If you go back and re-examine that period twenty years ago, the Bulls were the most dominant and had the most lasting success. Between ’87 and ’97, the Celtics made the finals once, Detroit twice, and Chicago five times (six if you count ‚9.
I don’t know if the Lakers are going to make a serious run at the title this year, but I do know that they’re better positioned than anybody over the next five years. Do you realize the ages of the current Lakers that actually get minutes? Check this out:
Kobe Bryant 29
Lamar Odom 28
Andrew Bynum 20
Pau Gasol 27
Derek Fisher 33
Jordan Farmar 21
Rony Turiaf 25
Trevor Ariza 22
Sasha Vujacic 23
Luke Walton 27
Vlad Radmanovic 27
In Phoenix, Nash is 34 and both Shaq and Grant Hill are 35. In San Antonio, Duncan is 31 and Ginobli is 30.
If the Lakers can figure out a way to catch the elite teams in the West this year, the sky is the limit. But even if they don’t, the future has never looked brighter.
Finally, I don’t bet on sports, and the NBA is hyper-sensitive about gambling in the wake of the Tim Donaghy scandal. But I always say that if you really want an unbiased perspective on which team is the one to beat, follow the money. The guys in Vegas never look at anything but dollars, so it’s always fun to at least see how they set the odds. I just checked www.linesmaker.com and for what it’s worth, the Lakers are now the favorites to win the NBA Championship at 2-1. The Celtics are 5-2; the Spurs 6-1 and Pistons 15-2. Suns are 7-1 for now. How crazy is that? As always, your comments are welcome at jaireland@cbs.com

Does Anyone Have A Link To An Old Espn Magazine Article About A Professional Sports Gambler?

The article that I am looking for is about 4 or 5 years old and is about a sports gambler who made his living from betting college basketball.