Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

November 24, 2005

Pajamas Media

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:30 pm

So many of the luminaries of the blogosphere and other “alternative” media such as talk radio, and even some people from non-alternative outlets like Random House and the New York Times are getting together in something called Pajamas Media.

The name, of course, is a reference to the former CBS executive who defended Dan Rather and CBS by saying that the people who caught them forging documents were just people “sitting in their living room in their pajamas.” They tried to change their name to something that would sound a little more dignified, but the name they picked, “Open Source Media,” was taken already — by another loud, decentralized, internet-based “alternative” crowd!

The “Open Source Software” folks might do their thing in their pajamas also, for all anyone knows. And they produce a lot of darn good software, including the software that runs this blog. I wonder what it is about the phrase “open source” and pajamas.

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