Archive for the 'Politics' Category
My thoughts on the matter posted to Dave Farber’s IP list…
While I don’t work at AOL anymore, I did run the anti-spam team for many
years and worked on the email platform for almost a decade. I can tell
you that from time to time we had a group complain that we were blocking
their mail without proper cause. In most cases we would provide the data
to show the organization why they were having issues. Most of the time
it was a combination of complaints about their mail (REPORT SPAM from
members) along with an abnormally high rate of bounced mail
(non-deliverable addresses). And in most cases the organization would
fix the issue once we got them signed up for a feedback loop which would
allow them to see their complaints and address the cause.
In all of my years at AOL, I can tell you that AOL never intentionally
blocked an organization for their political views. I would not have
allowed it. But we did block some of these political groups along the way… Read more
I shot John Edwards’ visit to Portsmouth, NH last Friday. It was his second stop on his “announcement tour” after the initial announcement of his candidacy in New Orleans the day before. The event took place in an elementary school gymnasium. The staff did a good job setting up the patriotic backdrops for the TV cameras, but as usual, gym lighting leaves a little to be desired. I white balanced off the white posts of the small chain separating the podium from the crowd. I was able to shoot around 1/30 or 1/60th by bumping my speed to 400/800. I tried using flash but it was hard to get good color and exposure. Most of the other photographers went with existing light too.
I found a few places where the lighting made for some dramatic angles and generally think the shoot came out well. It was a fun experience and I look forward to doing more of this type of photojournalism work.