Tip of the Hat: Mr. Mike Masnick

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Those of you who fol­low me on Twit­ter have seen me retweet or oth­er­wise link to some posts from Techdirt.  The blog cov­ers the very topic I’m most pas­sion­ate about: the inter­sec­tion of law and tech­nol­ogy.  If you have any inter­est in copy­right, pri­vacy, or any­thing else as it relates to our dig­i­tal world, then you def­i­nitely should check it out.

Mike Mas­nick is the lead blog­ger for Techdirt, and he is a machine.  Quite lit­er­ally, I do not under­stand how he does what he does.  Since 1997, he has per­son­ally pub­lished over 30,000 indi­vid­ual posts.  He pub­lishes at least 10 posts a day (includ­ing today, and it’s only 2:30pm on a Fri­day).  Now while his posts are usu­ally very brief (no longer than a para­graph or two) and mostly edi­to­ri­al­ize around a third-party link, he is some­how able to very expertly sum­ma­rize and con­tex­tu­al­ize the points at hand.  He even man­ages to recall pre­vi­ous Techdirt posts on the same topic, link­ing them from the new post to give us the his­tory of his analysis.

Though reviled by some for his con­tentious views on copy­right and the indus­try it has spawned, Mike never fails to impress me with the rare com­bi­na­tion of vol­ume, qual­ity, and unique­ness that he brings to the table.  And that is why, on this day, I give him a tip of my hat.

You can fol­low Mike at Techdirt or on Twit­ter.

I hope to turn this “tip of the hat” idea into a recur­ring fea­ture here.  I’m not sure how fre­quently I’ll run it, but be on the look­out for more hat tip­ping in the future..