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.
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..