Sunday, March 06, 2005
"I said 'blogs' not 'frogs'!"
It's going to be a battle, and if nobody in Congress is willing to stand up and say, "Keep your hands off of this, and we'll change the statute to make it clear," then I think grassroots Internet activity is in danger.
--Bradley Smith, FEC Commissioner, March 3, 2005
We're moving toward a system under which only the folks who are deemed to be professionals will be granted the status of journalists, and thereby more rights than the rest of us. This is pernicious in every way…we can't let government or Big Media decide who has the right to inform the public about matters of interest or urgency.
--Dan Gillmor, former San Jose Mercury News Technology columnist
The Gardner Heist
The Concert, Jan Vermeer, 1665-66
The Art Newspaper, this week, reports this month of March will mark the 15th anniversary of the largest art theft in American history and modern times.
In the early post St. Pat’s feast day morning hours of March 18, 1990 two men gained entry to Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum precipitating a $300 million heist of artworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet, Degas and Flinck along with, curiously, an ancient Chinese bronze beaker and a Napoleonic bronze eagle flagpole finial.
This still unsolved art crime makes fascinating reading and possibly future viewing if a documentary, Stolen, discussed in the Art Newspaper article achieves a wider national release.
Check out the links, or better if you find yourself in lovely Boston, visit the Gardner Museum and feast on a stunning collection of fine, decorative and architectural splendor along with the viciously raped frames of the stolen paintings.
Images: humorisdead.com, find-the-art.com