Ο συγγραφέας Άντριου Ο'Χέιγκαν πέρασε μερικούς μήνες με τον ιδρυτή του Wikileaks, έχοντας δεχτεί να γράψει την αυτοβιογραφία του διαβόητου <ασαφής ιδιότητα>. Ήταν μήνες μαρτυρικοί: Ο Ασάνζ, ένας εγωπαθής, εκκεντρικός και χρόνια ασυνεπής άνθρωπος δεν συνεργαζόταν αποτελεσματικά με κανέναν στο περιβάλλον του, και αυτό είχε ως αποτέλεσμα να καταρρεύσει το project και να γραφτεί αυτό εδώ το μακρουλό κείμενο που έγραψε ο Ο'Χέιγκαν, έξαλλος.
It was interesting to see how he parried with some notion of himself as a public figure, as a rock star really, when all the activists I’ve ever known tend to see themselves as marginal and possibly eccentric figures. Assange referred a number of times to the fact that people were in love with him, but I couldn’t see the coolness, the charisma he took for granted. He spoke at length about his ‘enemies’, mainly the Guardian and the New York Times.
Ο καλός ηθοποιός γράφει ένα γιγάντιο ναρκισιστικό παραλήρημα στο New York για το ότι αποχωρεί από τη δημόσια ζωή και για το πώς οι δημοσιογράφοι, το κατεστημένο και όλοι οι τελευταίοι του συνεργάτες τον πολεμάνε. Α, και τα κινητά. Του φταίνε τα κινητά.
There was a time the entire world didn’t have a camera in their pocket—the first thing that cell phones did was to kill the autograph business. Nobody cares about your autograph. There are cameras everywhere, and there are media outlets for them to “file their story.” They take your picture in line for coffee. They’re trying to get a picture of your baby. Everyone’s got a camera. When they’re done, they tweet it. It’s … unnatural.
Ο διαβόητος δήμαρχος του Τορόντο θα ξανακατέβει, λέει, στις εκλογές.
“I’m dying to see those polls come in,” he says. “I am. I am. I’m going to be on the edge of my seat. I’m going to be itching as soon as they close.” After the last election, in 2010, it took about eight minutes for Rob Ford, then a three-term city councilor best known for his lean office budgets and verbal gaffes, to learn that he had won Toronto’s mayoralty in a landslide that few had predicted. He’s imagining an even more decisive victory this fall. “I want to knock these guys out in the first thirty seconds,” His Worship says, and he smiles and opens his pale blue eyes, as wide and unblinking as this building’s, only flooded with belief.
What if we could develop a system for collaboratively reaching the truth? Sources and subjects and writers and editors and readers and casual armchair experts asking questions and answering them, with follow-ups and rebuttals. What if we could actually have a journalistic process that didn’t require paid journalists and tape recorders and the cost of a traditional journalistic operation? You could actually uncover everything—every abusive executive, every corrupt eye operation.
This is a man who used his contacts book from Downing Street to launch a lucrative career advising absolute monarchs, wealthy bankers and despots,” reported the Daily Mail.Blair, who reportedly earned more than $30 million in 2012, has served as a $4-million-a-year adviser to JPMorgan Chase, and for a 20-minute speech he gave in 2008 in China he was paid the equivalent of $500,000. He received an $8 million advance for his memoir, A Journey: My Political Life