The End of the Name Game

Roger Simon emailed yesterday that he was about to call with good news. Then he called, and it was good. What was OSM will once again be Pajamas Media. Roger assured us they had no intention of causing us any trouble and, given what they’re creating, it’s easy to imagine they’ve got a lot to deal with.

By the way, if this post doesn’t make any sense to you, start here.

What’s nice, actually, is how all this got worked through. Other blogs picked up on the possibility of conflict before we did; other blogs offered advice, for the most part constructive, to both us and Pajamas Media. Lawyers were consulted, but not resorted to. This is a good thing; apart from being cheaper, it engenders trust and confirms that this system — this infinite number of fact checkers — works.

So we wish the once and future Pajamas Media well, and the Internet isn’t all that big; we’ll all be seeing each other again down the road.


12 thoughts on “The End of the Name Game

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  3. Brendan, what a gracious person you are, with none of the mean-spiritedness of some of the others in this whole debacle. I’m glad to have found this site. Thank you.

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  6. On Nov. 22, you wrote that Roger Simon’s agreed that “What was OSM will once again be Pajamas Media,” and that’s linked to I don’t know what those guys are up to, but today’s Nov. 27, 2005, and they’ve already taken that page down. What’s with these guys?

    BTW, I identified myself as the first person to comment on Chris’ choice of the name ‘Open Source’”. This is not mere hyperbole.

    On March 10, 2005, four months before your first show was broadcast, I read in the Boston Globe that Christopher Lydon was planning a new radio show to be called “Open Source.” I had admired Chris’ show “The Connection.” I’ve also been a software engineer for decades, and knew Stallman around the time he thought up “copyleft” (what makes “Open Source” possible). So I immediately became concerned about whether Chris truly understood the implications of naming his show “Open Source”. Lacking any way to contact Chris directly, I called PRI and spoke with Dan Jensen who promised to forward email to Chris for me. The next day, I sent sent Chris (via Dan) email explaining my concerns and giving a history of the “Free Software” movement that has come to be known as “Open Source”. You can read that letter at

    A few days later, Chris called me and we spoke about these issues. During that conversation, Chris asked if I had any advice on what sort of licensing scheme he could use that would be in the spirit of open source. The following week I emailed Chris my thoughts. You can read them at

    Mark Rosenthal

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