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Saturday, March 31, 2007
Gresham's law: Bad money drives out good.
Shakespeare's law: A little more than a little is by much too much.
Robertson's law: A fool and his liberty are soon parted.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
In two weeks, I will start my new job as an assistant editor at a very successful San Francisco-based fashion blog, Fabsugar.com. I am leaving Citysearch because my job was a contract position and the pull of a permanent job was much too strong. Plus, I could never say no to fashion. The startup company, Sugar Publishing, has a dozen other sites, including Popsugar.com, Teamsugar.com, Dearsugar.com, Fitsugar.com, Yumsugar.com and more. Check them out if you're interested.
Now, I don't know whether or not my new position will make me a journalist or just a "blogger," but frankly, I could care less because I'm going to be doing what I love and am going to get paid well to do it. That means more to me than titles.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
More as details become available.
Friday, March 16, 2007
During SXSW, as the festival is known, bloggers copiously wrote synopses of the talks, often with their own take. Podcasters performed a similar service with audio. Vloggers, shorthand for video bloggers, made increasingly sophisticated news episodes for a range of Web sites.
Everyone with a camera -- or even a cell phone -- uploaded pictures to photo sharing sites like Flickr and Photobucket. The Internet crackled with posts, commentary, stories and episodes, delivered to people's
inboxes via RSS readers.
"I walked into the conference and saw the press suite and said, 'Forget that.' The press suite is the entire place," said panelist Jose Castillo of Johnson City, Tenn. "We're in an age when anybody can be a journalist. I take pictures, and suddenly I become an outlet."
And later in the story:
A range of newer tools even added to the experience. People could go to news aggregators like Digg to see what the top stories were. They could check blog aggregators like Technorati to read the latest comments in the blogosphere. They could send instant messages to large groups via Twitter, a new technology that allows people to make instant networks with friends via their cell phones.
Digg, Technorati and Twitter are based in San Francisco, along with Flickr, Photobucket and scores of others, helping to cement the city's status as the home of new media. It seemed this week that all the coffeehouses in San Francisco must have emptied out, sending their patrons to the Texas capital.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
After 9/11, the New York Times decided to do a brief obit for each of those killed at the twin towers that day. It turned into Portraits of Grief, a remarkable mosaic of pain and loss and catharsis.
Here's the link. I'm not sure if the portraits are behind the subscription wall or not. I hope not.
Click on the Reporters and Editors video for sense of the effect the creation of these pieces had on those who wrote and edited them.
Friday, March 02, 2007
What do you think?
The charge that blogs are "parasitic" bothers Robert Niles, and he's been hearing it a lot at forums attended by newspaper journalists. "To me, it's a poorly informed insult of many hard-working web publishers who are doing fresh, informative and original work. And by dismissing blogs as 'parasitic,' newspaper journalists make themselves blind to the opportunities that blogging, as well as independent Web publishing in general, offer to both the newspaper industry and newspaper journalists."
Thursday, March 01, 2007