Category Archives: Media

Media World Dumber in 2010

Seriously, someone’s been munching on a shitload of paste. In Q2 2010, 44 more magazines launched than in 2010. This means two things (1) people have more money than they did last year and (2) they have no clue what the fuck to do with it. The former makes sense, given that in Q2 2009, we were still reeling from the September 2008 financial crisis. So, it would make sense that, as we turn the corner, there’s more money floating around … and it’s looking for a home.

And the latter? Yeah, fools and their money and such.

I don’t know what would possess someone to launch a dead-tree edition in this (or any) market. Look for the giant flushing sound in a few quarters. It will be those new magazines getting pushed through the plumbing.

via FishbowlNY

TechCrunch TV: Speaking Of… Hustling (via TechCrunch)

I’m really digging the new video from Cyan of Zivity and TechCrunch. It’s cool to get this kind of perspective on the challenges entrepreneurs face. I’m getting ready to jump back into the fray, so I have to admit, I saw this video at the right time.

TechCrunch TV: Speaking Of... Hustling Cyan Banister is CEO of Zivity. The first episode of her new show, ‘Speaking of…’ has just aired on TechCrunch TV and is now available on demand. In this guest post, she previews the first episode, and explains the concept for the show… I’m extremely excited to bring the TechCrunch community a new show that features the human side of business.  Speaking Of… explores the side of entrepreneurs you’ve never seen before. It’s an organic show th … Read More

via TechCrunch

Support the First Amendment with 1 for All (via WordPress.com News)

Where was this post last night?! I was out bemoaning the fact that bloggers have become … well, like journalists. The good ol’ days of gruff, ass-kicking hardcore bloggers (circa 2007/8) seem to have ended, though there are a few of us out there trying to keep it alive. I was seriously having this conversation with @qjm, @sabinales and @rspopshop, with @qjm actually mentioning the Deepwater Horizon issue specifically.

This post reminds me that not all bloggers have gone soft!

Support the First Amendment with 1 for All Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, I’ve spent the past few months trying to wrap my head around the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent massive oil spill that is no … Read More

via WordPress.com News

Speechless

Okay, I don’t even know what to say here. I really don’t like to yank entire articles, but I just can’t come up with an alternative.

S. Korea’s Warmongers Plan to Stage Their Saber Rattling

Pyongyang, June 8 (KCNA) — The Second Corps of the south Korean puppet army announced that it would stage military exercises for ground cooperation in the areas of Chunchon and Hwachon of south Korean Kangwon Province from June 9 to 11, according to the south Korean Yonhap News.

The south Korean warmongers blustered that all the units of the corps would be hurled into the exercises for conducting a large-scale search, reconnaissance and blockade operations and operating a mobile task force, etc. in the operational theatres for the purpose of helping them get familiar with the methods of carrying out their combat missions to cope with somebody’s “infiltration” and “provocation.”

The Lee Myung Bak group of traitors is making desperate efforts to bring the dark clouds of a war of aggression to hang over Korea, still inciting inter-Korean confrontation, oblivious of the lesson taught by the stern judgment meted out to it by the people.

Wow.

via Korea Central News Agency

Social Media Needs You, Marketing Guy

We all hate the marketing users who corrupt our pristine social media worlds, right? Yeah, well you rely on these scumbags (among whom I count myself). Without the marketers, pitching relentlessly through social media, it would be awfully tough for these environments to survive. And, let’s face it: would you actually pay for Twitter?

To get my full perspective on this, check out the guest post I just wrote for SocialTimes.

Is Facebook Becoming a Publisher?

Facebook’s big play has been on user-generated content: get your users to do the hard work for you. So, I have to say that I’m a bit perplexed by one of the social media giant’s latest moves. It launched a page devoted to U.S. politics, which seems to be a mix of status updates, links to other sites and other quasi-random resources. What’s interesting is that the Facebook team picks up some of the burden of managing this … a distinct departure from its strategy so far.

I’m probably making too much of this, but if Facebook is planning to do more projects like this, it will be moving into the traditional publishing space. And let’s face it: traditional publishing is a pretty shitty place to be right now.

[Source: Mashable]

New Humor Article on Cynic Mag

Writing funny stuff is a pain in the ass. It takes a lot of work, boatloads of creativity and far more effort than I’m usually willing to commit. But, I occasionally go through all of this agony to write something for Cynic Mag … as I did just recently. It’s a funny piece on how today looks from far in the future. It’s worth a look.

Read “Temples Linked to Jelly Bags” on Cynic Mag >>

Twitter’s New Ad Move: And What Comes Next

Twitter just announced that it’s no longer letting its users push their own sponsored tweets. It’s about time. I’m not opposed to sponsored tweets (quite the contrary, actually), but I see Twitter’s decision as a business necessity, and I’m glad the company is in the right frame of mind.

For a long time, Twitter was a great place to generate revenue … as long as you weren’t Twitter. I wrote about this several times for DailyFinance and BloggingStocks. Plenty of companies, especially those in the media sector, were including Twitter in their advertising deals, which opened up a new revenue stream for them.

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