Stop! Don’t unfold that paper! … Can you take it?!

On the front page of my local paper (Boulder Daily Camera) this morning was something I’ve never seen before. This note, with a red headline: Don’t unfold the page, yet An apparent assassination attempt on our governor left one man dead in the hallway of one of the most public places in our state Monday….

Picture perfect humor

The Redbook Faith Hill Photoshop incident is just too funny. After you finish laughing at how the retouchers turned her into a skinny younger fembot, be sure to check out the comments on the linked article (they’re half the fun).

More Backfence musings

I’ve been away from my personal blog for quite a while, but the demise of Backfence.com provides a good excuse to start up again… Condolences to CEO Mark Potts (who had been trying valiantly to keep things going after the management shake-up that had co-founder and ex-CEO Susan DeFife depart the company) and the rest of…

Speaking ill of the dead

Of course it’s considered bad form to speak ill of the dead. But what of someone like right-wing fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, who spent much of his life insulting and denigrating those who didn’t see the world in his extremely narrow (and bizarre) view? Someone like that I’m not sure can expect to get a neat…

NAA shoots self in foot with flying newspapers

Alan Mutter is right. The Newspaper Association of America’s advertising campaign is beyond lame — and shoots the industry in the foot. The only group that would think this bizarre mascot is futuristic or cool are probably over 60. Then there’s the game that you use a gun to shoot newspapers at paper boxes as…

Another reason online beats print

My business partner noted an item in Keith Huang’s Blog Watch column of the Wall Street Journal on Monday that talked about one of my company’s bloggers, Katie Brown, and her blog on YourClimbing.com. He saw it in the print edition. So I wanted to put a link to the column on YourClimbing.com, but of…

A politician out of the Bill O’Reilly mold

I had an odd (and I thought disturbing) phone call this week from the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma). One of his staff members called to invite me to be on some small business/entrepreneurial task force. Apparently the congressman is trying to put together a group of small-business owners from around the country…

What would you do with 15 minutes of spare time?

This is from a new study called Never Ending Friending, sponsored in part by MySpace. … It’s yet another example of how today’s young media consumers are more and more about interacting (two-way, new media) than being passive (one-way, old media). … As usual, consumers are leading the way — and most media and marketers…

Prudishness at Youtube

So I spot this link to a video about a competitor in the recent North Pole Marathon and bike race who decided to skinny-dip in the Arctic Ocean (because, if you’re gonna do a marathon and ride in a bike race at the pole, you might as well swim, too, to get the full “triathlon”…

Old thinking at Virginia Tech

Administrators at Virginia Tech are getting questioned (rightfully) about the way they handled yesterday’s shootings. After the first shootings of two people early in the day, university law enforcement did not alert the campus community while police tried to piece together the situation. When the second and larger round of shootings occurred, most people on…

Watch fake news; grasp what’s really happening

I love this: From a New York Times report on a new Pew survey, it is revealed that the people in the US that know the most about what’s going on (that is, the news junkies who actually follow what’s happening) are more likely to be viewers of fake news shows like Jon Stewart’s The…

Social networking plays a role in another big story

Here’s an interesting excerpt from an ABCNews.com story about today’s horrific Virginia Tech shootings: Many students were looking online for information about schoolmates. Some of them established a so-called “wall” at Facebook.com to share what they knew; others turned to MySpace.com. “Many of us are all worried about our friends, so lets do this. If…

What I said … Yeah, I still believe it

I don’t always stand behind what I wrote several years ago. After all, writing about media trends and making predictions is dangerous business in an industry that changes as rapidly as online media. But I do still believe what I wrote in this column for Editor & Publisher Online, which is about American media’s (and…

Spammers go to a lot of trouble

I knew it would happen eventually, but it took a year. Yesterday, a spammer created a user account on YourClimbing.com, then posted a blog item to the site (part of my Enthusiast Group network of sites) that was a lengthy “story” about some paycheck service. The spam showed on the site for only a few…