Saturday, April 30, 2005

in the evil clown department...

Yes, in Albom's case, he did a bad, bad thing- and yes, I've said it was primarily his editor's fault. more clown neurosis anyone? anyONE??

But this Washington Post piece highlighted on Poynter raises an interesting argument.

Why is it considered best for an 'offending' party to resign? Many expected Albom to... hell, in any career! Why shouldn't people fix problems they helped create- barring a heinous mistake of visible magnitude?

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

meme's the word!

This meme brought to you by corporate crap.

If i could be a linguist... i'd study imaginary twin languages. Or does that fit into psychology??

If i could marry a famous political figure... i'd want arnold's bod, zell miller's uh, enthusiasm- lol- & baruch obama's limitless potential.

If i could be a professor... i don't care what i'd teach so long as i inspired. But i'd like to inspire future historians or writers.

If i could be a scientist... i'd want to discover the cure for cancer. And stupidity, if there's time.

If i could be a gardener... i'd do it all in red.

Now can i get claud, birdwoman, & that dude to bite??

Here's the rest of the list... somebody work on that llama rider bit.

Choose your poison
If I could be a scientist
If I could be a farmer
If I could be a musician
If I could be a doctor
If I could be a painter
If I could be a gardener
If I could be a missionary
If I could be a chef
If I could be an architect
If I could be a linguist
If I could be a psychologist
If I could be a librarian
If I could be an athlete
If I could be a lawyer
If I could be an inn-keeper
If I could be a professor
If I could be a writer
If I could be a llama-rider
If I could be a bonnie pirate
If I could be an astronaut
If I could be a world famous blogger
If I could be a justice on any one court in the world
If I could be married to any current famous political figure

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

corporate media = mass mind control

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that commercial jingles have gone the way of the dodo bird, leg warmers and Kirk Cameron.

Sorry Oscar Meyer, no more b-o-l-o-g-n-a. Ad meisters have a new scheme, and it's called the non-commercial commercial. Paid advertisements masquerading as "news" segments on programs like the Today show.dan rather's gonna be on the new 4 dollar bill- but don't quote me on that!

Monday, April 18, 2005

"i hate the media!"

Walter Cronkite thinks network news should be more like PBS. bob schieffer isn't THAT bad!

Mr. Cronkite, all due respect, don't hold yer breath. Network news is SCARY!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

the revolution will be blogged

In Friday's National Journal, William Powers wrote that media is inaccurately hyping the blog/newspaper wars. In traditional columnist format, after a coupla adjective heavy paragraphs where he milks the same idea mercilessly (endlessly, continuously, relentlessly...) Powers writes: best blog ever, best blog ever, best blog ever. i can't believe wonkette has more readers!?!

If you hear that insolent blogs and starchy mainstreamers are "squaring off," that's pretty exciting. It's not half as thrilling to discover that they are converging, though that could be the deeper truth.

He notes that online content of most mainstream outlets is starting to mirror the blogging community. Take a look at one of the columns he references. All that's missing is the childhood pic of Dan Froomkin (or an eyes only shot, lol. Luv ya, Ala!) I'm not so sure I see the relevance of his argument, unless he's talking about page design. [read the rest after the jump...]

Ken Sands, API, offers tidbits on the convergence. He's had it with "pointless arguments about whether blogs are journalism, blah, blah, blah."

Sands writes it may be easier to train bloggers to enter mainstream journalism than vice versa. Yeah, right. Seems like you should learn the rules before you learn how to break them... or is that just me?

What I hate most is Sand's suggestion that personality must be absent from the equation. People don't read columnists (or A-list blogs) for their information. They read them for their points of view. [read the rest... ]

Saturday, April 16, 2005

media whore is on the beat

Philadelphia Inquirer

The infraction Mitch Albom committed is as much a blow to the credibility of sportswriting as steroids have been to the credibility of baseball,says Don Steinberg. The Albom/steroids parallels are striking, he notes:

"A prolific hero scandalized for artificially enhancing his output. Leaders of his profession condemning the act but less prepared to oust the esteemed veteran who did it. An audience given reason to wonder: Can we still trust these guys? Is this how they get it done? Could the power behind other people's work be a charade, too?"


Freep ombud has received hundreds of e-mails about Albom (E&P)

Thursday, April 14, 2005

local news sucks

Winans says Albom should have known better. Hindsight really is 20/20. Wow! You have to excuse me. I've been asked to examine my writing of late. Going heavy on the sarcasm, whoo-wee. Mitch Albom. 'I'm too sexy for my fact-checker.'

Foster Winans has redeemed himself in the 20 years since his Wall Street Journal scandal. He works with non-profits & publishes a magazine in a Philly suburb. He's done anything & everything to make people forget that he made a mistake- a biig mistake- once, too. (Sh)it happens.

I posted about this yesterday & it bears repeating.

Albom's editors failed him because they assumed his celebrity status was akin to infallibility.

Now, Publisher's Weekly Ed-in-Chief Sara Nelson says the public doesn't care about Albom's scandal because to them, he's a novelist. Nelson said something akin to this: 'It's not as if he's Bob Woodward.'

Ouch, a backhand compliment if ever I've heard one. Nelson's taking lessons at the school of bitch from m&m. ;P

Thankfully, Mateen Cleaves, one of the players mentioned in Albom's tainted article, has come forward to defend him. I thought lil' Mateen was a class act back when my ex had me following Tom Izzo's Flintstones in the NCAA playoffs years ago. Glad to see he doesn't disappoint in the biggies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

news corpse

Poor, poor Mitch Albom. He's still the talk of the town, taking the blame for lax editing.

This fiasco is the obvious & inevitable result of newspapers attempting to respond to a changing media environment. They have to be ahead of the game & add some freshness to more immediate Internet & cable news reports.

Two best-selling books & Albom's sports column is in trouble. Ooo...

Face it, guy, you'll be writing to women for the rest of your life. TV movies starring Jack Lemmon & Jon Voight will be your punishment. Bad, bad Mitchie.

The good news is that most of the info found in the links above reveals many in the industry don't find Albom's sin unforgivable. (Rick Bragg survived, some semblance of his former self).

By the way, here's an ASNE article about the future of blogs & how newspapers may try to integrate them into overall coverage.

PS, I have a new column up at MBC about the Social insecurity debate. Take a look & tell me what you think.

will work for taxes

We can all breathe a sigh of relief this Sunday the 17th as we celebrate Tax Freedom Day. But another group is claiming you can't trust the government.

The Tax Foundation started Freedom day as a measure of how much taxes were sucking outta your income. It's done by dividing government tallies of all taxes collected in a year by all income earned the same year. The group claims it takes Jan. 1-Apr. 17, 107 days, for us to earn enough to pay Uncle Sam's salary.

I bet you have a laundry list of ideas- how you could take that money & make the country a far better place than our government has. Unfortunately, I like driving on paved roads. But does the cement to fill those potholes really cost millions of dollars?? Hmm, it is magic cement... it disappears in 2-5 years.

This year, we'll work 70 days for federal & 37 more for state/ local taxes. The group opposing The Tax Foundation's numbers says traditional findings should be approached with caution.

Each state's tax burden for '05 does not equal actual collection for '05. It's based on estimates, projections, & questionable collection methods derived from outdated information.

Case in point: Quite often, the Foundation revises initial calculations. The most recent editing said only 8 states had higher burdens in '02 than in 2000, not the 38 states initially claimed in '02. (The Census Bureau shows the tax burden rose in just 4 states during those same 2 years).

Monday, April 11, 2005

curiosity makes life a constant adventure

I have been accused of many things in my life. The most recent indictment is to me the most heinous of all.

Unadventurous.

I love to write. Hell, he might as well have said I lack creativity altogether. Unadventurous. What is that- code for boring?

Like a slap in the face, a kick in the groin, or a forcibly removed fingernail (??) such an insult has thrown me for a loop- & into my thinking corner for another three-minute session of quickie introspection.

What to do, what to do, what to do... I could be completely spontaneous & venture for a whirlwind trip somewhere. But I really don't want to go anywhere except Scotland & well, that's just not spontaneous, is it?

What else? I have been wanting to dye my hair. That may be the way to go. No sissy ass highlights. All out uh... titian! Red has all the adventure of blonde, minus the bimbo quotient.

Hair dye is soo messy, though & my hair is really fine. I have clothes & shoes for every occasion. But nothing I own goes with red hair. My car certainly doesn't. My computer doesn't. The decor really doesn't! Boo.

I'm not into being afraid. It doesn't do a thing for me, or my complexion. Neither does constantly venturing into unfamiliar territory.

I love counting on my sunsets at the lake- the way the light flickers across the water 'til day finally peters out. I love the deer. I love how, in the city, everyone is soo much nicer than people in the suburbs think we are. I love counting on these things because it's like a steady diet of joy spread out across my day, my week, my month- yes, my year.

The dumb stories my family tells. The way my guy looks at me when he thinks I don't see. My dog sleeping.

If I am boring, then I am also oblivious. And that makes me one of the most agreeable people you'd ever hope to meet.

*m&m pledges to do one thing everyday that scares her. vacuuming will NEVER ever be on that list!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

my next purchase-- the author gives great interview!

What motivates people? How do they get what they want? Economist Steven Levitt sets out to explore such questions, along with some of life's riddles, in Freakonomics, co-authored by Stephen J. Dubner. Image hosted by Photobucket.com

A professor at the University of Chicago, Mr. Levitt uses statistics to examine matters of everyday life: His subjects range from abortion and crime to game shows. Some of the chapter titles from Freakonomics illustrate Levitt's wide-ranging curiosity: Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? - How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real-estate agents? - What do school teachers & sumo wrestlers have in common?

Monday, April 04, 2005

of all the ways to find me. how did you get here from there?!

Weird search terms-

66.67% Google www.google.com
the coat hanger between the journalistic picture and the realized process for the text press

Now for the roundup-

Pink Lemonade Diva has the newest challenge. Go visit her Philly blogpost from 3/31 & summarize your life in 17 words. If you dare. All I could come up with was "Once upon a time..."

Glasshoppah has the photographic view from Hawai'i. Check out her galleries. They're all spectacular, but the one I linked to is my favorite. Mahalo.

DBrooks examines the philosophical side of things over at Enjoy the Pages of Your Life. He tackles the tough questions & puts some of my college profs to shame- but not any of the current ones! ;P

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Our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually. -Woodrow Wilson. Atlantic Monthly, 1923.
Was Wilson an idealist, an optimist of Dr. Pangloss' ilk, or just naive? Is there really a difference?
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Charlie of whatsit2you, fondly recalls Pope John Paul II. The first non-Italian church leader in several hundred years... I find questions about the next Pope's nationality a little presumptuous!

Go sing "Happy Birthday!" to talented musician Bud Buckley. While you're at it, take a listen to his songs and arrange to watch his upcoming shows in NYC.

Matt asks why oh why won't Wonkette go away? Another Philly blog, Tattered Coat tackles politics/events with humor & style.

As usual, Abby Taylor at Falafel Sex delivers the goods with her tale of online dating woe.

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I wanted to avoid the Schiavo controversy. However, a recent BBC radio report about Northern European countries electing to euthanize babies with certain chronic illnesses (NOT terminal, just chronic) made me rethink the whole controversy.
Check out this link on designer babies.
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Andrew Samwick- Voxbaby- out at Dartmouth has this intriguing discussion about the pyramid scheme that is American politicking.

Janet at The Art of Getting By is arranging a blog meetup in Jersey. She's also soliciting help as to why Haloscan sucks ALMOST as much as Blogger.

Because you wanted to know... Saint Nate says Sin City was friggin' awesome! His girlfriend offers her two word review on the blog as well.

More interesting hits to come. Check out my blogroll to your left for other fun places to visit.

Finally, thanks to Becky for this. You're right. It is only mildly amusing. I feel your pain- April Fools' SUCKED this year!