Posted on December 6, 2004 8:59 am by Shel Holtz
Would you buy a print magazine about blogs? You’ll soon have the opportunity. Tony Perkins, editor of the original Red Herring, is set to launch a quarterly magazine called Always On, dedicated to blogs and bloggers. An article in the San Jose Mercury News quotes Perkins: “`What we’re witnessing is the emergence of what I call the ‘fifth estate.’ Blogs are a more individualistic, more participatory, more independent media source.’‘
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The magazine will repackage the best blogs and commentary on the site along with original content, such as investigative stories and interviews with tech titans. The blogozine will focus on ‘innovations in
Posted on December 6, 2004 8:48 am by Shel Holtz
The case of Ellen Simonetti, the Delta flight attendant fired for photos posted to her blog has been discussed far and wide. It’s not the only case, though, as an article in Wired News points out. It’s also happened to a Web designer in Utah, a FedEx Kinko’s staffer and even a Microsoft temp. The article quotes Wendy Seltzer, a intellectual property attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who articulates they key problem with employee blogging in the US: “If they didn’t like the way you talked one day, they could, absent a specific agreement otherwise, they could fire you on the spot.”
One expert, a Louisiana State University
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Posted on December 6, 2004 8:39 am by Shel Holtz
Online advertising is already on the increase, and blogs will be among the venues for advertising, according to an article in this week’s BusinessWeek. The explosive growth of blogs—and the growing number of Internet users who read them (up to about 11%) has led Madison Avenue to pay more attention. But don’t expect the kind of advertising blitz that occurred when banner ads suddenly began appearing everywhere on the Web back in the 90s.
In the meantime, the value of blogs as a marketing tool continues to be debated. The latest entry on the pro side comes from Bob McCarthy in DM News, a site for the direct marketing industry.
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Posted on December 3, 2004 9:37 am by Shel Holtz
I was intrigued when I read Steve Rubel’s post on a New York Times op-ed piece by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh. The op-ed, according to Rubel, advocates press protections for bloggers.
So I clicked on over and read the piece and came away wondering how Steve arrived at that conclusion. Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one to think that Volokh made a case against treating bloggers as journalists in court. In his blog, Allan Jenkins notes, “Volokh’s real point is anything but happy news for bloggers.”
Indeed. Journalism is a profession; blogging is an avocation. Some journalists may violate a code of ethics, but at least they have
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Posted on December 3, 2004 9:11 am by Shel Holtz
If there was any doubt about podcasting’s momentum, an article in Newsweek should put an end to it. Brian Braiker writes that mainstream media has been quick to recognize the potential for podcasting (unlike blogs).
Since its inception just a few months ago, Minnesota Public Radio, Air America, Boston public-radio station WGBH, Public Radio International?s popular ?This American Life? and BBC radio, to name a few, have all started their own podcasts. Jon Gordon, host of Minnesota Public Radio’s nationally syndicated program ?Future Tense,? says his Web traffic doubled in October when he began podcasting.
Posted on November 18, 2004 7:45 am by Shel Holtz
First Philadelphia, then Alexandria. Back on Monday. I’ll post from hotels and airport terminals as time and connections permit.
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