Brilliant closing line by Sarah Lacey (probably her first interesting line in many years):
We were going to reach out to Godin yesterday, but instead figured we could write this story by aggregating what everybody in the world thinks of Squidoo, and then asking him to pay us $400 to remove the parts he may not agree with.
What most have missed though is the huge marketing campaign, even if not entirely positive, the Squidoo Brands release aggregated in only 2 days. Marketing Guru Seth Godin 1 – 0 ‘tIntarwebz.
Not only am I a fan of Trent Reznor’s because of his music, but I also admire the guy for his online marketing understanding and knowledge. He did what brought Radiohead probably their biggest moment of fame, the In Rainbows release on a pay what you want principle, earlier already and actually had a plan for both Ghosts and The Slip.
Some days ago he chimed in once more and delivered his stance on whether artists should charge for their music or not.
The digital revolution killed the art of handwriting. Umberto Eco via frankylicio.us.
My parents’ handwriting was slightly slanted because they held the sheet at an angle, and their letters were, at least by today’s standards, minor works of art. At the time, some – probably those with poor hand- writing – said that fine writing was the art of fools. It’s obvious that fine handwriting does not necessarily mean fine intelligence. But it was pleasing to read notes or documents written as they should be.
I for once defend WordPress after many bloggers were hacked because they had not updated their blogs software to the latest version.
mUmBRELLA on lazy journalism:
I hate the phrase lazy journalism.
It suggests that an undercooked story is because the journalist doesn’t work hard. Many times that’s not true.
Mind you the reality isn’t much more attractive to lovers of the old school journalism of contacts, beats and knocking on doors. But it does have big implications for PRs.
A more accurate description of what we’re seeing today is ROI journalism – where efficiency with scarce journalistic resource means that journos are spread thinner and have more ground to cover than ever before.