Monthly Archives: January 2011

My first masthead :-)

Need suggestions of blogs to read

My fave cover so far. I want this dress!

I love this town

Engagement is a mindset, not a series of activities

I get the sense folks in other disciplines would be surprised at just how unaccustomed journalists are to assessing what works and what doesn’t, beyond anecdotal evidence. (I’ve written some about what we should be measuring and how one chain of TV stations is approaching analytics.) We have much to learn about measurement. Let’s get to it.

Joy Mayer is a smarty pants. Find her on Twitter at @majerjoy on on the blog this is from :-)

Journalism panicked

So I wrote what I know, or rather what I’ve learned, which could be summed up this way: when the Internet forced journalism to compete economically after years of monopoly, journalism panicked and adopted some of the worst examples of the nothing-based economy, in which success depends on the continued infantilization of both supply and demand. At the same time, journalism clung to its myths of objectivity and detachment, using them to dismiss the emerging blogger threat as something unserious and fundamentally parasitic, even as it produced a steady stream of obsessive but sneering trend stories on the blogosphere.

Please read the entire piece. As some have already pointed out though, this is the money paragraph.

I think they’re trying to tell us something…

Ahh… delightful.

My morning commute reading material:

The HFPA: Exporters of American culture

To establish favorable relations and cultural ties between foreign countries and the United States of America by the dissemination of information concerning the American culture and traditions as depicted in motion pictures and television through news media in various foreign countries;

This is the first thing listed under the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s mission statement. All I can say is: DEAR GOD.

In case it’s not clear to you what they’re saying here, let me try to explain it.

They’re saying American culture and traditions are depicted in American films and TV shows (umm… not so sure about that).

They’re saying people in other countries want to know about our culture and traditions (or maybe they don’t and we’re going to cram it down their throats anyway).

They’re saying that Hollywood films and TV shows are a good vehicle for transmitting information about our culture and traditions to foreigners.