No Bubble Here: Pulitzer Prizes Show Social Media is Core to Newsroom

April 18th 2012

I’ve been hearing the words “social bubble” a lot this week, even as Huffington Post and Politico become the first blogs to win Pulitzers. That’s a chance to reconsider what a bubble really is – and why if anything I think the mature use of social media is still a rare and hot commodity.

Spot Stupid without Reading a Whole Blog Post (Hint: Kill the Ninja)

October 18th 2010

A “happily ranty” how to on ditching tired social media formulas to write stronger content, and be a social media statesman rather than another social media windbag.

On Lawyer Advertising, Free Speech, Personal Injury Law, Ethics and Decency

April 12th 2010

This is  a story about Eric and Jack, who both blog about the law with an eye on topics that are enlightening, ennobling, or at least entertaining. By now you’ve probably heard about Eric Turkewitz, who wrote an April 1st post in his NY Personal Injury Law Blog announcing he was the new Whitehouse blogger. […]

Do You Need Liability Insurance For Your Personal Blog? You May Already Have Some.

November 15th 2009

If you’re blogging, you’re a publisher.  Yesterday I posted about how Cyber Liability Insurance may help firms mitigate the risks of new online business activities. But what about your personal blog? Liability for Your Personal Blog? Oh, yes. Andrew Hamilton published a website, Forgotten Ohio, in which he retold a local ghost story about a […]

Beating Censors With the World’s Only Whiteboard Based Blog

November 9th 2009

In Monrovia, Liberia, there’s a guy taking the matter of a lopsided, state-run media and reshaping it into a free-of-charge, independent news-aggregator—all accomplished with a whiteboard and couple of markers. (No Internet required!) Each morning, at 10:45 a.m., Alfred Sirleaf heads to his bulletin board to post the day’s news, culling together a slate of […]

Pay for Play Raises Concerns from Gartner’s Magic Quadrant to Paris Hilton’s Twitters

November 7th 2009

Discussions of regulating digital marketing were just below the surface at New York Ad:Tech.  My last post gave an overview of efforts to regulate digital marketing. Now, here’s an interview at Ad:Tech by reporter David Spark with Ted Murphy, CEO of Izea, the company that makes the paid blogging service Social Spark. Ted’s been in […]

Mass. Bill Proposes Access for Political Bloggers and a Video Record of Committee Meetings

July 4th 2009

We’ve seen governments monitor private citizens through video surveillance and increased access to electronic records. Here’s a proposal for citizens, and their media, to use some of these same tools to follow the work of their representatives in government. Massachusetts’ Open Meeting Law and Public Record Law may be expanded by S1458 to provided better access […]

Erosion of Speech Freedoms is How Censorship Grows in the U.S.

June 23rd 2009

Censorship it easy to spot when China or Iran simply turn off media channels. However, in the US, well-meaning local agencies are also advancing censorship. Want a job? Give us your social media passwords. The City of Bozeman, Montana, has a long-standing policy of requiring job applicants to provide usernames and passwords for “any and […]

Estimated Value of Top Blogs Surprisingly Resiliant

March 2nd 2009

Any way you read the data, the exercise of blog valuation done by 24/7 Wall St. casts a new light on changes in advertising, the involvement of founding owners, and changing tastes. Admittedly, these are estimates of value, which, absent an actual buyer, is at best informed conjecture. OK, its one blogger spouting off about the […]

First They Came for the Political Bloggers

February 3rd 2009

Two weeks ago, the Senate considered a lobbying reform bill which would reportedly have required bloggers who communicate to more than 500 members of the public on public policy matters to register and report quarterly to Congress, in much the same way as K Street lobbyists. The blog Wonkette reports that this over-reaching requirement was […]