Posts from March 19, 2004

Packaged

Packaged
: Bob Stepno quotes a response to the big state-of-media report that just came out, this from Earl Wilkerson, exec director of the International Newspaper Marketing Association. Says Bob:

He summarizes some of the report’s conclusions this way: “We need more journalists, we need more editors to counter-balance all of that unfiltered blogging on the Internet, and media owners need to sacrifice earnings to do that.”

Not so, he says, at least not for newspapers. He thinks they have a bigger need for niche products, things like quick-read tabloids for the youth market. He goes on …:

“I would respectfully argue that publishing companies don[base ']t need more journalists. We need more editors, re-packagers, researchers, and consumer marketers. It’s easy to say we need ‘all of the above.’ Yet the abdication of news gathering by other traditional media, notably television, leaves newspapers in the unique competitive position of having by far the most ‘boots on the ground’ gathering news.”

I say that Wilkerson is right. This is a packaging medium. Most news sites are about packaging news from other sources. And weblogs are certainly about packaging news from everywhere. And that’s a wonderful thing: With all these great sources of news newly accessible, there’s a need for packaging. Packaging is value.

However, it’s still true that without money going to the core news sources to report, there’ll be no news to package. And that is an issue for the news industry and all of us.

Another convert

Another convert
: Thanks to other night’s NJ blogger MeetUp, NJ.com has a new blogger.

Blunt

Blunt
: Mark Cuban posts an apology to fans the morning after a bad Mavs game under the headline, “I suck.”

The Daily Stern

The Daily Stern

: PORNOGRAPHER OPRAH: This morning, Stern tried to play a clip from the Oprah show yesterday in which they were doing exactly what Stern was fined for yesterday: defining sexual colloquialisms. Oprah defined “tossing your salad,” Howard defined “David Copperfield.” Oprah played it on her show. Jimmy Kimmel played the clip on his network show to make the point. But Stern’s button-pushers hit the delay button when he tried to play it. Howard begged to play it: Let them fine Oprah as a pornographer. But they won’t fine Oprah. They only want to fine Stern. Same statement, different mouths, different treatment.

I just bought the transcript of the Oprah show and here is what was said yesterday:

WINFREY: OK–so–OK, so what is a salad toss?

Ms. BURFORD: OK, a tossed salad is–get ready; hold on to your underwear for this one–oral anal sex. So oral sex to the anus is what tossed salad is.

Hi, Mom.

That is exactly the kind of statement for which Stern was fined yesterday. Exactly. Here‘s the Stern transcript. And I quote:

HS: Well, a blumpkin is receiving oral sex while you