Posts from March 8, 2004

Wie sagt man, ‘HEH’?

Wie sagt man, ‘HEH’?
: Der Spiegel finally figured out that Germans don’t necessarily love George Bush, no matter what its online poll said.

The magazine did some reporting and discovered the David’s Medienkritik and all its readers and freeping, footballing friends, among others, went to the Spiegel “poll” and gave a boost to Bush.

Votes are a fine thing, the butter on the news bread. [Huh? -ed] They give the online media macher [note translator’s ironic license with Yiddish -ed] feedback about how readers see things. Almost 60 percent of Spiegel Online readers saw George W. Bush as a top President, for example. We know why.

Because Germans are coming to their senses about Iraq? Because Spiegel readers are right-wing? No… Because the Internet has a sense of humor (even if Der Spiegel does not). Heh.

Refreshing candor

Refreshing candor
: If only Martha had been this honest.

Nick Denton confesses today:

I was, as they say back home, royally shafted. That’s just like shafted, only worse. For those of you who doesn’t follow every navel-gazing twist and turn of the blog world, Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc., a rival, poached one of Gawker Media’s writers, Pete Rojas of Gizmodo.

Sure, we recovered quickly. Joel Johnson, who was going to write another upcoming site, stepped in. And traffic has rebounded, though those readers may simply be enthralled by the spectacle of an online car crash happening in real time.

But the fact remains that I was caught unawares. I was in Brazil, my mind on other things. Before Pete gave his notice, he and Calacanis already had a slick copycat site — Engadget — ready to go. The shafting will be complete, today, with an artfully-placed item in New York Magazine, in which Calacanis boasts of his plans for 500 blogs. Round One to Calacanis. On to Round Two.

Is there any broader meaning to all this? Well, I have just one tentative conclusion. Blogs are likely to be better for readers than for capitalists….

Taking blogging personally

Taking blogging personally
: My colleague Joe Territo gets and loves weblogs. He loves them so much, he has tried to create them four times (here he recounts his blogging archeology). The last time he gave it up, he made me promise to stop him before he blogged again. I didn’t. And I’m glad I didn’t, for the fourth time is the charm. And Joe tells me he has learned something with this latest one: It works when it gets personal. He blogged about the news before and intended to do that again. But last night, he wrote a wonderful and quite personal post on Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. This is the Joe I know; it’s a post that has his voice and heart; I know he has found his blogging groove.

Irony, thy name is Dick

Irony, thy name is Dick
: Dick Clark sued for age discrimination. [via PR Bop]

Putting your mouth where your money is

Putting your mouth where your money is
: VC and visionary Joi Ito has made a big decision: He’s going to stop investing and concentrate on helping make SixApart (Movable Type) the big success he’s convinced it will be.