Don’t hug me; I’m wearing a bomb
: Terry Teachout has a great line today in his Wall Street Journal review of Sixteen Wounded:
But Mr. Kraiem’s stalwart attempt to humanize the face of terrorism is just the sort of thing guaranteed to please Manhattan playgoers, who like nothing better than poking smugly at the limits of their tolerance. If Satan himself were to materialize in Times Square at high noon tomorrow, you can bet that by 12:05 the streets would be crammed with Upper West Siders eager to hear his side of the story, so long as he promised to check into the Betty Ford Clinic the next day.
Windows help, please…
: Lately, my Sony laptop (using XP Pro) has started freezing for no apparent reason. It comes back after about 30 seconds and a beep; I’m not sure whether hitting the old control-alt-delete works, but I keep hitting it. I’ve caught it at these moments running at 100 percent. But I have not caught which application seems to be doing it. I’ve gone into config and killed everything at start-up that I can. Anybody else experiencing this? Any suggestions short of rebuilding?
The privacy boogeyman
: Anil says — and I agree — that “privacy is like ‘the children,’ a blanket excuse for any unjustifiable freakout.”
Embracing citizens’ media
: Here’s Leonard Witt on how citizens’ media can improve media companies if they’ll embrace it. This is one of the themes I’ll be harping on next week when I’m on a panel about blogging at the American Society of Newspaper Editors confab in D.C.
The power of blog buzz
: Many of us have seen it: A mention of a blog in a paper or a magazine or even on TV doesn’t bring in nearly the traffic of a big blog link. I get much more traffic from a mention by Glenn Reynolds than from a mention in Time magazine or the New York Times.
I remember the business head of MSNBC.com telling me sometime ago that Glenn Reynolds’ column there gets more traffic from external blogs than from the internal promotional power of the meganewssite.
See Media Drop‘s comments (and links to Terry Heaton and Bill Hobbs) on a panel discussion that brought gasps to the lungs of flacks when they heard this phenom: Blogs cause more links than big, old media.
Now on the one hand, this may be stating the obvious: A linking medium causes links. But I do think it is proof of the influence and buzz-making power of weblogs. Print and TV have no means to answer a call to action; blogs do. Print and TV give us a big tapioca of information; blogs give us personal recommendations (someone who says, click here because I think you should).
This should be an underlying theme of tomorrow’s Bloggercon session on making blogs make money, for it points to the unique value of this medium over others. We (pardon me) make buzz like a machine.