Posts from May 22, 2005

Follow the money

Follow the money

: Two interesting jobs in’s listings, always a good source for industry intelligence:

: Yahoo: Manager of mergers and acquisitions. Lots of action there.

: Motorola: Director of business operations, iRadio: “Motorola is planning to make the mobile phone the center of a new music experience, combining high-speed internet access with Bluetooth technology to offer music anytime, anywhere.. The new service, called iRadio, will allow consumers to easily beam radio streams and personal collections to a nearby stereo system, whether in the car, home, or office.”

: Coca-Cola: Interactive brand manager: Proving that interactive is about branding.

Some lesson in free speech and responsibility

Some lesson in free speech and responsibility

: A high-school principal in Georgia has gone after the school’s paper and now the students have blog telling their story. An AP story reports:

This school year’s final edition of a high school student newspaper was killed and the school’s journalism class was eliminated after the principal said the paper highlighted negative stories and a lack of thorough reporting. Randolph Bynum, principal of Pebblebrook High School in Cobb County, cut the class citing a teacher shortage and the need to keep more popular courses like cosmetology. But he also criticized the paper for negative stories at the expense of articles more favorable to the school’s image, and for a lack of thoroughness in its reporting of stories on teen pregnancy and vandalism in the school parking lot.

Go to these PDF links and you will see that this is an impressive newspaper that, indeed, covers hard issues like teen pregnancy and gambling and even anti-evolution textbook stickers.

The principal, like any bureaucrat, is apparently allergic to transparency — which is all the more reason why the student body and the community are well-served by this very good newspaper.

There could be no better lesson in the need for journalism.

But there’s some hope: The school got a new principal last week. Here is her email address:

Journalists and bloggers alike should come to the aid of these good students and their teacher — and free speech — and send email to Ms. Montgomery. I have.

Congress sucks

Congress sucks

: That’s what I love about blogs: No mincing, dicing, slicing, saucing words. Congress sucks. That pretty much says it. They’re going berserk over their pandering grandstanding and not paying attention to business and the American people hate them for it.

Sunday, David Brooks goes after not the left fringe or the right fringe but the wimpy middle for not bringing sense to the senseless and averting a nuclear meltdown:

As we descend down this path, the moderates are being serenaded for their valiant efforts to find a compromise. I’m all for valiant efforts, but why do the independent types always have to be so ineffectual? Why do they always have to play their accustomed role: well-intentioned roadkill?

The answer, to be blunt, is that some of the moderates are moderates out of conviction. They do have courage. But many moderates are simply people who feel cross-pressured by different political forces, and their instinctive response is to shrink from pressure. They lack spirit to take risks, to actually lead.

These 12 senators believe the looming nuclear showdown will be terrible for their institution. They had a deal within their grasp that would have headed this off, a deal that was just and fair: up or down votes for nominees and respect for minority rights. But as I write, they haven’t been able to put it together.

No more sweetheart press for the responsible middle. Put up or shut up.