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Archives: January 2006

Insufficient Funk . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 26

. . Grand Funk, that is. This week's column, on the declining fortunes of the mainstream rock band, can be found on newsstands starting tomorrow and right here....

Long Weekend Sighted Ahead

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 26

I'm about to spend a few days out of the country, so things will be silent here until next Tuesday. I'll approve comments submitted over the weekend and start posting... Prepares To Feast On The Marrow Of All Competitors

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 25

Maybe not. But new social network site, launched last April by two Jersey teens, already winning some attention from Jersey's biggest and most mainstream media outlet. One of the...

Just Another Week In Media. And It's Only Tuesday.

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 24

On Sunday, at Sundance, screens its first efforts to do internet TV, "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher." (Side note: We have to invent a new term. "Internet TV" is...


Posted by: Jon Fine on January 20

It was great to see this today, because I needed to be reminded how much I like Richard Scrushy. (And the whole phenomenon of paid-for newspaper accounts, some of which...

The Local Paper of the Future?

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 18

Is this the new local newspaper? The Caveats: This kind of approach will only in work for readers and citizens of certain towns--affluent, plugged-in, in-on-the-joke. Of course, these towns are...

The Three Day Weekend Problem

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 17

A lot of good comments came in over the three day weekend. All of them sat unseen by everyone until a few minutes ago. The way the blogs are set...

Got To Be Real? Um, No, Actually.

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 13

Meghan O’Rourke rightly notes in Slate that the larger truth about Oprah’s response to the James Frey flap is that in certain climates of this culture, anything that provides a...

What Happens If Content Players Start Pushing Back At Google?

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 12

With something other than lawsuits, that is. I've laid out some of my thoughts on that prospect here. What are yours?...

That Was Then . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 12

Therre was a boom for media not so long ago, right? Right? Fast Company and Inc., then and now....

Factoid of the day

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 10

Apple has sold eight million video downloads since October 12, Steve Jobs said during his appearance at Macworld today....

Perhaps You Just Put Your Finger On The Problem

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 05

From a just-released press release put out by Mort Zuckerman's New York Daily News (emphasis mine): NEW YORK, N.Y., Jan. 5, 2006 -- Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Chairman and Publisher of...

Conde Nast: Mary Berner Out

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 04

Mary Berner, former CEO of Conde Nast's Fairchild unit and current Group President of Conde Nast's Fairchild division, is leaving the company at the end of this month. Ms. Berner,...

Dow Jones: Rich Zannino In . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 03

. . . Peter Kann and Karen Elliott House out. We have the first big media news of '06: the husband-and-wife duo who've long helmed Dow Jones and the...

Happy New Year. Now Let Me Apologize.

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 03

There was a backlog of unposted comments this morning because a certain technological genius (that would be me) was not able to remotely access this blog while away for the...


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