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Archives: May 2007

On Aggregation

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 29

I've been thinking a lot about the power of aggregation on the Web--how a bunch of stuff from lots of different companies is much more powerful than a standalone site...

Additional Evidence Anyone Can Do Video On The Web

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 25

In the below video, I express bafflement at Michael Wolff's insistence that the New York Times Co. is dangerously close to being "in play," and attempt to make him...

The New York Yankees Are More Harmful To The Commonweal Than Lindsay Lohan

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 24

In a brilliant and arch bit of debunkery, Slate’s Jack Shafer rightly pish-poshes Al Gore's and Thomas Friedman’s handwringing over how news outlets are Britney-izing themselves (and us) away from...

Nowadays Anyone Can Do Video On The Web! (Who Knew?)

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 22

Experiment time: Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff (with whom I semiregularly spar about things media on CNBC) and I are playing around with videos for in which we pontificate...

CBS Upfront: Lots Of David Caruso, Tearful Kids, The Obligatory Second Life Bit, And Enough Shrimp To Fill A Swimming Pool

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 17

(Am I the only one who noticed that CBS had 13 screens onstage at their upfront presentation? Maybe. A highly impressionistic account of said event, transcribed from notes scribbled in...

For Some Reason, No One Has Written Marketing Books With These Cringe-Inducing Titles. Yet.

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 16

I get lots of books sent to me about marketing. This lets one survey the manifold desperate-to-cash-in-on-‘edgy’-cultural-signifiers kinda titles that are often slapped on said books in an attempt to,...

The NBC Upfront, And The Upfronts In General

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 15

Random observations regarding NBC’s upfront. (Note: I arrived late and thus missed some key previews. Those security dudes mean business.) --The remake of Bionic Woman frankly seems ludicrous to me,...

Mr. Cuban and Mr. Hurley Go To Washington

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 11

Or, rather, Mark Cuban and Chad Hurley went to Washington, on May 10. They were there to testify regarding Net neutrality issues, among other things, in front of e House...

Chris Albrecht Out At HBO

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 10

In the end, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. HBO Chairman-CEO Chris Albrecht’s arrest there last weekend for allegedly assaulting a female companion led to his corporate ouster...

Paul Steiger Did What?

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 08

The long run in journalism for Norman Pearlstine, a former top editor of the Wall Street Journal, is marred by one nasty late-career blot: he turned over Time reporter Matt...

Murdoch's Big Plans For The Wall Street Journal (Assuming He Ends Up Owning It)

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 04

The more I read and think about this, the more I come to the interpretation that Rupert sees in the Wall Street Journal a chance to build a paper that...

Examples Of Misguided Journalistic Handwringing Over The Prospect of Rupert Murdoch Owning The Wall Street Journal

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 02

I hope this will not become an ongoing series. Dean Starkman opines in the Columbia Journalism Review about the $60 per share bid Rupert Murdoch's News Corp made for Dow...

Paul Steiger's Memo To The Wall Street Journal's Newsroom Regarding The News Corp Bid

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 02

A friend passes this along: To the staff, It is never easy to cover one’s own organization, but I know you are up to the task. A few reminders: --It...

Some Thoughts on Rupert Murdoch and Dow Jones

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 01

1. Anyone want to argue that News Corp. owning Dow Jones could be good for the Wall Street Journal and the company—or at least better than its management of the...


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