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Archives: January 2008

Pure Web Video Brutality

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 31

At least it seems like that if you try to get through the entire thing. Ex Gawker-ite Choire Sicha and I, uhm "clash" on a new-ish and very rambling episode...

Keep Spending Millions On TV Ads, Politicos. I'm Sure It Will Work Someday.

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 30

In the yes-but department: Time's Joe Klein, writing for Time's excellent campaign blog Swampland, is all about finding the silver linings thus far in the '08 Presidential Race. Including this...

The Most Significant Recent Event For The New York Times Co. Is . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 30

Multiple choice: The more significant event in recent days for the New York Times Co. is:...

Murdoch And "Variable Pricing" Is The New "Free?"

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 24

A colleague and I had caught wind earlier this week that News Corp. would not make the Wall Street Journal online free, after all, and while we heard that the...

What Livebloggging The Sundance Premiere of U2 3D—Which Is, Um, U2’s 3D Concert Film—Would Have Looked Like, Had It Been Possible To Liveblog It

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 21

What follows is a reconstruction of the US premiere, at Sundance on January 19, of the aforementioned movie. For obvious technical reasons, like the fact it was ten degrees, tops,...

A Smart Piece About Katie Couric In The Morning Versus Katie Couric In The Evening

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 18

The Atlantic’s Caitlin Flanagan is a talented writer whose work I often find exasperating, but her review of Ed Klein’s book on Katie Couric (which she wisely uses as an...

On The Shrinking Significance Of Alternative Weeklies And College Radio Stations

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 17

It’s always autumn in certain segments of media right now, and even those still (barely) on the gentle side of 40 are tempted to look out at dusk and think...

Department Of Nobody-Asked-Me-But . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 11

This week's column contains some suggestions for how new Tribune owner Sam Zell might make his big deal work. My goof in not asking all of you for input. So...

Link Between Audiences Of Led Zeppelin And GOP Debate Sighted!

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 11's Ana Marie Cox spots some subtext; we happily point out the common denominator....

Industry Woes Finally Hitting Country Music

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 09

Last summer, Glenn at called my attention to a very interesting music-biz stat: In 2007, country album sales were in steep decline. And they were. Around the time we...

They Still Let Anyone Do Video On The Web

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 08

Michael Hirschorn, executive vice-president of VH1 and a columnist for The Atlantic and I squared off recently for an episode of, a site I've been fond of for quite...

Top Political Consultants Feed Concerns No Politicos Understand How Advertising Has Changed

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 08

In a New York Times Op-Ed piece from last Sunday, Mark Mellman and Michael Bloomfield, the top execs at political strategy and consultant Mellman Group, divined a crucial truth about...

Mitch Fox, Lucky Publisher Sandy Golinkin Out At Conde Nast

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 07

Ever-so-slightly ahead of an imminent major reorganization announcement (UPDATE 5:45 PM: announcement pasted after the jump), I am hearing that Conde Nast Group President Mitch Fox is leaving the company—something...

Regarding A Free Wall Street Journal Online

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 03

Paid Content’s Joseph Weisenthal beats me (by a lot) to blogging thoughtfully about Bear Stearns analyst Spencer Wang’s number-crunching regarding what might happen should News Corp. ditch's subscription model...

The Weather Channel Sale Scenario I'd Really Like To See

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 03

Google buys it. Seriously....

Seeking Clarity In Iowa Caucus Coverage Despite Ridiculous Levels Of Oversaturation

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 02

You might recall that when the ridiculously compressed primary schedule was set (assuming such a haphazard, state-by-state process ever gets “set,” as opposed to “skidded towards and accidentally arrived at...


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