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Archives: April 2008

Back When Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Boldly Crossed The Videogame Frontier

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 29

I was fact-checking an upcoming column's potential reference to an old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups tagline, and happened upon this delightful relic of '80's videogame culture at YouTube....

Those Miley Cyrus Photos: The Upcoming Damage Control Operation

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 28

How likely is it that Miley will be on the cover of the next OK! or People mag, telling “her side of the story”? With a coverline that advertises something...

Spotted: New Revenue Stream For Newspapers?

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 25

Dutch designer Greetje van Tiem has an intriguing idea. There must be a Murdoch joke in here somewhere. (Hat tip: alert reader and emailer Dave Smith)...

Towards A Unified Theory Of Making A Good Business From Mediocrity, Network News Division

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 23

Slate’s Troy Patterson spent some quality time recently with CBS News’ slate of programs, and, from the sounds of it, it damn near made him lose his mind:...

The New CEO Of That Viacom/Lion's Gate/MGM Cable Channel . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 22

. . . which the world heard about yesterday, will be former Showtime exec Mark Greenberg, writes my colleague Tom Lowry, in a nice bit of breaking news you...

Felix Dennis And That "Confession:" April Fool's? Well . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 18

“Let’s get the murder thing out of the way,” said Felix Dennis, founder of Maxim and many other magazines big and small, by way of greeting a crowd of journalism...

Regarding Radio, And A Speech At The National Association of Broadcasters Conference

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 15

Got a few emails about this speech given yesterday at the National Association of Broadcasters conference by NAB President-CEO David Rehr, in particular this part:...

Story/Software Tension Sighted In Potential Deal For Yahoo!

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 11

An unnamed source is buried deep in the big Wall Street Journal piece today, the one detailing some backroom manuevers in the whole Google/News Corp/AOL/Microsoft group-grope-cum-competition for Yahoo. Said source...

Who Rupert Murdoch Had On Speed Dial

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 10

Many stories are told by many random objects on display at the Newseum--which I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours at yesterday, in advance of its official opening...

More On Culture Clashes Between Software And Story

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 04

This week’s column sought to plumb the tensions inherent when tech outfits run media companies, and also to revisit the chafing that's occuring between traditional media companies and an ad-networked...

In Which I Disagree With Rupert Murdoch, And Raise A Slightly-Related Question

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 03

Media regulation in the US has been wacky lately. And, for some reason, no matter how battered newspapers are, how déclassé they are for the younger set and the investor...

An Alternate Perspective On Tribune Hiring Lee Abrams

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 01

Tribune recently hired former all-star radio consultant Lee Abrams to be its chief innovation officer. When the company did so, it likely did not expect some bloggy backlash from diehard...


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