Searing indictment of the press

May 14, 2004
By tom

I know, why are indictments always searing? OK, anyway: I just finished reading an Atlantic Monthly article about the dark art of digging dirt on political rivals. The story talks about how it crippled the Dean campaign and wounded the Gore campaign (why is it Republicans are so much better at it?) … but...

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How bloggers will make a living

May 13, 2004
By tom

In a couple years, Jason Calcanis says, the most popular blogs will all belong to celebrities. If every celebrity wants a blog in 2006, and writing talent is spread among celebrities in about the same proportion as the general population, there’s gonna be huge demand for ghost bloggers — people who do the writing...

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Ruminations on the war on terror

May 11, 2004
By tom

Gotta say something about the latest turn of events in this Iraqi adventure of ours. I wasn’t particularly surprised by the prison abuse photos; I was more surprised that people who raised no objections to invading a sovereign country and killing God knows how many innocents along with the guilty few got themselves tied...

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Meet the new Blogger

May 10, 2004
By tom

Blogger.com has a new look and new features (no word on when they get new servers, which is what they’ve always needed most), which means that Copy Massage and Common sense journalism now feature calm forest green accents instead of the obnoxious orange orange. Trust me, I’ve shaken hands with both of these guys...

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Raves for Fortune’s Loomis

May 10, 2004
By tom

Always On Network praises legendary biz reporter Carol Loomis.

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Sci-fi meets Banned for Life

May 10, 2004
By tom

Via Maud‘s blog: The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clich?s

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The kind of blog a newspaper needs

May 6, 2004
By tom

Last Saturday I saw the San Francisco Giants defeat the Florida Marlins. I knew the score but I had to read the Merc’s account of the game in Sunday’s paper. I’m habitually going to the Internet Movie Database or Rottentomatoes.com to read reviews on movies I’ve already seen. I imagine most avid readers have...

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What the hell were they thinking?

May 6, 2004
By tom

No need to link to any of the latest horrors from Iraq. Three clicks in any direction will find you all the fresh hell you require. I was against this war from the start but I’ve kept my opinions off this blog, for the most part, to avoid getting into arguments that soak up...

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A linguist in hell

May 5, 2004
By tom

… no, this has nothing to do with working on the copy desk; it’s an amusing retrofit of a “guy gets to choose between heaven and hell” joke you’ve probably already heard. It has linguists but no Chomsky (I just put his name in there for the Google hits). Link via MeMo.

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Coverage of the war…

May 5, 2004
By tom

…. depends on who’s side you’re on. A Lebanese editor’s commentary, linked at editorsweblog.org. In this time of war, both the US and Arab media mirror and pander to their public opinions, reflect and promote a rising tide of patriotic sentiment, stereotype and sometimes demonize the other and resolutely and irresponsibly refuse to probe...

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For all you biz/financial editors

May 5, 2004
By tom

Occurs to me there might be a story in the profusion of blogs about the stock market. I’m a bit of a dabbler, as you might’ve noticed after my reams of verbiage about the Google IPO. Last summer I started reading tradermike.net, the blog of an Atlanta guy who trades stocks for a living...

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Found another one…

May 5, 2004
By tom

… Becky Bowers, a national desk copy editor at the St. Pete Times, is the keeper of La Pluma Roja (Spanish for The Red Pen), a mostly personal blog. Found the link over at blocletters.com, which reminds me: If you’re a regular Chaffmeister, your prime directive is to tell me whenever you find an...

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Requiem for a digicam

May 5, 2004
By tom

Side Salad laments the passing of his camera. A fun quote: Random, stupid and meaningless photography of everyday activities – and some that aren’t so ordinary – is my heroin. Suggestion for a parlor game: Fill in the blank — “Random, stupid and meaningless XXXX is my heroin.” First person to say “sex” has...

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In praise of Christopher Byron

May 5, 2004
By tom

Byron’s the guy who wrote the juicy tell-all book about Martha Stewart. John Ettorre, keeper of the Working With Words blog, talks about Byron’s newest tome, an expose on Jack Welch of GE. Should be a barn-burner. I’ve somehow never mentioned the incomparable Christopher Byron before, for which I assign myself a self-imposed 50...

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PR guy has a swell blog

May 5, 2004
By tom

Steve Rubel, NYC PR dude, pointed me to Micro Persuasion, his blog about the intersection of news, publicity and blogging. Good stuff, especially judging from his Technorati profile.

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