Krap Dance

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I consider myself pretty culturally sensitive but this one’s too good to pass up. At a local Cambodian restaurant which we frequent I spotted this poster up on the wall. This is absolutely no comment on the quality of their food nor what it may do to you as you digest it but one has to wonder the reaction of English-speaking tourists in Cambodia when asked if they want to view the “Krap Dance”

GM Blogs

I’m here at the New Communications Forum conference up in Napa, now in the second session on "Corporate Blogging" and so far Bob Lutz’s General Motors Blog, Fast Lane has been mentioned at least five times as a blog that’s been done right and an example to study and follow.

    – it has an authoritative yet human voice. Bob Lutz is the Vice Chairman of General Motors speaking directly to his customers.
    – comments and trackbacks are enabled.
    – it has an RSS feed
    – it runs on Movable Type

Bloggers vs. Journalists, it’s Over says Jay Rosen

NYU’s Jay Rosen declares the “war” between New and Old Media over in a long keynote at the recent Blogging, Journalism & Credibility conference at Harvard. Pulling together quotes from key posts over the past few years he says that we really need to stop staring each other in the eyes waiting for the other to blink and realize that the opinionated bloggers and objective journalists need each other. One is not better than the other, they are both different sides of the story and both necessary to paint a complete picture. To a certain extent, the popularity of blogs is a result of the audience (and the working journalist) wanting to pull back some of the powers they’ve ceded to mainstream media.

The price of professionalizing journalism was the de-voicing of the
journalist. The price for having mass media was the atomization of the
audience, who in the broadcasting model were connected “up” to the
center but not “across” to each other. Well, blogging is a re-voicing
tool in journalism, and the Net’s strengths in horizontal communication
mean that audience atomization is being overcome.

Higher Relevance = Lower Ad Sales

Kind of obvious when you think about it but if the industry were to continue down the path of developing the perfect search engine that could find you exactly what you were looking for, would you even bother clicking on a context sensitive advertisement?