Here again, we bring you "Strumpette Shorts," the cute little briefs buzzin' around the coffee klatch this morning.
- First, from the The Telegraph... there was a great article yesterday titled "Trouble in online paradise." According to the author Chris Stevens: “What began as an idyllic retreat for gamers and sci-fi fans has begun to sprout rotten polygons. From real-life murders and underground sweatshops, to money-laundering and child prostitution, virtual landscapes such as Second Life have shown that our migration to online worlds can be as traumatic and destructive as our colonization of real ones.”
Hello, Aedhmar Hynes! Talk about words coming back to haunt ya. See "Text100 CEO Releases Statement Regarding 'Game' Accusation." You just got to wonder how gassed up some people were NOT to have predicted this. Word is Aedhmar's STILL HIGH on SL. Arrrgh, our business. I am again reminded of the Woody Allen quote, "It's nothing a fist full of Prozac and a baseball bat couldn't cure."
- Oh, then there's this: if you haven't already heard, KD Paine has in all likelihood lost the farm, i.e. literally. It sure looks grim. In her words: "After a week of trying to talk to my bank about why they shouldn't auction off my house on June 15 for back taxes and getting no where, I decided to resort to the blogosphere. Let's see if this gets their attention." For more information, visit www.shankhassick.com.
On an odd side note, the only people I've ever known personally to file for bankruptcy were both CPAs ironically. I mean, the thought of one of PR's top measurement gurus in foreclosure is a little disconcerting on a very fundamental level.
- Speaking of bankruptcy, did you see where Jessica Cutler filed for Chapter 7 last Wednesday? Now, she's no CPA. She's the former congressional staff assistant for former Senator Mike DeWine whose online sex diary landed her a book deal for the bestseller, "The Washingtonienne." Well, two years later and she's hit the skids. Apparently, Cutler can't even pay her American Express bill. RECOMMENDATION: Jess... you could, of course, convert this all into a lucrative career in PR measurement. :)
Nice article actually in spite of that fact that Gary does happen to miss the boat completely. His article is available for free and his blog employes no one, expert or otherwise.
- Hey, how 'bout this?! We've also got two personal "Amanda" notes to share:
Dearest Norah (Amanda/London) is now 5 months pregnant! She's just beginning to show. She's got the cutest little belly on the planet. I just can't get over it. Obviously, I am thrilled with Strumpette's organic growth. :)
Oh... and we've got big news on the world travel front, too. Our Lovely Vikki is off on a Jesuit mission to Tanzania Tuesday. The program's prupose is "to enhance an understanding of social
suffering, and promote the infusion of social justice issues." Vikki is a bona fide saint and I'm in awe of her commitment to making this planet a little brighter.
Anyway, looks promising for pictures on both counts. Vikki's itinerary also includes Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater and a safari. And maybe, you'll even get to see Norah's belly. Stay tuned.
- Lastly, I just read an article that could actually explain a LOT regarding my college popularity and my life presently. Newsweek's Anne Underwood has a story on a disorder called "sleep sex." First recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine two years ago, the syndrome falls under the list of behaviors called "parasomnias." An advanced form of sleepwalking, people with this disorder exhibit the complete panoply of sexual activity. However, apparently those afflicted have no conscious awareness of what they're doing... and most importantly, no recollection of it afterward. Frankly, in most instances, I think it's kind of a blessing.
Anyway, I hope those that were critical about me mentioning I've slept with my boss and various clients now understand... I'm totally a victim. Now that's PR!
Ciao for now. I just need to close my eyes for 20 minutes (wink wink). :)
“Dow Dumps As Naked Arbs Run Wild,” might be the headline. Or “Inflation Tamed in Wild Whipping Session.” Who knows what headlines Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal will unleash upon the world but we can sure they will be suggestive, humorous, and more interesting than what we have now. This week the Bancroft family, majority owners of Dow Jones, the Journal’s parent company, agreed to meet with Rupert Murdoch about possible sale of the esteemed, well protected media property. They are scheduled to meet tomorrow, with Murdoch bearing a $5 billion offer for Dow Jones.
The Journal has always been a strange beast. The editorial pages flaunt a conservative agenda that makes Karl Rove look meek, while the reporting staff is generally young and liberal. It’s as if one side shrugs at the other apologetically and they try to get along. I love the Journal editorial pages because they afford extensive coverage to well-thought conservative opinion. Some of it is didactic ideology, some of it too dense to penetrate, some of it brilliantly researched and presented. The Journal was a major contributor to the rising tide of conservative Republicans seizing the intellectual high-road from Democrats, and it would seem that Rupert Murdoch being Rupert Murdoch would not want to mess with that.
The news and advice sections, the great majority of the paper, might be another story. Personally, I’m bored with the Journal. The recent re-design of the paper turned it into a Tip Sheet for the web site. The Weekend Journal doesn’t do anything for me. The Journal is a must-read during the week. Come the weekend I would rather read about Britney in the tabs and watch the Yankees lose another game (although Joe Morgenstern, 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism, does the best movie reviews on the planet).
The paper needs focus and some juice. I think merging the Journal with Murdoch’s New York Post would yield the best business daily imaginable. Possible news subjects, in any variation, are limitless: business, sex, scandal, jail, trial, sex, business, economy, pummel Clintons, sex, murder, bad accidents, yielding the real story - blessed profits trickling up to the next gen Murdoch’s taking over the great brand that Murdoch could only buy, not build.
The six next gen Murdoch’s, who are not wanting for play money (they were each recently granted $100 million in company stock for ‘personal use’), might integrate with another Murdoch property, MySpace, for a viral video MySpaceJournal raw hedge fund/naked arb/double dealing derivative virtual mashup, delivered through Murdoch’s Sky Media, integrated with the new Murdoch acquisition of Photobucket, filtered through the new Fox Business TV channel. Maybe it takes Murdoch to bring out the sex appeal and drama in the pursuit of money, and to bring it to your cell phone. Think about it. All Murdoch all the time. The family may soon have the ability to control all the information on the planet. Hallelujah.
The Wall Street Journal is the second largest circulation paper in the U.S., behind USA Today. The Journal, USA Today, and, arguably, The New York Times are the top national newspapers in the U.S. USA Today is available in almost every hotel in the U.S. The New York Times is available in every Starbuck’s. Money, and the pursuit of it, transcends geographic, demographic, and professional boundaries. It is the great equivocator. The Journal– the daily diary of the American dream – is sold everywhere, even in poor neighborhoods. The Journal online is one of the great successes in online media and has provided enough value since its early days to charge for content.
The Journal is increasingly being fed content from other Dow Jones properties, such as MarketWatch, a popular retail finance web site, and the Dow Jones newswires. Barron’s, a quirky Dow Jones weekly that is comprised of a handful of columnists and a lot of market and stock data, will always have a devoted 300,000 circulation following that can’t get enough Wall Street in five days. Dow Jones is an incredible media property and would hand Murdoch a legacy burnishing crown jewel, a halo of respectability he does not currently enjoy despite his fantastic wealth.
It will be very interesting to see how the drama plays out this week as the Murdoch’s and Bancroft’s (the Montagues and Capulets?) seek harmony among their families, and seek a deal in which everyone walks away a winner, with a stellar media property that is driven to rise to its greatest potential. Fat chance. It will get nasty. But it will make nice story material in the Journal and on Fox TV and in rival media outlets. And it could presage an assault on another esteemed, well-protected family-run newspaper property, The New York Times.
Mark Rose is editor of PRBlogNews - a web publication focusing on public relations practices in the digital age.
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