Monday, August 16, 2010

I remain cautioinsly optimistic: comment to WSJ: Another Threat to Economy: Boomers Cutting Back - WSJ.com

Another Threat to Economy: Boomers Cutting Back - WSJ.com: "* 2 hours ago

* Richard Stave wrote:

As a boomer and survivor of many poorly executed plans hatched by all forms of self-interested parties I would like to remain pragmatically optimistic.

There were never enough desks, books, teachers or educational resources yet somehow I learned.

There were never enough jobs to accommodate our numbers yet I learned how to accept lower compensation to make room for people from all walks of life while competing in a global marketplace.

...

(I disagree with the last two paragaphs of the full article, though)

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Puffington Host | The New Republic | Ariana is a media entrepreneur

The Puffington Host | The New Republic: "06/01/2009 - 2:00pm EDT | teppy (user comment)

The politics of PuffHo is secondary to the celebrity appeal: it has much more in common with the old 'Entertainment Tonight' fluff TV show than with TNR or The Nation. Arianna's not really a political activist; she's a media entrepreneur. Her political stands are just publicity vehicles for her core product, which is The Arianna Persona. [insert white space here] The reason that her latest product marketing campaign has succeeded so brilliantly is that it fuses, in almost ideal form, the two forces that drive a large part of consumer traffic in online media: celebrity gossip + ideological tribalism. Arianna understood, as Jan Wenner did with Rolling Stone and maybe JFK Jr did with his 1990s ... view full comment

The politics of PuffHo is secondary to the celebrity appeal: it has much more in common with the old 'Entertainment Tonight' fluff TV show than with TNR or The Nation. Arianna's not really a political activist; she's a media entrepreneur. Her political stands are just publicity vehicles for her core product, which is The Arianna Persona. [insert white space here] The reason that her latest product marketing campaign has succeeded so brilliantly is that it fuses, in almost ideal form, the two forces that drive a large part of consumer traffic in online media: celebrity gossip + ideological tribalism. Arianna understood, as Jan Wenner did with Rolling Stone and maybe JFK Jr did with his 1990s-era celeb gossip + politics magazine, 'George', that the best way to bring liberal politics to a mass audience is to make it cool, ie, use liberal entertainment industry airheads as your prism for lite, snark-filled, hip commentary.