Forbes Trolls Blogistan

I’ve been cracking up at the reaction to Dan Lyon’s cover story at Forbes — Attack of the Blogs

I know Dan — been working with him since high school, literally — at the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, PC Week, and brought him into Forbes in the late 90s, when he set off a great stink with his story that picked on Lotus Notes.  He’s one of the best tech journalists in the business, and this time, his piece on blogging … well, I love watching the reaction of the reactionary blogosphere which is so dependent on the so-called MSM for fuel for its rage.

First thing, Forbes was trolling for the reaction that it is getting. They are laughing all the way to the pageview bank.  Everytime some blogger stands up and wrings his or her hands over how horrible Forbes is, the magazine is loving every moment of attention.

 Get over it. The best response I’ve seen to Lyon’s piece is the EFF parody of the article as if Lyons had substituted pamphleteers for bloggers during the American Revolution.



Forbes Communications Package

Congratulations to Mike Noer at for the excellent special report on communications. The NYT lauded it this morning though the buzz about the project has been bubbling the past week. Great integration of text and audio and Mike tells me a podcast compilation is coming as he was "writing the script" on Thursday.

Here’s the project. 

Stanford iTunes

Stanford iTunes



As an old fan of lectures on tape (I have boxes of cassettes on everything from the history of opera to the Theory of Relativity), I’m been combing through iTunes’ podcast directory (which is broken by the way) looking for good university level lectures to make me smarter while gettting dumber behind the wheel to-and-from work.

Stanford has launched a nice section within iTunes (how did they do that?) that has some lectures — but’s all homecoming reunion stuff — lectures for the masses and not the students. Anyone know of some serious stuff — like the Justinian Dynasty in Byzantium — or is this stuff slow in coming, being held back as a possible revenue source by e-learning groups?

I grabbed a few lectures and will listen this evening. 


A VC: Walls of Mass Destruction

A VC: Walls of Mass Destruction

Fred Wilson is right-on when calling for the Times to drop the cost-wall on its braindead Select program.

David Carr meanders around the topic as well today — saying the print industry is killing itself  by going to the Anschultz’s freebie model.

It’s all wrong. I buy content — all the time — and I get annoyed by publishers who try to stick the gun in my ribs online — especially publishers who are already taking my money for the print product. 

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