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Another Way to Blog

I’m always trying to rethink what a blog is, and in particular what this blog is, and we’re now probably past the five year mark, so maybe it’s time to take stock. Here are five conclusions I’ve reached about how to Blog Thoughtfully: It’s no longer about feeding the beast. I’ve tried to post once a day, but I think the abundance of blogs nowadays makes a nonsense of that. People nowadays have so much to read they don’t want space filled up for the sake of it. (That’s what a newspaper is for.) Don’t be afraid to not post. No one unsubscribes from aContinue readingAnother Way to Blog

At The End of The Day, It’s All About Clichés

We journalists are a boring, predictable lot. Whether we’re in the UK, US or Australia we all use the same clichés. Well, cliché, actually: ‘at the end of the day’. Knowing I was a sucker for monitoring the Internet cliché Factiva (co-owned by Dow Jones, who owns WSJ, the paper I write for) sent me their findings, based on their text mining technology, on clichés in the media for the first six months of this year. Their findings: “at the end of the day” (uttered both by writers and presumably the people they quote) dominates all English-speaking zones. The phrase was used more than 10,500Continue readingAt The End of The Day, It’s All About Clichés

Do Bloggers Have Stealth Agendas?

How do we know what we’re reading on a blog is written by someone without a financial or other interest? I’m not just talking right- or left-leaning, but a specific agenda, financed by someone else. It’s quite understandable that consultants blog. It’s quite understandable that people who sell things, invent things, make things or do PR for people who do these things blog. And it may not influence their writing a jot. But we still need to know this, upfront, otherwise how can we gauge the quality and objectivity of the writing? I think this kind of thing needs to be more fully addressed byContinue readingDo Bloggers Have Stealth Agendas?

A Wake, And A Wake-Up Call

Just got back from a ‘wake’ for the Far Eastern Economic Review, which, after 58 years, went monthly last October under the ownership of my employer, Dow Jones. I won’t get into the politics of that decision, but it did occur to me, listening to some eminent former FEER personnel talking this evening, that three things go into a publication like FEER, if you ignore distribution, financing, marketing and the non-editorial side. And it’s worth considering, from a blogger’s point of view. First is material. You’ve got to have good material. Not just off-top-of-head stuff like this, but real material, gotten by use of footwear,Continue readingA Wake, And A Wake-Up Call

The rise and fall of the Internet cliche

I thought I would try out Edward Tufte’s sparklines idea as a way of presenting some research I have been doing into how the mainstream media has been covering technology over the last decade or two. I went through Factiva (part-owned by Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and my paymaster), noting down the number of references each term got in a year (not as swift an exercise as one might hope. There must be an easier way of doing this.) Some of the results are in a column due out tomorrow in the Asian and online WSJs (Friday). Anyway, here’s some material thereContinue readingThe rise and fall of the Internet cliche

A Geek’s Lexicon

By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 1 May 2003 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review, (c)   2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. It’s unsurprising, given the kind of people who design and play with computers, but I’ve always felt there to be a chronic shortage of terms to describe what we actually do with our technology. So I’ve come up with some of my own. And, in case I’m accused of merely adding words to the English language, I’ve used existing words, in this case from the villages of the United Kingdom (I make no claim for originality here; the late author of A Hitchhiker’sContinue readingA Geek’s Lexicon

Loose Wire Reopens For Business at The AWSJ

Today is the launch of Loose Wire in The Asian Wall Street Journal, following the shift of my old homestay, the Far Eastern Economic Review, to a monthly newsletter format. Of course Dow Jones own both publications, so it’s not that great a change; the column actually used to appear there a few years back, when it was just called Asian Technology. So in a sense I’m going home, although I’ll miss the FEER folks, who were an excellent and motley crew. I’m not quite sure of the link to the AWSJ stories and columns, but for sure they’ll be subscription only. The permanent homeContinue readingLoose Wire Reopens For Business at The AWSJ

How (Not) To Pitch A Blogger

I get a the growing feeling that we bloggers are being targeted more than we were by PR folk. Sure, there’s the Warner/Secret Machines/MP3 blog debacle, where a Warner employee used some hamfisted tactics to get some bloggers to write about a Warner act. But there are other tactics too, and some are more impressive than others. I lead a double life as a technology columnist — indeed, that’s why this blog exists — so I get quite a lot of PR pitches, some of whom are hoping I’ll do a column on their client, some of whom are just looking for a blog entry.Continue readingHow (Not) To Pitch A Blogger

Shameless Loose Wire BBC Plug

For those of you who can’t get enough Loose Wire (yeah, I know there are millions of you out there, even if you don’t admit it) you’ll be delighted to know it now appears on the BBC World Service radio. Well, sporadically, anyway. I appear, reading one of my columns in my customary monotone, on the World Business Report every Friday (well every week for a while, and then off for a while). The next one, I’m told, will be later today: The WBR is broadcast at 0230, 1030 and 1730 GMT. You can either tune in or hear it on the net here (scroll downContinue readingShameless Loose Wire BBC Plug

The Digital Fallout Of Journalistic Plagiarism and Fakery

How do you correct the Internet? All these reports of plagiarism and fakery in U.S. journalism — at least 10, according to the New York Times — raise a question I haven’t seen addressed elsewhere. What should newspapers and other publications which have carried the reports do about setting the record straight? A USA Today report says of disgraced reporter Jack Kelley that it has “found strong evidence that Kelley fabricated substantial portions of at least eight major stories, lifted nearly two dozen quotes or other material from competing publications, lied in speeches he gave for the newspaper and conspired to mislead those investigating his work.”Continue readingThe Digital Fallout Of Journalistic Plagiarism and Fakery

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