Here’s today’s postings over at ZD Net for Tuesday, October 17, 2006, covering online porn, World of Warcraft, Girls Gone Wild, AOL’s political blog as further evidence of how badly media companies understand political coverage….
Pick your poison: Porn or World of Warcraft
A couple of threads of the “bad” or “dark side” of technology stories are running their course this week. On the one hand, CNN is doing a series on online porn addiction, claiming that the porn business makes more than all professional sports combined and is, therefore, an insidious threat to all that is good and right in the world. On the other, there is a fascinating confessional over at SoulKerfuffle about one man’s having gone way, way overboard with World of Warcraft. (UPDATE: And, by the way, we, that is the U.S., is just “full of Internet addicts.” Quick, everyone out the back door while the addicts aren’t looking.)
Let’s dispatch with the porn thing first. The Glenn Beck series on CNN, Porn: America’s Addiction, is reported in a grinding baritone and is cut like, well, a porn film or CSI: Miami. He says the porn industry makes $12 billion… continue reading.
On big media not getting election coverage
As Elinor Mills points out over at CNET, AOL, a division of Time Warner, has just launched an election blog. Talk about not getting the point of political coverage, the idea that an election blog should be launched less than a month before the general election is the height of editorial calendaring hubris—apparently Sam Donaldson and other of ABC’s “savvy political insiders” are available just these three weeks to answer your questions.
What about all the primaries? The initiatives? Instead, AOL doles out pablum like “Ted Kennedy Compared to Jeb Bush,” as though one of those guys was the dreamier pol. After all, you can’t compare the two directly, since they have held no offices where they have comparable records. Bush is still a state-level politician in the executive branch and Kennedy a U.S. Senator for decades—what’s to compare, since they deal with entirely different aspects of the issues. It’s like comparing Alex Rodriguez and Sebastian Janikowski. Yes, both are… continue reading.
Meanwhile, over at the BuzzLogic Blog…
Distinct markets at 70,000 feet and 5’6″
Nathan Gilliatt followed up on a recent posting of his, Reputation monitoring – macro and micro, with a great case study of Hasbro’s discovery that one of its products, the Playskool Team Talkin’ Tool Bench, had been the cause of two children’s deaths. Hasbro did the right thing, pulling the product from the market.
The discovery of the hazard happened when individual Hasbro employees read Amazon.com reviews of the product that linked the Team Talkin’ Tool Bench to the deaths. As Nathan puts it: “This is micro monitoring. It didn’t matter how many people wrote about it, or whether they influenced others,” which makes a critical distinction between what is influential and what is important to know… continue reading.
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