Media Convergence, Facebook, Lousy Writing and the Summer of Love

July 9, 2007

Lots to talk about today, so I’ll try to keep it short.

I’ve had nearly two weeks to think about this return-to-blogging post. But I didn’t. Instead, I hung out on the beach with friends and family, paddled my canoe down the Clarion, and drank a shitload fair amount of beer. But during moments of sobriety, here are a few items that tripped my trigger.

pogue.jpgMedia convergence and the iPhone. While the world suffered iPhone envy these past two weeks, the folks in our School of Journalism were checking out David Pogue‘s video blogs about it. If you haven’t seen these clips (here and here), take the time.

To see a columnist for the MSM embrace a new medium this way, you have to wonder what’s next in media convergence. Of course, if you read Pogue’s bio, you won’t find his stage presence at all surprising.

This ain’t your father’s journalism, boys and girls. But that is your father’s newspaper, the venerable New York Times. Do you think maybe Pogue was celebrating the Summer of Love anniversary in a magic bus somewhere? Far out, Dave! Read the rest of this entry »

Clarion call overpowers the blogosphere

June 26, 2007

tilley.jpgIn another bold attempt to drive off readership while also enjoying the summer, I’ll be leaving the blog world for 10 days or so. We’ll spend a long weekend on our annual Clarion River expedition followed by a week of partying at home on Sandy Lake with friends and family.

If you don’t already know this, you can’t be a gracious host while blogging. It’s not possible. Ask my wife. Yeah, I’ll be monitoring this site and approving comments, but I won’t have anything intelligent to say for a while. You probably won’t notice.

Look for me down there somewhere — in the green Old Town Tripper wearing my trusty Tilley hat, eh? If you want to canoe the Clarion, contact Dave Love, the best friend this river and Western Pennsylvania’s environment ever had.