The New Standard

The New Standard

A few weeks back, I started to draft a post that in effect anointed Wired as the media property that has done the most to fulfill the unfulfilled promise left by the Industry Standard following the dot-com (and The Standard’s subsequent) meltdown. Wired, the magazine, website, and branded PBS science program, has its editorial fingers […]

Poof Goes the PR Push

Poof Goes the PR Push

The moment the Wall Street Journal News Alert crossed my desktop Friday night, I thought of Harry Potter’s final splash, and how the dastardly New York Times spoiled the book publisher’s marketing ploy, I mean plan. You see, The Journal upset the apple cart by purchasing Alan Greenspan’s new tome and running with a piece […]

A Million Little (Faded) Memories

A Million Little (Faded) Memories

Jeff Leeds of The Times today poses the question on everyone’s mind (well, maybe not everyone’s). Can brand Britney rebound from her self-inflicted career meltdown? As I pondered this lofty question, I stumbled on a short piece involving yet another once seemingly doomed-to-oblivion celebrity. The Oprah-diss-graced non-fiction fiction writer James Frey (pictured) has a new […]

Michiko Unembargoed

Michiko Unembargoed

“All Things Considered” had a segment last evening on the hyperbole and hyper-security by Potter publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic to keep the lid on Harry until 12:01am this Saturday. The publishers’ efforts are so intense (and threatening), it begs the question, “why?” I mean if the book or even pages seeped out, does anyone really […]