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Saturday, September 03, 2021

Rachel* has been kicked out of law school, and her blog had a little something to do with it:

Basically, [the dean] gave me a set of options that boiled down to a singular choice: Stetson or Midnight Culmination.

I guess we see which one I picked.

Actually, according to the formal letter, it appears to me that the real cause of her problems was various breaches of the school’s code of conduct. The blog helped torpedo her with some posts about various elicit activities which served as further evidence of conduct contributing to said breaches (sheesh, I’m starting to sound like a lawyer now). Apparently, some classmates tacked on tangental issues, like accessing the blog on school time and such; but the way I’m reading it, this isn’t completely a case of blogging your way to a pink slip.

It’s too bad that wasn’t the thrust of this whole sad affair. If it were, I suggested that Rachel* could have generated some big-media noise, which I suspect would be most appealing.

If anything, you could look at this as an example of academia’s general gunshy-ness of blogs, at all levels. If blogging about out-of-school experiences can be used as evidence in a case like this, it speaks of an institutional unease with unfettered publishing.

Anyway, knowing R*, I’m sure she’ll land on her feet, and come out the better for it, ultimately.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/03/2021 05:35pm
Category: Bloggin', Florida Livin'
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It’s that time of year again: Fall, when fashion magazines plump up to near-obscene proportions, with something like three-quarters of those bloated pages being ads.

Vogue set a record with last year’s 832-page September issue. Proving it’s tough to keep up that heft, this year the September edition weighs in at “only” 800 pages.

Don’t weep for publisher Conde Nast, though. I’m sure those 800 pages were premium-priced. And not all their magazines went on a diet this month: GQ managed to increase its pagecount from a year ago, 436 versus 432 (and really, more than that, because there’s at least a couple of little insert booklets in there that technically boost the total).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/03/2021 05:01pm
Category: Publishing
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They say that God is everywhere, not just in church (or synagogue, or mosque, etc.). I guess he also can reside in your iPod. Preachers are increasingly podcasting their Sunday sermons, both to reach a wider audience and to help their regular parishioners timeshift the weekly devotional:

“Having an iPod is a guaranteed way to get the sermon if you’re going to be out of town,” [Kyle] Lewis said, adding that he listens to the pastor’s podcast at least once more during the week, usually while driving to work, even during weeks he makes it to services.

Podcast Alley has 474 religious/spiritual podcasts amond its offerings, and Godcast Network is primed to offer lots of digitized devotionals.

I wonder if this could get out of hand. If too many people decide to forgo face time at their houses of worship, reasoning that they could just download the sermon from home, will that put a crimp in the collection plate?

I’m thinking Godcasters need to pair their efforts with the emerging advertising and marketing efforts by the bigger houses of the holy.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/03/2021 04:41pm
Category: Society, Tech, iPod
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