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Tuesday, June 13, 2021

Who doesn’t want to blog their time away?

Well, most people, actually. They have something called “jobs”, which tend to eat into activity time. Besides, as hard as it is for bloggers and blog readers to believe, the fact is that not every single being on this planet is compelled to record thoughts and experiences in writing (or audio, or video), despite the easily-accessible outlets.

But what if you could make money at it? Then you’ve got something. And since many media and information industry luminaries already earn their daily bread from expressing their ideas, it’s not a stretch to see them strip down their public output, abandon their old-media frames of reference, and go the blogging route. Presumably, their existing celebrity and reknown would buoy their success in an online-only format.

It’s in that vein that MarketWatch reporter Frank Barnako suggests the five people he’d pay to see turn professional blogger. They are:

He’s soliciting further candidates, so comment away at his site (or here, even).

I won’t contribute, simply because I don’t perceive any added (or lessened) value to having someone produce their content via the blog format, versus through a traditional media channel. I realize blogging brings with it a special outside-the-box shine, but realistically, it’s just another delivery medium. So I don’t see it as being a value-added move, even as I engage in it personally. So the premise, while interesting, is ultimately inconsequential.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/13/2006 11:52:50 PM
Category: Bloggin', Media | Permalink | Feedback (7)

Swarm is a trippy website that generates animated graphics to represent current-time popular Web traffic.

Too abstract? Then watch it in action for yourself. Or opt for the less-intense textual version. If you want to feed this aggregating beast, download the Firefox extension that sends it the websurfing data (which, by nature of the FF browser’s limited marketshare, tells you how small a slice of the Web is being reflected in Swarm).

Yeah, I realize this is a Web 2.0/AJAX contraption. But it’s underhyped enough, for now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/13/2006 11:30:16 PM
Category: Internet | Permalink | Feedback

You’d think having his NBA team thisclose to winning the championship would be keeping Mark Cuban’s ego sufficiently stoked.

But no. In an effort to keep the heat on him, he’s financing the launch of ShareSleuth.com, a reporting site that will be dedicated to uncovering fraud in publicly-traded companies.

Why? To fulfill a business journalistic mission, of course. Oh, and to line his pockets:

Cuban also said that he could use information that the site uncovers to buy and sell stock.

“A journalistic conflict you say?” he wrote on his blog on May 31. “Not any more. Not in this world.

“It will be fully disclosed and explained. This site is for the profit of its owners and we will buy and sell stocks that are discussed, before they are made available on the site … If we can uncover companies whose stock is public and that can be bought or sold and that allows us to pay for more in depth research and effort. I’m good with that.”

So, in a nutshell: Cuban is going to be blogging about how he made a killing in the market the day before, and you didn’t. Sounds like it’s right up his alley.

I suppose this somehow puts into action his theory of the role of journalism in the digital age. But the lines are so blurry, it’s hard to tell.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/13/2006 11:05:08 PM
Category: Internet, Celebrity, Business | Permalink | Feedback