Saturday, October 24, 2009

Digital Life with Shelly Palmer

I'm making regular appearances on a new TV show on "Digital Life with Shelly Palmer," a program on WNBC's (New York) NYNonStop, their digital channel (and off course, online).

This is the premiere program, which ran last Tursday, though we've taped a few others.

Fake AP Stylebook Steers You Completely Wrong — With Style

Like many proper news organizations, we at use the venerable Associated Press Stylebook as an arbiter to determine whether we write “one” or “1″ or whether it’s “Calif.” or “CA.” But the trouble with venerable is that it gets old and boring.

So we were delighted to learn of a disruptive newcomer to the writing style game. And the best part is that it’s on Twitter.

The Fake AP Stylebook (I can just see the AP lawyers falling out of their Aero chairs) tells us that we should “Precede basic statements of fact with ‘allegedly’ to avoid accusations of bias: ‘the allegedly wet water,’ ‘the allegedly poisonous poison’” — well, that rule tracks pretty good (or is it “well?”) with that other style guide.

Full story on's Epicenter Blog

Turning Audiences Into Advocates

Power Lunch appearance as part of a discussion on social media and the enterprise.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wired-o-Nomics: Is E-Mail Dead, Dying or Here to Stay?

In an article in Monday's Wall Street Journal Jessica Vascellaro argues that the tipping point has arrived for the heirs apparent of e-mail, one of the internet's first, most defining — and most abused — applications. Can this be? In an appearance on CNBC's Power Lunch today I got the chance to bat this idea around a bit, but not enough, so the conversation continues here.

Vascellaro has it just about right, i think, and although reports of the death of e-mail are obviously premature it's fun to look for signs of a paradigm shift within a paradigm a mere 38 years after the first e-mail was sent. After all, haven't many of the other original internet protocols already been shown the door, like Usenet, WAIS, Gopher and Archie? What makes e-mail so invincible?

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