New Yorker Story Brings Back Memories of Blog Glory Days — and Ethics Controversies That Now Seem Quaint

I was looking at Idea Grove’s website in Google Analytics and noticed that The New Yorker was sending us some traffic, so I investigated and traced it back to a story published late last year on the topic of technology journalism. It was headlined Waiting for the Next Great Technology Critic and focuses on erstwhile […]

Read More

In AOL “Distressedbaby-gate,” Tim Armstrong’s PR Gaffe Is Not the Real Issue

I have an opinion piece on the cover of the Points section in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News.  Here’s the top: 

Read More

What Bashar al-Assad, Walmart and Elmer the Cat Have in Common

like Hitler

If you think that headline is the setup for a bad joke, you’re only half right.

Read More

Brian Solis Asks WTF (What’s the Future) of Business

Brian Solis and I go back a long way, and I feel like I know him even though we’ve never met. That’s one of the magical changes that social media has brought to our lives. Capturing and sharing the magic, wonder and possibilities of social media for business audiences has been Solis’ stock in trade […]

Read More

Are We All in Agreeance About Passive-Aggressive Business Talk?

It happens all too frequently. You’re in a meeting — usually an important meeting with lots of important people around a table — and you say something you think is brilliant. But instead of slapping you on the back, someone else at the table makes an irrefutable point that undermines your argument. What you should […]

Read More

Seven Reasons Your Hair Stylist Is Happier Than You Are

Sometime back, I came across a survey that showed that among all the jobs and professions out there, hair stylists were the happiest workers. It made me think about the possible reasons for this. Now I’ve never cut hair for a living, but I have been getting my locks sheared regularly for more than four […]

Read More

Why Happiness Is the New Meme for Economists — and Why That’s a Good Thing

When I was 5 years old, my mom told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life. – John […]

Read More

Social Networking-Related Crimes Up 780 Percent — and Other Meaningless Statistics

These headlines are as meaningless as they are sensational. As our self-proclaimed social media scientists would surely be the first to tell us, unless there is a corresponding increase in overall offenses, it’s pretty much impossible to argue that social media is driving an increase in crime. And if it’s not, what is the point of […]

Read More

Reasons to Want to Take a Shower After Being Online, #374: Fear and Loathing on Reddit

So this happened: The sister of one of the teacher victims of the Sandy Hook massacre is a Reddit user, so she decided to post a picture of her sister’s empty chair at the Christmas dinner table as a tribute to her. She posted the snap using the Reddit account the two women shared. Under […]

Read More

Farewell, SpeakerMix

In the end, the numbers just didn’t add up for SpeakerMix. The Austin-based, angel-backed online community connecting professional speakers with event planners is going bye-bye on Monday. I loved the concept — as, apparently, did the many other speakers who posted their bios on the SpeakerMix site. It was a central location where conference planners […]

Read More

The 10 Greatest Countries in the History of the World

Yeah, I’m childish.  But this is exactly the kind of question that pops into my head all the time.  So I decided to put this list together and welcome your input. Here are the ground rules: By “countries,” I mean current countries based on current boundaries. Any past accomplishments are credited to the current country; […]

Read More

Alycia Lane Bikini Pics!!!

Sorry, we had to do it. Truth is, the “mortified” Lane, now the most searched-for bikini girl on the Internet, says she’s locked up her controversial pics and thrown away the key. So this may be the closest thing you’ll find, Google pervs.

Read More

Michelle Malkin: I Own You

That’s right … check out the No. 1 result when you enter the name of the right-wing pun-ditz in Google. We encourage Malkin lovers and Malkin haters alike to come together as one at our little forum for political, celebrity and marketing snark, Spin Thicket.

Read More

Paparazzi: The Porn Stars of Photojournalism?

[The following post also appears at Black Star Rising.] As I recently read photographer Nick Stern’s account of the mounting guilt that ultimately drove him to quit Splash Pictures, it reminded me of the quaint apologies we used to get from porn stars like Linda Lovelace when they left the adult-film business. Whatever the financial […]

Read More

Rambo V: The Chickenhawks

A crazed Vietnam vet. A bunch of sissy right-wing pundits who wouldn’t know real combat if it blew their last limb off. God have mercy … because John McCain Rambo won’t. Who says he’s too old to still kick some ass?

Read More

12 Accidental Celeb Drug Deaths — and the Prescription Drugs that Caused Them

Heath Ledger could be the latest star to have died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Ledger was taking anti-depressants as well as the “dangerous drug” Ambien at the time of his death, although his autopsy today was inconclusive. While most celebrity drug deaths have been the result of either suicide or the use […]

Read More

Riding Out on the Bike She Rode In On

Sadly, Philly newswoman Alycia Lane reportedly has been fired. And so the tale of the bikini-wearing, road-raging anchorwoman (which to this point has brought us more than 50,000 visitors seeking bikini pics) comes to an end. [Story.]

Read More