“New rule: you can’t call it house music if nobody has ever played it in their house. Call it what it really is: so shitty that you have to take a drug called ecstasy to make it bearable music. We had this music when I was a kid, it was called the record is skipping.”—Bill Maher
1. You can not knowingly traffic in stolen or “found” goods. It is unethical and illegal. When you find a phone in a bar you give it to the bartender. You do not try and sell it for 10x it’s value. If you do, you are a scumbag and a criminal.
2. If someone offers you a pile of cash for an item you found, and that you know is not yours, than you are a thief. A criminal. That’s it–there is no further discussion.
If you disagree with #2, then let me take your little brain through a bigger and illuminating example (That’s what we do with dumb people–or children–when they are confused: you make something bigger so they can understand it!).
You see a silver Mercedes parked in front of your house. There are keys in it. You get in the car and see that it has a bunch of new features that the standard Mercedes you drive lacks. Oh, and it belongs to someone named Dieter Zetsche. You take the car and drive it home, then call automotive magazines and offer to sell this prototype you found, and know the owner of, for 10x the street value of the car (say, $1M). What are you now? Yes, a criminal! Whether the item is worth $600 or $60,000 is not relevant.
If you offer to pay someone for stolen goods you are, well, a criminal (or, if you prefer, a fence, as Loren Feldman pointed out in his excellent video on the subject (http://bit.ly/aouSzB). A fence is someone who buys stolen goods for resale later. In this case the later resale is page views and more importantly inbound links, which considering the SEO value makes the $5,000 at a heck of a bargin.
Gizmodo and Gawker have made $10M worth of media on this–literally. If you even could buy the air time on TV, radio and the print space they’ve gotten it would cost tens of millions of dollars. Nick Denton is a genius who knows this–and that is why he did this.
Checkbook journalism is also, in many ways, the embodiment of what the so-called “creative underclass” (and, ironically, Gawker, in its early years) decries: the unwarranted and self-perpetuating success of people based solely on their wealth and power and without regard to (and to the detriment of those with) talent or ability.
The implications here should scare you: Wealth becomes the great equalizer in the worst possible way. When news businesses just start buying news, your value diminishes because the company still gets a return on its investment regardless of whether you or the unpaid intern write the story. What draws the page views is the phone, not you. When you only have the phone because your boss has the money, you become disposable. You become replaceable.
“Here is Ben Silverman’s recent keynote speech at the MIPTV market in Cannes. I’ve watched this video 3 times now and still have no idea what he’s talking about: “Hyper-globalisation is a comment on every moment but clearly adapted in localisation”? “Full circle is where culture really can manifest”? “How do you scale bespoke”?”-Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily
“Ecosystems around Communication Platforms require a very specific conditions to flourish: the underlying platform must be distributed, open, and flexible. Twitter has none of these traits.”—Nate Westheimer
If you’re looking for a way to unravel the mystery of finding some good people to follow on Tumblr, one thread to pull on is soupsoup.tumblr.com. Then check the sites that are reblogged. Kind of a one-stop shop for cool stuff.
Hey, thanks John Mayer, and welcome to Tumblr. I’ll try and keep posting cool stuff, maybe sometime you could teach me to play “Daughters”
“He (Leno) went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know — I know me, I wouldn’t have done that. If I had surrendered ‘The Tonight Show’ and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well — and then … six months later. But that’s me, you know. Everyone’s got their own, you know, way of doing things. (I would have) done something else, go someplace else. I mean, that’s just me.”—Conan O’Brien
I just signed up for some web design classes because I’m tired of not being able to dirty prototype my own [very basic content] sites on the fly. As much as I counsel people to go the extra mile in developing basic competencies in their respective fields (“wanna write about finance? At least take…
Okay, finding a graphic designer has been equivalent to discovering a 4 year old that can speak 10 languages, play a ukulele, recite opinions on the unified field theory, dance to Jay-Z, and hasn’t made his way on to YouTube yet. I can’t even begin to get into how incredibly frustrating it has been (along with ad sales director). Although my mediums of design include PAINT and POWERPOINT, I’m willing to learn. Spiers’ logic seems the most…well, logical I’ve heard.
I’m a jack of all trades, master of none. I taught myself using tutorials on the web. I learned BASIC on a Commodore 64 by reading the manual (RTFM!) and creating Choose Your Own Adventure applications to learn the logic of the language. Eventually I was lucky enough to get one of the first PCs, an IBM 386, and I learned how to navigate DOS, by trial and error and reading the manual. Around 1995 I discovered the web, after being on Compuserve and Prodigy and finding GOPHER and WWW on some dark corner of AOL 1.0
That’s when I realized this was going to change everything. In short time, there were tons and tons of tutorials all over the place to create all the hilariously crappy web pages we saw all over Geocities back in those days. I found pages and pages of information on how to write HTML. I looked at source code of websites that seemed really well designed and figured out how they did it. I scooped up domain names and sold them for a nice profit. Back then you could manage to register very valuable general words like “auction”, which were in demand and could haul in some decent cash.
All during this time, I taught myself Perl and ColdFusion, and began to dabble in Photoshop and Illustrator to create my own graphics. Again, I found tutorials online to figure out how to use all these tools.
I still do this today and I don’t even work in a position where these tools are necessary, but I know that these skills are invaluable and eventually everyone is going to at least have a passing knowledge of what they are. That’s just the way it is and I enjoy knowing more about it.
My point here is, there are resources all around you, spend an hour a day teaching yourself. There really is no excuse not to, no matter how busy you are doing other things to support yourself and your business. This kind of knowledge is as important, if not more so, than answering your clients and taking care of things that need immediate attention.
If you don’t set aside the time, you’ll never do it, so make it a priority rather than a “I would love to someday learn…”
Apple has a long relationship with Adobe. In fact, we met Adobe’s founders when they were in their proverbial garage. Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer. Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years. The two companies worked closely together to pioneer desktop publishing and there were many good times. Since that golden era, the companies have grown apart. Apple went through its near death experience, and Adobe was drawn to the corporate market with their Acrobat products. Today the two companies still work together to serve their joint creative customers – Mac users buy around half of Adobe’s Creative Suite products – but beyond that there are few joint interests.
I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.
The sheriff acknowledged that this course of action could get him hauled into court. SB 1070 allows citizens to sue any law enforcement official who doesn’t comply with the law. But Dupnik told Nunez that SB 1070 would force his deputies to adopt racial profiling as an enforcement tactic, which Dupnik says could also get him sued. “So we’re kind of in a damned if we do, damned if we don’t situation. It’s just a stupid law.”
Bilton fired off a number of salvos defending his understanding of the the ground rules which governed the conversation he had. “‘Off record’ means there is no attribution to who it is but conversation can be used in story. ‘On background’ means I can not repeat it,” wrote Bilton. He took over the Times‘ technology blog in the last few months, after a long stint working with its technology-development team.
Unfortunately, he’s wrong about the definitions.
“‘Off the record’ restricts the reporter from using the information the source is about to deliver,” reads NYU’s Journalism Handbook, in one definition of the phrase. “If the reporter can confirm the information with another source who doesn’t insist on speaking off the record (whether that means he agreed to talking on the record, on background, or not for attribution), he can publish it.” “On background” usually means that information can be used, but can’t be attributed to a specific person.
Bilton later responded to our request for clarification, saying, “My source said it was OK to quote them, just not say who they are.” So apparently, this Facebook employee wanted this information to get out, for whatever reason.