Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bloggers Beat Celebs as Key Influencers

People Who Say It Cannot Be Done Should Not Interrupt Those Who Are Doing It

~ Slavic Saying

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.”
Czech out the decay of the internet

Phoebe Maltz Bovy considers the implications of the currently active hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter.  The New Republic 

Boredom reveals the finitude and futility of existence. It is excruciating, debilitating, tedious, and essential to a happy life... MEdia Dragon living and working among Joneses

EVERYONE knows that blogging, texting and tweeting are ruining the kids’ writing....??? MEdia Dragon Shtyle (sic) ...

Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor Quartz. I’m leery of the enthusiasm for this thesis, in that this seems like yet another overhyped discovery.

High-profile celebrities have long been the obvious territory for garnering attention and sometimes "halo" credibility for a brand or product. But according to Brand Data's figures, independent social media influencers and bloggers are generating much higher interaction levels – called engagement in industry parlance – with their growing audience networks, than many of the biggest names in music, media, TV and Hollywood. Brand Data aggregates and ranks the number of likes, shares, fans, comments, channel subscribers and audience numbers across all social media and websites as a lead indicator of digital influence. Bloggers

A modern paradox: Most of us lead lives more secure than our ancestors’, yet we're more anxious about the prospect of violenceBlame Media Dragons

Such stories can take various forms.Lillian Ross’s classic article on Ernest Hemingway, published in 1950 in The New Yorker, belongs to the hang-them-with-their-own-words school, in which, through a subtle accumulation of quotes and observations, the writer creates a damning portrait From Hemingway to Imrich to Miles to Teller A Brief history of the tough celebrity profile

“If we lament the decline of journalism, it is not because we want to remake magazines in the image of their forebears – pre-digital journalism was famously hostile to women, for one thing – it is because we want to inhabit a world where it is still possible to translate lived experience to the page with integrity. And if we didn’t find these acts of translation worthwhile, why would we bother to write articles – or plays – at all?  New Statesman 
A greater range of deliberative documents should be covered by protections similar to cabinet-in-confidence classification, says former departmental secretary Andrew Metcalfe, to restore the trust and frankness between officials and ministers.
Policy formation “has been adversely impacted by the potential of disclosure of deliberative material” argued the former Immigration secretary at last week’s Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) conference
Andrew Metcalfe: FOI, frankness and formulating policy under the cone of silence

*Social Media Influencers

Reader riposte Academic blogging

*Australia's 20 best business blogs 


*Artful academics are new kids on the blog

Max Beerbohm — critic, novelist, caricaturist — remains an inspiration and a mystery: Why did this major talent limit himself to relatively minor achievements?... Yet Another Mystery 

Donald Trump’s war on Megyn KellyPolitico. Trump got so used to bullying pretty young women on his whoring-for-position reality TV show that he thought he could get away with it anywhere.

Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton’s dream come true The Australian

Robert Wood, Gross Mismanagement At IRS, Says Senate Report. “IRS was just incompetent, not intentionally bad, says the latest report.” Well, OK, then.