Women, Writing, & The Problem of Success

The Ambition Condition is a lengthy essay on bitch magazine, written by Anna Clark, about historic prejudices against women writers that surprisingly persist today. She points out that even J.K. Rowling adopted a gender free moniker because it was thought that young boys wouldn't want to read a book by Joanna Rowling.

The article seemingly was prompted because of the huge, negative response Emily Gould (Gawker) received after Exposed was published in May, 2008 as the New York Times Magazine cover story. It is an article about blogging publicly about her private life felt. I think Clark believes that most of the 'haters' were jealous and assumptively wouldn't have acted that way if she was a man.

I've never been a big Gawker fan although I know many people who are and were. I used to work in "publishing" from early 2005 through 2002. When the first bubble burst I headed for the Hollywood Hills and started working in television. Unlike most of the intellectual literati types I really love reality TV. Reading the New York Times Magazine article made me feel like I was watching a reality TV show. I looked up all the people she referred to and read the snarky piece an ex-boyfriend had written in The Page Six Magazine which I never knew existed.

I went and watched the clip of Emily and Jimmy Kimmel. Although many people refer to the piece as long, it was extremely easy to read and I liked it for the same reasons I like 'The Hills'. I know it's inane but these people open up their lives in a way that people in the real world don't. I've never gone on a date with a friend but I go on these people's dates all the time.


Browsing the Blogosphere

Hot blog posts I ran into today while I was browsing the blogsphere:

1) 21 reasons you should create art from The Future Buzz a personal blog from Adam Singer on social media, marketing, PR and creating buzz on the web. He is the Director of Digital Strategy for Pierson Grant Public Relations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

2) Media Director's weigh in on their favorite sites to buy advertising on iMediaConnection. This isn't surprising, the subheads are Go Big (ie Yahoo), Go Wide (expand your broadcast buy to include the broadcaster's web sites), Go Deep (MySpace and EW (ha?!), Other Options (the most interesting page in the article, talks about Digg, Veoh, iMeem as well as TMZ & Disney), the author, Robert Moskowitz, goes on to talk about the importance of niche and WOM.


Cubix SF

I wonder how good of a deal this is, 250 square feet in SoMa starting at $280. It's the Cubix Yerba Buena 4th & Howard.


Webby Award Winners Music & Art (2003)


Winner: Flaming Lips

5-Word Speech: "First a Grammy, now a Webby."

People's Voice:
Flaming Lips

Other nominees:


Webby Winner: Listening Post

5-Word Speech: "Scripted formula. Vegans. Political. Fashionable."

People's Voice:
Penny Arcade

Other nominees:


Pop Candy Twitter Comics

'Pop Candy', the USA Today column done by Whitney Matheson, readers created a Pop Candy Twitter Comic book based on her Tweets. It's cool, it's Flash. I used to hate Flash but I think that was because connection speeds were too slow or the program wasn't as advanced as it is today. Now I have no problem with it and I just love the way this page looks and sounds, even more than I like the individual comics.


The Guardian U.K.'s take on Cyber Celebrities (2/08)

The Kids From Boing Boing.net

Stars in your lap

They crack open a beer, they joke, they spoof, they dissect the news — and they're just a few keystrokes away. Bobbie Johnson meets the new wave of cyber celebrities. Can they break out of the techie real and into the bigtime?


Visa Network on FaceBook

Visa Network on Facebook: Viral, social marketing. Visa bought $2 million in advertising on FaceBook. Gave $100 advertising credit on Facebook to each of the first 20,000 U.S. businesses that download the Web application. Arrived online on Tuesday, June 29th. Apparently 80,000 small businesses are already on FaceBook. Google provides some of the services available on the Visa Network. Creative application of attempting to achieve holy grail of monetizing social networks.


Do I Need a Digital Pen?

The AP writer on Yahoo just reviewed digital pens. He likes the LiveScribe Pulse the best, the cheaper model of two pens the company produces. It sells for $149 from their web site. The more expensive $199 version has twice as much memory but he prefers "the cheaper model (which has) has room for 35 hours of audio at the highest quality setting, or more than 100 hours at a lower setting."

It is a sound recorder as well as a tool that remembers what you write which you can later transfer to your computer as a picture. The best feature is that you can insert "bookmarks" in your audio recording so you can find what you're looking for at a later date instead of having to listen to the whole recording. You can tap a place on your notes and the recording will go to what it heard when you wrote those words. You need to buy special paper with little dots on it that isn't prohibitively expensive. He says it's the best tool for taking notes during interviews or lectures besides an expensive tablet. Or even when writing about TV programs (my idea).


Artist in Residence @ San Francisco Dump

I'm so impressed that there is an artist in residence at the actual San Francisco Waste and Recycling center (or something to that affect). When I first saw some pictures at Laughing Squid I thought he was referring to a gallery called "Dump".


word of the day - Neologism

A neologism is a word, term, or phrase that has been recently created (or "coined"), often to apply to new concepts, to synthesize pre-existing concepts, ...


Teen describes role in MySpace hoax

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Teen describes role in MySpace hoax
Says mother of a friend was more active in the ruse than she has admitted
The Associated Press
updated 6:24 p.m. PT, Tues., April. 1, 2008

DARDENNE PRAIRIE, Mo. - A teenager involved in an Internet hoax blamed for a 13-year-old girl's suicide said Tuesday that the mother of a friend was more active in the ruse than she has admitted.

Ashley Grills told ABC's "Good Morning America" that Lori Drew called it "a good idea" when Grills and Drew's daughter suggested communicating with Megan Meier over the Internet to see what Megan was saying about the daughter, a former friend.

Megan, of the suburban St. Louis town of Dardenne Prairie, hanged herself in October 2006, after mean-spirited online comments from what she thought was a boy she had befriended, "Josh Evans" and others. The boy was fictional.

Grills, 19, said she created a false MySpace profile of Josh Evans and even found a picture of a good-looking boy to use. But she said Lori Drew wrote some of the messages to Megan.

Drew's family previously said in a statement that Lori Drew was aware of the MySpace comments to Megan, but didn't send them or direct anyone to send them.

Drew's attorney, Jim Briscoe, did not return a phone message left Tuesday by The Associated Press. Grills did not have a listed phone number, and no one answered the door at her home Tuesday evening when the AP tried to get comment.

Megan's story drew international attention when a newspaper first reported details late last year.

At first, "Josh" flirted online with Megan, but eventually the messages turned mean. Grills told "Good Morning America" that she wrote the message that the "world would be a better place without you" that was sent to Megan, who committed suicide not long afterward.

Grills said the message was aimed at ending the online relationship because she felt that the joke had gone too far.

"I was trying to get her angry so she would leave him alone and I could get rid of the whole MySpace," Grills said.

Grills said she tried to commit suicide in the wake of Megan's death. She said she rarely leaves her house.

Drew has been villified by many in her community since news of Megan's suicide became public. Prosecutors have declined to file charges in Missouri, though several communities have either adopted laws, or are considering measures, to penalize Web-based harassment.

The Los Angeles Times has reported that federal prosecutors are considering charging Drew with defrauding MySpace for the false account used to communicate with Megan. ABC News reported that Grills had been granted immunity in exchange for testimony in California.

Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, told The Associated Press on Tuesday he could not comment.

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23908375/

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Teenage Online Behavior | MSNBC | 4.29.2008

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Growing up online: Is your teen baring all?
Coming of age in the wired world is entirely different from what you knew
By Dr. Laura Berman
TODAYShow.com contributor
updated 9:49 a.m. PT, Tues., April. 29, 2008

Sexual experimentation has always been a part of adolescence, but in previous years it was confided to games of Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. However, thanks to the Internet and the development of recent technology like camera phones, a new generation of teens is experimenting with sexuality in a whole new way.

Their first forays into sexuality no longer occur on a small scale within a circle of peers, but on a very large one, such as on MySpace and Facebook. From racy pictures posted on these online social networks to sexy photos being sent on camera phones, teens are making their first sexual decisions with an audience of thousands.

Even Disney star Miley Cyrus has received a barrage of press lately for photos that have surfaced on the Web which feature her in flirtatious poses. (Get the scoop here.) How can parents monitor this new wave of sexual experimentation and keep their kids safe from online predators or other serious consequences?

Talk to your teens
What seems like innocent fun to your teenager is actually potentially dangerous. Not only do online predators surf the Web for vulnerable teens, but racy photos can serve to harm your teenager’s reputation. Many teenage girls see sexy photos as something harmless and totally innocent — after all, most of them have no intention of carrying out sexual acts with anyone in the audience. However, by displaying pictures such as these, they are opening themselves up for attack and potentially putting themselves at risk, not just from strangers, but from people in their own peer groups who might not understand the pictures are just for show.

Realize there truly is a generation gap
Teenagers develop much more quickly from a physical standpoint than they do from a mental standpoint. In fact, the frontal cortex (which is the part of the brain responsible for judgment and decision making) doesn’t completely develop until after adolescence. Therefore, teenagers are awash in burgeoning hormones and newly developed bodies, but they do not yet have all of the mental tools that adults have to regulate decision making.

This isn’t to say that teenagers are not smart and capable beings, but they do not have the life experience and brain development that adults have. This makes them more likely to make impulsive or rash decisions. But in the past, these decisions weren’t on display on the Internet for thousands to access. However, now that the Internet is part of almost every American teenager’s life, we need to find ways to address this new trend of adolescent sexual experience. The Internet is not going away any time soon, and neither is MySpace or the iPhone, so adults have to find ways to bridge this generation gap and warn teens about the dangers and responsibilities associated with this new technology.

Acknowledge their maturity
One of the biggest mistakes parents can make is not letting their teenagers have some form of freedom and right to self-expression. Although they are not adults yet, they still need some room to grow and make their own mistakes. It can be extremely helpful for parents to talk about this issue with their teens and play out the potential consequences. Acknowledge how much fun it is to flirt and how exciting it feels to realize others find you attractive. But if you send off a sexy picture to a friend, what would happen if they send it on to 30 others? What would be the reaction? How would he or she feel? Help guide them through the decision-making process and lend them your own frontal lobe function without the judgement.

We can monitor our teens' behavior to make sure they are behaving safely, but after a certain point, they still need a little bit of breathing room. By keeping the communication lines open and letting them know that they can always come to you with questions and concerns, you can help your teen safely monitor the new trend of growing up online.

Even though the platform is new, teenagers still face many of the same battles that we did during our own teenage years. Teens today have the same questions about sex, body image and self-expression that we did, and they are seeking the same acceptance that we were. Let’s help guide them through this process with patience and a watchful eye.

Dr. Laura Berman is the director of the Berman Center in Chicago, a specialized health care facility dedicated to helping women and couples find fulfilling sex lives and enriched relationships. She is also an assistant clinical professor of OB-GYN and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She has been working as a sex educator, researcher and therapist for 18 years.

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Great New Twitter Research / Entertainment Reviews Tool

Summize lets you search on a word and it brings up the recent tweets which has that word. It also offers "Trending Topics" which let you know which topics are hot at that particular moment. It's just one of a family of products from the Summize labs. Others are Realtime Sentiment where you input a word and the program reports how those talking about that subject feel about the word. For instance I put in "love" and it reported that the prevalent attitude toward this word was "great" (the highest grade). I put in "hate crimes" and the attitude was wretched, the worst grade.

Reviews, potentially very interesting, it summarizes attitudes and opinions from millions upon millions of comments throughout the web. (47,056,81 at this particular time). You can query for movies, books, music and interesting data magically appears. This is the search result for Madonna it provides opinions on all her products and even shows which bloggers are talking about her the most. Blogger Trends is another way of parsing the review data. It's like a techmeme for entertainment only done automatically which is fairer and while the numbers of sentiments look small, the results look fairly representative. And finally you can find reviews on the iPhone.

New eMarketer Study - User Generated Content

eMarketer projects that by 2012, 50% of the online population or 108.5 million people will be creating UGC (User Generated Content). This includes audio, photos, personal blogs, personal web sites, online bulletin board postings, personal profiles in social networks or virtual worlds and / or customer reviews on sites like Yelp!

The full report costs $695 and is available at eMarketer.


Animoto Music Video

Cool Tool : Down For Everyone Or Just Me ??

Ever not be able to access a site and you don't know if something is up with your computer or if the site is actually down for everyone? I learned of this cool tool that helps you determine whether its you or them without having to ask a bunch of people to test it for you. Appropriately enough it's called Down For Everyone Or Just Me and that is exactly what its URL is. I love it when that happens. I learned of this from @pistachio on twitter.

WSJ: HarperCollins New Plan for Publishing

Because the economics of the publishing business are changing, HarperCollins is experimenting with a new imprint that won't accept returns from retailers and will pay little or no advances to authors. They won't pay for desirable shelf-space in brick and mortar stores but instead will concentrate most of its sales efforts on the Internet and share profits with authors. The new venture is expected to publish about 25 titles a year, emphasizing shorter hardcover titles priced at about $20. It's run by Robert S. Miller who is leaving Disney's Hyperion, an imprint he founded in 1991.


Seesmic acquires Thwirl

Ross Mayfield talks about the offline web experience (ie the client based experience). Seesmic is a personal video sharing web site that makes recording and publishing person web videos easy and Thwirl is a client based application for Twitter which basically means that you can interact with Twitter from a client seperate from a web page. Seesmic plans to make the Thwirl client it's primary skin. The use of the word "acquire" is interesting, the exact finance facts aren't being released but the German developer now works for Seesmic.

Where To Keep On Top Of What's Going On

ReadWriteWeb which is a site that I like but find it hard to look up previous articles has a piece today on "How To Break The Techmeme Habit". I actually hate Techmeme and don't find it useful because basically it shows a lot of the same thing. For instance they list a headline and then 50 other blogs where you can read the same story. I find the headlines old and the relevancy doesn't seem based on anything important. This article lists several other services including Elite Tech News Reddit.


What is Twitter?

I was showing a friend Twitter and asked users to explain what it was. These are the wonderful answers I got very quickly. It was amazing.

Twitter is an information pool like a network of walkie-talkies.

BeckyMcCray More bad quotes at my Favorite Tweets http://is.gd/45o

@apenny more than IM, less than email. But with a megaphone
BeckyMcCray Twitter is the Chameleon of Social Networks. It changes to match your needs at any moment. Conversation, Info, Announcements @sass

zachw http://tinyurl.com/384n2f <-- common craft: twitter in plain english

lisamer Hi to you @penny and your friend. It's hard to describe Twitter; its charms announce themselves through use more than demonstration.

BeckyMcCray “Twitter germinates, where Facebook merely incubates.” from @danlight on SxSW http://tinyurl.com/39zqs3

BeckyMcCray "It's like LinkedIn had a cocktail party." - @NewMediaJim

sioksiok Twitter is an online cocktail party that reconvenes every day.
stephenk @apenny: It is the intersection between text messaging on cells and IRC chat on computers, I suppose. That's how it often is used.


FriendFeed New Popular Social Networking Site

FriendFeed is the new cool kid on the social media block. It pulls in your feeds from up to 32 sources listed in this picture. I'm sure new ones will be added as they go along. Personally it's an overwhelming amount of information and I find it disconcerting that it's organized by "friend", for instance a list of the 4 twitters person X twitted that day completely out of context. But that might just be a learning curve for me since I haven't really looked at it seriously.

I find it interesting that LinkedIn is one of the feeds and not FaceBook. You can comment, like, link mute comments, and unsubscribe for each individual post at FriendFeed itself. It's a pet peeve of mine that when you comment on something people reply to your comment at the same location where you commented so you have to go back there to read the comment. I usually don't go back and so if someone does reply it's lost to me.

Michael Arrington
has a post about it on TechCrunch today questioning how it fits in with the desire for data portability. He questions where an individualized centralized presence should be. Scobleizer was an early fan, he says because of the centralized commenting and that often the comments there become a much more interesting and lengthy discussion than the original "twit" for example.


Jason Alba: "I'm on FaceBook: Now What?"

Jason Alba who founded Job Search Management Service JibberJobber.com was covered nicely in US News and World Report about his new book "I'm on FaceBook: Now What?" and boosting sales through corporate networking.

Guy Kawasaki posted 10 things you didn't know about Facebook which come from the book also written by Jesse Stay on 4/3/08.


There's A Lot Going On

Like, duh. I'm kind of overwhelmed by all the recent developments in Web 2.0 and I didn't even go to SXSW. It's been about a year since I became interested again in all things Internet after taking a couple of years off to work in traditional TV in Hollywood.

I almost said "real TV" and I'm reminded many years ago of when I got out of MBA school and I moved to Los Angeles to become a TV producer (one can dream, no?). I had worked at Showtime Networks and MTV Networks for 2 years each. Some guy who was friends with a professor had me in to discuss breaking into the biz. He worked at an impressive production company that hadn't had a hit in over 10 years and told me, "call me when you get a job in real TV." Not nice, not nice at all.

It's interesting though. Did you know that The Real World on MTV which arguably got the whole reality TV ball rolling is celebrating its 20th season. I started working online in 1995 at Time Warner's Pathfinder project. Hollywood tried to launch episodics like "The Spot" and "The Couch". I lived in NYC until I moved home to the West coast in 1997. They're completely different in regards to content.

At least in San Francisco there is much more of a focus on the technology and software as content. They're really snobby in NYC and they have a right to be. I'm a 3rd generation San Franciscan and one thing constant about the artisitic community here is that there's not a lot of money in it. In general I think people don't necessarily move to San Francisco to help their career. It's more about the lifestyle.


Analyst: Recording industry needs even newer business models

By Jacqueline Emigh, BetaNews March 3, 2008, 2:23 PM

JupiterResearch analysts are pointing to the music industry's need to revolutionize its business model even further, as social networking sites, Internet radio stations, and legit P2P services are taking command of the market.

As music steps more and more toward online distribution, it will become increasingly important for the entertainment industry to find new business models along with new device paradigms, according to analysts at JupiterResearch.


Ad Agencies Need to Conversate

A new and redesigned Ad Age has an article about a new report from Forrester. Ad Agencies need to establish social connections and develop relationships with decision makers since most people get information from their friends and community members. Consumers are increasingly not paying attention to advertisers messages but they are interested in participating in a conversation so they can learn about how choose and use products.


10 Designers Checkpoint Services

From Smashing Magazine

10 Designers Checkpoint Services: Measure all sorts of things, keyword popularity, click-throughs, traffic, accessibility.

Funny Sells -- Brainstorm with Humor

From Fast Company, a conversation with John Morreall on the link between humor and innovation, why authoritarian bosses fear humor, and the funniest CEO in America.

John Morreall, a professor at the College of William and Mary, is the founder of Humorworks, a consulting firm for companies such as AT&T, Cisco Systems, IBM and Time Warner. He has written four books on humor and is working on a new one titled "Funny Business" with New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff.

You say that humor increases productivity, reduces conflict, and fosters change. Is this a joke?

Humor is healthy, especially the way it reduces stress. Humor is the opposite of fight-or-flight emotions -- especially fear and anger. I can't be laughing with you and angry or afraid of you at the same time.

How does it encourage creativity?

Humor makes us think more flexibly. People who think funny do better on creativity studies. To put it really simply, humor loosens up your brain to think of more possibilities and be more open to the wild and wacky ones.


Random Cool Blogs

Well Tumblr,

Hysterical Paroxysm

& a post pointing out a disease I didn't realize I had -- MADD
A Writing Disorder That Stifles Your Creativity from copyblogger.


Top 10 Marketing Trends for 2008

From the Sydney Herald, via THE BURGER via JaffeJuice.com:

Here they are:

1. The Chumby
2. Microblogging
3. Everyblock
4. 23AndMe
5. Peer-to-Peer Lending
6. Mob Rules
7. Guerilla Wi-Fi
8. World Community Grid
9. Loopt
10. One Laptop Per Child

I'm hooked on Microblogging (Twitter), The Chumby looks silly, all for Guerilla Wi-Fi and One Laptop Per Child, hopefully going to children who can really use them. The Burger makes a good point that maybe children need health care and food first.


Miscellaneous Marketing Blogs

Often on Twitter (can I mention twitter too many times?) .... someone says something that sounds provocative or insightful or amusing and I tell myself, "self, who said that? who is @tsfowg3x2z ??" and I look at their bio area. There you find a picture, screen name, full name, a link to their blog / flickr / facebook or whatever --- and a little quippy sentence or two. Mine currently says "I'm a lot of things, some of them good", which I think is cute and accurate, if vague.

Frequently I discover great blogs that I bookmark and then never get back to visit. Here are a couple I've seen recently and look forward to spending more time with.

1. KD Paine's PR Measurement Blog
2. What's Next Online?

3. Colleen Coplick has a PR Agency in Vancouver (Type A PR)
  • & definitely gets around (the world) ... recently she twittered that: " top 3 SM tools for sm biz being recommended in webinar: facebook, squidoo & Hubpages. interesting"
4. Test Your Speed


Stats from Job's Keynote

Steve Jobs checks out smartphone market share in the U.S. during the Apple Keynote on 1/15/08
  • RIM's Blackberry is in the lead,
  • but the iPhone is in second place, with 19.5 percent market share.
  • comparing to the other hardware manufacturers, as Apple ranks above Palm and Motorola.
  • Not sure how he's defining smartphone, but, hey, it's his keynote. (from C|Net's live coverage)
  • iTunes has sold 4 billion songs and 7 million movies, which sounds like a lot, but Jobs admits that hasn't met Apple's expectations. So, as expected, today Apple is introducing iTunes Movie Rentals.


Juno Writer Former Blogger, Stripper

I loved the movie Juno. The characters were so well written and unique and it all tied together. It had a quirky folky sound track which I found endearing against the background of the film but too syrupy to listen to without it. It seems to be the kind of soundtrack (movie?) that one either loves or hates.

I just learned that the writer, Diablo Cody (with a name like that you better be a stripper!), was in fact an erotic dancer and a blogger / diarist. She published a book in 2005 called Candy Girl and the Juno script book has been published. (I just ordered both) She has a note on her most recent blog (a blogspot blog that was launched in September of 'o7) that she's using myspace more frequently now. She has 4,500 friends which I think is a sane, healthy number.

I like the actress Ellen Page and saw her on Letterman. She was born on February 21st, 2007, so I guess she's turning 21 soon. She seems sharp and funny but the character in the movie was much younger. She did a great job and kind of looks like Diablo Cody. Ellen had been in a previous movie about a street kid running around with an adopted "family" in Europe, Mouth to Mouth she also was in Hard Candy and X-Men 3. She just got her first apartment in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Art Resources in San Francisco

san francisco dot com -- art galleries etc.