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Twitter: We Gave You the Heads Up in May 2007!

Posted March 18, 2009 | 08:30:06 (EST)

If you're a luddite who isn't interested in twittering about your commute or heading out for pizza, you're missing the point, Failing to Twitter is like refusing to believe that TV had a future. Twitter is a new communications medium, and if you're ignoring it, you're missing your best opportunity...

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Defining Terrorism Down: A New Film Cautions Us Not To Put The Republican National Convention Behind Us

Posted November 4, 2008 | 11:29:25 (EST)

Like you, I am about to burst. My internal clock reads optimist, but I am surrounded by neurotic naysayers, dreading a McCain upset. I find myself ministering to them, as only an agnostic can, with empathy for the human condition; making no promises about the Hereafter.

Distracted from all...

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The Palin Doctrine & The Culture Wars: Seeing "Spring Awakening" Through Sarah's Eyes

Posted September 26, 2008 | 10:54:07 (EST)

Spring Awakening, the Tony-award-winning Best Musical for 2007, launched the first leg of a national tour in San Francisco earlier this September. Far headier than the jukebox musicals lately filling the Rialto, this re-imagining of the 1891 Frank Wedekind play mashes-up its German fin de siècle setting with a lyrical...

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MediaBizBuzz on Democrats, Republicans, Gustav and Ike

Posted September 8, 2008 | 15:42:40 (EST)

Click for News, Photos and all the links to major press coverage of the Republican Convention and for the Democratic reaction.

This past week could have been a Christopher Buckley novel. Gov. Palin's Pastor Kroon -- as he readies for his "Love...

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The Republican National Convention: "We're Americans, You're Not" - Civil Discourse? Fuggetaboutit!

Posted September 5, 2008 | 10:58:53 (EST)

Partisan - as defined by Merriam Webster's -- is a familiar term to anyone with a fifth-grade education: "a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; esp: one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance."

While Wednesday night's RNC hewed to this usage, it also veered into the...

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Democratic Convention Day 3: The Three Amigos

Posted August 29, 2008 | 11:24:44 (EST)

After Hillary's winning performance Tuesday night, and a sigh of relief from Obama rank-and-file, all attention shifted to Wednesday night's appearance by Pres. Clinton. What would Big Bill say?

Given that he's been famously terse about Obama since the primaries came to an end, his remarks were a wildcard....

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Traditional Media Uses Bullying Legal Tactics: Scrabble vs. Scrabulous and Hulu vs. Redlasso

Posted August 13, 2008 | 10:28:52 (EST)

In 2005 Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla created Scrabulous; by 2007 it went nuclear as a Facebook app. The social networking aspect of Facebook brought it a half-million daily players, giving users the ability to joust with friends and family across the world. While it is undeniable that Scrabulous has the...

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Games People Play: From Paris to Beijing to Iraq

Posted August 11, 2008 | 10:20:41 (EST)

On the best of days, "One World, One Dream" -- the theme of the XXIX Summer Games -- was an ambitious slogan devised for China's coming out party onto the world stage. But not even Olympic Peace, that Greek tradition for armistice that dates back to the games of 8th...

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FCC Anti-Comcast Decision is Pro-Business, Pro-Competition and Pro-Growth

Posted August 6, 2008 | 09:07:23 (EST)

Last Friday the Federal Communications Commission bared its teeth. In a 3-2 decision led by Chairman Kevin Martin, and joined by his Democrats colleagues across the aisle, Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps, the agency ruled against Comcast, finding that the nation's largest cable...

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Apple iPhone Ignites Mobile Marketing with Music, Gaming and Virtual World Apps

Posted July 23, 2008 | 10:46:24 (EST)

To cut through the hype and hero worship surrounding the release on July 11 of the Apple iPhone 2.0 3G, JackMyers Media Business Report decided to take the pulse across the industry, speaking with players across the gaming and virtual world landscape as well as those creating...

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Viacom Versus Google: Coming of Age of the "Viderate" Generation

Posted July 9, 2008 | 10:41:40 (EST)

Last week Manhattan district judge Louis L. Stanton filed his opinion in the $1B copyright infringement lawsuit Viacom (VIA) first lodged against Google (GOOG) back in March 2007.

Judge Stanton's decision has already been met with a torrent of criticism across the blogosphere, but what is the broader context of Viacom's...

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Social Media Is The Future of Politics... and Independence!

Posted July 2, 2008 | 10:49:59 (EST)

Lessons from Personal Democracy Forum, The "Davos of Technology":

While the RIAA and MPAA have been frequent whipping boys in any debate on the failure of Big Media to embrace change in a timely fashion, they are positively visionary standing next to government. But that's changing. Just as media has...

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An 'Open Source' Philosophy Of Government, Commerce & Innovation

Posted June 30, 2008 | 10:27:12 (EST)

If last week were a novel, it'd be a page-turning summer blockbuster. It all began on Monday with the return of eminence grise Jim Hansen, twenty years to the day since he first testified before Congress on Global Warming. And it ended with Bill Gates riding off into...

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What Do Advertisers Want? "Spot Runner" Knows

Posted June 25, 2008 | 10:14:48 (EST)

Despite time-shifting and viewer erosion, television remains a $70B market, our most powerful advertising medium. That said, the steady trickle of ad dollars flowing from TV (and newspapers) to the Internet continues apace due to that platform's precision analytics and accountability.

In response to this challenge, this column has...

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First Look at Peter Gabriel's The Filter: A Discovery Engine for All Things

Posted June 18, 2008 | 10:11:15 (EST)

The Filter is the next step in Social Media. When The Filter went beta this past April, it received gushing press, based not only on Peter Gabriel's über-celebrity, but his successful track record in multimedia (CD-ROMs Xplora and Eve; On Demand Distribution).One week after its public launch, JackMyers Media Business...

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iPhone 3G: Beyond The Hype

Posted June 16, 2008 | 10:30:15 (EST)

It's easy to view last week's much-awaited and endlessly ballyhooed release of the second generation iPhone as simply a PR triumph. But that would be a mistake. By incorporating 3G technology and GPS, and lowering the purchase price by 50%, Apple has radically altered the landscape of the mobile marketplace....

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Measuring "Digital Escape Velocity:" When Digital Revenues Offset Traditional Media Losses

Posted June 4, 2008 | 10:23:25 (EST)

"Technology is the greatest change agent that humanity has ever seen." There can be little argument that for the last generation technology has accelerated the rate of change beyond recognition. Despite this, cognitively we remain hardwired to envision The Present as a range that includes not beyond the past three...

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Television Unplugged? The Verdict on This Year's TV Upfronts

Posted June 2, 2008 | 13:11:27 (EST)

Think of it as the Big Bang of Video. We continue to expand from the first broadcast network in the 1920's to a galaxy of offerings, including online platforms like Veoh, Joost, Fancast, Hulu, and Blinx. In deference to Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, both...

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Ex-Yahoo! Exec Greg Coleman's New Web Vision: Re-Mapping Search with NetSeer

Posted May 21, 2008 | 09:04:04 (EST)

Extracting concepts rather than keywords will change the face of online advertising, vastly improving monetization, believes former Yahoo! executive Greg Coleman, who recently joined start-up company NetSeer as CEO and president.

This month comScore reported a first: Google had become the most popular Web site in the U.S....

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TV Upfronts, CNET, and the Facebook, MySpace and Google Data Wars

Posted May 19, 2008 | 19:20:01 (EST)

This year's Upfronts were a modest affair. Perhaps they reflected the zeitgeist, skewing lean and mean as the US economy continued to be soft. After fending off Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Jerry Yang learned that there was no rest for the weary as corporate raider Carl Icahn

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