Why Manhattan and Not Rome

We plan to skip the WAN/IFRA/FIPP conference this week in Rome and attend the micropayments conference on Monday in Manhattan (see previous item for outlines of both). The newspaper industry has never developed any theoretical framework about either what and how it should publishing online or how to make any money doing so. Why is a theoretical framework important? Because if you don’t know how to navigate, then you won’t be able to get there. The newspaper industry instead wandered into online publishing and is still trying to find its way. A decade ago, someone in the newsroom (generally a […]

Anti-Spam E-Mail Address Encoding

Do you publish e-mail address on your Web site? For years, we’ve been suggesting that webmasters encode those addresses in JavaScript to prevent spammers’ robots from capturing and spamming those addresses. The only problem with this solution is that not all Web browser softwares can handle JavaScript. Today, a smart Espa&#241ola pointed us to a better, simpler solution: Change the e-mail addresses into the equivalent ISO Unicode characters. The advantage of this solution is that any Web browser can handle it. For example, ‘info@digitaldeliverance.com’ will appear to users as

Do Columns On This Page Overlap?

Because this Web page is written using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), is formatted for three columns, and CSS doesn’t always display three columns in all Web browsers, we’ve been getting reports (particularly from AOL users) that some of this page’s columns overlap. If you see overlapping columns, please let us know. This weekend, we’ll begin converting the page to two-column format, which CSS can handle in all browsers.

Digitally Averaging Playmates of the Month

As New Medium consultants to Playboy Enterprises during the mid-1990s, we would never have suggested the following computerized photographic exercise: Digital artist Jason Salavan has digitally averaged four decades of Playboy magazine centerfolds and produced composite portraits of each of those decades’ Playmates of the Month. You’d better be a fan of photographic expressionism to like them. We like Miss Composite 1970s the best. Salavon’s works are currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Single-Copy Newspaper Sales Decline

A badly kept secret is that U.S. newspapers have been trying to disguise their shrinking circulation by increasing the numbers of ‘bulk’ circulation that they drop off unsolicited in hotels, or have advertisers purchase, or drop off at schools under the failed ‘Newspapers in Education’ program. The Audit Bureau of Circulation’s rules about advertiser-purchased and hotel ‘bulk’ circulations were liberalized during the past two years. Many newspapers also have increased ther NIE distributions from one or two percent of circulation to up to ten percent of circulation! Now comes news that single-copy sales of newspapers are declining. That’s doubly important […]

The Difference Between IAB and AOP in UK

Two weeks ago, we noted PaidContent.org’s report that UK Internet Advertising Bureau Chairman Richard Eyre‘s speech to the UK Association of Online Publishers Association’s annual awards banquet was practically a cry for merger between the IAB and the AOP. Mike Butcher, deputy editor of MediaWeek Online, though otherwise and has written a story about the U.K. turf battle between those two associations. He quotes AOP Chairman Bill Murray, “Advertising is an important element in the publishing mix and we are keen to work closely with the IAB in this area, but it is not the only one… Richard Eyre

Digital Distribution Implementation Initiative

Backtracking this site’s own referrer logs, we discovered the above named site, which describes itself as ‘A public radio and television strategic investment initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’. The site contains consultants’ reports, newslinks, and other resources investigating what U.S. public broadcasting might hypothetically do in the New Medium. The site was available on Monday, but in transition to a new URL on Tuesday and unavailable (temporarily, we hope) late that afternoon.

'White Collar' Spammers

There’s a good story today on the front page of The New York Times about how otherwise reputable companies become ‘white collar’ spammers by purchasing and using lists of consumers’ e-mail addresses. If you’ve provided your persona demographic information and registered to use the NYTimes.com Web site, you can read the story (the story is the text that appears to the far left of the giant banner ad and briefly beneath the animated banner ad). The companies of course insist that every such incident is an analomy, claiming that just because the e-mail addressees never actually gave their company permission […]

iCAN Through the BBC

Newspapers that provide blogs to a few readers are merely creating a few amateur guest columnists. That’s not ‘participatory journalism’. What is will be unveiled next Monday by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Called iCAN, the BBC Interactive‘s participatory journalism program lets any resident of a UK community raise issues, promote grassroot campaigns, find people with the same public concerns, and change things within their community or the nation. iCAN provides the hosting, advice, and the online tools and resource, and consists of two main components: self-service public forums that help people raise concerns and find others who share those concerns, […]

Thanks to MoJo

We thank the students in Strategic Communication Research I at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism (‘MoJo‘) for their time this morning. For those whose questions we didn’t answer in person, we’ll answer you this coming week by e-mail.

Credibility & Responsibility in an Age of the Individual's Media

Here is the text of my speech today at Exploring Freedom of Expression in a Digital World, the 2nd Annual Fall Symposium of the University of Missouri’s Center for the Digital Globe. It equated 100 years ago to today, provided examples of the revolution underway in communications, defined the New Medium and how it functions, and outlined some consequences that this New Medium will have on credibility & responsibility in civic affairs.

How to Count Clients

As we earlier this month mentioned, a U.S. television network has asked us to review for accuracy some of the facts it plans to report in a forthcoming program on digital newspaper editions. One problem the producer is having is that one of the vendors says that it has 152 newspapers as digital edition clients, but the vendor won’t disclose what newspapers. The producer (and anyone) can see that the vendor has only launched about a dozen newspapers’ digital editions. Should the producer believe the vendor’s claim. While we’re sympathetic to the vendor’s confidentiality concerns, any company may claim to […]

Exploring Freedom of Expression in a Digital World

On Thursday afternoon, we’ll be speaking about Credibility & Responsibility in an Age of the Individual’s Media at the University of Missouri’s Center for the Digital Globe. CDiG is holding its 2nd Annual Fall Symposium, entitled Exploring Freedom of Expression in a Digital World. The other speakers will be Art Brisbane, publisher of The Kansas City Star, and University of Missouri Professors Suraj Commuri of the College of Business, Patricia Fry of the School of Law, and Clyde Bentley and Charles N. Davis, both of the School of Journalism. When Matt Drudge’s reporting and not traditional journalism leads to the […]

The Growth in Wireless Content Use

CyberAtlas today provides us with the following update on mobile content access: Instat/MDR expects the number of worldwide wireless Internet subscribers will have risen from 74 million at the end of 2001 to more than 320 million by the end of 2006. The Radicati Group expects the number of solely wireless e-mail users to grow from 1.99 million worldwide in 2003 to 8.76 million in 2007. Instat/MDR meanwhile predicts that there will be more than 1 billion SMS and MMS subscribers by the end of 2006, up from 305 million at the end of 2001. Solomon-Wolff Associates noted in a […]