Friday, July 17, 2009

In Tinseltown, at least, blogs are starting to overtake print

The New York Times on Friday July 17 has a couple of articles on the “power” of blogs and the Web.

On the front page, David Carr has a story “A Hollywood Blogger Feared Not by Starlets, but Executives,” about Nikki Fente, with link URL here. The story talks about her history in print journalism, where deadlines, precision and rigorous fact checking prevail, and where the loosening of these online work to her advantage. Whether things will always remain that way, as I’ve covered here before, is a good question. Her blog is “Deadline Hollywood Daily” and you can check out here. She is said to be easier on some studios than others.

I make offhand comments about the studios, and especially the indie distribution companies on my own movies blog. I’ve been critical of Time-Warner’s dropping Picturehouse and WIP, and I’ll have to hunt around to see if she’s covered that.

She has a enough “notability” to have a Wikipedia page (check). Does it help if you have a major company buy your site?

There’s another story about corporations investing in blogs, again by David Carr, on the “Business Day” page, “Seasoned Celebrity-Watcher Turns from Print to Web” (link)

Would the celebrities and executives “dread” the amateur bloggers too? Maybe judging from legal stories recently with MBA, maybe yes.

One area where amateurs hold some sway seems to be in blogging about software bugs or unusual security holes, or even unusual experiences with new computers. At least that’s my experience looking at my own stats. Blog about a specific controversial executable (say one on AOL that gets flagged by McAfee for a while), it will attract page requests.

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