Marthettes? The NY Times asks (with registration required), will any of these pretenders to the throne replace Martha Stewart? If nothing else, I smell a reality TV show concept.
Free the collateral circumstances: The NY Daily News reports that Martha Stewart’s lawyers may seek probation rather than incarceration using an argument that her time in jail will harm 550 innocent people, the employees of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Such a defense of “extraordinary collateral circumstances” appears to have a precedent.
I will now go on record as saying this weblog endorses such a sentence. Fine her out the wazoo. Publicly shame and humiliate her. Make her wear clothes from K-Mart, or even black and white stripes. But then, strap one of these babies on her and make her sit alone in one of her houses for 18 months and do nothing but pump out ideas for her employees to execute.
I’m all for making her pay for the sins of the fat cats who have all the advantages that little people like me don’t have, but I care more about the extremely talented folks who are discovering they are “extraordinary collateral circumstances.”
Now you know: Now available as a .pdf document (free), The “Ad Age FactPack” is an annual round-up of media facts and figures. According to Adage, “It instantly answers…questions such as Which are the top 25 largest U.S. magazines and newspapers by circulation? Or, which are the top U.S. media companies and what are their divisions and properties?” (Note: I’ve added a link to it on the rexblog magazine resources blogroll on the left.) (via Marketing Wonk)