All the old news fit to print

All the old news fit to print: Apparently, when Mr. Roboto and I (see the comments) talk, the Tennessean listens.

On December 22, I laid down this challenge (with credit to Mr. Roboto) to the Tennessean after they unleashed their “crack” investigative team on that den of “inequity” otherwise known as the Chely Wright fan club:

Here’s a better story for the Tennessean reporter to pursue. I think she should do an expose on the reasons behind why no Tennessean reporters covered the Nashville payola scandal earlier this year involving WQZQ that even a best-selling author writing for the New Yorker covered (thanks to Mr. Roboto for that link). Why are over-enthusiastic fans worth investigating and a blatantly corrupt radio industry not? Does the lack of coverage of that payola scandal have anything to do with the Tennessean having an entertainment columnist on the payroll of that station? Not to suggest that any of this is scandalous, but it’s at least worth asking the presidents of some fan clubs about.

Today, the Tennessean has a front page story about a real scandal, not the Chely Wright pretend-scandal.

Yet even in today’s story, the writer can’t help herself and takes yet another jab at the eager Chely Wright fans who discovered a way to hack the radio cartel with this editorial comment embedded in her story: Sometimes, those fans cross the line. No quotation marks. Fans should check in with the reporter, I guess, who seems to have established what is the “line” fans may cross in competing with the payola thugs and radio barrons.

But can they name a blogger?

But can they name a blogger? Laura Berman, a columnist for the Detroit News, was humbled recently in a college classroom where she was there to lead a class on “writing a newspaper column.”


The scene: A college classroom at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
The subject: Writing the newspaper column.
The question: “Can any of you name a columnist you read — in a newspaper or magazine or online — on a regular basis?”
In response: Dead silence.

Relatives and friends memes

Relatives and friends memes: First meme: The Bloglines meme (I’m blaming this on Doc who blames it on Joesph, etc.). You find your blog on and click “related blogs.” For example, here are the weblogs to which Bloglines says rexblog is related. As there are a lot of blogs on the list I have not encountered before, I’m looking forward to meeting the new relatives.

John Battelle’s Searchblog
Wired News
Blog Maverick
Boing Boing
RSS Weblog
Sifry’s Alerts
Ross Mayfield
Fast Company
Joel on Software
PR Opinions
Susan Mernit
Due Diligence
Doc Searls
Joi Ito’s Web
Jon’s Radio
Google Blog
Jeffrey Zeldman
Brain Off
Burnham’s Beat
Business Logs
Mobile Technology
Jeremy Zawodny
Search Engine News

Okay, the second meme: Name ten bloggers you’d like to invite to an imaginary dinner party. Shawn Lea invited me to hers.

Which reminds me of an old joke I just made up:

Q. What is the proper way to respond to an imaginary blogger dinner party invitation?

A. With an RSSVP.