Being on my back in a brace for possibly three months has been an interesting experience. It can be solitary confinement or temporary liberation. Like anything, the quality of your reality is a state of mind. I’ve had a lot of time to research, read and realize that no matter how much time one has for the Web, it’s like going through stars in a galaxy only to find there are a million more galaxies.
You can get lost in space on the Web.
But in all my explorations I did stumble upon one of the best articles I’ve read on the Web, marketing and the direction things are taking. It’s long but Bob Garfield is one of the visionaries in his field. It’s worth your while to read. We’ll see if facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg takes his advice. I wonder if any of us will take his advice?
And then there’s the post on the PR Junkie blog about Sara Palin’s writing style and what it reveals. it begins “Call it amoral or disgusting, perhaps even illegal, but thanks to a group of hackers. . . .” Both the post and the responses are thought-provoking and should be of interest to PR folks and anyone dealing with the Web, communications and privacy issues.
Thanks to my news director who forwarded this to me, I see there are other pros in the field who occasionally use the term douche bag. This editor found himself in the middle of a controversy.
Finally, Kyle has a good post on first year student blogs at Wofford. I’m wondering, Kyle, and others who have student blogs, if you could give an update on how you choose students, how much you monitor content (I’m all for letting them write what they want, within reason) and what the results are. How do you measure the success or effectiveness of each blog? I’d like anyone who deals with student blogs to weigh in on this one.