December 3, 2005
RE "Making Oscars a Mule Race," Nov. 29: I don't know what Patrick Goldstein is getting so lathered up about. The Oscars have always been more about politicking for awards than about recognizing great art. And to fret over blogs? Get real -- 99.9% of all blogs aren't worth the paper they're not written on. ROBERT NEWCOMBE La Canada
March 31, 2007 |
Kathy Sierra's blog, Creating Passionate Users, is filled with musings on software design. Not the kind of thing you'd expect to draw death threats. But cyber-bullies posted such vicious remarks about her on the Internet that she canceled her keynote speech at a technology conference in San Diego this week, afraid to leave her home in Boulder, Colo. "I will never be the same," she wrote, then said she had suspended her blogging.
October 9, 2005 |
There was a time, way back in the late 1990s, when coolhunting was still cool, when nearly every Madison Avenue ad agency wanted a resident hipster to interpret the spending habits of those inscrutable Gen-Xers. Then the Internet exploded, connecting everyone to everything in an instant, and suddenly, the art of predicting the next big trend got way more complicated.
April 18, 2004 |
If the voices of the blogosphere could speak, they'd sound like Radio Vox Populi, a "social community" based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The project, originally launched as part of a media art installation by MIT grad student Cameron Marlow, fills an Internet radio station (www.radiovoxpopuli.org) with weblog snippets read by a text-to-voice computer program, 24 hours a day.
January 29, 2007
In reading the postings on the Bottleneck Blog about Steve Lopez's comments on traffic, I notice that a lot of contributors bemoan the loss of the Red Cars. Yet, at the time, no one seemed to mind that they were being taken off the tracks to be replaced by buses. Now I wonder about those who currently sing the praises of obtaining their news via the Internet. Perhaps 20 years from now people will start posting lamentations on blogs about how we need to bring back the simple, reliable, tangible daily newspaper.
October 1, 2009 |
Lisa Fung, who has overseen the Los Angeles Times' coverage of arts and culture for more than nine years, has been chosen to run its online entertainment operation. As online arts and entertainment editor, Fung will guide multimedia coverage including Calendar, the Envelope and Company Town. In addition to developing new online properties, she will oversee more than a dozen latimes.com blogs. "Lisa is as comfortable within the realm of social media as she is with Wagner, 'American Idol' and Warhol, perfectly preparing her for this challenging new position," Times Editor Russ Stanton said.
March 30, 2005 |
Amy Peyrot has the swinging moods of many a teenager. Except that, unlike in years past, those ups and downs are published for all the virtual world to see. At her blog on the Xanga.com website, the 17-year-old senior at Polytechnic Institute chronicles the colleges she's gotten into and her triumphs on the lacrosse field. And the times she feels like this: "Burning lips. chilled bones. empty stomach. empty everything."
May 6, 2013 |
Amanda Bynes had a nose job, she says, and that's why she keeps making a stink about mags and blogs using old pictures of her. "The reason I've asked all magazines and blogs to stop using old photos of me is I don't look like that anymore! I had a nose job to remove skin that was like a webbing in between my eyes," she said in an extended Twitter post Sunday. (The Ministry just paused a moment to poke around our own eyes and nose to try to figure out how "webbing" might manifest in that part of the face.
May 24, 2007 |
New rules by a Chinese government-backed Internet group maintain strict controls over the country's bloggers, requiring them to register with their real names and identification cards. The guidelines from the Internet Society of China, a group made up of the country's major Internet companies, contradict state media reports this week claiming that China was considering loosening registration requirements for bloggers to allow anonymous online journaling.