Has Chris Anderson – author of the great The Long Tail and editor at the great Wired – been in the cloistered world of the professional writer / editor for too long? Does he really not understand blogging or the personal online journals in general? I guess not, since he dicusses Micheal Kinsley’s recent Slate article on MySpace and blogging and then Anderson writes…
I suspect that most people who put their innermost thoughts online don’t really expect them to be read by anyone other than their friends (a strategy known as “security through obscurity”), and sometimes not even them.
The Long Tail
If anything, MySpace is just a big messy freeform version of something from the early 1990s – the AOL profile. You list your likes, dislikes, favorites and so on. And – duh – that’s a decent summary of a person. It’s not an innermost anything. It’s a laundry list to meet other people with similar interests. And that’s not exactly new news.
A friend of mine at work saw the lead up to the arrest of rapper (and my MySpace friend) Snoop Dogg yesterday here in Burbank after the D-O-Double-G appeared on the The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. My friends says he saw five or six police cars race past him with their lights flashing, then he came up on the scene a few hundred yards from NBC studios where the cops had surrounded Snoop’s car and had their guns drawn and aimed at Snoop’s car and were on the loudspeaker telling him to get out of the car.
Seems like a lot of drama for no threat at all. Did they think Snoop was going to go on a cop killing spree? He’s already got the number one song in the country. I personally could care less if Snoop has pot or even cocaine and if he had a gun at least he wasn’t aiming it at people’s cars. The whole seems, for lack of a better word, whack.
I’ve been very happy working with Revostock, where’s I’m selling stock footage as downloadable clips (in addition to selling stock by the CD or DVD on my own ImageryNow.com site.)
Well, Revo started selling audio a few weeks ago; music and sound fx. I created some production music, submitted it and – yay! – it was approved. That felt good.
Stranahans Colorado Whiskey
My brother Ken just told me about this….no relation, though…
I spent a lot of yesterday working on what will be the first published book of my photography, an 80+ page book I’m calling Intimate Arts. Lulu has a neat new photobook publishing tool that makes it fairly easy. I’ll be talking more about the project on my IntimateArts.com site…but it’s naked people, so think before you click.