As I narcissistically keep tabs on who's saying what about my story this week--i.e., the one on the old media-new media sportswriting feud--I'm noticing a theme: there's a lot of disagreement out there about what, exactly, "blogs" and "bloggers" are. By way of example, here's a comment posted to a column by Salon.
Godspeed to Boston magazine senior writer John Gonzalez, who's leaving that post to write a sports column for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
It's a great move for Gonzalez, who'll be joining his hometown paper in an extremely high-profile position. But it's a real loss for the Boston media market. When he was on--and he usually was--Gonzalez may have been the most entertaining writer in the city.
In which I analyze the animosity between old-media sportswriters and their new-media counterparts--and argue that a truce might just be in the offing.
This may be obvious to some users, but it wasn't to me: to comment with this new blog engine of ours, you need to scroll down to the lower-right-hand corner of the post and click on "with no comments" (or "with one comment," etc.). You'll then be taken to a comment screen where you can speak your peace.
As you've probably noticed, there's some serious blog flux going on over at Phoenix HQ. The good news is that, if you're reading this, you've found the new Web home of Don't Quote Me, nee Media Log. Also, after disappearing for a few days, the last few months of posts have returned.
Now for the bad news. DQM's fancy new logo--which had been visible over the last few days at the old URL, thephoenix.
Thanks to the various readers who've noted the disappareance of a few months of Don't Quote Me content.
But fret not! I have it on good authority that said content isn't gone for good; instead, it's apparently in some sort of Internet limbo, and will be re-appearing before too long.
Last summer, Slate's Jack Shafer wrote a very funny column about Russia: Beyond the Headlines, a cheesy newspaper-style advertising supplement that ran in the Washington Post and was packed with Soviet-style propaganda.
Judging from the inaugural issue of Moscow Open City, which arrived at the Phoenix earlier this week, not enough people in the Russian P.
Big loss for the Boston Herald: Casey Ross, who's done a fine job covering the State House for the past year and half, is leaving that paper to join the Globe.
The Herald-to-Globe path is pretty well worn: current Globe staffers who've followed it include metro columnist Kevin Cullen, magazine writer Charlie Pierce, and legal reporter Shelley Murphy
A few weeks back, I urged the political press to pursue 10 John McCain stories--including the dissolution of his first marriage and its implications for the McCain Myth.
This story from Britain's Mail on Sunday does exactly that. The whole piece is worth reading, but here's a lengthy excerpt:
McCain likes to illustrate his moral fibre by referring to his five
years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam.
Granted, today's Sidekick centerpiece is a lite little affair aimed at updating the rivalry between Boston and Los Angeles. But it still seems weird that the first thing Mark Shanahan cites in Boston's favor is...Whitey Bulger.
Here's Shanahan's homage:
All of the great LA gansters--guys with noir names like Mickey Cohen, Jack Dragna, and Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno--are long dead.
--Tony Massarotti: he made a heroic return from injury.
--Basketbawful: he got freaked out and then realized he was actually okay.
--Bill Simmons: maybe that, or maybe he was genuinely hurt, but whatever.
--Bill Plaschke: he's a shameless exaggerator.
--Jalen Rose: ditto (click "NBA Finals" and "Paul Pierce: Hurt or Injured?")
Let me be clear: right now, I wouldn't want State Senator Jim Marzilli within 100 feet of any female family members or friend.
Having said that, I'm struck by the fact that there's almost no media discussion of the fact that Marzilli's ongoing implosion could be linked to a serious mental problem. Jim Braude alluded to this possibility on his WTKK show today; Howie Carr mocked it in today's column; and there's an ongoing discussion at Blue Mass.
As an obsessive reader of TrueHoop, ESPN's fine basketball blog, I was somewhat dismayed by author Henry Abbott's initial response to Boston:
Anyone who has lived in New York, I suspect, finds Boston to be
unbelievably ... tidy. New York is a city where respectable upper class
people have favorite graffiti artists. It's also a place where you can
hardly go a block without hearing an epithet or two.
In which I explore the press's muted coverage of a possible attack on that country.