The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Category Archives: Journalism, publicity and scandals

The past, present and future of news

This post is like X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, except with printing presses and the web instead of Hugh Jackman. We’ll go back in time, return to the present and … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · 6 Comments

The killer beside you

The first murderer I ever met was tall and awkward, with curly hair. But this was sixth grade, and we were all a bit awkward. Every one of us. This … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · 6 Comments

Man leads police on 112 mph chase, crashes, then flees with his pet monkey

Photo courtesy of the Burien Police Department. This sounds like an Onion story. But it’s not. As a reformed journalist and unrepentant fan of weird news, this story is classic. Let’s … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · 7 Comments

‘Native advertising’ disguised as news: miracle money or menace to journalism?

You have to feel for journalists and publishers, since everybody else insists on (a) swiping content from newspapers and magazines, (b) “aggregating” all that content on the Series of Tubes … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

What words get shared on social media – and what doesn’t?

Publicity and marketing, including social media, is like the Wild West. Just about anybody can call themselves a Social Media Ninja (although they shouldn’t) and get away with it, especially … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · 7 Comments

Improve your blog’s bounce rate and such

I do this blog for fun, not for monies. HOWEVER: even casual bloggers probably want to make their bloggity blog more popular, and get more viewers. Want to make your … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

Why even the mighty Facebook is DOOMED

So now that social media is an entrenched Big Deal, taking up gobs of bandwidth on the Series of Tubes, you’re starting to see story after story in papers of … Continue reading

February 1, 2014 · 5 Comments
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