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Archives: November 2006

‘Where Have All the Models Gone?’

So asks the “first Asian supermodel” Anna Bayle, displaying a bunch of covers — from Glamour, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue — with illustrations instead of real live humans. But she’s really wondering why it’s now all actresses and celebrities, and no longer models, who grace the covers of the high-end women’s glossies. Her theory, in short:

“When one group gets more powerful than the other, then the balance of things change. Every other group will react to this movement and there will be changes. I think, when a model starts earning more than fashion editors … it’s a problem. When a model becomes more important and gets more press than the designer showing…it’s a problem. So what is the state of fashion shows now? — Very young girls with developing personalities showing $80,000 garments. ‘Walking zombies’ is the phrase I always hear. I believe the fashion world is refusing to give that power to the models right now because the models (and their agents) have abused their celebrity.”

  • Where have all the models gone? (Anna Bayle blog)
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    How Google Gets Letter Bubbles on Maps

    Google’s methods, revealed! (Via Map Room.)

    SoCal Sports Reporting Institution Retires

    bisheff.jpgSteve Bisheff, who has covered sports for 42 years, took the Orange County Register’s buyout and announced his retirement today.

    Bisheff joins 30 to 40 other Register newsroom folks who took the buyout, and according to columnist Frank Mickadeit it’s a strange, sad day around there.

    Mickadeit also reveals that the Register, in order to better compete with, um, bloggers, will enhance its online publication, doing “something called ‘reverse publishing.’ Local reporters’ work will appear on our Web site first and then be sent to the presses. The very architecture of the site will be upgraded — we’re investing a lot of money there for the long haul.’”

    NYT in 90 seconds

  • Microsoft celebrated its new operating system Vista by visiting the Nasdaq headquaters in New York. According to the article, the system will make “Windows machines more secure, powerful and graphically dynamic.” It will be availible to the general public on January 30th. Bill Gates will own the entire planet by late-February.

  • In another computer story, One Laptop Per Child will begin producing its $150 laptops in mid-2007. The original goal was $100, but the Minesweeper people held out for more money.
  • Both 30 Rock and Studio 60 survived through the midseason cancellation fest despite dissapointing ratings. 3 lbs., however, did not. Well, there’s a shock.
  • O.C. Register Seeks Cranky, Libertarian Op-ed Writer


    Cranky? Prone to ranting? You could be us! Also, the O.C. Register wants you as an editorial writer.

    Seasoned Reporters take notice because this type of opportunity rarely comes along. The Orange County Register is looking for a libertarian thinker who can consistently write distinctive, persuasive editorials for our daily newspaper and online opinion website in tune with our philosophy of (a) respect for the individual, (b) limited government, (c) free markets, and (d) free trade.

    Sounds like a job for Charles Johnson.

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    Dow Jones to Change Breaking News Policy


    According to a memo to staff, a new group has been established at publisher Dow Jones to cover breaking business news for the Newswires, Online Journal, and often for the company’s print publications. The move signals a big shift at the company: by putting all of the spot news coverage under one umbrella, the company will ensure that multiple stories aren’t being written about the same news, and will free up time for reporters and editors at the Wall Street Journal to write longer, more analytical pieces. The full release:

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    Condé Seating Chart | NYT as ‘Everyone’s A Section’ | HuffPo to Report | New Reader’s Digest CEO | ‘Pazz and Jop’

    • Keith Kelly: Tries to divine information from the seating chart at the Condé Nast Christmas luncheon. [NYP]
    • New York Times Web site: To become “everyone’s A section?’” [Governing]
    • HuffPo: Adds a political editor, will produce reported
      pieces. [NYT]

    • New Reader’s Digest CEO: A family Affair? [AdAge]
    • Missing The ‘Good Old Days’ of the Village Voice‘s ‘Pazz and Jop’ Issue? Evidently someone is.

    YouTube is for Older People

    It’s all a bunch of teens and tweens and maybe twenty-somethings uploading and downloading and forwarding YouTube all over, right? That’s a “misconception” writes Jack Myers in his Media Buzz email newsletter today, quoting a still unreleased eMarketer study:

    “Until now we’ve been operating under the misconception that YouTube’s audience looks like Lonelygirl15. Just as the teen dream was unmasked as an actress performing in a scripted, if clever, work of fiction, eMarketer’s just published study, Internet Video: Advertising Experiments and Exploding Content, reveals that 55 percent of YouTube’s U.S. audience falls within the 35 to 64 age range, not exactly Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Even more surprising is that these viewers are affluent; 61.5 percent banked over $60,000 per annum. While this is bait for advertisers who are slowly shifting their ad dollars from broadcast to the Internet, it’s bad news for television, which has seen this age demo running for the exits.”

    (Image from Communication at CDC)

    Bad Sweater Guy Media Frenzy Continues

    bsg.jpgCan bad taste in clothes make you a pundit? If you’re Bad Sweater Guy, apparently, it can.

    BSG has a long clip file of media mentions, the latest of which includes yesteray’s USA Today and the December issue of Men’s Health. In both, BSG spins a yarn about why people make poor fashion choices this time of year (basically, they want to match the Christmas lights on their house) and how to know if you’re a bad sweater guy yourself (if Sinatra would punch you in the face for wearing that sweater, pick a different pull).

    We are in awe of BSG’s long legs (he became a woven wonk two years ago). What should have been the “I kiss you” guy of cable-knits has grown into a sound-bite producing empire, complete with merchandise, a dedicated comic strip and multiple indie-film mentions.

    Garfield: ‘Because Zimbabwe Was Booked Solid’

    So, why was On the Media in Turkey? Because show co-host Bob Garfield had another reason to go. Here’s his answer:

    “Because Zimbabwe was booked solid.

    “Har har. Actually, in my capacity as an ad critic for Advertising Age, I go around the world giving speeches — lately about the collapse of the old media/marketing model before the Brave New World is built out. (I call it “The Chaos Scenario.”) Over 20 years, I’ve done 80% of my on-location NPR reporting (100s of pieces from, like, 25 countries) while on Ad Age business. This trip I was in Oslo, then Istanbul. Freedom of speech in Norway isn’t a big issue, so I decided to focus on Article 301.”

    Article 301, of course, being … oh, yes, the part of the Turkish penal code which criminalizes “insulting Turkishness” and is often used to prosecute writers and journalists.

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