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Archives: May 2008

FBLA Arrived (at) ‘In The Flesh’

FBLA showed up at the West Coast debut of the reading series In The Flesh in Culver City. A couple of blocks from the new offices of the LA Weekly.

Pictured are authors Rachel Kramer Bussel, Carly Milne, Shana Ting Lipton, Stan Kent and Maxim Jakubowski.

The audience was 80% women and the authors were 80% non-American. Not that we’ve turned into statisticians but we were told that is indicative of the erotica market…which we find harder to report about because it robs us of making our own dick jokes. Ahem.

Help Us, Help You, Keep Your Clothes On

web_pornography.jpgHow about you can own part of the internet if you promise free service and no pornography. Sound good? That’s the deal the FCC is considering making with communications regulators over an unused piece of the 25 megahertz wireless spectrum (which, come to think of it, is sort of like the new media version of Bush’s health care policies in Africa). The winning bidder would then get to use the rest of the airwaves for commercial services.

As of yet, there are no takers, not it seems because anyone is especially wary of censorship issues, but because the winner would have to “to serve 50 percent of the U.S. population within four years.”

Bonnie Fuller: Movin’ On Out, Again

65571.jpgWell, we’ve been contemplating for a while now where Bonnie Fuller‘s next move might take her, and it looks like we’ll have more time to think about it.

The NYPost is reporting that in the two weeks since Fuller left her multi-million dollar contract with AMI her attempts to start up something with 3i, a global private-equity and venture-capital firm, have come to naught. After appearing in their Park Ave. offices for a few days she has apparently just as quickly disappeared. Perhaps Portfolio will be able to shed some light on the situation, they are reportedly doing a profile on Fuller for next month’s issue.

Morning Call Time: 05.30.08

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New Business Editor at LAT

Talking Biz News sent us this:

Sallie Hofmeister has been named the new business editor at the Los Angeles Times, according to an internal e-mail from editor Russ Stanton.

She replaces Davan Maharaj, who becomes managing editor.

Okay, now we know who we need to suck up to at parties…

Worth Noting: Salon Has Their Say on How Women in the Media are Living Now

carrie_bradshaw_typing_sex_city_2.jpgRebecca Traister weighs in on the what’s “been a nasty couple of weeks for New York’s writing women, both real and imaginary.”

What provokes such fury, over Carrie Bradshaw, and — for a flash — over Gould (barring a book deal and TV show that will turn her meanderings into cultural furniture) is that in a media landscape in which there are a severely limited number of spaces for women’s writing voices, the ones that get tapped become necessarily, and deeply inaccurately, emblematic — of their gender, their generation, their profession. More annoying — and twisted — is that those meager spots for women are consistently filled by those willing to expose themselves, visually and emotionally. And not accidentally, by those willing to expose themselves in a way that is comfortable, and often alluring, to many of the men who control the media, and to many of the women who consume it.

We have to remember: There is nothing wrong with women writing about themselves, their youth, their indiscretions, their habits and values and personal development. Men have been writing about this stuff for thousands of years; they call it the canon.

Noticiero Azteca America Moves to Mexico

Well, it’s not exactly Ross Perot‘s ‘giant sucking sound’ but it does suck for the 29 people that have lost their jobs.

Our thanks to Veronica Villafane for the tip.

She writes:

Azteca America today sent out a press release proudly boasting an HD news studio in Mexico City and a new “alliance” with Fuerza Informativa Azteca.

Bottom line: Azteca America will be feeding U.S. Hispanics with a regionalized news service, produced in Mexico.

In ten years they’ll bail to China.

Newspaper Websites in Great Shape, WSJ Possible Exception

newspaper_boy.jpgAccording to the latest E&P online newspaper website traffic report, “April was a kind month” with many of the sites reporting significant increases over this time last year. The NYTs is still riding high as the most visited site, followed by USA Today and WaPo respectively. The Wall St. Journal holds steady in the number five slot, however(!), while the Journal’s traffic is up 37% since April of last year its monthly visitors have dropped from 6.8 million in March to 4.7 million in April. Ouch! Even with our questionable math skills we know that’s more than one third.

April also happens to be the month new WSJ owner Rupert Murdoch launched his redesigned version of the paper, shortly thereafter managing editor Marcus Brauchli resigned…we’re just saying, numbers don’t lie.

Slate Site Shows Huff Po Vet ‘The Big Money’

27255.jpgThe Big Money, Slate’s spin-off business site helmed by James Ledbetter, is stocking up on new media talent. Elinor Shields, most recently managing editor of Huffington Post, has been appointed deputy editor. Before HuffPo, she had been a senior writer at Chadwick Matlin, who had been writing the mothership’s political blog, Trailhead, will join as a staff writer.

The site, based in New York, will launch later this summer. According to Slate’s PR people, at least one hire will come within the next week so we’ll stay on the story.