Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Apparently, even book editors are being outsourced these days...

Apparently Newspaper Editors Don't Do a Lot, Either
Following in a great but unfortunate tradition, the NY Observer has a new reporter poking around publishing who has recast the old editors-don't-edit misconception into the new jargon of outsourcing: "Much the same way that telemarketers and programmers have migrated to Bangalore, the once-venerated job of book editing is beginning to be shunted from tweedy three-martini fellows in publishing houses to a fleet of laptop-armed freelancers, at home in their sweat pants." As you can see, deep and revealing insights about our business abound.

More, via the Observer.

Friday, December 10, 2004

I last met David Brudnoy at a party prior to the Boston Film Festival two summers ago. He looked cheerful as ever as he made the rounds, chatting with local filmmakers. I told him I was helping my dad put together his memoirs of the Boston newspaper business as he knew it over the decades after World War II. Brudnoy smiled, nodding, and said, "Tell your dad I said hello. And good luck on that book. He knows where all the bodies are buried."

Brudnoy will be missed in this city.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

He was a good boss. Peggy Noonan, with some thoughtful insights, on the end of the Dan Rather era....

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

We could all be paying fees for watching streaming media of any kind in the near future, if Acacia has its way:

Due to its seemingly esoteric nature, major news outlets have reported on Acacia’s DMT patent claims only fleetingly. What’s surprising is how many trade organizations have continued to ignore this important and complex issue.

While this summer saw a flurry of major media outlet coverage of Acacia’s attempts to license its DMT patents—especially to universities and colleges—the rest of the year saw little to no reporting on this hot-button issue. This is somewhat understandable when you take into account the esoteric nature of Acacia’s patents; they may have far-reaching implications, but too few people understand the inner workings of digital media transmission to justify regular mainstream media coverage.
Read more on the latest by Geoff Daily.