There's a fantastic article in today's Guardian Weekend magazine that's had me splitting my sides, on how Americans view the UK (and a lot of other stuff). It's a tongue-in-cheek poke at how peculiar Brits are, and how stupid Americans are. Of course neither of those stereotypes are true - but anyway, here's an excerpt of the article:
To get to Britain, you fly over several oceans, including the Atlantic.
I think also Missouri? I did not see very much of the Atlantic or
Missouri or whatever because, as we passed over, I was watching a movie
on our aeroplane, called Dumb And Dumber. It was funny. It is about
these two guys who are dumb. Then we were served dinner. I was next to
a guy from Spain! All he did was sleep. The Spanish, I concluded, are a
lazy people, prone to sleep, who do not enjoy movies. When he finally
woke up, I gave him a cookie I had saved for him, because I did not
like it. He enjoyed that cookie, that's for sure! That's one thing one
can conclude about the Spanish: they certainly love to feed their
faces. Then it turned out he wasn't Spanish at all, but a fellow
American, from Montana! I guess I learned a valuable lesson about
generalising: people from Montana are lazy and love to feed their faces.
The Comment is Free blog has published an article from Catherine S, aka sacked blogger Petite Anglaise. Just a day into the blog buzz about Petite Anglaise being sacked for blogging, she is telling her side of the story. Nice to see such rapid response. You can also read the initial takes on this story from earlier today on Robert Scoble's blog comments and from Tuesday in The Telegraph.
After more than a year with the pioneering "Daily Nightly" blog, "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is expanding to a video blog that will give a quick glimpse at the day's top stories by mid-morning.
About 77 percent of blog authors, or "bloggers," said they post to express themselves creatively rather to get noticed or paid, according to the report, released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
My five tagged bloggers have come back to me with their favourite social media tools on the Meme Jon started last week. I started looking through new favourites that I've now come across, so I thought it would be a good idea to put them all together in one place:
... and a few other people that have picked up on the meme through being tagged by one of us... Charles Arthur: NetNewsWire, MarsEdit, Technorati, Google Blog Search, Camino, Wordpress, Spam Karma 2 Niall Cook: humour, reality, respect, perspective, independence :-) Antony Mayfield: Bloglines, Firefox, Microsoft OneNote, Qumana, Google Blog Search David Terrar: Wordpress, Qumana, Technorati, Crispynews, Statcounter Dennis Howlett: NetNewsWire, Ecto, Technorati, CrispyNews, Feeds2 David Tebbutt: NewsGator, NetVibes, Wordpress, Typepad, Technorati JP Rangaswami: Netvibes, Technorati, Wordpress Neville Hobson: WordPress, FeedDemon, Skype, Statcounter, Mint, NetVibes Armand David: Wordpress, Wikipedia, Del.icio.us, Skype, FeedReader Stephen Davies: WordPress, Bloglines, Firefox, Google Analytics, BrandPulse Josh Hallett: Flickr, MySpace, Flickr, YouTube, Technorati Richard Bailey: RSS, search, podcasting, tagging, missing the paradigm shift Andrea Weckerle: Del.icio.us, YouTube, Flickr, CrispyNews, Co.mments Todd Defren: Del.icio.us, Qumana, NewsGator, Toread, Technorati This / Blogger Web Comments Stuart Bruce: Typepad, Statcounter, Zoundry, CrispyNews, FeedDemon
The more I look the more the list goes on. Good to review what the most popular tools are amongst media types, and see some new ones to try. Thanks all.
Bloggers as advertising conduits is not an entirely novel idea but the launch of PayPerPost has drawn criticism, from the blogosphere, for dealing a further blow to professional journalistic and blogging integrity.
Browsing through the 'Bloggers Vs Prescott' chatter online, I've built up a few political blogs into my radar. Here's a list of my top 10 political blogs in the UK, for those involved in blogger relations campaigns or just general reading of course: