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Month: June 2007

Poor Reporting on Millions

Indeed.

Indeed.

Common wisdom is that magazines are suffering. Sales are down, visit this site
relevance is decreased. Instead, people have turned to the internet for the type of information and entertainment once reserved for magazine. To combat this, many magazines are changing their formatting to resemble blogs and websites. In so doing, they play to their weaknesses, a lack of speed.

Magazines, even weeklies, are hopelessly out of date. The breaking news they report on is no longer breaking by the time they hit the newsstands. The snippets and margin notes that many magazines are featuring are out of date long before they hit the page. Wired, Tired, Expired itself is sadly expired.

In making magazines less substantial and more transient, publishers destroy the one advantage they have, hindsight. And in so doing, they will surely continue their long decline.

Even the best reporters covering issues of money and the economy do a poor job covering wealth. For example, prosthetic take a listen to a segment from today’s Marketplace. The segment is on a report out today about the growing number of millionaires in the world. The report says that there are 9.5 million millionaires and that the number of new millionaires is growing fairly rapidly. From this, information pills Marketplace says that the number of wealthy people around the world is increasing. However, medical there is no discussion about whether people are actually becoming wealthier (ie if they have more spending power) or whether they just have more dollars that aren’t worth as much. In other words, there is no discussion about how inflation has affected the number of millionaires.

Playing to Their Weakness

Indeed.

Indeed.

Common wisdom is that magazines are suffering. Sales are down, visit this site
relevance is decreased. Instead, people have turned to the internet for the type of information and entertainment once reserved for magazine. To combat this, many magazines are changing their formatting to resemble blogs and websites. In so doing, they play to their weaknesses, a lack of speed.

Magazines, even weeklies, are hopelessly out of date. The breaking news they report on is no longer breaking by the time they hit the newsstands. The snippets and margin notes that many magazines are featuring are out of date long before they hit the page. Wired, Tired, Expired itself is sadly expired.

In making magazines less substantial and more transient, publishers destroy the one advantage they have, hindsight. And in so doing, they will surely continue their long decline.

Trajectory

In my last post, discount troche the first of this new, cheap reimaged blog, I mentioned something about the transient nature of blogs. The internet is interesting, it is both permanent and transient simultaneously. Sure, things get archived and saved, but once something is said it is quickly forgotten. There is not point in bringing back my archives because nobody cares what I had said, I don’t even care. Nobody will read them.

In this world with cable television and constantly updated websites, the news has developed the same transient characteristic. What is said today is forgotten by tomorrow. Errors and omissions are passed over, never to be corrected because the story has changed or gotten old. News no longer builds upon itself, there is no overarching storyline, no reference to what has happened in the past or our trajectory into the future. There is just the now, the sound bite, a point in the abyss without reference to what surrounds.
I’ve set some long-term goals for myself, this site related to this blog, you can see them there to the right. There are five of them, five topics I would like to focus on and think about. Each of them involves an end-state of publishing some type of document. I’ve never been published anywhere, and here I am talking about publishing on five disparate topics. A high hurdle, I suppose.

Transient Ideas

In my last post, discount troche the first of this new, cheap reimaged blog, I mentioned something about the transient nature of blogs. The internet is interesting, it is both permanent and transient simultaneously. Sure, things get archived and saved, but once something is said it is quickly forgotten. There is not point in bringing back my archives because nobody cares what I had said, I don’t even care. Nobody will read them.

In this world with cable television and constantly updated websites, the news has developed the same transient characteristic. What is said today is forgotten by tomorrow. Errors and omissions are passed over, never to be corrected because the story has changed or gotten old. News no longer builds upon itself, there is no overarching storyline, no reference to what has happened in the past or our trajectory into the future. There is just the now, the sound bite, a point in the abyss without reference to what surrounds.

A New Lease on Blogging

Thanks to the Wayback Machine, stomach I’m going to try to rebuild all my old archives. This will be fun, right?
If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Twitter, viagra sale you know that I’ve been looking at getting a new car, a Subaru WRX in dark gray with the center armrest and iPod interface to be precise. It’s been a hard decision to make, since I don’t actually need a new car. The Mazda Miata I’ve been driving only has 70,000 miles on it despite being 17 years old. However, the Miata is 17 years old, and will likely have to be replaced sooner rather than later.

The money we would be putting towards the WRX has been set aside for the purpose of buying a car. Whether I buy it now, or wait three months, or six months, or even a year, the same money will be spent on the car. If I do wait, the money will be sitting around uselessly. Putting it in a savings account is hardly better than sticking it under the mattress. The only advantage to waiting, at least monetarily, is that I would be able to save an extra $400/mo. to put towards the down payment when I do eventually by the car. That means, if I wait a year, I will have another $5,000 to put down on the car, which is $5,000 less I would need to finance.

The downside to waiting is twofold: first, if the Miata needs to be replaced for whatever reason on short notice, I might not get the exact car I want; second, if I buy the car now we maintain having one constant car payment, and enables us to replace Jill’s car in four years once mine is paid off.
President-elect Obama’s plans for a sustainable stimulus package are somewhat misguided.  There is little doubt that his stimulus plan will put more money into the economy.  (Whether it expands the economy enough to pay for itself is a different discussion, patient but most economists seem to think that it will.)  However, viagra the stimulus plan won’t make the country more sustainable.  The root goal of the stimulus plan is to return people to work and revitalize our fundamentally consumer based economy.  A consumer economy cannot be sustainable.
You might be wondering why nothing has been on this site for the past year or so, rx and why I haven’t updated for even longer. You see, pestilence I found that my hosting was just a bit too expensive, sildenafil so I canceled it. Since I hadn’t been blogging, I didn’t feel any great impetus to get something new going. But, given enough time, I’ll get anything done whether I’m motivated to do it or not. So here is a new site.

Clearly, there is not design to it and there aren’t any of my old archives. I’ll probably try bringing them back at some point, but maybe not, I haven’t yet decided. Design wise, I like what Ben Hammersley has going on. I’ll go with something spartan like that. Good luck navigating my archives if I do that. Blogging is a fairly transient sport anyways, maybe I’ll just keep archives for a few months and then let them dissipate into the ether. That’s a compelling idea to me.