Patricia Volk's NYT article about NYC Jews and Chinese Food is genetic revelation for me. I think it explains that my once a week craving for dumplings is not just habit but could in fact be a genetic trait going back thousands of years. It also makes me yearn for a restaurant I never knew, Bernstein-on-Essex which featured kosher chicken liver lo mein served by Jewish waiters wearing skull caps with tassels. Lastly I am just thrilled to learn that in China they actually serve General Tso's chicken.
From the blog of my new friend, Shel Holtz, comes a post "Podcasting: What's in a name?" about the semantic debate currently raging around the term. For Shel and the Wikipedia, the fact that you subscribe to an RSS feed to retrieve the content makes it a podcast, not whether the audio is listened to on a device or not. I actually agree with that, but am also very aware that the term podcast is being used to describe a kind of episodic show which is sometimes too limiting a factor. This is similar to the issue of blogs and people thinking that a blog, is well like this one, as opposed to other forms of sites using blogging engines. I understand why the promoters of these "new words" do it but ,some days more than others, resent its effect. I do agree with his last point which is to stop worrying about it too much and to just stay focused on the exciting potential of the medium.
Also on podcasting paidcontent reports that NPR is doing a deal with melodeo to make their podcasts available on mobile phones.
IWantMedia's interview with Elizabeth Spier's, the first editor of Gawker, on her new blogging play DealBreaker. I agree with her points about the model being very appealing for traditional media.
Q: Can blogging be a good business?
Spiers: I think it's a good business if you do it correctly. I also think that blogs could be used for testing editorial concepts. For print, broadcast, anything.
I'm surprised that more big media companies don't use the Web for concept testing. Especially in broadcasting. They put millions of dollars in a TV pilot, don't know if it works and waste all that money. Many pilots are thrown away that don't even go into syndication anywhere.
Now that we have iTunes syndicating old CBS shows, I think there's a model there where people could produce really cheap TV pilots and get better user data on what viewers actually think.
Blogs are starting to integrate with social networking apps, which is very interesting. That's the next generation -- the user who thinks of the Web as this necessary kind of way of life and sculpts his entire social world around it.
Lastly - Very important stuff from Daily Kos:
The netroots have won.
Not an election, mind you - though those victories will come - but an official governmental recognition that what you all do is a valuable part of the democratic experiment, and one which should not be thwarted by the incursion of the federal government.