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21 January 2005


Jeff Kiger

Here's an interesting snippet from Frank Barnako's Internet daily column:


WASHINGTON -- Two of the Blogosphere's most popular
citizens are logging off for a while.

Ana Marie Cox, the gossipy, Washington-based blogger, and Andrew
Sullivan, who writes a conservative political Web log, told readers
they're outta here for a while.

Cox explained to Wonkette.com readers, "So, it turns out that after a
publisher gives you money, you have to give them a book." Reprinting a
collection of ribald and tasteless column postings, she said, didn't cut
it. So, this month, Cox is working on the tome, and Choire Sicha,
editorial director of Wonkette's owner, Gawker Media, will be filling

Readers probably won't notice, Cox wrote. "He's completely clueless
about politics, incredibly shallow, and liable to post things with only
the most cursory of fact-checks (and by 'cursory' we mean

Fans of Sullivan should notice that he's also gone offline to write a
long-overdue book. "I'll still post (at AndrewSullivan.com) when I feel
like it, but it won't have the regularity or content of the past four
and a half years."

Both Sullivan and Cox draw large audiences. Each had about 1.5 million
visitors last month, according to stats on their sites offered by the
tracking service Technorati. In marketing terms, both people have also
become "brands." They are interviewed, quoted, retained, consulted and
hired for personal appearances.

Jeff Jarvis, author of BuzzMachine.com, says the departure of Sullivan
is especially notable. "Andrew built up traffic and links -- the most
valuable commodity of the age: a brand -- and now fritters it away,"
Jarvis wrote. "But that's the odd thing about this new world: The brand
is him, and would you want people taking over your brand when it's you?"


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Jeff Kiger

Technology always changes things.

Today's WSJ has a story about the 1883 explosion of the island volcano Krakatoa and the 36,000 deaths, most of which were from the resulting tsunamis.

I recently read (listened) to a book about this disaster. The author painted the event as the first disaster reported almost immediately worldwide.

That was due to the new technology of telegraphs and undersea cables.

Things change and yet they stay the same. People were as surpised by the deadly waves in 2004 as they were in 1883.

And the "Son of Krakatoa" is a growing every year positioning itself to match its father for deadly power.

Just a cheerful thought to start the week with. :)

Bob Rouillard

favorite blogs: www.dailykos.com , www.mydd.com , www.democracyforminnesota.org , and of course www.blogforamerica.com .

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