An elegy for Peter Orlovsky

Steve Silberman offers this wonderful tribute to Peter Orlovsky, who died Sunday. Orlovsky was a poet and, more prominently, Allen Ginsberg’s lover for decades. I heard Orlovsky had died but couldn’t find anything Sunday to confirm it with the exception of changes to his Wikipedia entry. Silberman was no stranger to Ginsberg and Orlovsky, to […]

What media companies can learn from retailers

Former Microsoft exec Dave Chase has an interesting post on TechCrunch arguing that media companies need to abandon their role as middle man and become more central to transactions that are happening. “In some regards,” Chase writes, “smart media companies need to think more like retailers. That is, get directly involved in the transaction that […]

Too much information …

In a recent post about “FourSquare Fatigue,” I noted the generational difference in the way people view online privacy. The New York Times had an interesting piece on Friday that digs into the issue more deeply. While privacy advocates bemoan that many users don’t consider how the information they’re sharing could be “used and exploited […]

Steve Turner’s life

Don Dudenbostel’s portrait of Steve Turner, who raises bear hounds and gamecocks in Cocke County, Tennessee. The photo is part of Dudenbostel and Tom Jester’s Vanishing Appalachia exhibit at the East Tennessee Historical Society. “The constant crowing of gamecocks and baying of hounds fill the air day and night, but it is a sound that […]

Praying in Tongues

Don Dudenbostel shot this portrait of Rev. Jimmy Morrow, a serpent-handling preacher. The photo is part of Dudenbostel and  Tom Jester’s Vanishing Appalachia exhibit at the East Tennessee Historical Society. Tom and Don gave me permission to run a few photos and audio clips from the exhibit. Here’s an audio file that Jester recorded of […]

Serpents on the Bible

Two copperheads lie on Rev. Jimmy Morrow’s Bible in this photo from Tom Jester and Don Dudenbostel’s Vanishing Appalachia exhibit  at the East Tennessee Historical Society. Tom and Don gave me permission to run a few photos and audio clips from the exhibit. Here’s an audio file that Tom made when this photo was made: […]

Four Square fatigue

When Internet advertising talk turns to targeting, people start to twitch. Just consider the maelstrom Facebook walked into with its Beacon blunder. The concerns about online privacy are quite valid. It’s important to be vigilant about how your personal data are being used. The snarky PleaseRobMe.com drove this point home beautifully. But I  think it’s […]

Google’s take on the future of online display ads

Google has begun a series of blog posts laying out their “vision for online display advertising in the years ahead.” The first post, by Vice President of Product Management Susan Wojcicki, looks back at the foundation Google has built for online display ads, including the “hundreds of thousands of engineering hours” they’ve invested in the […]

On moonshine and serpents …

I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t this. The Rev. Jimmy Morrow was approachable. Kind. Sincere. A small group gathered around him at the opening of the Vanishing Appalachia exhibit today while Morrow talked about everything from local history to, well, snake handling. Or more correctly, serpent handling. I guess what I really […]