Britney Spears on the Cover of New York Times

Yahoo! News - N.Y. Times Execs Talk News Coverage

Popular culture, meanwhile, is "the pulse of the country," and influences everything from the business world to governments overseas, Raines said, praising a recent front page story about pop idol Britney Spears. "It was about the fame machine, the economic engine that's behind it," Raines said. "Our readers are interested in reading a sophisticated exegesis of a sociological phenomenon like that."
OK...everyone...1,2,3...PULEEEEEZE! "...exegesis of a sociological phenomenon..."?

Come on. Have some honesty here. You put her on the cover because she is a scantily clad, sexy, young girl...uh...sorry...woman who happens to sing. Or rather, tries to sing. And you did it because it would sell papers.

by Steve Hall    Nov-20-02    
Topic: Celebrity

@d:tech: Internet as Part of The Mix

An interesting article on the humbling of an industry.

@D:Tech Show Loses Some Of Its Swagger

More here.


by Steve Hall    Nov-20-02    

Europe Catches Up With U.S. on Tobacco Advertising Limitations EU Vote Brings Tobacco Advertising Ban Closer

A crackdown on tobacco advertising in the European Union came a step closer on Wednesday when Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) backed a ban on cigarette promotion in a wide range of media.

And from David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs:

"What we are looking at today is, probably, the legislation which bans advertising of tobacco in newspapers, magazines, periodicals, on the radio and Internet. I am very, very pleased about this.This will help reduce tobacco consumption by removing the image that tobacco is 'cool'. I predict that this legislation will be in final form by next summer."


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by Steve Hall    Nov-20-02    

Newspaper Ad Revenue Up in Q3

At Long Last: Ad Revenue Edges Up In 3Q

After six quarters of negative year-over-year comparisons, newspaper ad spending edged up 1% to $10.7 billion in the third quarter, according to the Newspaper Association of America's preliminary estimates released Tuesday. On the down side, help-wanted woes continued to partly offset gains in other categories.

Every little bit counts.

by Steve Hall    Nov-20-02    

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