Monthly Archives: June 2010

What I’m reading and writing, June 16

Tweet• At Nieman Reports, Nick Carr serves up an excerpt of his new book The Shallows that’s sure to cause another old media/new media dustup:
“On the Web, skimming is no longer a means to an end but an end in itself. That poses a huge problem for those who report and publish the news. To [...]

What I’m reading and writing, June 15

Tweet• At Atlanta Soccer News I talk to a white South African about his nation playing host to the World Cup, and what it means for more than sporting reasons.
• Self-styled “sports and politics” writer Dave Zirin has resurfaced on NPR with an off-base gripe about why the far-right hates soccer. Not only is this [...]

What I’m reading and writing, June 14

Tweet• A friend of mine and a very talented writer visited South Africa a year ago to write about a soccer team that was getting headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. The story by John Turnbull of The Global Game about an openly lesbian side has resonated during the World Cup.
Turnbull, who prefers watching [...]

What I’m reading and writing, June 10

Tweet• At Atlanta Soccer News I followed up a theme I addressed here yesterday about who’s a real soccer fan and who’s not with another World Cup set to begin.
• The world of college athletics is breaking apart with Colorado announcing it has accepted an invitation to join the Pac 10 Conference. The Big 12’s [...]

What I’m reading and writing, June 9

Tweet• My latest freelancing assignment has begun, and it consists of a weekly television appearance between now and early July to discuss the World Cup.
• The World Cup brings out conflicted emotions, to say the least, among the American sports public and punditry, especially among those fans, journalists, writers and talk show hosts who can’t [...]

What I’m reading and writing, June 8

Tweet• Over at Extracurriculars I comment on another sports media mancrush, this one on Washington Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg, before he ever took the mound in a major league game.
• David Brooks of The New York Times suggests that in these difficult times, perhaps the study of the humanities should trump career-oriented pre-professional training:
“Studying [...]

What I’m reading and writing, June 7

Tweet• French media consultant Frédéric Filloux was offended by an off-color ad while visiting the Huffington Post, but for more than just the obvious reasons. This reveals to him that mediocrity is king at Arianna Huffington’s media empire, which also . . . :
“. . . acknowledges that its content is, in fact, cheap. It therefore [...]

What I’m reading, writing and watching, June 4

Tweet• One of my favorite Web thinkers is Nick Carr, who loves to tweak digital utopians and most recently suggests in his new book, “The Shallows,” that online reading is affecting our cognitive abilities, and not for the better:
“The Net’s ability to monitor events and send out messages and notifications automatically is, of course, one [...]

What I’m reading and writing, June 3

TweetI’ve been doing some preparation for forthcoming blog posts on Title IX and sports and gender that could very well get me excommunicated from The Sisterhood. Forgive me, Billie Jean King, for I am about to commit blasphemy.
• My thesis for both posts, more or less: Nearly four decades into the women’s sports movement, it needs [...]

What I’m reading and writing, June 2

Tweet• Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich offers some reasonable proposals — especially related to tax credits and “earnings insurance” – to help the ranks of the self-employed (trendy current euphemism: entrepreneurs) put out by the bad economy:
“New businesses are vital to job growth, and entrepreneurship does fuel the economy. And surely some of America’s new independent workers [...]