For Internet trolls, Freedom of Speech is not Freedom from Accountability

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Every few years, when a well-known and roundly reviled Internet personality is outed by investigative bloggers, a vocal minority attacks the unmasking as a violation of free speech. The argument, trotted out most recently by defenders of Michael “Violentacrez” Brutsch upon his 4,700-word public shaming by Gawker as “the Biggest Troll on the Web,” boils … [Read more]

Working in Social Media at 27: Yes, I Am Over The Hill

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I’m 27 years old, and that’s me pictured at right pouting. Why? Because according to Cathryn Sloane, I am too old to be a social media manager. In her post yesterday, “Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25,” Cathryn writes, “You might argue that everyone, regardless of age, was along for the ride, … [Read more]

Why Didn’t Pepcom Recognize Leo Laporte?

Sad panda picture Leo posted on his blog after being denied access to The Digital Experience at CES 2012.

Right now, the Internet is buzzing with CES news as bloggers check out the latest consumer technology offerings. Last night, though, there was a break in the tweets about tech as people expressed outrage over popular podcaster, radio show host, and blogger Leo Laporte was denied access to a pre-CES press event called The Digital … [Read more]

Corporate Supporters Back Away from SOPA

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After the official list of SOPA supporters was published and a post on Reddit about GoDaddy supporting SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) created a PR nightmare for the company, it looks like the list of corporate supporters is getting shorter. For those of you not familiar with the SOPA and GoDaddy debacle, here’s the short … [Read more]

A Huge List of Companies Supporting SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)

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Allison recently wrote about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and why it scares her. For those of you not familiar with SOPA, it’s a new legislation in the United States that is seeking to punish people for posting pirated content. You can read Alli’s entire post on SOPA and how there are loopholes, that in … [Read more]

Why SOPA Scares the You-Know-What Out of Me

He's probably not a *real* pirate, right? Let's send him to jail just in case.

For the past few weeks, and especially over the past few days, everyone is talking about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), new legislation in the United States that seeks to punish people for posting pirated content. I didn’t pay much attention at first. The name sounds nice, after all. I don’t support illegal downloading, … [Read more]

TechCrunch and AOL: Is Selling Your Blog a Mistake?

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When AOL bought TechCrunch back in 2010, it seemed like the perfect pairing. Some were skeptical, but Mike Arrington really seemed pumped about it and encouraged the TechCrunch community to be too, particularly in the post Why We Sold TechCrunch To AOL, And Where We Go From Here. Oh what a difference a year makes, … [Read more]

TechCrunch is not “Too Big To Fail”

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TechCrunch certainly has been dominating headlines recently. I’m having a hard time keeping up. The quick run-down for those of you also having trouble staying up-to-date: Mike Arrington quit. Or was fired. Or was forced out. No one seems to have a straight answer on that one, but in any case, he’s gone, but he … [Read more]

Do the Huffington Bloggers Deserve to Get Paid?

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Today, I am saying something that I thought I’d never say: freelance writers don’t deserve payment. Before I start getting hate mail, let me explain. I don’t mean all freelance writers – just the ones in this story. Earlier today, former Huffington Post blogger Jonathan Tasini filed a class action lawsuit against The Huffington Post, … [Read more]

Should I Post My Personal Opinions On The BlogWorld Twitter Account?

Where to start with this one? How about the inspiration for this post? First, I sent out two apparently controversial tweets this morning: surprise, all those iPad buyers are Mac Fanboys and girls http://bit.ly/bZt9y5 gotta give it to Apple they have a loyal community and LOL and a great follow up story, the ipad doesn’t … [Read more]