Thursday, April 19, 2007

Harsh Realities

In Money Morality and the Internet Emily Veinglory discusses the limited accessibility to purchase erotica.

While I agree with her fundamentally, the facts in the comments section should not be ignored ~ and not just because one of the comments is mine. *wink* Chargebacks and fraud issues are higher in adult than in other areas of credit card commerce. However, the fact remains that if the stigma of adult products and services were to disappear, this would not be an issue.

In America's Next Top Pundit: What does it take to be a talking head? Jeffrey Zaslow examines "the B-List of pundits." Sadly, the B-List seems no better than the the supposed A-List.

However, if the pundits and wanna-be pundits are sad, thoroughly depressing is mainstream media:
In Racine, Wis., Don Crowther runs 101PublicRelations.com, a company that sells audio CD seminars priced from $39.95 to $79.95. Mr. Crowther says tens of thousands of people have bought his pundit-related products, with titles such as "How to Get Booked on 'The View.' "

He advises wannabe pundits to get face time and experience on local newscasts first, and to woo station decision-makers. One tip: "Send three-dozen doughnuts to the newsroom with a card that says, 'Thanks for considering me for your upcoming shows.' " Do such blatant ploys work on jaded news professionals? "They tend to roll their eyes," Mr. Crowther says. "But they eat it and they remember you."

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2 Comments:

Blogger Emily Veinglory said...

Being a pundit is the fast track to not having any cred in the industry you want to spout off about. Funny how that works. As far as I can tell you can seem to be an expert in the media, or actually be one--not both.

April 20, 2007 10:48 AM  
Blogger Marketing Whore said...

Hello again, Emily :)

What's really sad is that, once upon a time, a pundit was an honorable status.

April 20, 2007 11:28 AM  

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