Monday, May 9, 2011

Catching up...

I'm sorry, loyal readers, for a slow blog week last week. Let's try to catch up, shall we?

- Mike Wallace turns 93 today. As most know, the broadcast journalist served on CBS' 60 Minutes for 37 years. But, it was his early career jobs which may come as a surprise. In the 1950s, Wallace hosted several games shows--in that era it was fairly common for newsmen to also double as game show hosts. Not only did Wallace follow this career path but so too did journalists like Walter Cronkite, Douglas Edwards and John Cameron Swayze.

- Isn't it amazing the number of Facebook and Twitter messages, posts and the like which were devoted to mothers yesterday? It makes Mother's Day even more special although we know that few were actually seen by the motherly set in the 65 and up age range given this audience's lack of interaction with social media.

- Oprah's last episode is next week and the venue is moving to one suitable for the audience and hype--the United Center in Chicago.

- For all of you Lady Gaga fans, the pop star is releasing a new song, "The Edge of Glory," today at 3:00 p.m. CDT. The song will be available via iTunes.

- Remember the photo released from last weekend's successful raid on Osama Bin Laden's lair which showed President Obama and his national security team in the Situation Room? Well, the Hasidic newspaper, Der Tzitung, has removed Secretary of State Hollary Clinton and another woman, counterterrorism director Audrey Tomason, from this now iconic photograph. The newspaper, which is "ultra Orthodox" (according to Jewish Week), apparently has a policy that it never publishes photos of women because it thinks it could be sexually suggestive. In the photo, Clinton has her hand over her mouth and a look of attentive anxiety.
(Source: The Huffington Post)

- A study released today by the Pew Research Center for Excellence in Journalism found that Facebook is influencing what news gets read online as
users share and recommend content. While Google remains the leader in this space, Facebook and other sharing tools/sites are empowering users to rely upon their circle of online friends and acquaintances to recommend interesting stuff.

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