Home PageJump to Jonal EntryHumorInspirationUse this address for help with your membership.
Good Morning Nanty Glo!
Thursday, May 2 2002

Free the 'net!

Two recent articles make opposite prognostications about the direction the news media will take via the Internet. One reports that the technology is ready for introduction any day now that will make it possible for web surfers to make small payments for small purchases like single articles from newspapers and magazines. Whereas now everything from the Washington Post to Time Magazine puts reams of editorial content on the 'net for anyone to read or even download and forward to friends for free, the day is just around the corner when there will be no free content on the Internet. (That writer obviously has never checked out the Nanty Glo Home Page!)

The other article. by a widely published and well-paid journalist, makes the opposite point. Through blogging and like phenomena, more material will constantly become available. Says one of the best and most successful bloggers, Andrew Sullivan:

"Twenty-one months ago, I rashly decided to set up a Web page myself and used Blogger.com to publish some daily musings to a readership of a few hundred. Sure, I'm lucky to be an established writer in the first place. And I worked hard at the blog for months for free. But the upshot is that I'm now reaching almost a quarter million readers a month and making a profit. That kind of exposure rivals the audiences of traditional news and opinion magazines.

"And I have plenty of company.... This is democratic journalism at its purest. Eventually, you can envision a world in which most successful writers will use this medium as a form of self-declared independence."

I'm not a gambler, but my metaphorical money is on the second view. Pay-as-you-go news online has already been tried and failed. The upgrading of the Tribune-Democrat a month ago was a concession to the already well started trend: more free material online will bring in more visitors and, with them, more advertising revenue, rather than less. If Proctor and Gamble and Bayer aspirin, Bulova watches and scores of other consumer products could make multimillion dollar enterprises of radio, television, and more recently, cable, it can do so also for the worldwide web and free news and entertainment media that will continue to grow and flourish there.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Not necessarily funny, but perhaps amusing "facts"

21. Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that make them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
22. No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Super bowl.
23. The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game.
24. Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month? A. Conception. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
25. Q. What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show? A. No theme song.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

A woman once shared the following commonsense wisdom of her aunt.
"My sister had come back from a glamourous weekend full of glitter, exciting partieis, and stimulating people. She was bemoaning the contrast with her routing job, her modest apartment, her day-to-day friends. 'Young lady,' our aunt said gently, 'no one lives at the top of the mountain. It's fine to go there occasionally—for inspiration, for new perspectives. But you have to come down. Life is lived in valleys. That's where the farms and gardens and orchards are, and where the plowing and the work are done. That's where you apply the visions you may have glimpsed from the peaks."

Anthony M. Coniaris
Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth

Top daily headline news stories from our sister webpage
Xnmp, news that signifies
The Nanty Glo Home Page and all its departments are for and by the whole Blacklick Valley community. Your feedback and written or artistic contributions, also notification about access problems, are welcomed. Click here to reply.

When subscribing or unsubscribing to the list, use the email address to which you receive mail.
No message text or subject are needed on the email.

Nanty Glo Home | Blacklick Township Page | Vintondale Page