Reuters: Parent bloggers question role in Mylan’s EpiPen schools push.
“The bloggers, more than a dozen mothers of children with serious allergies, embraced the effort Mylan outlined in a series of ‘summits’ it held for them beginning in 2013. They wrote impassioned posts on blogs shared with tens of thousands of followers on social media. Their personal testimony helped persuade a number of state lawmakers to pass bills to get schools to stock epinephrine injectors, such as the EpiPen, according to legislators and others familiar with the lobbying effort. During the same period, the company was marking up its EpiPen to more than $600 per twin pack, six times the 2007 price, creating a burden for many of the bloggers’ followers, other parents of children whose lives are threatened by bee stings and peanuts.”
Note this is the same strategy big pharma uses with doctors; symposia held in exotic locations. Read: bribery. I used to wonder that anyone would accept such largess without having at least one night of moral indigestion. I’ve since learned humanity has an incredible capacity to rationalize just about any action.
Bloggers, wake up. List your favor-granting, tchotchke-supplying influencers. Even if offered for free or for ‘loan’. List your sponsors. I understand you want or need to make money. Be open and honest, please.
I have no sponsors, have had none. If I did, they would be prominently listed in my right-side nav section here.
So, the outage today.
Four hours. They changed from MySQL to a MariaDB install at the host. I’m surprised - EE1’s behaving. I was expecting to have to go into full triage mode. Thank goodness I don’t!
pshares/blog: Online “Nymphet” Culture and the Reclaiming of Lolita.
This should be compared to the Harley Quinn phenom (Suicide Squad).
Smashing Mag: Using A Static Site Generator At Scale - Lessons Learned.
Would I be insane for moving this blog to something like Jekyll? And how to handle comments. Asking for input.
I think I’ll just “Mark All Read” and wait for current news to hit. I did note that Gene Wilder passed away while I was gone. I think that was about the only event of real note that mattered. Many great performances, but his interviews after he left the spotlight were often just as memorable (IMHO). A clearsighted, good man. RIP, Gene.
After a week away from all the daily news-gathering and social-media-posting, I can’t express how insane this all is. I highly recommend a ‘technology fast’ to restore one’s equanimity. You may think you’re coping well - I did. I wasn’t. Certainly not cured, but seeing things a whole lot more clearly now.
Upcoming schedule for blogging here ...
I have a particularly strenuous photo shoot over the next few days, and I also have to make a push to comp up a rather complex site. That means I need to hunker down for a while, which diminishes my efforts here on the blog. I’ll try to look in from time to time and post something new, but my frequency will not return to normal until next week sometime.
As always, thanks for your continuing readership, and I’ll peek in when I can!
Mashable: You’ll soon be able to register a .blog domain.
Jeez, the early-access price. Vanity, thy name is .blog?
The Fully Intended: Being afraid.
BBC: News site Gawker.com to shut down next week.
College Fix: Princeton HR department - Don’t use word ‘man’.
Should this be the new ‘default’ for all weblogs and social interactions? Asking. “I’d really like to know, man.”
Wonkette: Let’s Try Talking About Juanita Broaddrick, Again.
“But truly — back then, men were taught that a girl has to say no a couple times before she says yes, so no one will think she is easy.” Read it, see what you think. Most are only linking the original article; this is the ‘apology’. In the ‘90’s? Please. ‘50’s, maybe. I was born in 1959, and I understood “No” to be “No”. And it never went that far, in my hearing. And ‘taught’? Where in the world did that idea come from? And religious redemption is the slippery slope by which terrible politicians regain the limelight.
Sometimes, as a blogger, you have to step back and avoid the ‘I need to answer my mistake right away’ urge. A longer, more thoughtful process is required. Most readers will understand the pullback-and-contemplate time, if you ask for it. “I didn’t express myself well, let me take the time to carefully rephrase my intended meaning.”
Speaking more generally: Given the youth of today’s journalists, I really do wonder sometimes at their portrayal of previous decades. It only rarely resembles the realities I lived through. The first lesson: Avoid making broad generalizations without evidence!
FishbowlNY: NPR Is Closing Its Comments Section.
“Montgomery added that social media provides a much better platform for discussing NPR stories than the site’s comments section. He’s right, of course.” Um, Twitter just encourages snark. So I respectfully disagree.
Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi on the Summer of the Media Shill.
“Media power comes from trust and respect, and both are eroded quickly if you only ever give people what they want to hear.” Can we underline that one, relink it generously?
FishbowlNY: The Drudge Report Meets Usain Bolt.
“In the month of July, there were a total of 2,678,400 news-making seconds. If you divide the Drudge July page views total by that number, you get an average of 549.66 page views per second.” One look at the DR, you feel the world’s falling apart. As bad as Amazon’s “Most Read” email, if not worse. Do we as a society really love bad news this much?
The Coolist: The 30 Best Action Movies for Men of the Modern Age.
Linked so you don’t have to read it: “... The Last of the Mohicans takes a hard stare at the cruelty inherent in the wild west as white settlers pushed native peoples off their homeland.” It’s NEW YORK, you buffoons. “Wild west”, my eye.
Catapult: Their Body, Themselves.
Parents usually learn this early. It’s all in how YOU react. Not others.
Story from my past. My father loved recounting when my sister first asked about “How do you make a baby?” He was reading the paper, as he normally did on Sunday ... nose buried deep in the NY Times. My sister walked up, out of his line of sight, and asked the question. Now, a normal parent of today might put the paper down and start into a longwinded, overwrought explanation. Not ol’ Pops. Dad slowly lowered the paper, and looked over his glasses ... and saw my sister standing there with a crayon and a piece of paper held out. She wanted to know how to *draw* a baby. Dad’s comment: “Never answer too fast.”
Columbia Journalism Review: Dear old media - Get over yourselves.
“The new kids on the block discovered what online readers want far quicker than more traditional news organizations while producing capital-J Journalism in the process. Their shortcomings are many, varied, and yes, consequential. But the same holds for what they’ve added to the increasingly urgent discussion on the future of media.” Indeed.
Just can’t get no weblog-traction today.
Requests keep pilin’ in. Makin’ money’s a good thing. You’ll understand.
With y’all shortly.
NY Times: The Blog That Disappeared.
If you use a service, be warned. Back up your stuff locally! Before using any new service, make sure you can get out what you so carefully put in.
Meeting this morning.
A biggie. With y’all later. Run along, read all about the end of the DNC. It’ll take three days for the glow to wear off. Then it gets real.
Techdirt: Nick Denton Bucks The Trend Du Jour, Thinks News Comments Are Worth Saving.
“Throwing out the entire concept of on-site comments because a jackass said something mean or pointed out you were wrong about something has never been much of a solution.” Um, been saying this for a decade at least.
538: There’s Probably Nothing That Will Change Clinton Or Trump Supporters’ Minds.
If only we could convince our friends and family on social channels that this were true ...