On Live TV Today…

Just a quick note that I’ll be appearing live on G4TV’s “Attack of the Show” today at 7pm EDT. The subject is “bloggers as journalists” and I’ll be appearing on behalf of Newsvine — via satellite — with a couple of guests, including Peter Blackshaw, chief marketing officer at Intelliseek who was recently quoted in Forbes magazine as saying:

“Bloggers are more of a threat than people realize, and they are only going to get more toxic. This is the new reality.”

Hmm. Intoxicating.

Anybody have anything they want me to say on the air? Feel free to post your thoughts on this subject so I can present them as my own. :)

26 comments on “On Live TV Today…”. Leave your own?
  1. Collin says:

    Lol, I challenge you to somehow find a way to squeeze the following words into sentences during the interview..

    1. emolument
    2. propitious
    3. sublunary
    4. halcyon
    5. recumbent

    I’d be rolling if you used 1.. Squeeze all 5 in and I’ll not only worship you, I’ll build a temple, create a new religion and devote my life to spreading the word of Mike.

    Or perhaps I will just send you a case of Fat Tire.

    Hey are you going to wear make-up this time? Maybe you should pick out a nice bra before you go on the air. :-)

  2. Jemal says:

    Seriously: work in a goatse reference. Follow Anil’s lead and stay subtle, but maybe since it’s TV you could do the hand motions across your chest.

  3. Christian says:

    I’ve just been working on some material about youth culture and blogging. It’s the case, to speak in overly broad terms, that the older generation (30s and up?) uses blogs to communicate major concepts, political ideas, etc., while the younger generation uses blogs as just another form of communication, like e-mail or the phone. This partially accounts for the popularity of sites like MySpace and Xanga, where the blogging is for conversation, not broadcast.

    If that’s the case, does it make sense to talk about bloggers as “toxic” or a “threat?” I’m guessing that Blackshaw has only one type of blogger in mind: the adult political blogger. I suppose that the context of “bloggers as journalists,” that’s not a wholly unwarranted view. But in the larger context of weblogging, where youth are actually the majority shareholders and blogging is another form of chat, Blackshaw’s comments on bloggers as a “threat” doesn’t make much sense.

    In the long view, “bloggers as journalists” might not end up being much of a phenomenon; to a lot of youth, bloggers are just… ermm… people talking.

  4. Joshua says:

    Anyway we will be able to check this out afterwards if we don’t have that channel?

    Can someone commit to Tivo’n it and throwing up a torrent later?

    (And no, not you Mike, your PVR will probably crap out in the middle.)

  5. jon says:

    I’ve noticed a trend of major news organizations starting “blogs” for their journaists. Are these really blogs, or are they simply rebranding their traditional articles to sound edgy and cool? Hell, even I have a “blog” on a local newspaper and local TV site.

  6. Can someone commit to Tivo’n it and throwing up a torrent later?

    I’d be into getting/seeing that as well. And if anyone has the last show Mike was on (*ahem* to you and your inbox, davidson) I’d love to see it.

  7. Make a TechTV reference :) – that certainly pissed off the blogosphere when they were swallowed by Comcast.

    On a more serious note, you could talk about the stories that Newsvine broke before mainstream news – that car bomb story that happened around when Newsvine launched for instance, or Corey Spring’s Dave Chappelle interview. That kind of content is certainly threatening to mainstream media.

    Oh, and I second the hand gestures. Make a few towards Olivia Munn – she’s pretty hot :)

  8. Manage to put in the word ‘cromulent’ and I owe you a cookie :)

  9. George Bush Hates White People!

    Save that after the interview is over.

  10. Fred says:

    Drop a “Babbaboey”
    for the Howard Stern fans.

  11. Chad Edge says:

    You could just list random products and domains:

    ATOTS: Mike, thank you for joining us today, do you have any last words?

    MD: Thanks, x. As a matter of fact: Treo, OSNAP.net, ImageKind, Sounders, Adidas, Dreamhost, Elbasha Cafe, Southwest, Newsvine, Newsvine, Newsvine, Gilette, Apple, OpenOffice, Newsvine, OSNAP.net, Techcrunch, Tekken, Paul Frank, Hargrave, Maserati, Bose, Tiffanys, Newsvine, and of course OSNAP.net

    ATOTS: Uh, Mike? We wen’t to commercial an hour ago.

    MD: Body massage.

  12. jon says:

    Attack of the Show has a video podcast on iTunes for those who don’t get Tech… G4TV.

  13. gb says:

    Please, mike, for the love of all that’s holy, interrupt some diatribe on blogging and the internet with a somewhat orgasmic noise and proclaim “I’d forgotten my Treo was on vibrate. I love my Treo 700P!” Then see if Palm will send you free stuff.

    Or, possibly, just answer every question with a sports analogy. Keep announcing world cup results when they’re talking to other people.

  14. Devon Shaw says:

    One thing of note is how the effectiveness of the blogsphere — as with all tools in general — is watered down by people who don’t take it seriously enough (LiveJournal, Xanga) to those who feed into the fad and take it too seriously (corporations, Adobe). The actual sweet spot of blog effectiveness is found by those who write with purpose and passion in their topics with intent to educate outside the mainstream masses: i.e. yourself, John Gruber of Daring Fireball, and Chris Cizilla of The Fix on the Washington Post.

    Good luck on the air and have fun bro… just don’t screw up! :P

  15. I’m an 18 year old student studying Digital Media at Full Sail in Orlando FL. Right now in our web class, we’re coding a blog in PHP/MySQL. Everyday we talk about how blogs are taking over the internet and spend a good few minutes bashing MySpace, of course.

    Anyways, I just thought I’d let it be known that the young designers are being specifically taught how to make these blogging machines… I don’t see blogs going away anytime soon. I actaully plan on making my mom a blog simply so she can post her pointless e-mail jokes on there instead of sending me junk mail!

  16. Todd Huss says:

    Blogging is the first form of media truly by and for the people. It has a low enough barrier to entry that anyone with a library card can get online and create a blog for a potentially international audience. I think in practice it tends to be fairly self regulating in that it takes more than one person writing about something before it’s really a story. That helps keep the false stories from propogating better than traditional media where once it’s in print that’s it. Of course neither system is perfect.

    Another thing I find fascinating about blogging is that we hire our own newscasters so to speak. It’s a highly democratic approach to receiving our information and news and we can easily use multiple sources. If I had to watch the news on 3 networks every night or read 3 newspapers every day it would drive me crazy but with blogs, if there’s a story I’m interested in other viewpoints on, it’s only a search away.

    Lastly, since when is giving the people a voice a threat, isn’t that what free speech is all about?!

  17. Danny says:

    Does Veritas mean anything to you?

  18. Mike D. says:

    I haven’t watched the show yet but it seemed awfully short to me. Would have loved for it to be a half hour segment instead of several minutes. Anyway.

    For the record, I wanted to get several things in that I didn’t, including the comments above by Devon Shaw and Todd Huss. Thanks guys… great thoughts. Just no time to really get into the meat of things.

    Couldn’t even get in “Sweet Fennell!” :)

  19. Did anyone Tivo this? If so, mind sharing a torrent? I missed it!

  20. If you missed it, they usually give reruns during the day. Or at least that’s how it was when The Screen Savers we’re on. AotS is just.. bad.

  21. Chad Edge says:

    Hey Mike, where’d you go to have your sat link?

  22. Mike D. says:

    jon: That is scary.

    Chad: It was at Fisher Plaza at the foot of the ‘Needle.

  23. Simon says:

    Looks like the videocast of the Interview is up on the AOTS site now.

  24. Thanks for the heads up Simon…

    Good work Mike, it was short, but whaddaygonnadoaboutit?

    Came off as a wiley veteran, IMO :-)

  25. Shawn says:

    Where can that show be seen? It may have been short, but at least you got some face time. Every little showing by bloggers helps.

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