Sportslens.com took my bylines and gave them to someone else without changing the content — says it makes them look more trustworthy in Google search rankings.(more…)
As we’ve seen, bad concept albums can kill careers and destroy their creators in the time it takes to throw a CD into the garbage, send it to China to be used for road paving or sell it to a used record store for half-pennies on the dollar.
In Billy Idol’s case, it did that and then some. But it also set the stage for an interesting critical re-evaluation. Was 1993’s Cyberpunk, a bloated concept album about machines, technology and consumerism that also happened to be one of the first major studio releases recorded mostly on the computer, packaged with a floppy disk containing bonus content and marketed via the internet actually ahead of its time?
Yes, it was. Without question.
Content wise, Idol’s musings about technology proved to be prescient, while his recording and marketing methods established a blueprint that almost every artist of the mid-to-late 90s and early 00s would copy and emulate, right down to the bonus floppy (although CD and DVD-ROMs predictably replaced the floppy as the technology became more ubiquitous and affordable).
But that doesn’t mean the album is good or deserved to be successful. And it’s certainly no surprise that it ruined Billy Idol’s career.(more…)
Arguably, the Holy Roman Empire has two lasting legacies. First, it gave us Voltaire’s famous quote about how the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.
Secondly, it gave us the Maria Theresa Thaler — one of the first truly international forms of currency.(more…)
Got my obligatory photo from Phil Brown during the just-completed ABA Techshow. I was quite proud of our coverage of this year’s event. It was a lot of hard work in the midst of some big-time adversity. Thanks to my colleagues for their help!
My first ABA Techshow as editor is in the books. I didn’t write anything this time – instead, I was in charge of editing the stories that came in and coordinating our coverage. But, I still managed to get the now–traditional picture of me looking at my laptop and typing away like a madman:(more…)
Famed law blogger Bob Ambrogi recounts his unorthodox path towards legal journalism, as well as where he sees the legal industry heading.
Here are the stories that came out of my live coverage of the 2017 Avvo Lawyernomics Conference (my fourth such conference – time flies!):
Anyway, I recently covered my fourth Techshow for the ABA Journal. Here are the stories that came out of it:(more…)
For a long time data had shown that law firms generally generated more revenue than accounting firms overall. However, that trend has shifted within the last eight years with accounting firms enjoying greater fiscal success. What changes did the accounting world make that allowed them to surpass legal market revenue? In this report from On The Road, host Victor Li talks with Intuit small business ecosystem evangelist David Leary about the impact that embracing technology, adopting the cloud, and business innovations can have on legal industry earnings.
At 7th annual Avvo Lawyernomics, the emphasis will be on “unmarketing.”
In spite of regulations, lawyers should be bold with their advertising efforts.
Do lawyers really suck? No, and potential clients’ antipathy can be overcome.
The “magnet” of expertise draws clients, generates fees.
Here’s a link to a Storify for all of my Live-Tweets during the conference.
Yeah, I referenced Disney’s “Dog With a Blog” in my latest “Law Scribbler” column about how law firms are going to blog more in the coming year. It all makes sense – I think.
William Hubbard speaks about the importance of technology in expanding access to justice.
Embracing nontraditional ways to bill and budget can be profitable.
Can small firms thrive in a tough competitive environment?
Is online dispute resolution the wave of the future?
EFF’s Cindy Cohn calls for lawyer support in fight over mass surveillance.
Cybersecurity experts offer stern warnings, tips for security in mass-surveillance era.
State bar was the key to open profession to tech and collaboration.
’60 in 60′ highlights cybersecurity, workplace productivity and social media.
And thanks to Phil Brown for the great photo and Tweet. Love his photos!
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