Where's My Blogola?
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Radio had its payola, and now the blogosphere has its "blogola."
According to a Wall Street Journal article today, TV network publicists are skipping right over the traditional media and TV critics and going straight to the blogosphere to try and influence public opinion.
As an example, the story cites bloggers getting free DVDs, being invited to the set, and making videos with cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus from "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
I must have missed my invite. Although I probably don't quite fit the demo of "mommy blogger."
As for the tchotkes and blogola goods, well, the mainstream media's word processors are shackled, with many gifts to journalists over $25 being banned.
But apparently many bloggers don't feel compelled to separate the advertising and editorial departments in their little blogging heads, and are happy to take a little sumpin' sumpin' for their troubles.
Me, I just have a hard time believing that some of these bloggers get excited about visiting a CBS soundstage.
TV Addict blogger Daniel Malen is quoted in the article as saying that "As I slipped into my role as a seasoned television reporter and stepped onto the soundstage to watch the filming of an actual scene...I'd have to admit that my 'play it cool' veneer probably did a prettypoor job of hiding the excitement radiating from just about every poreof my being."
Daniel, dude! Be sure and let me know what you think after about the fifteenth take when Julia can't get her lines right, and the klieg lights are really starting to heat up, and the crew's getting really uptight because she's delaying lunch for everybody, and then we'll tawk.
Meanwhile, I'll see you over at craft services where I'll be scarfing down more coffee and those really delicious poppy seed bagels.
Trust me, I've been on a Hollywood movie set, and there's nothing more boring...not even watching paint dry.
At least with drying paint, there's all those those fumes to help you forget how boring it is watching the paint actually dry.
On a movie set, you're lucky if you get a working fog machine. Don't get me wrong, I love Hollywood's product, but I'll be skipping the "making of" documentary on the DVD.
As for the blogola, I prefer that mine arrive in digital format, being a new media kinda guy.
Feel free to send both your wired and tired tchotchkes to turb
With all the proceeds going, of course, to the Turbo Fund for Shameless Lackey Bloggers.