On digital disloyalty, segways and food pills Wall St Journal editor, Murdoch mini-me Robert Thomson has once again demonstrated his mind-meld with the master. Murdoch, as many will have noticed, is budding off a whole new vocabulary to talk about the post-print age: aggregated content is the “philistine age” of the internet, the era of plagiarism. Spare son James talks of public medias “creationists”. Now Robert has gotten into the business, calling aggregated content “promiscuous” and speaking of “digital disloyalty”.

One is reminded of the famous Times editorial of the 1850s, concerning a group of workers who had formed an early co-operative. “There is only one objection: what place does it leave for Master?” What indeed. Meanwhile, we’re all talking about philistine promiscuous plagiarists. It’s totally replaced words like google and wiki. We talk about it … on our Segways. Eating food pills. — Guy Rundle

Moses is definitely a follower: Ahhh, it’s another journo Twitter spat and how we love them so.

This time it’s Mark Colvin (@Colvinius), presenter of ABC radio PM, complaining about getting a story ripped off by Technology Editor at Fairfax, Asher Moses. @Colvinius tweeted to his over 2,000 supporters:

PM, ABC Radio, September 24 http://bit.ly/c2TG3 SMH, October 28 http://bit.ly/4uPsN9 Draw your own conclusions.

The first link heads to a story by Mark Colvin about tracking a boy down who sent rocket ship plans to scientists 52 years ago and the letter has made its way to the National Archives. The second link heads to a story by Asher Moses about tracking a boy down who sent rocket ship plans to scientists 52 years ago and the letter has made its way to the National Archives.

Just in case you were unclear why Colvin was angry, he then tweeted:

@katedoak Just annoyed me because I tracked that story down myself as any of the people quoted would tell you.

Not that Moses (@ashermoses) was going to just take the plagiarism accusations, he loves getting riled up on Twitter.

Moses: @Colvinius A little unfair. Saw the letters on Letters of Note, interviewed Denis myself and had pics + details that you didn’t.

Colvin: @ashermoses I’ll take your word for it.

Moses: @Colvinius Open your eyes and see for yourself. Did you track down a photo of him as a boy? Did you mention DSTO’s ceremony next mth?

Colvin: @ashermoses I said I took your word for it.

And again:

Colvin: @ashermoses But (a) we don’t use photos on radio (b) yes I did, in the back announce (without the exact date).

Obviously journalists nick story ideas from each other all the time, but this isn’t the first time Moses has been accused of such. Trawl back through Moses’ tweet feed for other spats with disgruntled journos. — Amber Jamieson

Someone was always going to say it… From today’s Gold Coast Bulletin:

Wilson Tuckey writes? Did the Member for O’Connor forget to supply his name and address when he submitted this letter to today’s NT News?

The Shonkies. It’s time once again for the annual CHOICE Shonky Awards, where we reward manufacturers, service providers, government officials and marketers for their usual treasure trove of consumer-related shonkyness. In fact, there are so many contenders this year we’re starting to wonder if there are some deliberate attempts to get nominated for the coveted prize. — Choice Online

Getting along famously.I’ve steered away from my give-this-word-a-rest refrain recently. For one thing, these are among the most subjective judgments — one person’s handy shorthand is another’s grating cliché. And I was afraid that if I denounced too many words as overused or worn out, our writers wouldn’t have much left to work with. I needn’t have worried, of course; these screeds have little discernible effect. Still, I ran into one too many “famouslys” recently, and I couldn’t help myself. In many cases, “famously” is completely superfluous; in other instances, there’s a more precise way to say what we mean. — Times Topics, The New York Times

Miley voted Worst Celeb Influence. Even her fellow teens and tweens are sick of Miley Cyrus’ slanty-eyed pictures and pole dancing hijinks. The Disney starlet was voted Worst Celeb Influence of 2009, winning out over drunk-driving Shia LaBeouf, racy-photo-posing Vanessa Hudgens, Taylor-Swift-interrupting Kanye West, and the self-explanatory Britney Spears. — Newser

The White House’s plan of attack. One wishes that the Obama administration had taken on Fox News with a little more skill. As cultural criticism goes, this was clumsy, plodding stuff. What the situation required was sarcasm, irony, a little humor. Simply feeding Fox a slice of raw denunciation was like dumping gasoline into a fire. It did nothing but furnish the network with a real-world validation of its long-running conspiracy theories — and a nice bump in its ratings. — The Wall Street Journal

Mad Men muzac. What you listen to says a lot about what kind of person you are: just look at the interest generated by Barack Obama’s iPod playlist. The same logic applies to TV shows — and no show has more taste than Mad Men. So the release of playlists for seven of the show’s main characters — Betty Draper, Don Draper, Salvatore Romano, Roger Sterling, Joan Harris, Peggy Olson and Pete Campbell — is revealing. — PDA The Digital Content Blog, The Guardian

Top earning dead celebrities Being six feet under hasn’t prevented a select group of dead celebrities from earning more than six figures, evidenced by this year’s Forbes list of “top-earning dead celebrities”. “The money might be drying up in Hollywood, but there’s still plenty of cash being made in the graveyard,” said Forbes senior editor Matthew Miller. “The earning power of dead celebrities is more powerful than ever.” Topping the “Lucky 13” chart is fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent ($US350 million/$A390 million), who died in 2008. — The Age

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