When Freshly Pressed is Sponsored Stale

When WordPress.com first introduced the Freshly Pressed concept, I was quite excited. Here was an opportunity to learn about blogs about which I was unaware — with 50 million blogs being counted in 2006 and nearly 200,000 new ones being made every day, it’s impossible to sort the wheat from the chaff without some kind of assistance. According to Joy Victory, the Editorial Czar at WordPress, it is not too difficult to get your WordPress blog featured on the Freshly Pressed page.

Each post that makes it to Freshly Pressed contains original content created by the WordPress user. Bad stuff includes (but isn’t limited to) plagiarism, hate speech, fear-mongering, adult/mature content, improperly used images that belong to someone else, spam or content that is primarily advertorial.

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Star Articles

Now that we’ve established the provenance of United Stage, let’s take a look at some superstar Boles Blogs Network articles that would’ve been originally published here in this blog:

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Why Blogger Sucks It

We all know Blogger is a sucky place to do any sort of serious blogging — but sometimes inactive use of a service lulls us into a false sense of satiety and satisfaction and that’s precisely what happened to us.

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Live Body Streaming Memes Memoir No More

I read something interesting somewhere the other day and the simple, arresting, argument was this:  “The memoir-as-a-book as we know it is dead.”

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The Incestuous Replication Meme

The internet as we know it will die a slow and elongated death as it loses its niches and every bit of information becomes merely incestuous replications of a single, original, truth:  Copying is easier than Creating.

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Introducing the Boles Blogs Network

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Boles Blogs Network!  Now you can read a unified worldview with diverse truths and indisputable facts as we stretch our Urban Semiotic mandate into a wider web of ideas.  We also removed the “David W. Boles” part of the official title of all the network blogs to better serve our new, greater, mandate of inclusion.

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Medium Curse of the Hardcopy E-Book

If you write words for a paper page or an electronic interface, you are cursed by the medium of publication.

Hardcopy has a limited life and is stuck in stasis.  You might get paid and you might not.  It costs a lot of money to print, distribute and manage paper.

Electronic publication is fleeting and febrile.  You likely will not be paid.  Ever.  You can, however, move with the wind, revise and fix at will, and have others scrape the wealth from you in illegal republication.

One medium promise eternity while the other guarantees death.

Which is the better devil?