Kara Swisher

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BoomTown Has No Idea What a Julia Allison Actually Is, But NomSociety Cracks Me Up!

I’ll admit, if asked and my life depended on it, BoomTown could not tell you what the bizarre Web 2.0 phenomenon of Julia Allison is exactly.

I would hazard a guess, if pressed, which would be: Geek-pretending “Gossip Girl.”

Hey, I am not trying to be snotty either, as I totally get the pretty girl flouncing about and giggling in an online video thing, especially if you throw in an iPhone or two.

But I am obviously too old–well, even 20 years ago, I would have been too old–to really appreciate its profound superficiality, even if the kids love it.

In any case, this spoof of some slick life-blogging site called NonSociety recently started by by Allison and two other unusually hyperactive ladies, which was done by Richard Blakeley and called “NomSociety”, is definitely entertaining and made me laugh out loud several times.

But, I will also admit, I am always a sucker for a man in a dress:


Welcome To NomSociety from Richard Blakeley on Vimeo.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work