Why social media isn’t the magic bullet for self-epublished authors

“In the third in a series of essays on digital media and publishing, Ewan Morrison, who will appear at the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference, claims that as the project to monetise social media falters the self-epublishing industry’s defects will be laid bare.” Read More Here

Facebook is continuing to shed U.S. visitors…

“A recent report from analyst firm ComScore said that unique U.S. visitors to Facebook (FB) dropped slightly in May compared with April and March. But an analysis of additional ComScore data suggests that the slowdown could be more significant and longer lasting. Falling traffic could be a concern to investors, who justify Facebook’s high market value by pointing to its growth potential.” Read More Here.

NPR / After 40 years on the stand-up stage Steve Martin is still finding new ways to make people laugh.

“After 40 years on the stand-up stage, countless comedy albums and iconic movies, Steve Martin is still finding new ways to make people laugh.” Read More Here.

Huffington / Virality Uber Alles: What the Fetishization of Social Media Is Costing Us All

“Going viral has gone viral. Social media have become the obsession of the media. It’s all about social now: What are the latest social tools? How can a company increase its social reach? Are reporters devoting enough time to social? Less discussed — or not at all — is the value of the thing going viral. Doesn’t matter — as long as it’s social. And viral!” Read More Here.

2012: The Year Of The (Video) Dragon

“I recently attended a Goldman Sachs event. A member of their team took the stage to speak about many different factors affecting our economy, and said 2012 would be a year of prosperity. I agree — especially when it comes to online video.” Read More Here.