"As Tom Cruise's promotional campaign for his 'romance' with baby-faced starlet Katie Holmes shifts into high gear, it's running into a brand-new PR problem: No one believes it's for real. Or, no one is prepared to pretend to believe it's for real... Now we're all living in the Truman Show, and the PR machinery of celebrity has become more complex and interesting than the celebrities themselves."
-Tina Brown (*great* read, seriously.)
Leslie Walker discusses news groups pondering fees for online content, including the Times decision to start charging for opinion columnists. I've often said that I would pay for a couple of the papers I read, because I understand the need to bring in in income to keep up investigative journalism and the like, but still. It's gonna hurt.
The best Altered Beast website evar. (Courtesy, obliquely, Emerald.)