Music Row overrated

Nashville’s Music Row makes MSN’s “America’s Most Overrated Places.”

“.. a visit to Music Row, supposedly a great tourist destination, really is just a walk down a block filled with ugly offices.”

” … go to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, the Bluebird Caf´┐Ż or even the Grand Ole Opry to see Nashville’s musical heritage really come to life.”

(via M. Lail at the  Raleigh Philosophical Society)

Creating news that finds its audience

An insider who’s now an outsider has insider advice on outsiders for insiders running news sites.

Now I’ve got you as confused as Lou Costello in “Who’s on First“?

Well, as Bud Abbott said: “I say Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know’s on third.”

I’m glad that’s clear; Because is in centerfield.

In a much more lucid piece, I think former newspaper New Media journalist Melissa Worden says we haven’t figured out for her that new buzz phrase:: “If the news is that important, it will find me.” (And as a phrase, It’s quite the rage.)

Or as media consultant Terry Heaton says: “You can’t ‘find’ anybody by insisting them come to you.”

It’s a concept we need to get faster than Costello learned the names of the players on his new baseball team..

Worden has some great observations on how her news habits have changed and some suggestions on how news can find her. What are some more?

And best of luck, Melissa, in your HSN gig!

A novel idea: Just throw red light tickets in the trash

Red Light cameras from a company called Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. are a hot topic in Knoxville, even a hot target.

But in St. Louis, Alderman Freeman Bosley recently said about camera tickets: “If you threw it in the trash, nothing would happen.”

Huh? What about here?

Kurt Greenbaum of the STLtoday.com says the cameras are popular fodder for bloggers there. So too here.

(Fine print disclaimer: Don’t blame me if you throw them away.)