Spin the News - Your Way
Scott Baradell is a man of many talents. Besides being wise in the ways of marketing, he also has some great ideas in how to make effective use of the Internet in innovative ways.
In addition to Blog Talk Radio (where he hosts the Dallas Marketing Zoo with Paul and I from ChaosScenario, Paul McEnany from Hee Haw Marketing, and Brian Clark from Copyblogger), Scott also has a great marketing blog (which is not shy about social commentary) as well as a new forum called Spin Thicket, which allows users to submit their own news articles for commentary by the Spin Thicket audience.
I like this idea for several reasons. First, it doesn't fall into the copyright trap that other community sites have been susceptible to in the past, such as FreeRepublic or Liberty Post, which must constantly monitor what their users post to ensure they aren't violating copyright laws. With Spin Thicket, users can link to the article in question and submit their own thoughtful (or smarmy) headline. Also, unlike regular blogs, Spin Thicket allows you to comment on a wide variety of topics, and you're not limited to talk about only what the site's host wants to talk about.
If my initial impressions are accurate, the political leanings of the audience differ in significant ways from my own, which makes for more interesting conversation. Let the debates begin! - Cam Beck