Monday Feb 21, 12:00PM SL/PST Metanomics: Rob Bloomfield with Paul Ford

All Digital: Robert Bloomfield In Conversation with Paul Ford on Media, the Web and Life Online

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Whether code or copy, Paul Ford speaks the language. A true digital native, Ford took Harper’s Magazine to the Web, converting its 250,000 to an on-line powerhouse; he’s written for NPR,,, and the National Information Standards Organization’s Information Standards Quarterly.

Paul’s novel, Gary Benchley, Rock Star (Penguin/Plume), began life as a hoax but got reviews that were no joke:

“It’s a funny, rueful read.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“Sharp humor and pathos…warm, human, and surprisingly sweet.”—EW
“Warm blueberry . . . crumples . . . mouth . . . sex . . . socks.” —Baked Goods Daily

Paul programs in PHP, Java, and XSLT2.0, although like so many other web nerds he’s lately been seduced by Python, especially Django. He teaches Content Strategy at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His writing has been anthologized in Best Software Writing I (2005) and Best Music Writing 2009. He enjoys both software and music. He recently helped with the relaunch of Gourmet Live, a re-imagining of Gourmet magazine for iPad, and is a partner in a small company called that builds interesting websites. His personal website, started in 1997, is He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Mo and the obligatory cats.

Join us as Robert Bloomfield welcomes Paul for a discussion of our lives on-line: is there still a place for ‘traditional’ media in this iPad world? If you were launching a magazine, what would your content and advertising strategy look like? And what’s it like, anyways, being a digital native?

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