Five by 8 – 3/16/10: What catches your eye or captures your attention

Let’s see what a typical day on the Internet looks like…


1) KPBS in San Diego reports a UCSD Researcher Finds Cigarette Ads Targeted Teen Girls. It wasn’t just any ad:

“The ads for Camel No. 9 ran in five of the most popular magazines among teen girls, including Glamour and Vogue. The ads showed cigarette packs in hot-pink fuchsia. Some promotional giveaways included cell phone jewelry.

The UCSD study shows after the campaign was launched, the percentage of teen girls who had a favorite cigarette ad jumped by ten points.”

Does that make it successful as an ad? Interesting perspective from the New York Times archive circa February 15, 2007: A New Camel Brand Is Dressed to the Nines.

2) On Gather, Minnesota Politics contributor Moira Manion posted an interesting discussion topic inspired by Midmorning’s March 11 segment on personal vices and public leadership. Manion writes,

Having come into political awareness when I was 14, during Watergate, I believe that the vices of those who serve the public, specifically politicians, should always be brought to public attention, but only if those vices are illegal or compromising in a way that it skews how that person might do her or his job (i.e. accepting huge donations from cigarette companies while considering legislation that would negatively effect those companies).

Well now, that’s quite the conversation starter. Join in with your perspective on personal vices and public people.

3) Uh oh. As of today it is actually errr uhmm happy belated birthday… From Scratch Pad with Scott Jagow on March 15, 2010: Happy More details at

4) The Fargo-Moorhead flood fight moves into high gear and we have the photographic proof. I think the Stop sign is a nice touch.


A dump truck delivers sandbags to a south Moorhead, Minn. neighborhood on March 15, 2010. (MPR Photo/Dan Gunderson)

5) Last but not least. Today the FCC will release a national broadband strategy. One might guess it might be a topic of conversation on the Internet, and at


Allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests are creating a scandal for the church in Germany and other European countries. What should the Catholic Church do about the sexual abuse issue?


Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) – First hour: A recent study of dying children in Boston suggests doctors ended their lives with morphine, sometimes at the urging of parents. Bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn talks about the dilemmas faced by doctors who are in a position to assist a suicide or hasten death.

Second hour: From their days playing in college bands through their time co-writing songs in Trip Shakespeare and their respective solo careers, Dan and Matt Wilson have shared the bond of music. They share some of their experiences and their music on Midmorning.

Midday (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – First hour: David Walker and Tim Penny on the state budget.

Second hour: Authors of the book “Game Change.”

All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) – Arts reporter Euan Kerr talks with Estell Parsons, an actor who won an Oscar for her role in “Bonnie and Clyde” and appears on the Ordway stage in “August Osage County” where she plays an elderly Southerner who deals with her family’s dysfunction by being a dope fiend.

Reporter Laura Yuen reports on the Mississippi River, which is expected to reach flood stage in Saint Paul (14 feet) later this week. What does that mean for developments along the river in downtown St. Paul?

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