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Nance

Excellent observation on "Out of Sight," a wonderful movie and, for my money, the Elmore Leonard adaptation against which all others should be measured, and yes, I'm including "Get Shorty." One of my measures for a good director is whether they can get great performances out of so-so actors, and Soderbergh certainly qualifies for the wonderful, understated work he coaxed out of J-Lo in that movie.

That's another reason I love Marty. Ray Liotta in "GoodFellas," Sharon Stone in "Casino. I rest my case.

Chris Galdieri

The observation that "nobody has any right to ask others for monetary support for their blog" seems precisely and exactly wrong to me. I'd instead say that everyone has the right to ask others for monetary support, and everyone has the right to ignore or say no to such requests. Some bloggers choose to use more reliable services than the free ones which are available, some bloggers' work takes place at a level far beyond that of a "hobby," and sometimes such contributions fund spectacular blogging, as in the case of Josh Marshall's reader-funded on-site coverage of the New Hampshire primary last year. What possible harm does adding an Amazon link under a book review or DVD recommendation do anyone? Is anyone's blogging experience hindered by a tiny GoogleAds box?

Mary

I agree so much with Chris Galdieri. And -- Gilliard was "insisting" that people pay him for blogging? I don't see him or any other blogger doing that. Visitors to Steve's blog or Daily Kos, or here, can donate or not, it's up to them -- they don't have to pay a subscription or register and hand over a lot of personal information. So where does this "insisting" come from? And as for ads, Gilliard hasn't sold his soul to Barnes & Noble yet as far as I can see.

Mary

Still thinking about Elayne's comment ... She says "nobody has any right to ask others for monetary support for their blog" or to "beg[ging] your readers to support your hobby". So -- Lance, you've got a tip jar up in the corner of your blog, a Paypal link. You've asked your readers for money (and as I said above, I don't see anything wrong with that). So, Elayne's talking to you. I found the original post and saw that hers was the last comment and that you didn't reply. Was there anything you wanted to say about this?

JDC

Elayne's claim that blogging can be done for free doesn't necessarily apply to all blogs and all bloggers. Bandwidth can be costly. Just to give one example, consider Crooks & Liars and all the video footage that site provides.

Matt

Most blogs that ask for donations do so in the spirit of PBS and NPR pledge drives: you don't have to give, and you'll still have access if you don't; but if you do find the site valuable, please donate a few pennies to keep the wheels turning.

I don't see anything wrong with that, but I'm not surprised that some people find donation campaigns annoying, just as some people find PBS/NPR pledge drives annoying.

The hope, however, is that the donation drives help readers realize how much they depend on the blog in question for news and entertainment.

Though Blogger is free, the blogger's time is not.

mrs. norman maine

You plucked comments from little ol' me from that long movie thread! Ah have the vapors!

My real question: I was looking at American Street and was wondering why no Lance 'n' Nance, which seemed a promising combination? Did the "vigah" of the debate in your maiden voyage make you back off the concept? Or will L 'n' N be back soon?

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