Oh, my. Look at the dot. It’s blue. It’s representative of “one unified network,” says the chief marketing officer of Gannett, owner of the USA Today Network. The blue dot — and accompanying typographic changes to logos — has begun to appear in the online identities of nine […]
I know, let’s update the “And then the murders began” Facebook literary meme to be a news meme with “And then the death threats began.” That’ll be fun, right?
by Amber Healy It’s too soon to know whether the new “sponsored content” policy helps artists or harms them. Payola is the practice—the illegal practice—of a record label paying a broadcaster to play a song or artist at a higher rate than other artists. There was a massive […]
The owner of the grandparent of weekly news magazines, Time, has decided to shed 300 jobs through layoffs and buyouts to reduce its costs. A media corporation whacking jobs to save money? That’s not surprising news in the digital era. But what continues to aggravate and irritate is […]
I feel like I’m only hearing half the story about online dating in the Emerald City. I just tripped across a really interesting article on dating in Seattle from Dame Magazine. It’s from May 2014 – interestingly enough, I lived there then. Which turns out to be relevant. The […]
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. — Daniel Patrick Moynihan But what about alternative facts? — 2017 by Carole McNall I’m cruising my Facebook feed when I see an impassioned plea: “If you disagree with my take on this [and I did], […]
Three charts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two covering about 15 years, bluntly demonstrate the swift collapse of the centuries-old newspaper industry business model. They also herald the rise of an information-disbursing replacement — the internet. A 2015 survey by the American Society of News Editors shows […]
Consider this verdict based on the evidence of economics: Local print newspapers ought to die. Now. That’s what one observer believes, and he’s pretty convincing. Newspapers are on their deathbeds now, burdened by several diseases associated with print. Their physical infrastructure — printing presses, distribution means such as […]
A free press won’t amount to squat as long as it has audiences who hear only what they want to hear, read only what their Facebook-sculpted algorithms tell them to read, and worship blissfully at the Church of Confirmation Bias. It’s nice, I suppose, in this era of […]
The Mr. C case has me wondering if widespread familiarity with sexual themes and content makes today’s youth more or less susceptible to pedophiles. Part 2 of a series. UPDATE: As explained in the update to part 1, Mr. C is Thomas Tilman Cridlebaugh, a longtime teacher and coach […]
What could possibly go wrong? Didn’t we just discuss this, people? I mean, it’s like nobody reads me at all.
San Diego’s MLS hopefuls and Crayola ought to have learned from history. #NewCrayonColors It started innocently enough in 2012, when the geniuses at Mountain Dew decided to ask the Internet’s help in naming their new “green apple with attitude” flavor. The results included “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong,” “Diabeetus” and […]
Part 1 in a series. by Dr. Michael Tracey We live in a moment of hyper-consumerism, uber-war and insidious surveillance by a vast security apparatus. But what might it look like if Orwell and Huxley were both wrong. “The age of maturity that past authors were hoping would come […]
ZOMG!!1! I saw this meme, or was it a tweet? Or a meme of a tweet? on the internet today, and it looked really urgent and seemed legit and everything, because it had quotes. And it told me to share, so here!! !
Ten years has seen the evisceration of newsrooms; the alteration of form, function, and distribution of information; and the emergence of a distorted public discourse. Oh, joy. Since 2007, I’ve written about the stark reductions in numbers of reporters and editors in America’s daily print newsrooms. During that […]
“Review a little history and you’ll see that creators seem to find inspiration in adversity.” – Gavin Chait, Lament for the Fallen On the surface Gavin Chait’s debut novel Lament for the Fallen seems to have a classic sci-fi plot: an alien comes to Earth, interacts with humans, reveals […]
I haven’t done one of these in a while, but there is so much out there. First up, trending on Twitter is #thingsfeministmenhavesaidtome. There are surprises, but the golden oldies are well represented, such as these: “You’re just assuming all guys are like that, which is pretty sexist.” […]
Let’s look at this. First, what’s the risk of death by terrorism?
By Carole McNall I glanced at the sexy headline: Sharing your Netflix password is now a federal crime, court rules. Intrigued, I read the story. Then I read the court case, United States v. Nosal. I discovered, within a page and a half, that the headline writer had […]