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18

Jul

(Source: brooklynmutt)

14

Jul

Must-Reads: The Late, Great Molly Ivins on Rick Perry

10

Jul

Dear major news outlets that are making it increasingly harder to SHARE your content, You are singing your own death certificate.

Love,

The Internet

25

Jun

inothernews:

Egypt sentenced three journalists from Al Jazeera to seven, seven and ten years each for doing their jobs.  For shame.(Photo via @tomforbes72)

inothernews:

Egypt sentenced three journalists from Al Jazeera to seven, seven and ten years each for doing their jobs.  For shame.(Photo via @tomforbes72)

20

Jun

The corporate media which was complicit, if not a co-conspirator, in aiding and abetting these war crimes through illegal political propaganda are once again promoting these Neoconservative war criminals as commentators on the current situation in Iraq. The people who got everything completely wrong are to whom the corporate media turns to tell us how to get the humanitarian disaster they created right?

14

Jun

When The New York Times launched its Styles section in the ‘70s, people were horrified. It was done for advertising reasons and was a huge commercial success. I think different generations have different kinds of leisure content, and maybe people who read The New York Times want to read questionable trend pieces in the Styles section, or features in the Real Estate section about $9 million mansions in Venice that you might want to buy. People of my generation, maybe, are more interested in Instagrams of cats. It’s actually really hard to make a great list of Instagrams of cats. You’d be surprised. Go ahead and try to do one that gets a million views. It’s a very competitive space.
One challenge is figuring out what replaces the wire story as the way breaking news gets communicated because no one reads wire stories, no one shares wire stories. The form was created for this very specific reason that has to do with newspapers, and cutting from the bottom. It’s this very wooden form. You put nine things in the first sentence, you summarize the story in the second sentence, then you have a random quote that restates, not as eloquently, the thing you just said. Then you have a paragraph that tells you things you already knew, and then you just have everything else in order of importance. That’s a weird way to tell a story. One thing we think about a lot is what replaces that. I think it’s something more visual, more emotionally driven, maybe funny sometimes, when it’s possible to be funny about the subject. Certainly something that pulls in all the media that you’re talking about—images, videos, and, increasingly, tweets and status updates that are part of the story.

08

Jun

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06

Jun

Researchers may have found out the problem with politics in America, and it’s simple: We’re all just repeating exactly what we hear on television. We’re not even changing the words around. We’re restating the loudest version of any argument, verbatim.