More on cable news
As I’ve said, I’m a bit of a sucker for year-end lists. One could argue for or against their merit, but at the very least they’re a chance to zoom out get a panoramic view of the year’s events. This is a fun one I did at TPM, of The Year in Fox News.
Just wanted to point out a couple fascinating pieces in the New Yorker this week: Johan Leher — a former Rhodes Scholar who writes about the intersection of science and the humanities — has a great piece this week about the potential faults of the scientific method. It calls into question the process we think of as infallible, objective, rigid. Ultimately, though, we still have...
Lions & Vultures: Other People's Music #6 -... →
lionsandvultures: Lions & Vultures presents: Your Holiday Heart / from Eric Charles Christenson Download (.zip) It’s always hard to believe that the year is almost over. Whatever these last few weeks mean to you: the end is in sight. Let this mix be a soundtrack for your…
The argument: If it doesn’t spread, it’s dead. For things to live online, people...– Why spreadable doesn’t equal viral: A conversation with Henry Jenkins » Nieman Journalism Lab (via kevinloker)
Fox News vs. Obama, cont.
I’ve got a new post at TPM, distilling Howard Kurtz’s exclusive interview with Fox News president Roger Ailes. The interview is worth reading in its entirety, but it’s striking how far apart rhetoric and reality can sometimes be. An excerpt: Reportedly sipping from a “Fair & Balanced” mug, Ailes went on to make a number of head-spinning claims: He denied any...
If he believes he [Jon Stewart] has no political viewpoint, that’s ludicrous....– Keith Olbermann Reaction, by ericmortensen: I don’t think that’s what Stewart is saying. I think people are putting a lot of words in his mouth. The rally for sanity and the messaging around it was best summed up by the Oprah appearance he made before the rally: “Seventy to 80 percent of the...
TPM Turns 10!
Today is Talking Points Memo’s 10th anniversary. Hard to believe any website still breaking news could possibly be 10 year sold, but somehow Josh and his team have done it. Here’s hoping he’s got at least 10 more in him.
Some thoughts on cable news...
I don’t have a television in my apartment, but I watch a lot of TV. For about 10 hours a day, Monday through Friday, I’m plugged into one of the three major cable networks: MSNBC, Fox News and MSNBC. Traditionally, I was never an avid viewer of cable news. Besides National Public Radio, I remain shamelessly devoted to text — on paper or in pixels — to receive news. And so...
It’s always interesting to read how established, long-form journalists embrace the Web. The New Yorker’s Susan Orlean recently embraced blogging, and has kept up a fairly consistent stream of narrative; George Packer — who has denied any social media use — has kept up constant interesting and illuminating blog; and, most recently at the New Yorker, Steve Coll has given up his blog in...
So, blame my Scandinavian heritage for my incessant coffee consumption. Map via Matthew Yglesias.
I make a fairly sharp distinction, for journalistic purposes, between public...– William Finnegan interviewed in The New New Journalism This quote popped off the page when I read it yesterday. Quotes like this are medicine for me. Palliative not curative. A sort of balm for the cognitive jock itch I contracted on the day in 1994 when I stood on the corner of Bowditch and Durant...
This is the Counter-Culture: Attention Hipsters! →
benjaminliebsch: benjaminliebsch: … Although this may be true, PBR handles themselves as a separate company. Having worked with them a few years ago throwing an event at my old shop ( Proletariat. it rules.) they treat their brand very much as a more ~*working man~* brand so to speak, making themselves a… The problem with all of this is, that’s exactly how corporations work. They figured out...
The art of living in different worlds
An exquisite conversation with novelist Colum McCann, author of National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin
Greatwaters, St. Paul, Minn.
This is what The Spectator needs on its website redesign. The more, the better. (image from the Badger Herald.
Sullivan once again proves he is worth his weight in bandwith. “… conservatism in America today, in favor of the brain-dead ressentiment of Palin or the philistine pseudo-intellectualism of Gingrich or the neo-imperial radicalism of the neoconservatives, is the smell of a decomposing corpse, not a newborn child.”
Just caught the iPad ad on The Oscars. I love my iPhone, and I like the idea of having an enlarged version of the device, but I’m not sure it’s the fix-all of mobile-reader devices. I guess the verdict is out until I get my hands on one. But until the iPad offers flash and has a camera, my guess is it will still fall short of netbooks and laptops. Who knows, though?
Just tuning in to The Oscars now. Really stoked to see Monique win for Precious, as well as that film nabbing the best adapted screenplay award. Missed it, but heard The Hurt Locker won best original screenplay. Out of all the awards tonight, I can’t help but be drawn to the awards for writing. Hurt Locker was phenomenal. Hoping it trumps Avatar in Best Picture, but we’ll see!
"The Daily Klein"
Ezra Klein’s blog at The Post is starting to look more and more like Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish. He’s even hired an assistant (why wasn’t I invited?) to help him sort through the ever-growing mass of news. In what is otherwise an increasingly lame news site, it’s promising to see The Post trust in a young, enterprising blogger. May he be the first of many...
Minimal Mac: What Apple Sells... →
Apple has never really been in the business of selling product. What Apple really sells is an experience. What Apple sells begins before you even walk in the door… It begins before you take out your credit card… It continues when you get back home… To when you start it up… My…
"Burn the boats"
Marc Andreesen says print companies should go “crazy like Cortes” and “burn the boats” of their print edition. Harsh? Maybe, but it’s too late to look back. I sort of disagree that magazines need to completely abandon their print editions. They, like books, enjoy a unique advantage in their paper medium. I can’t imagine reading a 10,000-word essay from The New...
Economics (and cats!)
The New Yorker’s profile of economist Paul Krugman is a blazingly fast read. A lot of interesting insight into a brilliant and provocative academic. Few economics can explain in layman’s terms the concepts Krugman illustrates. Henry Hazlitt is one of the only others who comes to mind. His book, Economics in One Lesson, is a treat and still relevant more than 60 years later.
State of the Media - 2009 →
The Atlantic Blah-g
I’m not sure what to make of the frenzy over at The Atlantic’s blog sites. Fallows, Sullivan and Coates all seem to be pretty opposed to the changes, while Goldberg doesn’t seem to care much. Every Facebook user has griped — some have spawned groups of protest — over each new redesign, yet we go on using the service and, a week later, don’t even notice the changes anymore....
Pet Peeves and TV Screens
I like to think of myself as a contemporary and (hopefully) progressive journalist. I appreciate journo’s that tweet, give me links and provide context to issues. I also appreciate the hard-working purists who bleed ink from their trench coats. And I’ve always loved the immediacy of broadcast news. I remember driving to parents’ house for break and hearing NPR report on the...
I don’t even like rhythm, assonance, all that stuff. You just go on your nerve....