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“The most dangerous 'enemy of the people' is presidential lying--always. Attacks on press by @realDonaldTrump more treacherous than Nixon’s"
-- Carl Bernstein, journalist who broke the Watergate scandal
"These systematic attacks on the media accomplish two things. First, they fire up the base, which believe that traditional media do not represent their interests or concerns. Second, they provoke the media itself, which feeling threatened, adopts a more oppositional posture. This in turn further fuels the polarization on which the leaders depend and paves the way for the government to introduce legal restrictions.
The most dramatic example was in Venezuela, where elements in the media embarked on a campaign of open warfare, engaging in overtly partisan coverage intended to undermine Chávez’s rule. Some media owners were alleged to have conspired in a 2002 coup that briefly ousted the president. Once Chavez returned to power, he rallied his supporters behind a new law imposing ...
Much hay was made this weekend over the fact that the staid global news outlet The New York Times had the audacity to put the story about Mike Pence's well-timed stunt at Hamilton above the fold, while it relegated the story of Donald Trump's hasty settlement of $25 million over the Trump University lawsuits (an amount which lawyer Lisa Bloom called "power evidence of guilt") to past the jump, in the print edition.
First of all, who is kidding themselves that people are still reading only the New York Times print edition above the fold?! If someone buys the New York Times they gon' turn that shit over, maybe head on brazenly over to A2. And if they're reading the story online, they didn't come to it from the New York Times front page.
Secondly, how is Hamilton, the most dearly beloved Broadway musical in recent memory (so popular, in fact, that tickets are sold out for the next ~2 years) -- playing in the Richard Rodgers Theatre just a few short blocks away from The New York Times...
The creator of the also excellent Century of the Self film series released his latest film in October, 2016. Dubbed HyperNormalisation, it offers both a history lesson of the complicated relationship between the West, the Middle East, and Russia, as well as an unflinching look at the roles played by technology, surveillance, and the media on our modern condition of general confusion, destabilization, and surrealism.
Another day, another conglomerate mega-merger: most recently this bucket as been filled by AT&T's acquisition offer to Time Warner for $85.4. They expect the deal to close by the end of 2017 -- if they can get through the gauntlet of the FTC and the obvious anti-trust concerns this marriage invokes.
Like Comcast's gobble of NBC Universal, and Verizon's devouring of both AOL and Yahoo, it's yet another sign of media consolidation underneath the banner of a gigantic telecom corporation. Into AT&T's new portfolio from the third largest media conglomerate (after Comcast and Disney) would theoretically go:
Warner Bros. film and TV
Bleacher Report & Turner Sports
10% of Hulu
New Line Cinema
...but not Time Inc., the magazine brand, which was spun off as a separate entity in 2014. Here's a sweet infographic that shows the Terminator-esque reconstitution of AT&T Corp in ...
"Most Millionaires Think They Are Middle Class, CNBC Poll Shows" -- NBC News
by doctor paradox · December 1, 2014
There’s been a lot of hand-wringing over the fate of journalism, and the ability to monetize content more broadly, for quite some time — and naturally so. The means of production have been democratized; the powers of direct communication have been bestowed upon the masses; and the Big Bang of voluminous content production all shook the web around the same time during the “2.0" era.
It was a heady time — Caterina would actually comment on your Flickr photos and Stewart Butterfield was 10 years away from beating VCs away from Slack with a stick. We could all sign up for Blogger or TypePad and have an always-on podium at our disposal for a song — or we could go a little further down the rabbit hole and teach ourselves a little HTML, maybe some CSS, and figure out how to register a domain name and set up a website. For a time you could even find a domain name — it was heaven! (Noting the thankful renaissance / real estate explosion with the ...
by doctor paradox · November 4, 2014
And The Verge isn’t alone in its new expanded editorial approach. Many other technology sites have found “tech" to be too narrow of a coverage area in a media environment that incentivizes publishers to pursue larger audiences and bigger advertising dollars with wider editorial mandates. A focus on a dedicated niche of gadget enthusiasts just isn’t enough.
via The Verge goes beyond gadgets for mass appeal – Digiday.
I’m conflicted by this approach, which is on the one hand obviously rational if one wishes to survive in this Brave New World of competition for attention and dwindling advertising dollars (as brands increasingly simply become their own publishers, leveraging earned media instead of paid). On the other hand, it plays into the self-fulfilling agenda of the marketing hype beast, and places a dubious bet on the idea that any site without a core narrative and focus can simply amass new orders of magnitude scale by appealing to…...
by doctor paradox · October 11, 2012
Touting “Reading above all," new NYC-based startup Oyster aims to be a sort of Spotify for mobile reading. The subscription-based service will offer unlimited access to a growing library of titles for an undisclosed price.
Backed by a $3 million funding round led by Facebook investor Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, the company isn’t showing off its actual product yet — but you can sign up for beta access whenever it becomes available.
For avid readers who enjoy consuming books on the go, this could be an exciting new startup to watch — although exactly how exciting will depend on the strength of its catalogue and the competitiveness of its pricing.
[via Fast Company]
by TCP staff · August 8, 2012
by doctor paradox · September 30, 2010
Tecca is a consumer electronics content and commerce startup based in Santa Monica, CA. We’re building a new online destination in the personal technology space and are looking for smart and creative folks to be a part of our freelance writing team.
Want to know more about Tecca? Read about us on GigaOM or check out socalTech’s interview with CEO Mickie Rosen.
You should have lots of interest in technology as well as ideally some experience producing content in the realms of personal technology and consumer electronics. You should enjoy working in a fast-paced publishing environment and have the self-discipline to work effectively in a distributed virtual office. You’ll be expected to be able to talk about a broad range of technology topics (or a smaller set of topics in depth) to all levels of technology consumers, from the experienced to the technophobic. You must have a fun, friendly, and positive attitude, and sh...