Posts Tagged: random media notes

The Walden game

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Ready to achieve virtual self-reliance? The National Endowment for the Arts grant has recently awarded the University of Southern California a $40,000 grant to produce a video game based on Henry David Thoreau’s works where players can “follow in the virtual footsteps of Thoreau and conduct their own experiments in living deliberately.” Other literary-based media […]

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Who Do You Write Like?

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You read last week in The Rumpus about the new “statistical analysis tool” that tells you who you write like. Coding Robots, a group of software developers, seemingly created I Write Like just for fun; the page analyzes your word choice and writing style and spits back a writer it compares you to (out of […]

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Abandoning the Mothership

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We’ve all heard the stories about people getting fired from jobs because of overly revealing Facebook photos, or of couples breaking up by changing their Facebook “relationship status” before even talking to one another. Though Facebook is meant to exist in virtual reality, we have given it the power to seep into and intermingle with […]

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When Eternity’s Too Gay

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Kaylie Jones, daughter of James Jones who penned From Here to Eternity, revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast that her father was forced to remove gay sex scenes from his original manuscript prior to publication. Jones had originally included discussions and details about sexual favors and relationships between male soldiers, which were deemed […]

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Time pays $30 for cover photo. Photographer ecstatic. (via Fimoculous) Department of sucks: Crockat and Powell, London indie bookstore, is going out of business. Want an @myspace.com email? Really? Different takes on the Yahoo/Microsoft deal. New York launches official twitter feed for subways, highways.

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“The Washington Post convened a panel of ten people to weigh in on whether a news outlet should cover an alleged sexual assault or not. No shock, ten panelists = ten men.” Way to go, WaPo! Ann Arbor.com starts up after Ann Arbor News folds. AP to create registry to track and protect online content. […]

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“Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did last year when Republicans were shut down in the House.” Why Republicans shouldn’t tweet. In Iran, fewer journalists each day. North Korea says reporters confessed to crimes. Liberal blogger ambushes Fox News‘ Griff Jenkins. Marjane Satrapi testifies about Iranian election. Two California newspapers join fight for release […]

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David Simon, creator of The Wire, on the future of professional journalism. Myspace lays off 425 (more). The LA Times on how Myspace lost its way. Iran revokes press credentials and orders reporters not to report from the streets. (via Mediabistro) ABC promises Republicans not to give info on healthcare. (kidding, sort of.) Remember when […]

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The New York Times reminds staffers of outside-income ethics. Google drops idea of buying newspaper or helping newspapers go non-profit. Viacom has 22 reasons not to pay freelancers. Barnes and Noble only loses $2.7 million. Yahoo seeks to buy social media sites. Guest kicked off Nancy Grace for calling show a joke.

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Will Google partner with Twitter? (via Mediabistro) Self-published books up 132%. People flock to event to hear Yahoo! execs explain the company’s direction with search. “The key theme was moving beyond the “10 blue links” in favor of results that better reflect what people are looking for.” Huff Po hires Washington Post editor to head […]

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Spammers harvesting emails off Twitter, in real time. (via Mashable) Twitter book club. First pick, Sag Harbor. Washington governor OKs tax cut for newspapers. Geffen would turn the New York Times into a non-profit. (via Mediabisto) Twitter overtakes WSJ, NYT in unique visitors for April. Some jackass person bid $13,000 for an internship at the […]

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The revival of the exclamation mark. “Reporters at the Chicago Tribune say they believe the marketing department in recent weeks solicited subscribers’ opinions on stories before they were published, a practice they said raises ethical questions, as well as legal and competitive issues.” Television station sues Neilson Ratings Service accusing it of running a monopoly. […]

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Department of Monopoly: Considering Amazon’s affiliate program. Also, Amazon’s earnings up 28% in Q1. Department of Sad: NYT Foundation suspends gifts. Yahoo! kills GeoCities. (via Mediabistro) Glen Beck denounces the media on his show carried in 100 million households. Olbermann calls Hannity’s bluff, offers $1,000 for every second of Hannity’s waterboarding. The Rumpus makes it […]

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How does one local newspaper cover another local paper’s demise? Included—Newsweek wonders if 25% of all newspaper jobs will disappear this year. A new study says workers are more productive when allowed to use the Internet for non-work related activities. (via Metafilter) Google reportedly in talks to acquire Twitter. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO to retire. […]

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Chicago Sun Times files for bankruptcy. Elton John drops libel suit over mock diary. Rush Limbaugh, the man who ate the GOP. (note to Vanity Fair, that obnoxious rollover Mercedes ad is a bad idea) YouTube plans redesign to highlight featured content. (via Mediabistro) Metro drops AP. Says future of their paper is in original […]

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Ghost twitterers. Blender folds. The Christian Science Monitor publishes it’s final daily print edition. The average American is subjected to 61 minutes of on air advertisements a day and spend 8.5 hours a day looking at a screen (this cannot be good for us). There are so many interesting things in this study, like older […]

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Report: Celebrity magazine may never recover from recession. (via Mediabistro) Tare Lugnt delivers third issue through tattoos. The entire issue is readable on their site, if you speak Swedish. Bill seeks to aid newspapers through tax breaks, non-profit status. Washington Post publisher: buyouts could deplete talent. Chicago Tribune and LA Times combine international coverage. Picador […]

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Ruin a new job with one tweet. Washington Post forces name change for ABC News Web series. What it costs to make a book. Why advertising is failing on the Internet. (via Fimoculous) Howard Dean to join CNBC. Tuscon PR firm fires staff, rehires as contractors.

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Can Twitter survive what is about to happen to it? Clay Shirky: Newspapers and thinking the unthinkable. (this is brilliant) (via Mediabistro) Why iTunes is not a workable model for the newspaper business. The Washington Post will meld the business section into the main section of the newspaper. (smart!) Now everybody knows what you write […]

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Professors talk about their Facebook policies. The Chronicle reaches a tentative pact with its union. Department of You Know You’re Wrong When: Rush Limbaugh defends Mad Money‘s Jim Cramer. PR firm responds to Rachel Maddow, proud to work for AIG. California newspaper company growing (in Bakersfield) thanks to the Internet. (an unrelated Bakersfield story) Are […]

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Blogger Nikki Finke insists she’s not a blogger, she’s a Hollywood dominatrix. (via Thompson on Hollywood) Delfina Pizzaria gives staff t-shirts with 1-star Yelp review. See also here and here. Cathay Airlines apologizes for video of woman crying recorded on employee’s cellphone and published on YouTube. Morningstar says save the economy by canceling subscriptions to […]

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Investors wish News Corp. was everything but newspapers. Yahoo media unit to get drastic reorganization. (via Mediabistro) Howard Kurtz goes long on Twitter. Hearst’s new mantra, “Do the same, with less.” Indiana weekly goes Web only.

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iPhone fart app dispute heading to court. Lobbyist who was probably having an affair with John McCain settles her New York Times lawsuit without payment. New York Times suspends dividend payment. 136 more employees laid off at Borders. I never thought I would be rooting for a mega-book chain, but this is sad. Union explores […]

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Authors get $60 per book and 63% of ad revenue in Google book settlement. Gingrich and Romney join The Washington Times. Charles Gibson defended the mainstream media last night while accepting his award from the National Press Club. For what it’s worth, we agree with him. (see also here) 11% of online Americans now using […]

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Twitter response to The Media is Dying, The Media is Thriving. More than 100 writers sign open letter urging the Washington Post not to shut down its Sunday Book World section. Disney: 200 cut at ABC, 200 more positions left unfilled. 200 more fired at ESPN. The LA Times is killing its local news stand-alone […]

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An interview with McCain’s blogger. Comic book distributor monopoly strangles indie comic book publishers. Maliki promises Iraqi journalists free plots of land. Is there life after newspapers? More than 15,000 jobs cut in 2008. Self-publishers flourishing. Time names Michael Sherer White House Correspondent. Michael, we knew ye when . . . Neilsen disables “reply to […]

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Dr. Danah Boyd on teen sociality online. Tumblr releases version 5 (via Fimoculous) Matt Cooper is joining Talking Points Memo. Crappy outgoing FCC Chairman has advice for the next guy. Online TV sites use social networking to battle for viewers.

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Twitter styles of the rich and famous. Hip-hop magazine The Source is no longer accepting ads for “lewd products.” Napster warns customers that Best Buy will have access to all data unless they cancel by February 17. James Rainey: “A slow plague has reduced the corps of journalists who cover county government to four. That’s […]

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Five things Google could do to help save newspapers. Photoshopped subway ads get exposed in Berlin. The Chicago Reader asks: Why would a pro write for The Huffington Post for free? Inaugural day text messenging expected to top 1.4 billion. Tulsa World sues Oklahoma Weekly for libel.

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New York‘s Boris Kachka is preparing to Write Book About Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, is forcing thousands of its employees to take a week off without pay. Village Voice Media is betting the farm on social networking. Text message ad backfires for American Idol. Facebook kills Burger King free […]

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