My final, and gut prediction, which I would be very pleased to see falsified: Arianna Huffington will create a vital and interesting news desk that in the short term garners AOL praise as a remarkably ambitious and high-quality web-native news operation. It will gain traction against other web operations and will even look, for a while, like it’s making a little bit of a run at the big guys, like cnn.com and nytimes.com.
Traffic will increase—slightly. There will be reports of budget overruns and creative disputes. I’ll hear from friends at bars that they’re not getting edited because their bosses spend all day in partnership and biz dev meetings; that new memos are floating around about pageview targets and assigned “hot” topics meant as traffic-catchers.
Within a year, several of the most high-profile editorial hires will leak out to a variety of other news organizations, some old and some new. Before long you will be wondering what happened to all those names. And finally, the fast-and-cheap view of “journalism” will return to AOL-Huffpo, amid reports of mild success after a rocky start, all judged on pageviews and profit margins; the “quality” and “journalism” buzzwords will be forgotten parts of the corporate lexicon. Because, to borrow a phrase from Buch, journalism and the “content” strategy of AOL are misaligned.
As the e-reading market surges, news organizations are publishing topical standalone ebooks on the cheap and easy. These initial forays into the virtual print market for books aren’t exactly supplanting other revenue streams, it’s true. As Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times (which published its inaugural ebook this winter) put it during a recent interview at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism: “It’s not gonna be a save-the-company kind of venture.” But for an industry short on advertising dollars—and one that is striving to convince the masses that long-form journalism is still worth paying for—why not?
Something so hopeful and blithe occupies an empty beach on an early morning like this, when the sun is just up and the sky is blue and the waves are pocket-size and the flag flaps on the flagpole. All the park benches had blankets of snow pulled up over their knees. A plaque by the beach noted that horseshoe crabs like to spawn here, and that the blood of horseshoe crabs contains limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL), used by science for the detection of bacterial toxins. In the extraction of the blood, the crabs are not harmed, the plaque went on to say. A flock of brants on the water croacked their creaky calls, ring-billed gulls on the breeze teetered like skateboarders, two swans groomed themselves at the water’s edge. Not a seal to be seen.
Allow me to introduce you to some Yahoo! News commenters:
"The NYT does not employ any journalists. They employ leftist propagandists, as the headline should state."
"Naive ‘Liberal Journalists’ Think That They Can Go To A Foreign Country, ’ With that ‘I’m on your side’ Attitude , and be accepted by ‘The Muslim’ People. When will they realize, that All Americans are hated, in that part of the world, no matter what your political views or beliefs may be?"
"Calling anyone who works for the NY Slimes a journalist is a real stretch."
I saw Limp Wrist once in October 2000 at a loft in DUMBO with Kill the Man Who Questions and Rambo, and a second time (rather randomly, because I didn’t really go to shows anymore by that point) in July 2006 at Don Hill’s. The latter show was notable because earlier that day, I was at a rooftop barbecue in Little Italy where I met the girl to whom I am now engaged, and she assumed at first I was gay because I was a) there with our gay mutual friend and, b) heading to a Limp Wrist show with our gay mutual friend. Ironically, I ended up running into and hanging out with an ex-girlfriend of mine at Don Hill’s that night. Also, Amanda Lepore was there. On a side note: should I feel guilty that I sold my Limp Wrist demo tape to some hardcore kid on eBay for 30 bucks six years ago? Probably not, right? UPDATE: How good is the breakdown in this song?! But still, it’s no Crudos.
“While the cartel hitmen - sicarios - act quickly, they are also known to leave warning signs to intimidate their intended targets. Two ominous signs appeared before Rodriguez’s murder. The first was a threatening text message he received the previous February telling him to “tone down” his coverage. The second was the discovery of a severed head on a monument in Juarez’s Journalists Square the week before he was murdered.”—Losing the War on Reporting the Mexico Narco Violence