This is one of the most incredible photos I’ve ever seen in the newspaper.

This is one of the most incredible photos I’ve ever seen in the newspaper.

"An article on Monday about Jack Robinson and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children’s TV show “My Little Pony” that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover."

— From this week’s New York Times. Sorry, Bronies, she’s taken. (h/t Paul Johnson)

"

The most remarkable attribute Krugman has brought to the Times is rudeness. The social niceties that accompany his exalted position are utterly lost on him. He does not seek out the company of famous politicians and cannot be courted with flattery or access. He understands that you can’t arrive at truth without explaining why mistaken beliefs are wrong.

Krugman makes a mockery of the prohibition against arguing with his fellow columnists, larding his columns with rebuttals to unnamed subjects who happen to believe things that were advocated on the Times op-ed page earlier in the week. Thomas Friedman writes a column complaining, “Does anyone know what President Obama’s preferred outcome is? Exactly which taxes does he want raised, and which spending does he want cut?” And the next day, Krugman writes: “Oh, and let me give a special shout-out to ‘centrist’ pundits who won’t admit that President Obama has already given them what they want. The dialogue seems to go like this. Pundit: ‘Why won’t the president come out for a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes?’ Mr. Obama: ‘I support a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes.’ Pundit: ‘Why won’t the president come out for a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes?’ ”

"

Because Paul Krugman Didn’t Keep His Calm - Reasons to Love New York 2011 — New York Magazine. Two responses:

Re: the first paragraph. If what you’re about is “explaining why mistaken beliefs are wrong,” then you’re not trying to “arrive at truth”: you believe you already possess it. Also, the characteristic Krugman argument is, roughly, “Your argument is wrong because it’s mistaken,” or, when he wants to change things up, “Your argument is mistaken because it’s wrong.”

Re: the second paragraph, note that Krugman’s response to Friedman — if that’s what it is — is a non-response. Friedman asked which taxes the President wants to raise, and which spending he wants to cut — and Krugman doesn’t answer either question. If Krugman had Friedman in mind, then he managed to bluster his way past questions he didn’t have answers to. This too is typical Krugman.

In brief, the more rudely Krugman behaves, the more likely it is that he lacks substantive arguments. (This is equally true of almost every other pundit I can think of, with the possible exception of Christopher Hitchens.) If that’s the kind of thing you want to celebrate, New York, knock yourself out, I guess.

(via ayjay)

Really? Krugman’s point was questions like Friedman’s were stupid. With only so many words in a NYT op-ed column, why would he waste them answering a stupid question? 

(via pegobry)

"Frank Bruni is going to be so embarrassed when he finds out these Facebook vacation photo captions were, in fact, printed in the opinion section of the world’s most influential newspaper!"

Hamilton Nolan’s is as good an explanation as any. I tend to think something like an ill-fated mushroom trip before the switch to op-ed addled dude’s mind. 

"The scent is … meant to mimic the aroma of black ink on newsprint." So necessary. (h/t Nate)
motherjones:

Octopi Wall Street!
Matt Taibbi famously described Goldman Sachs  as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity,” but the first comparisons of moneyed interests to voracious tentacled creatures date back to the Gilded Age. A visual history of depicting corporate America as scary cephalopds.

This is … man, so damn great

motherjones:

Octopi Wall Street!

Matt Taibbi famously described Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity,” but the first comparisons of moneyed interests to voracious tentacled creatures date back to the Gilded Age. A visual history of depicting corporate America as scary cephalopds.

This is … man, so damn great

inothernews:

patchesthegreat:

dr-wtfox:

tehblackbird:

rainbowballz:

Stop whatever the fuck you’re doing and look at Anderson Cooper holding a sloth.

Co-signed.

Anderson Cooper holding a sloth, everybody.

That sloth is making the same face I would make if I got to hold Anderson Cooper.

Keeping them furry animals honest.

This!!

inothernews:

patchesthegreat:

dr-wtfox:

tehblackbird:

rainbowballz:

Stop whatever the fuck you’re doing and look at Anderson Cooper holding a sloth.

Co-signed.

Anderson Cooper holding a sloth, everybody.

That sloth is making the same face I would make if I got to hold Anderson Cooper.

Keeping them furry animals honest.

This!!

Steve Jobs found the Gawker redesign “too tame”

Brian Lam’s piece on Jobs on his new blog is worth reading in its entirety, but here’s my favorite part:

"From: Steve Jobs <sjobs@apple.com>

Subject: Re: Gizmodo on iPad

Date: March 31, 2010 6:00:56 PM PDT

To: brian lam <blam@gizmodo.com>

Brian,

Parts of it I like, and other parts I don’t understand.  I’m not sure the “information density” is high enough for you and your brand.  Seems a bit too tame to me.  I’ll look for it this weekend and be able to give you some more useful feedback after that.

I like what you guys do most of the time, and am a daily reader.

Steve

Sent from my iPad

On Mar 31, 2010, at 1:06 PM, brian lam <blam@gizmodo.com> wrote:

Here you go, a rough sketch. Should be launched, as the standard face of Gizmodo, by the 3g’s launch. What it’s meant to do is be friendlier to scan for the 97% of our readers who don’t come every day…”

Did you know Dave Weigel is only 30? God damn it

"You are of that nature." I almost get the feeling Rumsfeld dislikes Al Jazeera reporters. 

"It is amazing how much contempt there is for the professional media that surrounds any given enterprise,” he says. “I find it all the time. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs think the tech journalists are all stupid. The sports people think that about the sports journalists. They don’t say that to the sports journalists, because they want the sports journalists to be nice to them. But the level of contempt is very high."

It’s Good to Be Michael Lewis (via pegobry)

(via pegobry)

Tags: media

"

After laying out all the various new initiatives at the company last Tuesday night, including a global music site built on social media, Mr. Smith set aside modesty and profanity for a brief moment.

“We are building out the next MTV,” he said.

"

David Carr’s story on Vice and VBS.tv. I didn’t realize Spike Jones joined up with the TV side as creative director. They do some dope stuff. Shit, I would invest in those dudes, even if they do seem a little shady with hints of Dov Charneyism.

fek:

realvillagevoice:

June 28, 2011: For immediate release

The current three-year contract between Village Voice Media and UAW Local 2110, representing the workers of The Village Voice, expires midnight June 30. The membership has unanimously passed a strike authorization vote.

 

Over the past three years, the Voice staff has been cut by an estimated 60%, and average annual salaries have markedly diminished. Management has so far played hardball with the union, refusing to make an offer, while demanding extensive concessions from the newspaper’s staff, including a substantial, ever-increasing contribution to an inferior health plan, as well as the elimination of management’s own contribution to employees’ retirement accounts. The union membership sees the quality of their medical coverage as the critical issue. “That’s why I came to work here,” said one staff writer. “The health insurance is the one thing that made low wages bearable.”

In the event of a work stoppage, writers, bloggers, photographers, editors, designers, and sales staff—as well as former Voice staff members and other supporters—will be publishing an alternate website, TheRealVoice.org, where readers will find the same high-quality writing there that they currently enjoy in the paper and on Voice blogs.

strike benefit will be held on Wednesday, June 29, beginning at 8 p.m. at Public Assembly (70 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-384-4586), featuring the bands Fort Lean, K-Holes, and Alan Watts. The suggested $10 donation will go to the Village Voice Strike Fund. Voice alumni, including many distinguished writers and editors, are expected to attend.

The Village Voice is the nation’s oldest and largest alternative newsweekly and the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including three Pulitzers. It was founded in 1955 by Ed Fancher, Dan Wolf, and Norman Mailer. The Voice, along with the rest of its six-newspaper chain, was acquired in 2006 by Phoenix-based New Times Media, since renamed Village Voice Media. The Village Voice is the only unionized newspaper in the now 13-weekly VVM chain. The shop includes workers from all parts of the paper, including Production, Editorial, and Sales.

For further information, please contact:

Maida Rosenstein, president, UAW Local 2110

MaidaRosenstein@2110uaw.org

212-387-0220

Graham Rayman, staff writer, Village Voice

graham.a.rayman@gmail.com

646-651-0914

 

Don’t back down, guys. 

One of the main selling points of going to the Voice, for me, was having a union to support the newsroom in situations like this, something nobody else in town (that I’m aware of) has; naturally, management at VVMare trying to use the fact that their workforce is organized with a contract to reduce their pay. This is a company that:

  • Just sold off one of their papers (in Kansas City; The Pitch) for an undisclosed sum.  
  • Spent millions trying to price fix against a competitor in San Francisco in order to shut them down at - literally - any cost. 
  • Laid off one of their best writers, who was followed by another one of their best writers, only one of whose positions have been replaced since, both of whose salaries were reported to be among the higher ones on the masthead. 
  • Has a editorial chief who used to stop by my desk and tout the massive amounts of money the company has in their holdings.
  • Has a company boss who has noted, publicly, that “the paper’s readership is more robust than ever,” who is also more than willing to point out that their “on-line guru” has “grown VVM pageviews to 700 million in 2010 and nearly tripled uniques to 13 million.
  • And has other company bosses who are spending “millions of dollars policing content to attempt, for example, to keep underage kids out of adult listings.” In other words, they’re spending millions of dollars trying to ferret out child prostitution in the venue they created for it to seep into in the first place.  

And they’re trying to decrease your pay by making you shell out for the health insurance benefits that are a huge selling point of the job?

For a company who claims to have more than enough money to sustain writers who lose them a million bucks (ahem) that they claim to fully stand behind only to tell them to back off from writing about the person who cost them said revenue (supposedly; I never saw the exact number nor was I given one) only weeks later?

Please. VVM has more than enough scratch to go around. Keep fighting the fight, guys; it’s not a fight anyone wants, but at this point, it’s necessary, less they keep on trying to walk on you in years to come.

Solidarity 4eva

(Source: realvillagevoice, via fek)

Tags: media Labor

"I don’t think it’s too much to suggest that to the industry, David Carr is the battle-hardened face of The New York Times, that kind of zealous convert every clerical magisterium (and the top of the Times masthead is a sort of Vatican) wishes for but could never intentionally create. He is its most important champion."

Capital New York, from a long feature on my favorite reporter David Carr and Page One, the New York Times movie

The company I work for is so much cooler than AOL.

Tags: media Aol