“Things change on the web all the time, and we are constantly asked to modify our behavior. To those who heed the call, the web puts them in a constant conversation with everybody they know, all at once, all the time. Usually but not always these new behaviors are for our benefit; they’re always free, at first. But then so is your first dimebag from the new dealer on the block. The addicts always end up paying somebody for something. And I’m a Times addict, and I’ll pay, eventually, as long as the Times stays good.”—Capital New York’s Tom McGeveran on the New York Times’ paywall. Another must-read.
“In an exclusive (for now) e-mail interview, the cobra said its main goal on Twitter was a lot like anyone else’s: “I just want Justin Bieber to follow me,” it said. The snake also expressed a desire to experiment with a vegan lifestyle while on the loose. “This adventure is all about trying new things,” it explained. “And Zagat doesn’t have a single restaurant featuring ‘rodent cuisine.’ ”—
“The point is, when journalists are called on to redirect the corporate culture of an organization, sometimes it works in a small way, but usually it doesn’t; and almost never on a vast scale. If management’s idea for a brand overhaul is to import cool, or gravitas, or intelligence, the best-case scenario is almost always that the importees exist successfully but completely separately: valuable parts that don’t add much to the sum. (Part Two is they always leave.)”—Tom McGeveran on Huffington’s cultural revolution at AOL. There are so many quotable passages in this piece that it was hard to pick just one. We recommend you read the whole thing.
During a visit with her dad to a store in Anchorage named Chimo Guns, where she is buying a rifle for a camping trip in bear country, Palin remarks:
Out and about in Alaska’s wilds it’s more common than not to see somebody having some kind of weapon on their person, in fact it’s probably as commonplace as if you’re walking down in New York City and you see somebody with a Blackberry on their hip.
New York, of course, is code for all the things that Palin-style populism is against. I don’t have to tell my fellow Commies what these things are.
I never quite lined up the golden era of the Observer with the time period David Carr and other media historians did. But I know what they mean when they say it: The Observer is needed whenever the rich get too rich, to remind them of themselves. It’s not the Village Voice…
Note for blog readers who are not journalists: Journalism -
especially in New York - is primarily the game of White (and Asian/South Asian), well educated, middle-to-upper class graduates of private liberal arts colleges with Jews, homosexuals and some public school grads sprinkled in for “diversity.”
Our ranks here in the U.S. are severely lacking of people from working class backgrounds, African-Americans, Latinos or immigrants kids’ whose parents weren’t doctors/engineers/etc. We’re just not supposed to talk about it.
“The world is crazy, beautiful, ugly, complicated place and it keeps moving on from crisis to strangeness to beauty to weirdness to tragedy. The caravan keeps moving on and the job of the long-form writer or filmmaker or radio broadcaster is to stop, is to pause, and when the caravan goes away, that’s when the good stuff comes.”—New Yorker editor David Remnick, at the ProPublica-hosted event on long-form journalism and short attention spans.
St. Johns is partnering with the New York Knicks to give scholarships to high school poets. We all know that the Knicks have their Poetry Slam every year, so St. John’s joining them seems to be a great opportunity. As a St. John’s student I’m happy with the convergence.
The New York Times just reported that four of its journalists in Libya haven’t been heard from since Tuesday morning. One of the missing journalists — Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was on Fresh Air in September to talk about the war in Iraq. The other journalists include videographer Stephen Farrell and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario.
Thoughts are with the journalists and their families right now.
New Yorker Out Loud podcast: This week in the magazine, Ian Frazier writes about the return of harbor seals to New York City waters. Here Frazier talks with Blake Eskin about his attempts to spot seals in New York, and why New York City is such a great place for animals. Download past podcasts on iTunes.