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NSFW: On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re A Journalist
No-one – absolutely no-one – knew they were looking for Seymour Hersh’s expose of Abu Ghraib, but by God did they pay attention when it appeared in the pages of the New Yorker.

(In the unlikely event that a writer at AOL or Yahoo had stumbled across the Abu Ghraib story, the throw-up-the-facts-and-iterate-later culture of web editorial would have slain it in the womb. Also: who buys banner ads against prisoner abuse photos? Maybe if it were a slideshow…)

Moreover, as the scramble for advertiser dollars continues to take its toll online, there exists a real opportunity for old-fashioned editorial curation to thrive on other platforms, both old and new. The joy I felt today flicking through the New Yorker – stumbling across Tad Friend’s wonderful piece about Lenny Bruce tribute actor, Steve Cuiffo and a short story by Woody Allen (Woody Allen!) before reaching the Armstrong profile – was easily the highlight of my day.
journalism  ipad  newyorker  media  technology  aol  yahoo  cable  television  curation  magazines 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
I Want My @MTV: Cable Network Seeks Its First Twitter Jockey - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com
“The response from our audience to moments going on through our content create this ripple, globally, and it’s helped us,” Mr. Friedman said. “It helps us with ratings, it helps us inform the interests and the passions of our audience.”

“Half our staff is on Twitter,” Mr. Friedman added, “so why not have someone in-house? Why don’t we make it a full-time job, pay a real six-figure salary, and have someone who’s got great writing skills and an ability for sharp, concise, smart interaction with our audience?”
socialmedia  social  television  communication  music  media  twitter  cable  engagement 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Comedian Jon Stewart takes the hot seat with Bill O'Reilly - latimes.com
"Here's what I don't understand: You're the top-rated show on the top-rated network," Stewart said as he settled in across the table from O'Reilly. "I like Staples as much as the next guy. But can a brother get a soft chair?"

"No," the host responded sternly. "You're lucky you're not hanging from your thumbs."
media  television  cable  comedy  politics 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
PaidContent.org: What Many Media Companies Don’t Get About Building An Audience | paidContent
Distributing across multiple channels in real-time – and cannibalizing existing lines of business—isn’t just the right thing to do. History will reflect that this is the only thing to do. Here’s the key fact for media companies to remember: The value of a customer who doesn’t watch a TV show or a movie is $0.
media  journalism  marketing  business  internet  television  community  cable  attention  newspapers 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
When Cocktails Were Office Supplies - NYTimes.com
When it comes to choosing a character’s poison, Ms. Perello said, many people have input, starting with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner: “Matt will say, ‘I want them to have a brown liquor.’ And I’ll go, ‘Let’s do a nonblended Scotch, because this is a person who would appreciate that.’ ”

The cocktail historian David Wondrich, 48, thinks an old-fashioned is a conservative choice for the young Draper, but considers his preference for Canadian Club “exactly right. We’d had years of destruction of the American whiskey industry up until then. So the Canadian stuff was viewed as being pretty good.”

“The big Scotches were Bell’s, Black & White, Teacher’s, White Horse,” Mr. Rea said. “When you’re drinking Canadian Club, you’re showing people you drink a better brand” of whiskey. He and Mr. Wondrich also said Betty Draper’s taste for Tom Collinses and vodka gimlets was spot on.
liquor  story  television  cable  drinking  alcohol  1960s 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Jon Hamm | TV | A.V. Club
[F]or Don, specifically… he’s not a murderer, but he is an opportunist, and a lot of people can see that as being admirable in some ways. He knows the rules of the game, and he plays it very well.

He’s also often very upfront with what he wants and needs in a certain situation. It goes back to the pilot, when he tells Pete that if he keeps behaving the way he is, he may succeed briefly, but he’ll never truly succeed, because no one will like him, and in this industry, being liked is more important than being effective, in many ways. And that comes back, of course, to bite Pete. He doesn’t learn that lesson, or he learns it too late, when he tries to blackmail Don. So it’s an interesting thing. I don’t necessarily play it any differently. I don’t try to be any more likeable even as I’m doing these reprehensible things. You just hope that the audience has been given enough material and backstory to understand or at least rationalize the character’s behavior, and to see what drives it.
television  story  writing  acting  cable  interviews  fiction  ethics  business 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | The dream life of Don Draper
Don and Pete represent opposite sides of the same coin: Both chafe against the restrictions of adult life, and both have faked their way to the top in different ways. But while Don represents the benefits of extreme denial mixed with occasional sincerity, Pete shows us how it looks when you navigate an unfair world armed only with blind ambition and raging emotions that get the most of you regularly. While Don smoothly lies through his teeth without flinching, Pete stutters, fakes it, breaks down seconds later, and fools no one, not even himself. Don has occasional dark nights of the soul, sure, but Pete is awash in confusion and self-loathing, so much so that he can barely control himself.
television  history  1960s  identity  aesthetics  cable  writing 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bruce Handy on Mad Men | vanityfair.com
“I’m not avoiding answering the question, but I’m doing something that I do a lot, which is avoiding saying, ‘I don’t know.’ And that’s from my family—it’s really bad to get caught not knowing something. I hope I’ll know when I get there. When I started the show, when I had the inkling of the idea, I thought, What was it like for people to go through this [historical period]? It wasn’t a loss of innocence, but things really did change. There was some shit falling apart, as much as there was in the 1930s. Hopefully we don’t have to experience that again, but to come out on the other side and, you know, What does Don look like when Kent State happens? I would kind of like to know that.”
television  culture  magazines  1960s  aesthetics  1970s  writing  cable 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Advertising - Predicting a Shift in Communications Spending - NYTimes.com
An interesting shift occurred in 2008, the report said. For the first time, consumers spent more time with media they paid for, like books or cable television, than with primarily ad-supported media, like newspapers and magazines.

“It’s not that people aren’t willing to pay for content, because they are paying for video games, fantasy sports information, music downloads,” Mr. Rutherfurd said. “There’s just some content they’re not willing to pay for.”
marketing  video  sports  music  media  journalism  newspapers  social  business  film  cable  television  radio  mobile  information  magazines  books 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Fans overlook Michael Jackson's dark side | U.S. | Reuters
"I think we can multi-task when it comes to our cultural icons," said Jefferson. "We can live simultaneously with their enormous talent, be it a Michael Jackson, or a Marlon Brando or a Judy Garland or an Elvis. And we can live with the knowledge of the enormous damage that they did to themselves, that was done to them, and that they did to other people."
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  race  psychology  identity  culture 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Jackson's music had impact around the globe | U.S. | Reuters
Michael Jackson went from being Gary, Ind.'s most talented kid to one of the most recognizable human beings on the planet. While his worldwide album sales were astounding, that wasn't the sole reason for his fame. His ascendancy went far beyond the cash register -- he inspired dance moves, dictated fashion trends and raised awareness for social causes around the globe.
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How Jackson's Thriller changed the music business | U.S. | Reuters
Ultimately, "Thriller" spent 122 weeks on the Billboard 200, leading Epic to one of its greatest periods of prosperity. Given the decline in album sales, the rise of digital downloads and the lack of an heir apparent to Jackson, it's unlikely another album will ever dominate radio, video or the collective consciousness the way "Thriller" did.
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate.com: TV, radio, Web ad revenue taking big hit
"People are increasingly wanting a strong connection with the person delivering them the news. We are talking about the Oprah-ization or the Ellen-ization of the news," Copeland said.

"There is incredible brand loyalty on these sites," Copeland said. "Facebook is great. But people don't have a loyalty to Facebook. They have a loyalty to their friends who are on Facebook."
social  facebook  tv  cable  twitter  marketing  friendship  socialnetworking  news  media  journalism  newspapers  radio  celebrity  communication  business 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Editor & Publisher: MediaNews Group's Interactive Strategy: 'Multi-Prong Approach'
MediaNews plans to borrow the pricing strategy currently used by the cable industry by offering varied subscription packages. Explained Lodovic: "Say you are a Sunday-only subscriber, you can add on an electronic version and online components for a few bucks a year. If you don't want to be a print subscriber, we will still give you breaking news and abbreviated stories. We don't want to lose the traffic we have. We might look at micropayments or a registration model. If you pay one dollar a month you can avoid the micropayments. It's going to be a combination of all the above."

"The audience is still growing ... but we are not really reaching a younger demographic. And we can't go after a younger audience by simply putting the same content online [as in print]. That is not a business model. The newspaper brand is not going to attract a younger audience. We still want to leverage the value by creating a separate brand."
medianews  wtf  news  newspapers  media  journalism  demography  aging  business  information  cable  marketing 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon TV Week: Alan Ball on his new HBO show, "True Blood" | Salon Arts & Entertainment
"I don't want to just sit there and let something that is predigested wash over me and not really think about all of the weird, ambiguous and scary parts of life. I think trying to avoid those is ultimately self-destructive and also destructive in a global sense, because as a race we face a lot of really, really terrifying problems, and we live in a violent, irrational world."
television  cable  writing  creativity  thinking  world  entertainment  sex  death 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Perception propels TV's latest chic geek - The Boston Globe
"Every time I do art, I feel like I'm not serving utility in a direct way. Every time I do science, I miss the spark of the creative impulse. But I've come to realize it's the same. In science or art, it's about intro
science  art  aesthetics  creativity  research  television  cable 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TV Networks Rewrite the Definition of a News Bureau - NYTimes.com
“The easiest way to do it is to hand the journalist a camera, show them the ‘on’ and ‘off’ buttons, and tell them to go to work.”
journalism  online  media  television  cable  business  diy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Gawker: Memos: CNN's New Rules for Personal Blogging
"MOST IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:

UNLESS GIVEN PERMISSION BY CNN MANAGEMENT, CNN EMPLOYEES ARE TO AVOID TAKING PUBLIC POSITIONS ON THE ISSUES AND PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS ON WHICH WE REPORT.

The best rule of thumb is, keep in mind whether what you are doing or saying is "in public." In most cases, what you write online is public or can be made public. [...]"
blogging  media  television  cable  news  wtf 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Life | Those dirty girls
"Sexual ecstasy is not something you buy. It cannot be bought. But we have come a long way. No question. Definitely. But it's not because of 'Sex and the City.' It's because of what real women have done in real lives, not on TV sets."
sex  women  television  power  beauty  writing  diy  cable  friendship  cities  urban  feminism 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Not listening | yelvington.com
"Today I see journalism falling into two traps. One is the passive abandonment of responsibility that sometimes comes along with the 'objective' mode, and the other is the crass exploitation of divisive opportunities that you see from infotainers [...]"
journalism  television  cable  media  politics  elections  obama  campaigns  radio  newspapers  blogging 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Feature by Bret McCabe: Case Closed | 3/12/2008
"[T]he parasite is killing the host. Is the internet a marvelous tool in myriad ways? Of course. Is it the future? No doubt. But thus far it is not a responsible or viable alternative to a major metropolitan newspaper."
newspapers  hbo  television  cable  media  internet  community  journalism  baltimore  maryland  toread 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Presidential Primaries Lift CNN - New York Times
"Internet users spent more time on CNN.com in 2007 than on any other news site, including Wikipedia, Yahoo News or MSNBC.com."
television  cable  news  journalism  internet  online  media  yahoo  wikipedia  elections  president 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How Media Would Weather Recession - Advertising Age - MediaWorks
"I don't know, necessarily, if someone's budget is cut, that their choice will be to go to newspaper, because newspaper is very expensive to buy. When you start looking at how many people you're reaching and how much it's costing, it's an expensive medium
cable  marketing  media  radio  newspapers  online  television  economics 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Ex-Newsman Laments a Dying Craft - New York Times
"Mr. Simon is right: Something is burning. But that doesn’t mean it was an inside job."
journalism  media  newspapers  business  corporations  television  cable  story 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Does the News Matter To Anyone Anymore?
"A great newspaper is a great newspaper. And a good newspaper isn't great. And a Chevy Vega by any other name is, well, a Chevy Vega."
gutenberg  media  news  journalism  newspapers  cable  television  attention  reputation 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Readership Institute: Get Smart About Your Readers
"A story from CNN, for example, carries more weight for them, because it comes from a large and well-reputed news organization that, in their minds, cannot afford the risk of reporting false information."
youth  research  reading  journalism  internet  teenagers  news  media  television  cable  newspapers 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NPR : 'Shop' Guys Discuss Duane 'Dog' Chapman
I got to hang out with the fellas (Jimi, Ruben, Terrance 'n'em) yesterday. Only the painstaking application of high-powered audio-editing software made me sound coherent. Nonetheless, I had a good time.
npr  jimiizrael  radio  public  news  pennsylvania  cnn  cable  racism 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
TV's 'Hot Ghetto Mess': Too Hot to Handle? - Newsweek Entertainment - MSNBC.com
"African-Americans need to feel confident that white America is aware that there are black haves as well as black have-nots. Then the challenge will be to pull the poor and uneducated out of the shadowy margins."
race  black  television  media  identity  aesthetics  class  books  poverty  cable 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Kennedy School Press Release: Young Americans’ News Use Is Half That of Older Adults
"[S]ome recent surveys have overestimated young people’s news consumption and the capacity of non-traditional media to take up the slack from young people’s flight from traditional news sources."
journalism  media  news  usa  teenagers  children  newspapers  radio  television  cable 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Hey, Adrift and Famous? Do A Celebreality Show!
"Are the producers destroying the celebrities? Are the celebrities destroying themselves? And why are all their best friends not protecting them?"
celebrity  cable  television  media  story  identity 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | "The Sopranos" goes dark
"What did Bobby say to him on the boat, in the first episode of this last run? 'You probably don't even hear it when it happens, right?' Maybe the abrupt ending is Tony getting shot, without even realizing it?"
television  story  cable  fiction  death 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
S-P Times: In CNN's nightly report, matters of race resonate
"I remember sitting at an editorial meeting the afternoon the story broke and . . . saying 'Could you ever imagine someone in a public forum using that kind of language?' We came to the realization that this kind of language is more common than we think."
race  journalism  media  television  cable 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
TIME.com: Nation -- Interview: Josh Rushing
"It upset me on a profound level that I wasn't bothered as much the night before. It makes me hate war. But it doesn't make me believe we can live in a world without war yet."
television  media  journalism  cable  aljazeera  usa  terrorism  iraq 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Costas Refuses to Host Show on Holloway
"I suggested some alternatives but the producers preferred the topics they had chosen. I was fine with that, and respectfully declined to participate."
journalism  media  television  aesthetics  cable 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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