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They gave local news away for free. Virtually nobody wanted it.
They gave local news away for free. Virtually nobody wanted it.
When 2,529 people were offered a free subscription to their local newspapers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer, only forty-four accepted—less than 2 percent—according to an academic study set to be published this year in the American Journal of Political Science.  Dan Hopkins, a political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted the […]
·cjr.org·
They gave local news away for free. Virtually nobody wanted it.
Over Three Decades, Tech Obliterated Media
Over Three Decades, Tech Obliterated Media

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Over the past three decades, technology companies have steadily eroded the business models of traditional media organizations by digitizing content and advertising. The author witnessed this firsthand as a reporter in the 1990s, predicting that sites like Craigslist would destroy newspapers' classified ad revenue. Pioneering companies like Yahoo, Google and Facebook then came to dominate the digital landscape and became the new gatekeepers of information. However, these tech giants have also threatened media companies by scraping their content and repackaging it. The author argues that media organizations should fight back legally and continue innovating, rather than accepting their inevitable decline at the hands of large tech platforms.

An interesting point highlighted is that some of the earliest internet companies like Yahoo had human "web crawlers" who manually listed websites in the company's directory, showing just how nascent the digital landscape was in the early days chronicled by the author. This provides useful historical context for understanding the author's perspective.

·nymag.com·
Over Three Decades, Tech Obliterated Media
The value of social media isn't the technology. It's us.
The value of social media isn't the technology. It's us.
The Washington Post tech columnist Taylor Lorenz talks to host Ben Brock Johnson about her new book, "Extremely Online," where she argues that we've been paying too much attention to the Elon Musks of the world and not enough to everyday internet users.
·wbur.org·
The value of social media isn't the technology. It's us.
Op-ed: We Need To Pay More Attention to Twitch
Op-ed: We Need To Pay More Attention to Twitch
pThere is currently little reporting or research about the quality or veracity of the content that is circulating on Twitch. However, the Amazon-owned platform has become its own thriving corner of the internet, cultivating a user base that is culturally influential, young, politically engaged, and easily mobilized/p
·cjr.org·
Op-ed: We Need To Pay More Attention to Twitch
Shrek movie review & film summary (2001) | Roger Ebert
Shrek movie review & film summary (2001) | Roger Ebert
There is a moment in "Shrek" when the despicable Lord Farquaad has the Gingerbread Man tortured by dipping him into milk. This prepares us for another moment when Princess Fiona's singing voice is so piercing it causes jolly little bluebirds to explode; making the best of a bad situation, she fries their eggs. This is not your average family cartoon. "Shrek" is jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart.
·rogerebert.com·
Shrek movie review & film summary (2001) | Roger Ebert
The New York Times launches a subscribers-only “Headlines” podcast in a new audio app
The New York Times launches a subscribers-only “Headlines” podcast in a new audio app
After a year-and-a-half-long beta, The New York Times launched a standalone app on Wednesday that it hopes will serve as its "audio front page." The app — for now, iOS only — is "currently an exclusive benefit for New York Times news subscribers." Here's some of what it…
·niemanlab.org·
The New York Times launches a subscribers-only “Headlines” podcast in a new audio app
CHM is Partnering with The Verge to Look at Critical Innovations in Technology History - CHM
CHM is Partnering with The Verge to Look at Critical Innovations in Technology History - CHM
Mountain View, CA – Jan. 19, 2023: The Computer History Museum, the leading museum exploring the history of computing and its impact on the human experience, announced a partnership with The Verge this year to explore some of the most important innovations that changed the future of technology and the world. A respected tech news …
·computerhistory.org·
CHM is Partnering with The Verge to Look at Critical Innovations in Technology History - CHM
Introducing Red Pen: A Grammar Podcast
Introducing Red Pen: A Grammar Podcast
pCJR · Introducing Red Pen: A Grammar Podcast   There’s a famous scene from the final season of The Wire—y’know, The One With the Newspeople—where cub reporter Alma Gutierrez, new to the show’s (thinly) fictionalized version of the Baltimore Sun, receives a crash course in the paper’s lofty lexical standards: “Gutierrez!” her editor shouts across […]/p
·cjr.org·
Introducing Red Pen: A Grammar Podcast
Journalists want to re-create Twitter on Mastodon. Mastodon is not into it.
Journalists want to re-create Twitter on Mastodon. Mastodon is not into it.
pEver since Elon Musk completed his $45 billion takeover of Twitter last month, there has been a steady stream of users, including a number of journalists, signing up for Mastodon, an open-source alternative. No one controls Mastodon—or rather, everyone controls their own version of it. There are thousands of servers running the software, and each […]/p
·cjr.org·
Journalists want to re-create Twitter on Mastodon. Mastodon is not into it.
Vincenzo Natali's Peripheral Visions - What Future with Joshua Topolsky | iHeart
Vincenzo Natali's Peripheral Visions - What Future with Joshua Topolsky | iHeart
Come for Josh's rant on the future of the internet, stay for his conversation with Vincenzo Natali, director of 'Cube,' 'Splice,' and your favorite episodes of 'Hannibal,' who has taken on William Gibson's reality-bending book 'The Peripheral' and turned it into electrifying TV. The two discuss how horror is in our DNA, his creative relationship with AI, and the difficulties of turning 80's sci-fi into modern art. Discussed: Ray Harryhausen, math that kills you, "big" iPads.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
·iheart.com·
Vincenzo Natali's Peripheral Visions - What Future with Joshua Topolsky | iHeart
Here are 11 journalists’ tweets about how Twitter is losing its “heavy tweeters”
Here are 11 journalists’ tweets about how Twitter is losing its “heavy tweeters”
Twitter is losing its most active users and turning into a porn-and-crypto fest as "interest in news, sports and entertainment" wanes, according to Reuters' Sheila Dang, who saw internal research from the company. Also check out "What happens to journalists after Twitter?" and &…
·niemanlab.org·
Here are 11 journalists’ tweets about how Twitter is losing its “heavy tweeters”