James Wolcott argues in the most recent Vanity Fair that stars can fade fast without their institutional backers. It surprises me that there are so few comments.
New media and the fate of the MSM
One of the original goals of this site was to discuss new media trends, from the POV of how they affect writers and journalists. I sort of drifted away from that, but I plan on getting back to the subject in the very near future. In the mean time, here are some of the posts I wrote back when the tagline of this blog announced I was a “true believer in the power of good content and the net. Sceptical about the potential of Facebook, user generated content, hyperlocal, and the ability of the MSM to survive this revolution.”
Newspapers need to start their own live radio shows As newspapers everywhere fool around with video, Twitter and Facebook, they’re ignoring the one medium that really makes sense for them — radio. This is especially strange given that the only news media habit the internet doesn’t appear to have changed is radio listening. News junkies [...]
Is it just me or is anyone else noticing Yelp and Examiner.com showing up a lot more frequently in Google searches? I’m seeing Examiner articles and Yelp discussion forums ranking on page one quite often, and I never noticed that before.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the best design for delivering news online. In a nutshell, I’d say there are three rules that must be followed: Make it crystal clear what your site is about — NO confusion!!! Make it white. Make it minimalist. It’s pretty obvious that following these three rules has helped [...]
Reviewed by Lesley Chesterman and Gazette critics This is a list of some of the hottest new Italian restaurants in Montreal along with a few old stand-bys. All come highly recommended for one reason or another. Please feel free to add your favourite Italian restaurants in the comments section and be sure to provide specific [...]
It needs human intervention on a major scale I use user generated content on my websites almost every day. I blog photos from Flickr, post relevant YouTube videos, solicit information from readers and get tip-offs from them. Some fans of my sites even go so far as to send me topless pictures of themselves with [...]
The Globe and Mail‘s Mathew Ingram has a post on how the Obama ‘Yes We Can’ video “went from blockbuster media event and unadulterated success story to backlash in about 48 hours — less time than it would have taken for a typical campaign video to even be distributed to TV networks a few years [...]
There are some interesting comments on hyperlocal news at Buzz Machine. I must admit I’ve never understood why so many people see hyperlocal as the wave of the future, but then I’ve never been overly interested in local news. (And yes I hate the word hyperlocal too but for lack of an alternative I’ll just [...]