There has never been a mass market for good journalism in this country. What there used to be was a mass market for print ads, coupled with a mass market for a physical bundle of entertainment, opinion, and information; these were tied to an institutional agreement to subsidize a modicum of real journalism. In that mass market, the opinions of the politically engaged readers didn’t matter much, outnumbered as they were by people checking their horoscopes. This suited advertisers fine; they have always preferred a centrist and distanced political outlook, the better not to alienate potential customers. When the politically engaged readers are also the only paying readers, however, their opinion will come matter more, and in ways that will sometimes contradict the advertisers’ desires for anodyne coverage.
Newspapers, Paywalls, and Core Users « Clay Shirky (via infoneer-pulse)

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When escaped squirrel monkeys start a Twitter account, it’s big news. Someone always writes a story about animal Twitter accounts. Remember the JFK turtles (LAT, Twitter)? This might be slideshow-worthy.

Yes, we published a slideshow.

And here’s a list of why we don’t like Facebook’s Social Reader.

  1. "Frictionless" sharing is not so frictionless: To read the articles being shared, you must install the application. That leads right in to No. 2.
  2. Privacy: I don’t want everything I click on going to my News Feed. Especially when I click on something stupid…
  3. Social Reader is a wasteland of link bait: Take a look through our fantastic slideshow (you don’t even have to click through it!), and you’ll know what I mean.

Social Reader mostly dumps link bait on the News Feed, but on a rare occasion, an interesting headline pops up. Without installing the application, we can’t easily access the article. How does that help the news organizations that use the application? Our guess is more than a few people will skip Social Reader headlines for just these reasons.

We’re just ripe with irony today.

#partylikeajournalist A 20-inch, two-photo story in print is a 2-inch, 20-photo story online.
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I can spot more than one news peg here…

I can spot more than one news peg here…

Awkward Family Photos repurposed into “news content.” via San Francisco Chronicle

Awkward Family Photos repurposed into “news content.” via San Francisco Chronicle

A guide to wasting time on the web, courtesy of The Boston Globe.
We can happily say we haven’t so much as thought of half these sites in years. They didn’t even include Texts From Bennett or Ugly Renaissance Babies, or their own slideshow.

A guide to wasting time on the web, courtesy of The Boston Globe.

We can happily say we haven’t so much as thought of half these sites in years. They didn’t even include Texts From Bennett or Ugly Renaissance Babies, or their own slideshow.

Sixteen pictures of just who everyone wants to see.

Sixteen pictures of just who everyone wants to see.

Sorry for the hiatus

Sorry for lack of new posts, we’ve been busy, you know, covering the news and stuff. We’ll post some more examples of funny/painful link bait soon.

Happy Festivus!

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