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LOL! Your industry, she is dying

by Team Politics
Monday, July 13th, 2009

via Bloggasm

I could give you pens, so many pens

by Team Politics
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

From that Mediadecoder blog, a story outlining a swag-auction:

This Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fontana’s NYC, the ASSME, or American Society of (Recently Fired) Media Elites –- the group’s actual name doesn’t render very well in New York Timesland –- will hold a raffle of those tchotchkes its members no longer hold dear, including an American Idol gumball machine, a pristine unopened Spice Girls pin, a Jack Bauer action figure (mug shot not included), a set of Being John Malkovich nesting dolls and the ever popular Pee Wee’s Playhouse mini backpack.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward supporting homeless people with AIDS and HIV. The swagless will be asked for a $5 donation.

People like trash

by Team Politics
Thursday, June 18th, 2009

I’ve noticed today that a lot of publications’ “Most popular stories” lists are full of content that isn’t…super intellectual. For example, we all know that Huffington Post isn’t a substantive political site. But today it’s just being ridiculous:

Oh man, I bet liberal movers and shakers are rearranging their calendars based on ANOTHER LOHAN TOPLESS TWITTER PHOTO or the Lange/Buck feud. Still, the preponderance of trash on HuffPo’s most popular stories may just be indicative of its reach. Let’s compare HuffPo’s most popular stories to those of a more niche publication, say, Politico:

Ahem. Tawdry. But at least in the four and five spots contain some substantive content. Right? Right?

But Politico traffics in gossip! Let’s check a more august pub:

Okay, this is getting ridiculous. “With This Burger, I Thee Wed?” What are people learning from these lists?

Whatever. I have to go watch Daisy of Love now.

“You’re like a walking Colonial Williamsburg”

by Team Politics
Friday, June 12th, 2009

I don’t stay up late, except to watch reruns of my favorite television program, so I usually miss The Daily Show, or watch the notable clips on the interworbs. Still, I’m dismayed that I missed this piece from Jason Jones:

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Essentially he skewers the New York Times for being a dying coelocanth, adrift in an ocean full of coelocanth skeletons.

I guess as a quid pro quo, the NYT interviewed Jones. Here’s my favorite (stupid) question:

Given that “The Daily Show” is dependent on other news media to provide you with your fodder, is it counterproductive to help bring down an organization that supplies your content?

Ya hear that, Jonesy? The NYT is the only game in town!

NYT’s “media blog” far from comprehensive

by Team Politics
Monday, June 8th, 2009

First things first: The New York Times’ “media blog,” The Media Decoder, isn’t really a blog at all, but rather a vehicle with which the Times links to its own articles. That said, I thought I’d have a look and see what percentage of the “media decoding” is related to online media, the internet, this “Twitter” thing I keep hearing about, etc. So I did an unscientific survey.

In the last week, The Media Decoder has published 22 posts. Of those posts, 4 were about the internet in some way (one was a programming note about the blog itself, two were links contained in “Speed Read” link-aggregation posts to stories in the Times, and one was an “end of a media era”-type piece).

So that’s…18%? And I’m being generous.

Ram Jam from the top rope!

by Team Politics
Thursday, June 4th, 2009

At Politico, a short post about Obama’s thoughts on cable news:

I’ve used this analogy before, it feels like WWF wrestling. Everybody’s got their role to play. I know a lot of these guys. And if Pat Buchanan is having a conversation with Chris Matthews or talking to Keith Olbermann, everybody’s got their set pieces and, so, I don’t feel as if I’m learning anything from the debate.

The typically even-handed, intellectual sentiment we’ve come to expect from the President. But when I saw the headline:

I thought it said “Obama: I like WWF wrestling.” Now, I’m from South Carolina originally, and live in North Carolina now, so I have a bit of an emotional connection to “sports entertainment.” So when I misread this headline, my little redneck heart fluttered like it did when I first saw Stacy Keibler.

But I should have known it was too good to be true. You see, the WWF doesn’t exist anymore. It’s the WWE now. The WWF is something different.

Olbermann v. the blogosphere

by Team Politics
Friday, May 15th, 2009

So Wonkette, an entity that traffics almost entirely in irony, and Keith Olbermann, an entity that traffics in bizarre, sweaty sincerity, got into a fight recently. Michael Calderone at Politico sums it up.

Following CityFile’s report yesterday that Keith Olbermann’s recent three-day absence from MSNBC was due to a protest over Rachel Maddow booking Ben Affleck for the same night as him, the “Countdown” host responded in a strong statement Thursday afternoon.

But Olbermann wasn’t finished. On Thursday night, Olbermann used up seven minutes of airtime to slam blogs like CityFile, and those that followed up, Gawker and Wonkette.

Wonkette responds, fliply:

Whoo hoo, does this mean Wonkette is now “beneath contempt” in Keith Olbermann’s mind? Self-important much?

I wish this were a new media v. old media showdown, but I think it’s just a hilarious gossip-style hissy, sort of like Lindsay Lohan’s Twitter breakup with Sam Ronson. In which case, I would like this fight to continue until Ken Layne and The Olbermensch and Nick Denton and the guy from CityFile face off in a Klingon-style deathmatch, complete with Bat’leths.

Olbermann’s seven minutes:

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