Jack Conte’s account of the the losses sustained by the band Pomplamoose on its recent tour is a slap in the face to the primitive accumulators (i.e., libertarian downloaders, also known as pirates) who want their music free of cost and don’t care a whit about the cost of production of content. More power to Pomplamoose.
Like Perez Hilton, Emily Gould trafficked the cheapest cultural commodity: the information of the boulevard. Now she has become a commodity herself, a plaything for the savage minds of the new(est) journalism.
Print journalism happily bathes in the digital cesspool.
I’m surprised Hilary Mantel bothers to respond to the rabble who criticize her short story “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.”
La laïcité ou Barbarie.
David Gregory is reportedly out as host of NBC’s Meet the Press program. Mr Gregory’s problem is that he didn’t continue the shopworn, gotcha quote shtick made famous by his predecessor, Tim Russert. Also, Mr Gregory is inept at interviews.
The political pundit sphere is all a-twitter over Hillary Clinton’s criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy. The typical pseudo-conflict narrative has ensued. First, Ms Clinton was said to be “calibrating” away from Obama. Soon, such calibration was breathlessly cast as an open rift. Then unnamed sources were said to state that Ms Clinton wasn’t so vocally critical during her time as Secy of State. All of this makes for a month’s worth of click bait headlines. What is missing, however, is a critical assessment of Ms Clinton’s views on foreign policy. Were they right? Were they likely to work? Regarding Syria, why doesn’t a pundit ask a follow up question: How would Ms Clinton have attained military authorization from a dysfunctional, Tea Party riddled Congress? Could we have some substance occasionally, dear journalists?
According to Gawker, Buzzfeed deleted 4,000+ entries on its Pulitzer Prize winning website. Following so closely on the heels of the dismissal of “BuzzFeedBenny” (for “plagiarism”), it appears that questions of originality remain a problem for the list-making, content aggregator extraordinaire. When will journalism 2.0 types learn that content trumps distribution?