By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 3/06 2:45pm
Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone has cancelled a book deal with an elevator’s Twitter account because it was fake, Business Insider reports.
Well, obviously the publishing house knew that the Goldman Sachs elevator parody Twitter account was written by a person, not a machine. But when it turned out that that person didn’t even ride the elevator he pretended to be on Twitter, the rationale behind the book started to make less sense. Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 3/06 1:40pm
Gothamist editors took to Twitter to complain that The Daily News didn’t give them credit on a story that the website broke about a guy tattooing his sedated dog.
“Blogs are often accused of aggregating from mainstream outlets, but many mainstream outlets, including some of our local papers, have a habit of picking up stories broken on blogs without credit (or a link, if the story is online),” Gothamist publisher Jake Dobkin told the Observer. “Now, I understand that newspapers have a long history of rewrite desks which aggregate content from other outlets, add a fact or two, and republish mostly without credit, but at any good blog, that would be considered a form of plagiarism.” Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 3/06 8:40am
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 3/05 2:45pm
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 3/04 3:45pm
This morning, The Awl announced that Matt Buchanan and John Herrman will take over running the site, which will, after five years in “public beta,” finally get a redesign.
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 3/04 9:20am
The New York Times ran a correction on a 161 year-old story:
“An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup.” (The New York Times) Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 3/03 4:44pm
Now that Rupert Murdoch is single, he is not surprisingly very popular with the ladies. Especially in Los Angeles.
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 3/03 2:15pm
Most people like talking more than listening, because we are all terrible narcissists who find ourselves really fascinating. And when we can’t talk about ourselves, we like to read about the way we talk. Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/28 2:00pm
Long haul train travel is really having a moment.
The train travel fits in with the current retro-chic hipster aesthetic. There is something glamorous about the idea of a luxurious pace of a train ride, even if the end result is the same as a plane: the passenger is actually just sitting, staring out the window or reading, snacking on $5 pretzels while waiting to get to his or her destination. Read More