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.
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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.”
In high school, our health teachers always said stuff like, “We know we can’t stop you from drinking, so here’s how to do it safely and not die.”
Getty Images has just implemented a similar strategy, in a way; they knew people were going to find ways to use their images without paying, so they’ve just made it possible for anyone to use a bunch of their images for free — and without committing copyright infringement.
“Guys, monocles?” asked a sweaty, hysterical New York Times style section today. “They’re a thing, right?”
The one-eye piece, worn by “the Prussian officer…the effete English lord, and…the New York and London lesbian in the 1920s” as well as “Alan Cumming,” “chefs” and Colonel Mustard from Clue, has seen a sharp rise in sales in the past five years, according to anyone willing to support the Times’s theory on this one.
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It’s a big week for news weeklies. The long-anticipated redesign of Time magazine’s website went live last night. Meanwhile, Newsweek‘s IBT-owned relaunched print magazine hits newsstands in just a few days (the cover story went up today). (Ad Age)
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When news broke last summer that Domino was coming back, the fan base of the much-loved shelter magazine reacted with excitement usually reserved for finding an Eames chair on trash day.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos invested more money in Business Insider. (The Wall Street Journal, sub req)
The Boston Globe has replaced its paywall with a New York Times-style meter that lets visitors read 10 stories for free each month before making them pay. (Poynter)
The pop philosopher and self-help author Alain de Botton has taken on an impressively wide array of subjects, such as love, sex, travel, happiness and religion. In his latest work, Mr. de Botton puts on his press critic fedora and turns his attention to something more concrete: the media.
NPR fans, prepare to have your hearts broken into a million little public radio pieces: Carl Kasell, the gameskeeper of popular program Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me will be leaving the air after five decades of broadcasting.
On the plus side, that means there’s a job opening.