The state of journalism is bad. Of course, Jonah Lehrer and Fareed Zakaria—high-profile writers at The New Yorker and Time, respectively—were recently exposed as frauds and plagiarists, but that’s not the worst of it. Not even close. The phone-tapping scandal that nearly imploded NewsCorp’s news division last year? Nope.
In fact, nothing illustrates the distressing state of affairs more clearly than the reaction to Judge William Alsup’s recent order that Google and Oracle turn over the names of the reporters and bloggers whom the two companies had paid for potentially positive coverage supporting their case in a high-stakes copyright lawsuit.
Wait, what reaction? Oh, you didn’t even hear about this?
What is a monster? What isn’t a monster? What happened to Rebekah Brooks? What happened to Walter Kirn’s G.Q. story? Why is Buzzfeed so great? Rhetorical questions you never wanted answered, answered. Here are your Tuesday evening Media Briefs.
Justin Wohlstadter navigated easily through the crush of long-legged beauties and laptop jockeys crowding the lobby of the Ace Hotel on a chilly Thursday night. His informal office when he’s not in the U.K. doing postgraduate work at Oxford, the wood-paneled bar is also his hunting ground for tech deals to fund as director of Read More
The current tech boom is not a bubble yet, according to some investors in Silicon Alley.
In an interview with Fred Wilson for TechCrunch TV, Chris Dixon asks Fred Wilson what stage he thinks the early-stage technology investment market is in.
Mr. Dixon asserts that “the fundamentals are strong.” He brings up the word “bubble” Read More
The competition for hot deals in New York has been pushing up startup valuations and some investors are ready to see some bubbles pop, according to CNN.
An impressive list of high-profile investors see bubbles inflating in New York: Chris Dixon, angel investor and co-founder of Hunch.com, angel investor and Wine Library TV Read More
When The Observer talked to Chris Dixon earlier this week about technophobes and what the tech industry can do to allay their fears about the future, the Hunch co-founder emphasized his belief that every tool can be used negatively and positively. He brought up targeted online advertising as an example: sure, he said, the Read More