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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.
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“What if Gawker tried to out an anchor at Fox News and no one cared?” writes David Carr. But what if David Carr devoted a whole column to said outing of a Fox anchor and we still don’t really care? (The New York Times)
Just when it looked like all hope was lost for serious news, “an unlikely cavalry has come roaring over the hill with serious money, fresh ideas and no small amount of enthusiasm,” David Carr writes of the new band of tech moguls investing in journalism. (The New York Times)
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Erin Lee Carr has left Vice, where she was a video producer, for The Verge. Ms. Carr, daughter of Times media reporter David, joins The Verge as a video producer and will work on video features for Vox Media’s tech enterprise.
“Looking at Erin’s incredible work from both an editorial and creative perspective made it obvious she would be a perfect fit at The Verge,” editor in chief Joshua Topolsky said in an email to The Observer. “She’s a rare talent who is not only able to conceptualize big, important stories — but can actually execute on those ideas. As we push online storytelling forward, I have no doubt that Erin will contribute in both unexpected and wildly exciting ways.”
Man behind the blog
What are the odds? New York Times media reporter David Carr slipped in the rain on Thursday night and broke his arm in three places. In an odd twist of fate, Mr. Carr, while waiting to be treated at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Emergency Room, saw a be-wigged starlet in handcuffs who has become a tabloid fixture of late: Amanda Bynes.
Despite his injury, Mr. Carr, a prolific tweeter, naturally tweeted about the incident.
Before Ta-Nehisi Coates was a superstar at The Atlantic, he was fired from three consecutive writing jobs. Well, not quite fired. “I’m still not exactly sure what happened,” he said, sipping a single espresso at a Morningside Heights bakery near his Harlem apartment, where he lives with his wife, Kenyatta, and their young son. What Read More
Small Attempts At Big Questions
Can we just let NY1’s Pat Kiernan live? Fareed Zakaria apparently can’t, at least not with all these haters. Neither can a food journalist upset over food journalists dictating the world’s food fads, as she dictates a food fad. But at least New York Post staffers have reason to celebrate (because the Post will let them do so, in the paper). These are your Tuesday Morning Media Briefs:
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David Carr used his Media Equation column this week to ask: What is Yahoo? pegged to the new appointment of former Google-r Marissa Meyer in the company’s top spot. It’s a funny column (“After five minutes of listening to [former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz] I still had no idea.”) and an even better question. So: What in the way of answers?
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson spoke at SXSW in Austin, Tex. yesterday, further proof of her tolerance for meta-media spectacles previously hinted at by appearances at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Iowa caucuses.
Ms. Abramson, well within her area of expertise, appeared in a conversation about “The Future of the New York Times” with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith.
Less than a year after her predecessor, Bill Keller, wondered aloud in the Times magazine if Twitter was making us stupid, Ms. Abramson said that the real question was whether or not to break news on Twitter without a story to link to. Some of her political reporters wanted to “issue an edict” against it, but she’s not ideological about it. She’d seen on the campaign trail that Twitter was a “revolution” for news gathering.
This weekend’s biggest Internet news involves The Curator’s Code, a new system “for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, the celebrated norm.” It involves using neat little symbols to demonstrate “hat tips” and “via” links. This way, everyone on the Internet will be rewarded for their hard work/finding that cat video before anyone else.