Man behind the blog
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
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:
Small Attempts At Big Questions
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?
off the record
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.
This week’s Village Voice cover story is an installment in an ongoing investigative series The Truth Behind Sex Trafficking, which aims to debunk alarmist and overblown statistics about prostitution.
The article (by Kristen Hinman who was a longtime writer for other VVM publications) posits that underage prostitution does exist, tragically, but it’s largely conducted voluntarily and Read More
off the record
One of the most memorable moments in the New York Times documentary Page One took place in the offices of Vice magazine, when Vice co-founder Shane Smith, while being interviewed by David Carr, compared The New York Times coverage of Liberia with that put out by his own outfit.
“And The New York Times, meanwhile, Read More
In one of the more quotable moments from the documentary Page One, media reporter David Carr refers to his colleague, television reporter Brian Stelter, as “a robot created by The New York Times to destroy me.”
Since then, Mr. Stelter’s been doing damage control on his metallic reputation. He’s escorted CNBC beauty Nicole Lapin down Read More
At the Movies
The Most Exciting Documentary In The Entire History Of The (Navel-Gazing Media Reporting) Universe™, Page One, is coming to a limited-release cinema near you.
And with it, a star is born: New York Times media reporter David Carr.
The Social Network screenwriter, West Wing creator, and Making Movies playwright Aaron Sorkin has taken every available chance to assail bloggers that he’s been given. Incredibly, he’s been given many, and he continues to use them to take the opportunity to reiterate his tired anti-blogger rhetoric time and time again. Yet: his latest swipe—backhanded, sniveling, and skeptical of a proven New York Times reporter if only because of said reporter’s background as a blogger—is especially impressive.