New York Times trendz
The New York Times is on it. Seriously. When not floating out trend stories about this
I mean, but come on…they are only baby teeth. Though in the end, this story is all sound and fury, signifying nothing:
The study, carried out in Sweden, could not prove that the pacifiers laden with parents’ saliva Read More
“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap,” Dolly Parton famously said. Well, nowhere is that more true than in Hipster Brooklyn, a magical land that The New York Times seemingly “discovers” once every five weeks. In today’s Style section, the Times sent intrepid middle-aged Manhattanite reporter Henry Alford to Williamsburg to live like the locals do (which, coincidentally, is also the way one would live if one were living one’s life according to trend stories in the Times Style section).
So how much did Mr. Alford’s long weekend of living the artisanal life actually cost the newspaper, which confirmed that it covered Mr. Alford’s expenses but, citing policy, declined to share costs?
New York Times is Not on it
Ach, we really thought The New York Times was finally starting to get the picture with its April 28th piece, “Turning the Tables on the News Media Tease.” In it, Noam Cohen finally acknowledged the Twitter feed @NYTOnIt as being “prompted when a trend article from The New York Times seems too obvious or too generic.” Examples given in the article included “the arrival of fall, the use of staplers, and how night stands are becoming more crowded.”
Point duly noted, the Times seemed to be saying in this piece, showing that it was not above poking fun of its history of non-trend trend stories. But it turns out that the Grey Lady was merely blowing her media audience a raspberry, as Thursday’s Style section cover story is about…one man’s observations about Williamsburg. No, no catch, no angle: Just one guy, checking out the ‘burg to see what the big deal is and trying to blend in with the natives at Roberta’s. (Which still counts as Williamsburg, you know, metaphysically.) And yes, it’s supposed to be funny, which is probably the saddest part about this sad attempt that begins with–wait for it–the title:
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Last week was quite a whirlwind for New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter. Top of The Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, his look at the world of morning television, hit shelves, and Mr. Stelter found himself in the potentially awkward situation of appearing as a guest on morning shows to talk about a book about morning shows.
At press time, Mr. Stelter had done around 20 media appearances, with more scheduled. He was on Morning Edition, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN’s Early Start, Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition. Revelations were sprinkled throughout the tabloids and on the cover of Us Weekly, which featured a smiling photo of Ann Curry in a yellow cardigan, arms defiantly resting on her hips, with the headline “Stabbed in the Back: They called her ‘Big Bird’ and plotted to get rid of her. How Ann Curry’s coworkers tortured her and why she won’t forgive Matt Lauer.”
The New York Times has a very good, very important story today about parents who don’t diaper their children and let them urinate/defecate wherever they want because of the environment, but also because it allows one to be in touch their child’s “elimination communications.” We’re trying to refrain from judgement, but shouldn’t parents be doing the communicating about where its appropriate to go pee-pee, since they know language and don’t have a soft spot on their skull?
This item was full of gems, most notably the ending:
Still, even the most ardent practitioners observe some limits. “I don’t think you can walk down Fifth Avenue and just let your baby poop on the sidewalk,” [some lady] said.
This essay has caused a veritable–excuse our punnery–shitstorm on the web that the Times‘ commenting section alone is worth the read. Here are just a choice few of our favorites.
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
Back from Whence they came
To be young is to believe wholeheartedly in certain rosy, soothing illusions—that age, infirmity and death will never come to call, that divorce and the suburbs are fates that only befall other people. And yet, we will all know illness, we will all die and many, though not all of us, will move to the suburbs.
Young families have been moving to the suburbs for as long as there have been young families and suburbs. That many of the young families moving to New York suburbs should be Brooklynites, and that many of them should fancy themselves “creative types” and that they, like their parents and grandparents before them, should believe themselves capable of bringing their superior sensibilities to the land of compromises and comfort should come as no surprise. See: Revolutionary Road.
And yet, the New York Times has seen fit to print yet another style section feature on the suburban exodus of Brooklynites called, what else, “Creating Hipsturbia.” After all, “Williamsburg on the Hudson” ran way back in August 2011.
Today is the deadline for newsroom buyouts at The New York Times. So far, two more have accepted the deal.
Update (1:37 p.m.): Assistant managing editor Jim Roberts announced via his Twitter feed that he is leaving the Times. We don’t know whether he has taken the buyout.
Original Post: Terry Schwadron, head of news operations, has decided to take the Times buyout, a source tells us. The announcement went out in an email to the newsroom this morning.
Classical music editor for The New York Times James Oestreich has accepted the paper’s buyout and will retire at the end of the month from the New York Times. The departure, which was reported by Slipped Disc, a music blog, comes just one day before the buyout deadline.
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The January 24 buyout deadline for Times employees is upon us, and so far only a small handful of journalists has decided to leave the Gray Lady voluntarily.
Managing editor John Geddes, who noted in his departure memo that he had served under four executive editors, announced that he was taking the buyout, though he was unclear on his future plans.