It did not take long for me to turn off Twitter, to shut down Facebook, to ignore NYTimes.com. The Internet can be marvelous—for real-time presidential debate snark or instant updates on the latest Lindsay Lohan trainwreck—but for tragedy, it is entirely too small. I could not bear to watch the reported death toll rise, to see the hand-wringing that came when the press realized it had misidentified the shooter, or to wade through the now-predictable howls for stricter gun control. So I did the natural thing. I turned off my computer, and started watching movies.
I watched Harper, a middling Paul Newman P.I. flick, the ever-delightful Shop Around The Corner and, at my girlfriend’s stern insistence, Love Actually. During the intermissions, I glanced at Twitter for news of the impending R.A. Dickey trade, taking pains to avoid reading about anything of actual importance. For seven or eight hours, Paul Newman chewed gum, Jimmy Stewart sold music boxes, Hugh Grant made puppy dog eyes. And the outside world stayed far outside.
What’s another seven-letter word for premium?
The New York Times is beefing up their social media S.W.A.T. team; one comes from inside the building, the other, ProPublica. A memo from inside the Times, in which we learn what the social media masters at the paper of record need: A great understanding of Reddit.
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Fiona Spruill was on the subway headed to work from her apartment on the Upper West Side when the first plane went in. Web production for The New York Times was her first job after graduating from Duke and she, then 24, had recently been promoted to digital news editor.
By the time she got to the web newsroom, then housed a few blocks from the paper’s historic home on West 43rd Street, it was evident that news was breaking. But the overnight editor and the business editor, the only others in the office, were in a state of confusion. They were seeing things on television, but the reports were unconfirmed, and they conflicted.
Ever notice that the NYTimes.com most-emailed list is slanted toward an older demographic? Maybe because only folks over a certain age—like our Aunt Mabel—still use the email tool. Here’s a quick, annotated guide to what grandma and grandpa thought you might be interested in from NYTimes.com …
An Observation: Aunt Mabel really couldn’t care less Read More
What’s Padma Lakshmi’s favorite part of The New York Times‘ Web site? According to a video of the model-turned-author- turned reality competition hostess, it’s Bill Cunningham’s ‘On the Street’ audio slide shows. (Weirdly, she does not mention the Books section where she might be at risk of running into her ex-husband, Read More
Denise Warren, an advertising chief at The New York Times and a 20-year-veteran at the Times Company, is replacing Vivian Schiller who left for NPR as the general manager of the paper’s Web site.
In addition, publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. announced today that there would be some reshuffling at The Times‘ Web page that will Read More
Yes, yes, newspapers are alive and well for the week (they’re cool!), but don’t think the internet is lagging behind on this one. This was tucked inside Brian Stelter’s story on the election’s impact on the Web today:
The New York Times’s Web site, nytimes.com, saw a record 61.6 million page Read More
Today’s day-after the election issue of The New York Times—the one with the OBAMA banner headline that the paper’s masthead decided on after consulting some of its readers—is selling out fast. (Need proof: Check out this photo from Gawker.)
The paper’s spokeswman, Catherine Mathis, has told us that the paper is Read More
Janet Robinson said this morning on a conference call with investors that nytimes.com had 3 of its 10 best days ever for traffic during the week of Oct. 5. The Web site also recorded three consecutive record-breaking weeks in terms of page views (presumably also during the financial crisis).
She said that "in coming months" Read More