“See, things that used to be "conservative" ideas, like cap and trade or Obamacare or monetary stimulus, have become "liberal" ones, all while conservatives themselves have moved further and further right. That’s what happens when you view negotiation of any kind as an ideological betrayal — you abandon your ideology. You stop being the party of markets, and become the party of whatever-the-Democrats-are-against (and your donors are for).”—Everything You Need to Know About Politics Today, in 2 Paragraphs
“Silver says he does not get on well with political reporters but is friends with media entrepreneurs such as Gawker’s Denton and Andrew Sullivan, the prominent blogger. His generation shares that entrepreneurial ambition, he says. “It used to be that you would idolise the guy who graduated at the top of his class from Harvard, and now you idolise the guy who drops out of Harvard to run a business,” he smiles.”—Nate Silver: Big data’s biggest figure - FT.com (via brooklynmutt)
A quick story about Cleveland: When the nation was jolted earlier this year by the news that three women who went missing and were presumed dead had instead been kidnapped by the monster Ariel Castro and were now remarkably freed, I was asked to produce a wrap-up piece for the Daily News in Philadelphia. I had never heard of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus or Michelle Knight before the rescue, and I assumed that their disappearance had been ignored in the media.
But on a local level, that wasn’t true — for two of the women, Berry and DeJesus, their disappearance in a grim, forgotten urban wasteland was kept alive for years by reporters and columnists from the Plain Dealer writing repeatedly about the cases. In the clips, you sensed that the journalists were more aggressive at times than the authorities. I was jarred by one fact — that someone (presumably Castro) had used Berry’s cell phone to call her mother and say she was safe a week later, a call that was initially dismissed as a hoax and not confirmed by the FBI until seven months later, when the trail had grown cold. I learned that by reading the clip in the Plain Dealer, which was all over the story. When Berry finally broke free in May, she told her rescuers,"Help me, I’m Amanda Berry.”
In a city with an active and engaged news media, she knew those words would mean something. In the future, in Cleveland, I’m not so sure.
It’s IPA Day! While we’re of the belief that every day is IPA Day - after all, it’s the most popular craft beer style in the United States - today is a day to celebrate the hoppy goodness of beer. It also marks the end of our 15-day IPA fast, which went off without a hitch (unless you consider drinking an imperial stout on a 95-degree day a hitch).
“Facebook and Twitter are changing the way we mourn—rescuing America from a world where grief was largely silenced and creating, instead, a kind of public space for it.”—Meghan O’Rourke writes about NPR’s Scott Simon’s live-tweets during his mother’s final days and how social media is changing the way we mourn: http://nyr.kr/12Giji6 (via newyorker)
“That Manning was convicted of computer fraud seems to suggest that using wget on a U.S. government computer to download large numbers of files can be considered the digital equivalent of trespassing – even if it’s on turf you’re otherwise allowed to access.”—The Washington Post’s Max Fisher, discussing Wget, a basic piece of software that allows for quick scraping of web pages. “Its function is roughly equivalent to right-clicking something on your Web browser and then hitting ‘save to desktop,’” Fisher explains. It’s what Manning used. It got him convicted of computer fraud. (via shortformblog)
“[I]f you’re the editor of a traditional editorial or op-ed page, you want the digital space to light up with every opinion you publish. More specifically, you want the conversation about the merits of the idea to light up. But often, the conversation is instead about the validity of the voice. More transparency and more information would shift that conversation from the speaker to the idea.”—Why there’s a need for more transparency & context in op-eds | Poynter. (via onaissues)
Spot on. The idea is that everyone’s opinion can form a meaningful conversation. Traditional op-ed pages weigh the writer more than the message.
“I’ll be perfectly honest — I’m thrilled at the response that people have had to the interview. You can’t buy this kind of publicity.”—Author and scholar Reza Aslan • Discussing the success his mind-boggling interview with Fox News has had in expanding the audience for his book, “Zealot.” Aslan admitted that he knew what he was in for before the interview, having read a piece by Fox News columnist John S. Dickerson published earlier in the week, which had the side effect of surfacing some negative reaction. The result? Aslan was ready for his clueless interviewer, though he probably didn’t know the clip would reach as many people as it did. (Side note: Slate totally called that.)
“What you do at lunch can either make or break the rest of the day.”
“I try really hard to make it outside for a healthy, sun-filled break on our gorgeous campus. I take in the rays and enjoy the few minutes of reflection to balance me out and prepare me for tackling my usually jam-packed afternoon.”
Damn you, Fast Company. Now I will have to think long and hard about what I want out of my lunch hour.
The Emmys were the most prominent marker of change, but hardly the only one, in a week full of headlines about what TV is becoming. It’s not their first foray, but if Apple and Google move further into the television space, they are sure to collide with not only traditional players, but Netflix, Amazon, Sony and Intel. And Aereo, which so far is a small but persistent player backed by Barry Diller, won another court victory for its plan to totally upend broadcast networks, by streaming their content without compensating them.
Meanwhile, what were the traditional television players up to? Squabbling yet again over retransmission fees, with a standoff between CBS and Time Warner Cable that could set off a blackout, driving audiences to other ways of viewing. The only constant was steady price hikes on cable bills.
Said another way: the incumbents aren’t just fiddling while Rome burns, they’re playing with matches…
Also, a nice tidbit from David Bianculli, a professor at Rowan University:
“It took HBO 25 years to get its first Emmy nomination; it took Netflix six months,” he said. In that sense, Netflix is more like Pixar than Hulu, showing that a Silicon Valley company could produce creative, successful programming.