But what the English national papers found is that success is really secured by pandering to the extant prejudices of the readers rather than trying to impress new ones upon them … For rather than there being one paper for one city and that one paper desperately trying to be all things to all men, we had distinct vertical markets based upon political (or social, class based even) viewpoints.
An observation that I can independently verify thanks to my undergrad thesis on the British press in the 1930s (history major in action!).
This article supposes that the future of US journalism will be ideologically-aligned outlets playing to their respective bases, e.g., FOX vs. MSNBC. While some might argue that we have that now (NYT vs. WSJ, or Bill Keller vs. Glenn Greenwald), the argument in this piece is that the leanings of the editorial board knock down the wall between commentary and “objective” news reporting.
I hope there will always be demand for and value in objective reporting.
Focusing on a .500 record or “respectability” while rebuilding is like drinking an O’Doul’s: It’s a half-measure done for appearances’ sake that doesn’t please anyone.
Great piece on how Theo and Jed are rebuilding the Cubs (spoiler alert: they’re likely not contenders until 2018) and how Baseball has changed since my Red Sox reversed the curse in 2004.
Foursquare’s trending searches on St. Pat’s: “Corned Beef,” “Barley,” “Guinness,” and more
Hoping for some St. Patrick’s Day fun, but not willing to leave your plans to the luck of the Irish? We crunched the numbers to find some trending Foursquare searches from last year’s celebrations to inspire you. Check it out!
I’m a sucker for a topical infographic / visualization.
… the truth is that while the emperor that is native advertising might not be naked, he’s almost certainly only wearing a thong. On a typical article two-thirds of people exhibit more than 15 seconds of engagement, on native ad content that plummets to around one-third.
Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile drops knowledge about how online audiences behave, based on his data. This is the most succinct articulation of several trends I’ve been reading about recently.
So, clearly our Oscar Best Picture prediction was incorrect. The regression model is based on a number of factors that, historically, are pretty reliable indicators of how the Academy will vote. But of course math has only so much power to predict what humans will do, and the model does not perfectly explain each historical winner.
We knew this might be the year that the model fell down, given how much less sure it was than in previous years.
Congratulations to 12 Years a Slave, and, as for the model, there’s always next year.
The generation that grew up on BuzzFeed also loves social media but apparently has a short attention span. You won’t find long-form articles on FWx, but brief posts and 15-second videos. The site also will offer plenty of ways for users to contribute and share content via their social networks.