The Daily Beast
is the latest venture from Tina Brown
. (mis)Named after the newspaper in Evelyn Waugh's
(awesome) novel Scoop, the site is a mixture of original journalism and curated links from around the web, and of middle and low brow. Already it's attracted attention for both a (previously spiked) feature on Jennifer Lopez
and for its logo, which some allege is remarkably familar
. Reviews have been so so
, but its stated aim to "sift
, and curate
" finally allows us to get the best of the web...
posted by Hartster
on Oct 13, 2008 -
…if you are the single newspaper in San Francisco or Kansas City or St. Louis, you are just highly constrained about how rigorous you can be in the accuracy of your reporting. Because the whole model is: You are appealing to everybody. Because the whole model is: You are appealing to everybody. … That's why the existence of an independent media sector is so important.
Talking Points Memo
is one of the more notable successes in independent journalism and using blogs as a format for journalism. It has broken at least a couple of stories that got picked up by the mainstream press: The Duke Cunningham
bribery scandal, and the U.S. Attorneys firing scandal
. It's grown from being a one-man shop in 2000
to a staff of ten today.
Josh Marshall talks about how it came to be
posted by adamrice
on Oct 7, 2008 -
When I was growing up, I did not dress up as a nun for Halloween. When I was a young, impressionable Catholic school girl, I did not secretly (or otherwise) pine for the veils, habits, odd religious names, and overall mystique of the nuns who taught me. The whole “nun” thing kind of snuck up on me when I wasn’t paying much attention. A Nun's Life
is the eclectic personal blog of Sister Julie
, a Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
and a Star Wars fangirl
posted by amyms
on Oct 4, 2008 -
NPR's On The Media
presents a short set of pieces about comments on news websites and the challenges of "digital democracy," with discussion from Ira Glass
about responses to a show about teenage runaways, and New Republic editor and critic Lee Siegel
, who posted anonymously to respond insultingly to comments on his own blog. And a Roanoke newspaper editor
discusses how one paper sees the integration of comments into online news sites and whether it's a valuable reader service. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Jul 27, 2008 -
Slangin' Liquor in the Hood
From the site:
A look into the everyday dealings of a 34 year old liquor store owner and his crew in the "hood." Gangs, trailer parks, alcoholics, methheads, crack heads (yeah they still exist)....I read somewhere that this profession makes the top 5 regularly among the most dangerous jobs. But me, I ain't scurred. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice
on Jun 18, 2008 -
British Literature Blogs
is the brainchild of six British literary bloggers. Each working hard at bringing readers to forgotten or overlooked books, our BritLitBloggers decided that combining their latest blog entries together in one place would highlight the breadth and depth of British literary blogging.
posted by Fizz
on Jun 2, 2008 -
How to ruin a joke.
A concise and surprisingly astute explanation of how referential humor works on the web and why it kinda sucks. (Warning: somethingawful.com)
posted by es_de_bah
on May 25, 2008 -
: He looks up at me and the bargaining begins. "If I eat two peas is that enough?" I am used to him starting the bids low. "Now Fred there are only seven peas on your plate, can't you just eat them? ". He then starts to turn pale. He slumps down into his chair and fiddles with his cutlery, accidentally on purpose knocking them onto the floor to create a diversion.
Can one determined woman turn Freddie into a vegetable lover
posted by bigmusic
on Apr 26, 2008 -
Need money? Have a blog? Well, your troubles may be over: "Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering." Of course, if you don't want to play along, there are other ways to make your blog useful:
Hacking the site and subtly changing the messages and data—merely a few words or phrases—may be sufficient to begin destroying the blogger’s credibility with the audience.... If the messages are subtly tweaked and the data corrupted in the right way, the enemy may reason that the blogger in question has betrayed them and... take down the site (and the blogger) themselves....
Who might you be interested in "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers"?
Oh, the US military.
posted by orthogonality
on Apr 5, 2008 -