The Truthiness Of Buzzfeed

So many questions unanswered about Diane. In 15 minutes I will post the photo and hopefully we can resolve all this — elan gale (@theyearofelan) December 3, 2013 Here is Diana sitting in a chair pic.twitter.com/OE5q7j8dhr — elan gale (@theyearofelan) December 3, 2013 Whoops. Meant Diane. Great time for a typo — elan gale (@theyearofelan) … Continue reading The Truthiness Of Buzzfeed

Vengeance Of The Nerds, Ctd

RT @Sargon_of_Akkad: @SabrinaLianne Here’s that montage of the ladies of #GamerGate and #NotYourShield pic.twitter.com/t1n2Nr2kwh — NotYourShieldProject (@NotYourShield) October 16, 2014 A few readers provide key counterpoints to the controversy: Your latest post presents only one side of a very complex, many-sided argument and unfortunately perpetuates the narrative that #GamerGate is mostly a reactionary, misogynistic movement. Please understand that … Continue reading Vengeance Of The Nerds, Ctd

I’m Not Sure There’s a Workable Path for Professional Online Writers

by Freddie deBoer So it won’t surprise anybody to learn that I really, really don’t like Buzzfeed. Sometimes, when I consider the Buzzfeed phenomenon, I think I’m living in some sort of fictional satirical world where Buzzfeed is a symbol of how far media can fall. It’s like living in a Douglas Copeland novel. Buzzfeed’s … Continue reading I’m Not Sure There’s a Workable Path for Professional Online Writers

Other Voices, Other Points, On Becker

I’m done venting. Promise. For a sane and reality-based short history of the marriage equality movement, check out this Buzzfeed piece from a year ago by Chris Geidner, the best reporter on gay politics online. For a more objective take on Becker, here’s a very solid, informed critique by Adam Teicholz. He helps you see … Continue reading Other Voices, Other Points, On Becker

A Sign Of The Times, Ctd

A reader testifies to the local impact of national news brands going the way of sponsored content: I work at a newspaper in flyover country, and Wolff’s column on the NYTimes’ embrace of “low advertising” hit me like a brick. Not that my organization has anything resembling the cachet of the Times – far from … Continue reading A Sign Of The Times, Ctd

The Rise Of The Anti-Ads

Adam Corner traces how advertizing agencies co-opted anti-consumerism and irony to create more effective copy. He writes, “It seems almost quaint, now that popular culture is riddled with knowing, self-referential nods to itself, but the aim of advertising used to be straightforward: to associate a product in a literal and direct way with positive images … Continue reading The Rise Of The Anti-Ads

Mike Allen, Busted

Dish readers know what I think of “native advertizing” and “sponsored content.” If it’s an advertorial, just call it and clearly label it an advertorial! Full disclosure and transparency are essential. The rest is whoredom, not journalism. When a journalist becomes a copy-writer for big advertisers giving him or his publication money, and does not … Continue reading Mike Allen, Busted

What’s A Bisexual Anyway?

Jun 14, 2013 @ 12:03pm A reader writes: Thanks for pointing out that LGBT as an acronym refers to so much that it refers to nothing. And I totally do think that there are a large number of “closeted bisexuals” out there, if you define “bisexuality” as anyone who has had a same-sex experience and … Continue reading What’s A Bisexual Anyway?