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August 19, 2013
Vice was once a humble magazine about doing heroin and having sex (on heroin). Now, Vice is a global multimedia company, partly owned by Fox, valued at $1.4 billion. Vice is so successful that it no longer needs to exist.

On Friday, news broke that 21st Century Fox, which was recently spun off from News Corp, is sinking $70 million into Vice for a 5% stake in the company. That means the notional value of Vice as a whole is $1.4 billion. That means that Vice is worth about six times as much as the Washington Post, and just a wee bit less than the New York Times. If there was any doubt left, the counterculture has now become the establishment. There is now only one degree of separation between Rupert Murdoch and “The Meth-Fueled, Weeklong Orgies Ravaging London’s Gay-Sex Party Scene.”

Hamilton Nolan, Gawker. The Revolution Will Not Be Vice. (via futurejournalismproject)

Excuse me while I cry for the future of journalism. Vice has done some great stuff over the years, don’t get me wrong, but that comparison is stark. The reason it’s stark is because it shows how far newspapers have fallen just as much as it shows how far Vice as risen.

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13:56 // 8 months ago
July 9, 2013
17:33 // 9 months ago
June 27, 2013
Some of the most successful recent start-ups are basically ersatz tabloid journalism,” Robert Thomson, the chief of the new publishing division, which will retain the News Corp name, told FT. “If we can’t do it better than they can, then we’re not as good as we think we are.
News Corp to take on BuzzFeed

Pretty sure “ersatz tabloid journalism” is like “artisanal Fox News,” if you think about it. 
17:13 // 9 months ago
May 27, 2013
I would have remembered getting a fax from the Justice Department. These are not the kinds of things that happen every day.
Lawrence A. Jacobs, former News Corp chief legal officer • Denying a Wall Street Journal report, which claimed the Justice Department notified News Corp that it had seized James Rosen’s phone records, during an interview with the New York Times. News Corp officials also claim that a review of their official records turns up no mention of the investigation. source
18:43 // 11 months ago
May 26, 2013
13:45 // 11 months ago
March 4, 2013
new:

Rupert Murdoch is on Tumblr. For real.

He’s not really a Tumblr user until he reblogs that Marina Abramović gifset that’s popped on our dashboard a dozen times in the past twelve hours.

new:

Rupert Murdoch is on Tumblr. For real.

He’s not really a Tumblr user until he reblogs that Marina Abramović gifset that’s popped on our dashboard a dozen times in the past twelve hours.

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15:07 // 1 year ago
December 3, 2012
thisistheverge:

First iPad-only newspaper ‘The Daily’ shutting down on December 15th

:( A real heartbreaker. As you guys might know, some of SFB’s staff worked for The Daily until a recent round of layoffs. (I also did a piece for the publication a while back.) Peter, who you might know as BrooklynMutt, also worked on it. They also ran one of the best big-media Tumblrs. It was a great publication with solid design and a forward-looking approach — a real trailblazer. Its death is all-around sad. — Ernie @ SFB

thisistheverge:

First iPad-only newspaper ‘The Daily’ shutting down on December 15th

:( A real heartbreaker. As you guys might know, some of SFB’s staff worked for The Daily until a recent round of layoffs. (I also did a piece for the publication a while back.) Peter, who you might know as BrooklynMutt, also worked on it. They also ran one of the best big-media Tumblrs. It was a great publication with solid design and a forward-looking approach — a real trailblazer. Its death is all-around sad. — Ernie @ SFB

9:07 // 1 year ago
October 21, 2012
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10:53 // 1 year ago