It was a stupid thing to do and incredibly lazy and absolutely wrong.New Yorker blogger and author Jonah Lehrer • Apologizing for duplicating his material on his New Yorker blog from multiple other sources, including a post called “Why Smart People Are Stupid,” a recent post of his that went viral, which discussed why otherwise intelligent people make stupid mistakes. Spot the irony, folks.
(Source: The New York Times)
Newspapers are kind of dreary, depressed places. I would go the penniless Web route to get practice. You can enter the mainstream so much quicker there.New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell • Suggesting, during a lecture at Yale, that writers should work for free online to get practice, rather than at newspapers. Gladwell, who once worked at the Washington Post, said that while he had good experiences there, he ultimately felt that newspapers’ lack of profitability makes them less desirable in this regard. How many writers or journalists out there would be willing to take this advice — or are at this very moment? (ht Poynter)
… in the blink of an eye my worry changes from ‘will there still be this hype when I get back’ to ‘Oh shit I just inspired a widespread movement of people who are dedicated to the downfall of my mom.’Odd Future rapper Thebe “Earl Sweatshirt” Kgositsile • Indirectly asking the world to lay off his mom, who has been blamed for the rapper’s diminished role in the group just as they’ve become the year’s biggest musical hype monster. The New Yorker’s Kelefa Sanneh wrote a huge piece on the 16-year-old rapper which isn’t available online (unless you have an iPad with a New Yorker app). But suffice it to say from the sample given here shows that things aren’t what they seem in Internetville. His departure wasn’t involuntary, and there is no need to “Free Earl.” “The only thing I need as of right now is space,” he writes. “I’ve still got work to do and don’t need the additional stress of fearing for my family’s physical well-being.” source (via • follow)
OK, some more research on this AOL thang. Partly spurred by the fact that someone on Reddit claimed that the article said “profits” instead of “revenue,” we’ve been doing some more on the exact phrasing used in the article and elsewhere. We grabbed a copy from The New Yorker’s iPad app (we even paid money for it!) for comparison’s sake with the abstract. Here’s what we found:
» What this could mean: Our money is on the “profits” one possibly being correct, but the “revenue” one being wrong. Why’s this? Well, AOL’s hiring 40 journalists a week right now, but the dial-up service probably costs them very little to keep up. They’ve laid off a lot of old-guarders who used to work on the dial-up product and they’re not really expanding it. Instead, they’re paying tons of people to work on Patch, Spinner, AOL News,
Fanhouse The Sporting News, etc. They may be making more in revenues from the advertising side, but most of that is being spent on this massive content monster they’ve created. The New Yorker has at least one fact wrong here. Possibly two if the “profits” one is also wrong. (Disclosure for disclosure’s sake: I’ve freelanced for AOL News before but haven’t written anything for them in about five months.)