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‘Selfie’ is The Word of The Year

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Well, you’ve done it, Internet. The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary have unanimously — unanimously — selected “selfie” as 2013′s word of the year. A selfie is a self portrait posted online or on a social network. Taking a selfie involves about 17 different levels of narcissism.

Selfie beat out other terrible words for the honor, such as “twerk” and “bitcoin.” Publishing a photo of yourself and having strangers fill the hole in your soul where self-esteem should be has escalated so much in the past year that Oxford had no choice. According to experts, use of the word “selfie” has jumped by 17,000 percent since 2012.

“The decision was unanimous this year, with little if any argument,” explained the dictionary’s editors. “This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start.”

There you have it. Pat yourselves on the back, Internet nerds. Your constant need for approval has reshaped the dictionary.

See below for a list of other words that selfie beat.

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Go from Manuscript to Published eBook in Three Weeks

Self-Publishing Intensive

In Mediabistro’s Self-Publishing Intensive, kicking off December 5th, aspiring authors will be able to transform their manuscript into a published eBook over the course of the three-week class.

Each week will feature live webcasts led by industry experts including Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, and New York Times bestselling author Melody Anne, among others. Webcast topics include setting up your author platform, pitching and budgeting, and reviewing your manuscript. View all webcast speakers here.

Through the online class portal, students will have the opportunity to participate in discussion forums, ask questions, post comments, and interact with other students. In addition to the weekly live sessions, Self-Publishing Intensive registrants can get individual feedback from class leaders, review archived sessions, and work on small group assignments to help sharpen newly-acquired skills. View the full agenda here.

Become a published eBook author – Register Now!

 

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

New York’s The Cut Adds Beauty Editor

Kathleen Hou has been named beauty editor of New York’s fashion/lifestyle blog The Cut. Hou will oversee all trend pieces, news, and product reviews that fall under the beauty umbrella.

Hou was most recently the beauty and wellness editor at The Upswing. She was also a fashion and beauty contributor to Fashionista.com.

Hou’s appointment is effective immediately.

NY Times Correction of The Day: Super Mario Bros.

The New York Times has issued a Super Mario Bros. correction:

An obituary on Sept. 20 about Hiroshi Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo, included a quotation from a 1988 New York Times article that inaccurately described the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. 2. The brothers Mario and Luigi, who appear in this and other Nintendo games, are plumbers, not janitors.

The pixelated brothers, though nonplussed, have accepted the apology. Bowser had no comment.

The Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for The Week

ArtBellLogoHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY stories that made the most buzz this week.

1) Art Bell Returns to the Radio Airwaves

2) Wired in Running for Correction of The Year

3) Oklahoma State Fans Slightly Upset with Sports Illustrated Writer Thayer Evans

4) Changes Come to The New Yorker

5) The New-York Daily Times Debuted 162 Years Ago Today

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It’s Official: AllThingsD and Dow Jones Part Ways

It’s official: AllThingsD and Dow Jones are done. According to a statement just released by Gerard Baker, editor of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, AllThingsD and Dow Jones will not sign a contract extension. In the memo, the move is billed as “a mutual separation.”

We first heard rumblings that Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg — the founders of AllThingsD — were trying to find investors that might be interested in buying a stake in the site late last month. To that end, Fortune is reporting that there are talks underway with Comcast and NBC Universal.

The separation of AllThingsD and Dow Jones also means the end of Mossberg’s tenure at The Wall Street Journal. He had been with the paper since 1970.

Read Baker’s full memo below.

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Oxford Dictionary Adds ‘Jorts,’ ‘Twerk,’ ‘Selfie’ and More

The Oxford Dictionaries Online — the rad, sunglass-wearing bro of the Oxford English Dictionary — has added a bunch of words that are guaranteed to frustrate some people.

Here’s a brief look at some words that were added:

  • Twerk
  • Derp
  • Food Baby
  • Jorts
  • Squee
  • Buzzworthy
  • Bitcoin
  • Vom
  • Srsly
  • Emoji

Most of those are ridiculous and will likely be forgotten soon, so don’t get worked up about it. And hey, why not congratulate your uncle? You know, the one that lives in the van by the river? He’ll be happy that the jorts he’s been rocking since the late 80s are finally getting some recognition.

Rich Gorman On the Importance of +1’s

Rich Gorman analyses the power of Google’s often overlooked +1  feature and its correlation to SEO.

Social media platforms have always enabled users to show approval of a link or other piece of content posted to a profile. The point of these features was originally to show that a person either had an interest in the content posted or had simply clicked the link and read the content. These actions help to rank the page on search engines for others to find. Online marketing authority Rich Gorman recognizes that likes and approvals communicate to other searchers and social media users that a piece of content is worth their time. Read more

‘Move the Narrative Forward’ with Multimedia

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In today’s professional world, journos need multimedia skills. Whether it’s taking a good picture or shooting video, technical chops can really help you stand out as a job candidate.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, media pros share their advice for keeping things simple when picture-taking or filming:

To be safe, use a tripod to keep the camera steady, and also avoid zooms, pans and other unnecessary filming techniques. “When you’re in those types of situations when you are very shaky and [there are] lots of zooms, it makes the camera very noticeable,” says Charlie Castleman, in-house videographer for esd & associates, a full-service marketing and PR firm based in San Antonio, Texas. “And you shouldn’t have that; you should never know that there’s a camera there. You should be able to watch something and let the story move the narrative forward.”

For more on lighting and audio, read 6 Tips to Help You Take the Perfect Photo or Video.

Sherry Yuan

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