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Archives: December 2005

Jewish hipsters: the new bubble

menorah.jpgLos Angeles is home to many bubbles: the real estate bubble, of course, but also the jeans bubble, the smoothie bubble, the media blog bubble, and, I would argue, perhaps a smarmy self-contentment bubble. Anyway, for all you bubble watchers out there, here’s a new one to look out for: hipster jews. From The Jewish Week:

No sooner had Hip Judaism’s bold and brassy dance parties, T-shirts, magazines, concerts, comedy shows, blogs, and open mics attracted widescale attention in the media and pop culture — “Jews have all the fun,” declared Katherine Pushkar in Saturday’s New York Post — than the inevitable backlash set in.

Although it’s worth noting that LA might be pre-bubble on this issue, since a quick glance at the Jewish Journal will tell you that here in SoCal, Jewish square trumps Jewish hip. So who knows if we’re even ready for a backlash.

Anyway, something to ponder/kvetch about.

LAT falls for internet prank

Let’s face it. It’s easy to get fooled on the internet. Just today, for instance, I’ve sent $23,000 to a bank in Nigeria and thought I found my beshert on JDate.com until she turned out to be a man, and, to boot, a shiksa. (Still puzzling that one out.) Of course, I’m not a newspaper, so when I fall for an internet hoax, it isn’t news. Not so for the LAT, which recently printed a quote from a fake press release in a front-page story. From the AP (via Breitbart.com):

Dec 28 7:05 PM US/Eastern

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. – A quote in a fake news release that was intended as an April Fool’s joke ended up in a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times. The story in Tuesday’s editions of the Times noted how successful the reintroduction of wolves had been 10 years ago, but said the predators remained controversial.

“In Wyoming, for example, Gov. Dave Freudenthal last April decreed that the Endangered Species Act is no longer in force and that the state ‘now considers the wolf as a federal dog,’ unworthy of protection,” the story read.

The Times printed a correction Wednesday, acknowledging that the news release was a hoax.

“The reporter saw it on the Internet and had talked with the governor in the past, so she was familiar enough with the way he talks and writes that she thought it sounded authentic, and she didn’t check, which she should have,” Times Deputy Metro Editor David Lauter told the Casper Star Tribune.

“We hate when this kind of thing happens, and we correct it as quickly as we can,” Lauter said.

The fake press release was put together by Maury Jones, an outfitter in the community of Afton, as a joke for April Fool’s Day.

“I never thought I’d get this kind of reaction,” he said. “But it’s got some legs.”

By the way, I hear there’s going to be an ‘Enlarge Your Penis Naturally’ feature in the LAT Health section next week.

Sly down for the count, again

stallone.jpgMy bowl-mate Claude has covered the recent epic media battle between Sylvester Stallone and the shoe fetishists below. But since I’m a footnotey kind of guy, I’m going to add a footnote. (Shoe fetishists? Footnote? Get it? Sorry.) American Media trainspotters will note that Sly, the magazine aimed at those who covet and want to know more about the lifestyle of you-know-who, was aborted after a three-issue test run, and then re-launched for a fourth go-around. But it seems like that’s it for the title. An AMI spokesman stated that: “The last issue is on the newsstand and there will be no additional issues.”

Too bad– I was dusting off my ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ fan fiction.

LAT in 90 seconds: FishbowlLA-is-grumpy edition

- Someone is asking Pasadena churches to pray for a rain-less Rose Parade. Someone should look up ‘paganism’ in the dictionary.

- Kissing: harder than it looks. Can’t wait until Howard Leff writes about getting to second base.

- Boycott of ‘Fun With Dick And Jane’ urged. Right, because screwball comedies have to be ideologically sound to be enjoyable.

Media Minutiae, There’s Always Times Square Edition

  • Putting a dent on New Year’s: Sacre bleu – smokin’ hot geek of the year Nick Denton has had to cancel his New Year’s party. What? No free-flowing champagne and stalker’s-eye view of Balthazar? Damn. Never mind that he lives so close to the rice pudding place. [WWD]

  • “New Jersey: Wrap Your Legs ‘Round These Velvet Rims and Strap Your Hands ‘Cross Our Engines!”Apparently, New Jersey needs a new slogan. Alternatives include “New Jersey: We Give Love A Bad Name” and “New Jersey: Start Spreadin’ The…” oops. Point being, Bruce, Frank, and Jon Bon Jovi. What more do they need to say? [NYT]
  • Beth Ostrosky loves dogs, not unlike Slate readers: The “leggy squeeze” of Howard Stern poses with schnoogies in her 2006 calendar, which Slate readers are expected to buy up in droves. Oh, come on. Schnoogie! It’s only one of the most popular words of ’05! [NYDN]
  • Oh, fine…yes, goddamn it, we’ll still need you: Big profile on Jann Wenner in the NYT Sunday! He’s gonna be 60! Rolling Stone is gonna be 1,000! Sorry for not writing on it sooner, but I just find that this guy gets a lot of ink. Aren’t there any other super-fastidious Brownridge-losing Min-exasperating Men’s-Journal-running telegenic-journalist-seeking quasi-Napoleonic party animals out there? Oh. [NYT]

O inspiration, where art thou?

An astute observation from the “Fake Fact of the Day” site:

Critics are often flummoxed in writing their columns this time of year, unable to find a hook.

Indeed.

Media Web’s 2005 awards [MarketWatch]
114 Magazine Industry Predictions for 2006 [Folio]
2005: A (Somewhat) Comprehensive Look at a (Not-So) Surprising Year in Magazines [Folio]
Slate’s 10 Most Popular Articles of ’05 [Slate]
Media Guy’s 10 Most Pathetic Media Meltdowns of 2005 [AdAge]
The Year in Politics [Salon]
Sneak Peek: 2006 Media Predictions [Forbes]
2005′s 10 Sexiest Geeks [Wired]
The Year in Sports [Salon]
The 10 Best Movies of 2005 [Salon]
Best of 2005: Entertainers of the Year [EW]
2005: Boob Tube at Its Worst [NYDN]
Business: Winners & Losers 2005 [NYDN]
2005 Stories of the Year [InTouch]
2005: The Ratings [TVNewser]
Top 10 Newspaper Industry Stories of 2005 [E&P]
Crunk ’05: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections [RTE]
Top 50 Albums of 2005 [Pitchfork]
2005 Jossip Awards [Jossip]
Film Critics’ Poll 2005 [Village Voice]
The Year in HuffPo Blog Posts [HuffPo]
The Ten Best Top-Ten Lists [AlterNet]

UPDATE: Nora Ephron’s strudel on HuffPo and the NYT

Yesterday Nora Ephron had a lovely, lovely op-ed piece in the New York Times on food as memory, the small moments of goodness that are to be appreciated in life, and why Hungarians are about more than just goulash. I will use her words to describe it: “simultaneously sweet, savory and completely unexpected, like all good things” (now I will use my word to describe it: strudelicious!). It’s an evocative, funny read (with a major meow moment to her first husband Dan Greenburg, whom she apparently did not get a book and movie out of). The NYT readership approves: it is currenly sitting proudly at #4 on MEL.

Here’s where Fishbowl comes in: yesterday I got a tip that the op-ed was posted on HuffPo, on its very day of publication. I’d seen double-posting before on HuffPo; I knew Jay Rosen often posted new PressThink entries on HuffPo, and I recalled the same about David Corn. With Ephron, though, my eyebrow arched; it wasn’t her own website but a customer paying for content. Hm.

It is at this point, dear reader, that I goofed. Because after reading the piece on the NYT site, I clicked over to HuffPo to see if it was indeed there; a quick glance down the left-hand side revealed that, yes, Ephron’s post was indeed up, complete with the opening sentences as teaser. I didn’t bother clicking through.

If I had clicked through, though, what would I have seen? Find out after the jump, where all mysteries are revealed.

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Cool hand & Mr. Hand

…is the winner of the FishbowlLA Film Story Headline of the Day contest. 000008482_CoolHandLuke1X.gif

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Well done, Boston Globe.

A nice use of “our time.”

Oh-please-oh-please bring back “Thicke of the Night”

Fox Broadcasting apparently has tipped the tiniest of toes into the shallowest of late night television pools: It’s hired a guy named Todd Yasui to oversee, maybe – possibly – don’t hold us to anything – a return to late night TV. alanth10.jpg

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Yasui used to work on “Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” and the doomed Magic Johnson talk show (anyone remember “The Magic Hour”?)

Personally, we just want to see Alan Thicke on TV again. Is that so wrong?

Sole survivor: Stallone in Pyrrhic victory over shoe fetish website

A federal judge in New York has tossed out a million dollar copyright infringement suit filed by a foot fetish website against Sylvester Stallone‘s magazine, Sly.bigpic_fishbowl.jpg

The website, slymagazine.com, had filed suit against Stallone’s lifestyle and fitness magazine for men over 40 alleging the similarity in name would confuse members.
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Sadly, a spokeswoman for “Sly’s” owner American Media – no doubt wearing (pant, pant) cruel, six-inch spiked (pant, pant) patent leather heels showing lots of toe cleavage – (ahem) said that “The last issue is on the newsstand and there will be no additional issues.”

We’ll let you be the judge: Slymagazine.com vs. Sly’s magazine.

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