The NYPost is reporting that in the two weeks since Fuller left her multi-million dollar contract with AMI her attempts to start up something with 3i, a global private-equity and venture-capital firm, have come to naught. After appearing in their Park Ave. offices for a few days she has apparently just as quickly disappeared. Perhaps Portfolio will be able to shed some light on the situation, they are reportedly doing a profile on Fuller for next month’s issue.
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What provokes such fury, over Carrie Bradshaw, and — for a flash — over Gould (barring a book deal and TV show that will turn her meanderings into cultural furniture) is that in a media landscape in which there are a severely limited number of spaces for women’s writing voices, the ones that get tapped become necessarily, and deeply inaccurately, emblematic — of their gender, their generation, their profession. More annoying — and twisted — is that those meager spots for women are consistently filled by those willing to expose themselves, visually and emotionally. And not accidentally, by those willing to expose themselves in a way that is comfortable, and often alluring, to many of the men who control the media, and to many of the women who consume it.
We have to remember: There is nothing wrong with women writing about themselves, their youth, their indiscretions, their habits and values and personal development. Men have been writing about this stuff for thousands of years; they call it the canon.
According to the latest E&P online newspaper website traffic report, “April was a kind month” with many of the sites reporting significant increases over this time last year. The NYTs is still riding high as the most visited site, followed by USA Today and WaPo respectively. The Wall St. Journal holds steady in the number five slot, however(!), while the Journal’s traffic is up 37% since April of last year its monthly visitors have dropped from 6.8 million in March to 4.7 million in April. Ouch! Even with our questionable math skills we know that’s more than one third.
April also happens to be the month new WSJ owner Rupert Murdoch launched his redesigned version of the paper, shortly thereafter managing editor Marcus Brauchli resigned…we’re just saying, numbers don’t lie.
The Big Money, Slate’s spin-off business site helmed by James Ledbetter, is stocking up on new media talent. Elinor Shields, most recently managing editor of Huffington Post, has been appointed deputy editor. Before HuffPo, she had been a senior writer at BBC.com. Chadwick Matlin, who had been writing the mothership’s political blog, Trailhead, will join as a staff writer.
The site, based in New York, will launch later this summer. According to Slate’s PR people, at least one hire will come within the next week so we’ll stay on the story.
The AJR is looking into the future of newspapers and (gasp!) it ain’t so bright. In next month’s issue, Mark Potts, a newspaper website and dotcom consultant, takes a look at a lot of numbers mainly to do with declining ad sales, and comes up with this prediction:
So yeah, print is dead. Anyway, here’s our prediction: by 2012 Rupe will own everything (or is it Brian Stelter?) and we will all be generating our own 140 character content, which we will then send to ourselves while we rock to the tunes of President Obama. Get your shades out, folks.
By the year 2020 print ad revenue will be about half what it is today, and online ad revenue will be more than 10 times what it is today…[with]total ad revenue falling and falling until 2012, staying flat in 2013 and then slowly turning around, as online growth equals and then surpasses the losses in print. Newspapers would be in for six more years of economic pain — continued cuts in staff, newshole and newsgathering resources — before they even start to turn a corner.
World Science Festival guests underneath a blue whale at the Museum of Natural History.
Nobel laureates, media and “mathemagicians” mingled underneath a massive blue whale, snacking on quesadillas, all in the name of science, at last night’s celebration of the first-ever World Science Festival at the American Museum of Natural History.
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York took a moment with the mic to show his support, talking about how the science world has been “under attack” recently. He joked that he started out as a chemistry major but it didn’t take, so he pursued politics instead. Perhaps Eliot Spitzer should start heating up his Bunsen burner…
Saucy scientist photos and more after the jump.
Michael Wolf (not to be confused with Michael Wolf or Michael Wolff), who once upon a time was MTV Networks president and chief operating officer, wants a new job. His non-compete just expired (Really? Who has a 17-month non-compete?) and he’s on the prowl for a position of power. His application method of choice? A YouTube video.
In the clip (brought to our attention by Thomas Crampton), Wolf uses words like “dichotomy” and “functionality” and says things such as “traditional media companies have to niche themselves,” so you know he’s hip to the new media world. Then again, at 4:31, it’s too long for our middling attention span.
The question that jumps to our mind: Is YouTube the new Monster.com or, perish the thought, our own job board? (See GQ‘s feature about Journey finding a new Filipino lead singer on YouTube for another example.) Sub-question: Could we have just solved YouTube’s revenue problem? Probably not, but maybe Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Larry Page and Sergey Brin should give it some thought.
Wolf’s vid after the jump.
Alas, rumors that Wonkette Emeritus Ana Marie Cox was angling to buy the recently unloaded site from Gawker media head Nick Denton are apparently untrue. Portfolio is reporting that Denton has denied all charges, while Cox says it was just a matter of talking into her beer, so to speak
Didn’t happen…You know what it is, the kernel of truth came from me being out at a bar drinking and saying, ‘Oh, I’d love to own that site. That’d be great. I’d love that.’We would sort of love it too, though clearly owning a political site five months ahead of the most talked about presidential election ever is…bad business sense.
In the meantime, Wonkette remains in the hands of long-time blogger Ken Layne (along with a bunch of ad people). Cox can still be found at Swampland, though currently just on a contract basis, but that’s another story.
Yahoo! reportedly nears a deal, Borders cuts Amazon loose, and media giants team up to offer alternative sports. Amy Palmer has today’s Daily Angle.