Archives: December 2009
Village Voice columnist and cultural critic Michael Musto sums up and breaks down the 00′s:
The Naughty Aughties are over, and I’m LMFAO. It will be remembered, if at all, as the decade of the TMI generation. The 15-second fame gang. The micromanaging maniacs. The attention-whoring-for-lunch bunch. The iPhone, iPod, iMac, IMAX, and eye-lift folks. The people who have already forgotten this paragraph.
Read his full report here.
Cops say they found 13 handguns, a rifle, an illegal assault rifle and various drugs at the defendant’s Woodland Hills home. Thanks to a 2005 drug conviction in Fresno, Miller is barred from owning guns or ammunition, say prosecutors.
LAPD officers obtained the search warrant after running a background check on Miller when they discovered he had allegedly purchased ammunition, according to the D.A.’s office.
Miller will be arraigned later today in Van Nuys Superior Court.
Wednesday’s episode of ABC’s soap opera “One Life To Live” marked a media milestone. Daytime television’s first onscreen gay sex scene, featuring Scott Evans (“Oliver Fish”) and Brett Claywell (“Kyle Lewis”).
Candles, champagne, cheesy music and bad dialogue… this is what inclusion looks like.
Spotted thanks to World of Wonder
MediaPost‘s Maryanne Conlin wrote a post today about crowdsourcing, a technique employed by corporations that costs them less than it would to hire outside consultants. By calling on a green blog/mom community to help develop a non-profit project, Conlin claims “When they get passionate about something, they can compete with the best of social media marketers by creating and executing strategies that work to advance their wants and needs.”
But is it ethical?
In a year where most media companies measured successes not with how much they gained but with how little they lost, Meredith Corporation stood out not only for the awards they won, but for actually gaining ad pages overall, increasing total ad revenue, and integrating and expanding its Web division. Who thought that titles like Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle would totally make bank against Time Inc. and Condé Nast‘s breadwinners who all had to scale back this year?
Read the official press release after the jump.
Now on to crowdsourcing, which is more than just asking your Twitter friends for restaurant recommendations. It can also be a helpful tool for journalism, wherein reporters cull information and data from groups of people on the ground and in the know.
Perhaps one of the best examples of crowdsourcing was The Huffington Post‘s 2008 “Off The Bus” election coverage, and this year nonprofit investigative news org ProPublica tapped that project’s mastermind, Amanda Michel to lead their own crowdsourcing efforts.
Now, ProPublica is using crowdsourcing to gather information for a number of projects, including tracking the government’s various stimulus projects around the country and keeping tabs on the national load modification program. ProPublica reporter Paul Kiel is heading the loan mod project, and he spoke to FishbowlNY about the stories that have come out of their crowdsourced questionnaire and how crowdsourcing can be used as a tool by traditional news organizations.
Kiel said ProPublica’s loan mod crowdsourcing project started soon after the program launched, around May of this year. The organization posted a short questionnaire, asking readers whether they tried to apply for loan modifications and what their experiences were. “We’ve had about 300 responses over the last few months,” he explained. “We keep tabs on it and get in touch with people from time to time. It’s led to about two dozen stories, and I’ve used people who we’ve gotten through our crowdsourcing as sources for those stories.”