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Posts Tagged ‘Belinda Luscombe’

TIME Editor Explains Lack of Female Chefs

TIMEGodsofFoodEater associate editor Hillary Dixler has been on the TIME case.

After noticing that no female chefs adorn the international-edition cover of TIME‘s November 18 issue (Chris Christie is on the cover of the U.S. edition), she kept digging and found additionally that it was mostly men (9-to-4) on the “13 Gods of Food” list inside. Dixler followed her initial coverage with a refreshingly frank set of Q&A responses from the responsible editor, Howard Chua-Eoan. He makes no apologies for “The Gods of Food” cover or lack of women on a related chart:

“There was no attempt to exclude women. We just went with the basic realities of what was going on and who was being talked about…”

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Stan Lee Zings the Zombie Craze

In the latest issue of TIME, the venerable Stan Lee answers ten questions on the back page.

Lee is still going strong at age 89, but one thing he apparently doesn’t spend too much time thinking about is any imminent zombie invasion. Here’s his answer to reporter Belinda Luscombe’s query, “Which are you personally more afraid of: mutants, zombies or space aliens?”:

“I don’t understand zombies, because it seems to me that somebody who is dead and comes back to life should be grateful that he’s here living again – why would he want to eat other people up? I think the first thing he’d do is get a nice apartment and figure how he can make a living and get a girlfriend. I’m personally more afraid of what’s really going on with nuclear weapons and things like that.”

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Time‘s Luscombe Weighs In On Murdoch’s Pay Wall Plans

murdoch wef.pngDavid Carr of The New York Times already had his say about Rupert Murdoch‘s plans charge for all his newspapers’ and news channels’ content on the Web. Now, Time magazine’s Belinda Luscombe is weighing in as well.

Like Carr, Luscombe is skeptical about Murdoch’s intentions. “Internet experts say that almost everybody who has ever tried charging for content has failed,” she reports. “Murdoch is out of touch, they suggest.”

But, Murdoch’s track record seems to indicate that it’s possible he might follow through: “Murdoch has shown himself more than willing to lose staggering amounts of money and engage in litigation in order to see his vision through or lay siege to his competitors…Plus, with his cable operations showing robust growth, he has a cushion that few of his newspaper competitors possess,” Luscombe said.

And, there’s nothing Murdoch loves more than leading the charge, and profiting from it. “If Murdoch can somehow figure out how to make money while other news companies wither in advertising-only models, he could have a little monopoly,” she said, which is probably a big factor in his decision to pursue the pay wall tactic.

Murdoch has said that he will start charging for content by July of next year. Now we join Carr and Luscombe in waiting to see how it will all unfold.

Will Rupert Murdoch Be the Pied Piper of Paid Content? Time

Earlier: NYT‘s Carr Dissects Murdoch’s Pay Wall Plans

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