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Posts Tagged ‘Lev Grossman’

Time Rushes Commemorative Issue to Newsstands as Tribute to Steve Jobs

Less than 48 hours after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died, Time magazine is rushing to the presses with a special commemorative issue paying tribute to the visionary.

The special issue, hitting newsstands and tablets tomorrow, features Jobs on its cover and 21 pages dedicated to the man behind the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Time‘s special edition includes a six-page essay by Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson, a historical report on Jobs iconic career by Time technology reporters Harry McCracken and Lev Grossman, and a photo essay by Diana Walker, who has been shooting Jobs for Time since 1982.
 
“This is Steve’s seventh Time cover, which puts him in the category of Presidents and other world leaders,” Time editor Rick Stengel says. “No one has tracked Steve’s life better than the man who used to have my job, Walter Isaacson. Walter writes that Steve was the modern creation myth writ large and that he revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.”

The magazine is increasing its print run for this special issue, which will be available worldwide.

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A Pox on Commenters and the Apocalyptic Horse They Rode in On!

351720gg.jpgThe recent chatter about online commenters is refusing to die down (apologies for the bad pun). You may recall how a few weeks ago Time‘s Lev Grossman was wondering what makes commenters so nuts (conclusion: basically deep down we’re all mean). Since then the discussion appears to have turned from why to why not, as in, why not get rid of them all together. Well, maybe not altogether but at least as far as newspapers are concerned. Over at Radar Choire Sicha thinks that anonymous commenting is one of the things killing the country’s newspapers. His solution: newpapers (in this instance the NYT) should consider suing!

The accusations published anonymously about the Times are often false, negligent, incautious, harmful, malicious; they go far beyond protected opinion in many, many instances; they meet and exceed every legal standard of a defamation complaint. Many of these comments are libel per se, as they accuse the Times of dishonest business practices and even crimes.

Yesterday, Gawker’s Sheila McClear weighed in.

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Commenters: Barnacles on the Web 2.0 Whale?

351720.jpgMost people who write online for a living (or even just regularly for their own pleasure) will have their own story to tell regarding commenters, and usually it’s bad (though we here at FishbowlNY have no complaints! Mostly because our readers choose to forego the complicated(?) commenting system and write us directly…also, you’re all very nice.). Some examples: last month the NYT had to shut down the comments on Emily Gould‘s Magazine cover story, Huffington Post is overwhelmed with over-the-top remarks, and we’ve known more than one blogger who’s closed the comments feature on their personal sites because the vitriol has gotten out of hand. So what is it exactly about commenting that brings out the maniac in a person?

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