There are two distinct narratives for journalists covering the same story for a long time: the story they publish, and the story they tell themselves or their friends over a beer. Producer Carrie Ching wants to reveal those untold personal stories with her new Vice web series, Correspondent Confidential, which screened last night at the Explorer’s Club on the Upper East Side. Every episode is a brief, animated tale told by a reporter, and a different artist illustrates each one.
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However, there are still some exceptions and arguably one of the current shining examples of this art – thanks largely to the quality of the joke-writing – is @Vice_Is_Hip. The owner/operators wisely wish to remain anonymous; once the doer(s) of the deed is exposed (like for example Andy Borowitzz as @KimJongNumberUn), it’s never quite the same.
Perhaps the most surprising thing here is that the half of @Vice_Is_Hip who spoke to Morrissey, a bike courier in London, England, says he turned down a job offer from the Netherlands arm of VICE. That’s some parody commitment.
A trailer for Madonna‘s secretprojectrevolution went up on YouTube a few weeks ago and has racked up several hundred thousand views. But chances are the full 17-minute version of the film being teased, co-directed with Steven Klein, will generate a lot more Internet activity.
The short spearheads Art For Freedom, a global digital freedom-of-expression initiative led by the singer in partnership with VICE. Starting at midnight ET tonight, secretprojectrevolution will be available for free download at BitTorrent.
It all adds up to an amazing Canadian rags to U.S. riches story:
A bootstrapped indie magazine from Montreal that for years had no outside investors, VICE is now based in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, makes most of its $175 million in annual revenues from online video and event sponsorships, and is backed by Fox, WPP, the Raine Group and former Viacom CEO Tom Freston. But VICE’s senior management still holds about 75% of the equity. Of that, Smith, who was one of three co-founders, controls the largest chunk.
Bercovici revisits his December 2011 profile of Smith. A piece of advice the brash globetrotter received from director Spike Jonze resonates even more loudly two years later.
First off, we were not aware that VICE is engaged in the business of allowing some of the people it profiles to get final approval of an article before the piece goes to post. Apparently, that was a condition imposed by actor Corey Feldman on contributor Jamie Lee Curtis Taete, who agreed.
Given this journalistic contract, one would assume that Feldman was thrilled with the resulting coverage of his recent birthday party. Wrongo. As Taete details, the actor went ballistic on Twitter in the aftermath of publication, even going so far as to publish some of the reporter’s personal information. Taete tried to ignore it all, but on Labor Day, Feldman upped the angry ante with a press release. From Taete’s post:
So, to clarify, Corey has falsely accused me of lying, tweeted out my personal phone number, retweeted hundreds of negative comments about me, indirectly accused me of trying to buy drugs in his house, implied I sexually harassed his female friends, implied I sexually harassed him, and then, without any hint of irony, accused me [via press release] of being a bully.
Great job, Corey.
As a reminder of just how much competition Al Jazeera America faces for eyeballs, well beyond the currently heralded VICE, consider AOL On. The nascent network features a wide array of news content, to which it has just added a dedicated Storyhunter channel.
Storyhunter, a startup based in Brooklyn, is focused mainly on reporting from Mexico, Central and South America. Like VICE, it provides international stringers with the funding and resources to report on feature stories. From a TubeFilter report about the AOL On channel launch:
“Our platform harnesses the cost-effectiveness and global access of citizen journalism and integrates it with the best practices of professional journalism,” said Storyhunter co-founder Jaron Gilinsky. “Prosourcing means that you get the context and credibility that news viewers are looking for, as well as the authenticity and originality of crowdsourcing.”
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Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Detained at Heathrow Airport for Nine Hours (The Guardian)
The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programs by the US National Security Agency was held for almost nine hours on Sunday by UK authorities as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro. David Miranda, who lives with Glenn Greenwald, was returning from a trip to Berlin when he was stopped by officers at 8:05 a.m. and informed that he was to be questioned under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The controversial law, which applies only at airports, ports and border areas, allows officers to stop, search, question and detain individuals. The Guardian / Comment Is Free Greenwald: “This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ. Before letting him go, they seized numerous possessions of his, including his laptop, his cellphone, various video game consoles, DVDs, USB sticks, and other materials. They did not say when they would return any of it, or if they would.” NYT The Guardian had paid for the trip, Greenwald said, and Miranda was on his way home to Rio de Janeiro. London’s Metropolitan Police Service, which had jurisdiction over the case, said in a statement that Miranda had been lawfully detained under the Terrorism Act and later released, without going into detail. Amnesty International “It is utterly improbable that David Michael Miranda, a Brazilian national transiting through London, was detained at random, given the role his husband has played in revealing the truth about the unlawful nature of NSA surveillance,” said Widney Brown, senior director of international law and policy at Amnesty International. AndrewSullivan.com My obvious question is: What could possibly lead the British security services to suspect Miranda of such ties to terror groups? I have seen nothing anywhere that could even connect his spouse to such nefarious contacts. Unless Greenwald is some kind of super-al-Qaeda mole, he has none to my knowledge and to suspect him of any is so close to unreasonable it qualifies as absurd.
“Mike” (all interviewees were given pseudonyms), a convicted stalker, tells McCarthy that Anthony Weiner has been a frequent topic of conversation at SLAA gatherings. But he feels the doomed politician is more of a “love addict” than sex addict and reveals that many at SLAA have suffered grave consequences as a result of sexting, Webcams and the Internet like.
“Scott” argues that Weiner has yet to cross the critical “River of Denial,” while “Daniel” shares a most intriguing suggestion:
“Weiner should come to one of our meetings, he would be more then welcome here.”
Vice has always been good at stirring up controversy, and a new photo spread shows the magazine is still at the top of its game. The piece, titled “Last Words,” shows women portraying literary icons who committed suicide. Each model poses in the way in which the writer took their life. For Iris Chang, the model holds a gun pointed toward her face; for Sylvia Plath, the model is depicted staring at an open oven. You get the idea.
Last Words is gross because it glamorizes suicide. There’s nothing sexy, fashionable, or edgy, about people killing themselves. Hell, the least Vice could’ve done was list some of the writers’ work. But nah, why do anything to distract from the goal of trolling people?
Vice has — once again — managed to attract attention by publishing low brow material. Let’s not act surprised, or for that matter, upset. Let’s just acknowledge the fact that Vice is consistent.
Update (2:16 pm):
Vice has removed Last Words from its website. In its place is the following statement:
Vice has purchased i-D, a British fashion and style magazine. Terry Jones and Tricia Jones, the co-founders of i-D, will remain minority partners. Vice also plans to keep the staffers currently employed at i-D and increase the magazine’s print circulation.
Vice sought out the style magazine because it felt the two brands complimented each other. “Vice is so excited to work with the guys at i-D magazine, one of the only fashion publications in the world we actually respect,” said Andrew Creighton, Vice’s president, in a statement. “We know digital, i-D knows style, and together we’re going to give the world the gift of eye-catching, mind-blowing video-driven fashion content.”
“Working with Vice means partnering with a company that knows how to expand from print to digital in a smart way,” added Terry Jones. “There’s a huge void in video-driven fashion channels and this partnership will fill and dominate that void.”
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