“Fuck getting older, feeling like time is going faster and faster and it’s getting harder and harder to keep up. Fuck that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Fuck staring at a screen for 12 hours a day. Fuck the apathy, self-absorption and sense of entitlement it seems everyone’s chosen to cloak themselves with lately. Fuck toasting to douchebags, assholes and jerkoffs. Fuck despair, fuck the degeneration of the human spirit, fuck the pretty fucked American education system, fuck the completely fucked global ecological system, fuck the totally and utterly fucked idea of putting Snooki in a fucking hamster ball. OH MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK. Fuck fuckety fuck fuck fuck. Fuck a duck in a pick-up truck.”—Dodal Stewart
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The corporate media’s tendency to blare misinformation and outright fabrications has been particularly egregious in coverage of WikiLeaks. As Glenn Greenwald has argued, mainstream news outlets are parroting smears and falsehoods about the whistleblower site and its founder Julian Assange, helping to perpetuate a number of “zombie lies” — misconceptions that refuse to die no matter how much they conflict with known reality, basic logic and well-publicized information.
Here are the bogus narratives that keep appearing in newspapers and on the airwaves.
“One year later, and we have no word. Nobody returns our calls. We still haven’t received his personal effects back. We have no idea what’s going on,” Gasparinetti’s daughter Denise Vazzano, of Budd Lake, said. “The prosecutor has no answers. It’s very frustrating.”
My grandfather was murdered just over a year ago. My mom speaks for our family, as we have heard little to nothing about the investigation. As she says, very frustrating.
I’m glad this is getting press. We can only hope something comes out of these articles.
As the economy turns upwards, Obama’s approval ratings will follow. The fact that this president has managed to keep his approval rating near 50% despite the economy, an epic midterm election loss by his party, and daily criticism by his opposition is not good news for Republicans looking ahead to 2012. Should the economy improve by the time Obama faces reelection, I think he will probably achieve a similar result to what Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton will able to accomplish with their reelection bids.
In exactly the same way, I think it was right to publish our story about the Swedish police file without being frightened by Julian Assange’s lawyer or indeed by the clear prospect of being attacked online by people like Bianca Jagger. There are millions of them out there. They have come to a conclusion about Assange and the sex claims in Sweden and they are not interested in evidence. They tweet and blog in the most eye-wateringly aggressive tone and often, like Bianca Jagger, they do so without even the slightest connection to the truth.
It has been a depressing experience to see some of those who were most furious at the global propaganda run by Bush and Rumsfeld now leading the cheers for a new campaign of misinformation, happy to be manipulated, content to recycle falsehood and distortion no matter what damage they may do.
“Whether Manning actually said these things to Lamo could be verified in one minute by “journalist” Kevin Poulsen. He could either say: (1) yes, the chats contain such statements by Manning, and here are the portions where he said these things, or (2) no, the chats contain no such statements by Manning, which means Lamo is either lying or suffers from a very impaired recollection about what Manning said. Poulsen could also provide Lamo — who claims he is no longer in possession of them — with a copy of the chat logs (which Lamo gave him) so that journalists quoting Lamo about Manning’s statements could see the actual evidence rather than relying on Lamo’s claims. Any true “journalist” — or any person minimally interested in revealing the truth — would do exactly that in response to Lamo’s claims as published by The New York Times.”—The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com (via Instapaper)
“By November 2012, if we stay on the path that we’re on, just in time for the presidential election, American voters will pay $5 a gallon for gasoline,”—Former Shell Oil executive John Hofmeister on “ABC World News.” More details here. (via abcworldnews)
Top officials in several Arab countries have close links with the CIA, and many officials keep visiting US embassies in their respective countries voluntarily to establish links with this key US intelligence agency, says Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks.“These officials are spies for the US in their countries,” Assange told Al Jazeera Arabic channel in an interview yesterday.
The interviewer, Ahmed Mansour, said at the start of the interview which was a continuation of last week’s interface, that Assange had even shown him the files that contained the names of some top Arab officials with alleged links with the CIA.
“If I am killed or detained for a long time, there are 2,000 websites ready to publish the remaining files. We have protected these websites through very safe passwords,” said Assange.
Assange’s message–on Al Jazeera, in a message directed to “the Arab Street”? If he is disappeared or killed or put away, the names of America’s stooges in the Middle East will be released on some outlet like Al Jazeera.
Given that some of those people are probably our crack oil dealers from Saudi Arabia, I can imagine how such a message might be persuasive–and might be made to be persuasive to the US government.
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The point here is that the fight is not like the blogwars of old, despite the fact that both sides are publishing on blogs. We haven’t seen a lot of back-and-forth on the blogs, and the blog entries that we have seen have been clearly worked at considerable length. Instead, the debate has been raging on Twitter, where it’s much harder for an outsider coming to the subject afresh to follow what’s going on and who’s saying what.
“I think the media story of the year, in 2010, was the New York Times’ discovery of Brooklyn. Once a day there’s a story about all the riches offered in that borough. There are young men and women wearing ironic glass frames on the streets. There are open air markets, like trading posts in the early Chippewa tribe, where you can make beads at home and then trade them for someone to come over and start a small fire in your apartment that you share with nine others. Artisanal cheeses. For sale, on the streets of an entire American borough. It’s been fascinating to watch the paper venture over the bridge. Venture through the tunnel. Go out to the outer reaches. The outer boroughs of the city. All different sections of the paper. They are making grilled cheese sandwiches in the streets… Yes, it’s just fantastic, it’s like Marrakesh over there… I’m leaving here to get to an artisanal market that just opened up today. It’s a flash artisanal market. The newest thing.”—
So while novelty purchase rates for magazines on the iPad have dropped off crazily, because people checked it out and are either unenthused or distracted or whatever, no telling the motivation, what’s also happening is that print subscription rates (and the print-side ad people) are totally undercutting iPad subscription initiatives. The rates I get for print subscriptions are INSANE. So we’re like, SURE for $8 A YEAR, we’ll subscribe to whatever! So what’s happening is that magazines are desperately, DESPERATELY protecting their rate base—because they need to keep circulation up to sell the $30K and $60K ads that actually keep them in business. (Which my pal David Cho has already pointed out is a crazy way to spend your media buy dollars when you could put them somewhere, like, say, by sponsoring editorial content online, and get way, way more bang for your buck.)
Like for instance, in the mail this week came the Conde Nast Traveler offer. Guess how much? TEN DOLLARS. FOR A YEAR. With like, free gifts and whatnot. So their annual cover price of $59.88? It has a discount of $49.88! (The LOLs! They are unending.)
And the other thing the magazines are all doing is free gift subscriptions. So now you’re like, sure I’ll renew, for $10 a year, and give someone else a free subscription too? WHY NOT.
And so then those of us who are actually loyal subscribers to Vanity Fair and the New Yorker and all the other magazines, there’s just NO WAY we’re going to buy their iPad apps. Because in part we’re like, guess what, we were there for you in the dark days, we ALREADY PAY YOU, and this app should be FREE TO US, for one thing. (Right or wrong, that is definitely my feeling as a consumer, and yes, people are cheap and self-interested, but that feeling is strong, and the circulation desk whether for print or online has to work with human nature, not against it.)
And those who aren’t subscribers, well if they’re not willing to buy in for the actual magazine at like practically nothing a year, why would they pay for their iPad edition, which actually, in the case of Vanity Fair, costs $4.99 for the first issue? I mean, on the same web pagethat announces their $4.99 iPad app, up top they’re trumpeting their “ONLY $1 an issue” subscription rate. How is that even happening???
The first thing to know is: thanks to a policy by ABC (the Audit Bureau of Circulation), iPad edition sales count as paid circ toward the the rate base. This is the whole reason magazine publishers who long resisted the Web have gone so nuts for the iPad. (That, and the admirable but misguided desire to build for the future and restore the principle of pay for content.) Subscribe in print, buy the iPad app, either way, they’re happy as long as they have got you. They got money from you, and you count toward the rate base.
The heavily discounted print subscription rates you are describing are nothing new. I can’t say if they are becoming more common, but as far back as I can remember, publishers have been offering ridiculously cheap introductory rates - certainly throughout the last decade, and especially at ad-centric Conde Nast. (Time Inc. has always emphasized circulation revenue to a greater degree than other publishers; hence the free phones after you’ve paid your fourth installment of “only” $29.99 plus postage and handling for a year of People.)
What (publishers hope) you don’t notice is that the rate goes up after the first year (and subsequently); if they’re lucky, they can sell you on automatic renewal. The cheap one-year rate is only part of the money they are throwing at you as a potential new sub; list acquisition, direct mail production and postage, return postage, and other costs-of-sale make new subscribers costly, but it’s all built into their budgets, with a goal of maintaining their rate base over the long haul.
The iPad is a rabbit hole for publishers, because they refuse to grasp what motivates people when they look for digital content: immediacy and urgency. If I curl up on the couch or get on a plane with a copy of Wired, I’m set for turning pages and grazing through mind candy and long reads. But on the shiny screen, I’m an active hunter-gatherer for fresh information. On the screen, I don’t want to read content that’s been in Wired’s pipeline for four months and closed two weeks ago; I want the freshly updated story about Facebook’s IPO, written this morning and just posted. I will not be fooled by horizontal and vertical scrolling or embedded video into thinking something is dynamic when it isn’t.
Magazine publishers are obsessively fixated on producing static content on a digital platform, that’s why they are obsessively fixated on the iPad. Of course the sales were going to plummet: Wired’s premier issue was a red herring (heh) because its target audience overlaps the iPad early adopter segment so much. You can pique peoples’ curiosity a lot more easily than you can change their habits. And have you checked the numbers for GQ’s iPad app? Wonder how well some of the womens’ titles will do on the iPad?
“That’s what so much “journalism” now is: a means of shielding secrets from the public — usually to protect friends and the agendas of “sources” to ensure further access. Ironically, it is that very mentality — the Cult of Secrecy that American journalism has become — that gave rise to the need for WikiLeaks in the first place. We’re a society in which media and political elites keep secrets compulsively with one another — doing that is one of the hallmarks of membership in those circles — and there are thus plenty of people trained to believe that Good, Responsible People keep substantive secrets from the public. It’s the same mentality that has spawned the hostile reaction to WikiLeaks: people are happy — grateful even — when institutions keep substantive information from them. Hence: I want the Government to act in the dark and keep me ignorant about most of what it does; similarly: Wired is acting responsibly by refusing to tell us whether Adrian Lamo’s claims about Manning are true or false or to resolve the multiple contradictions he’s publicly affirmed.”—Glenn Greenwald on Wired’s lies about Adrian Lamo. Read the archives before this article if you want the full context, which does not paint a flattering picture of Wired. (via jonathan-cunningham)
NearSay just heard from @Vivnsect on Twitter that earlier Wednesday morning, part of Norfolk Street was shut down. @Vivnsect tweeted “Evacuated from apartment. SWAT team [not pictured] closed off block. Norfolk Street, Lower East Side.” The reason for evacuation was due to “something about someone in my building pulling a grenade on the cops resisting arrest.”
Remember when Wired’s debut issue for the iPad sold more than 100,000 times in June? It looks like it will be a while before that type of performance is seen again. Digital sales dropped toward the end of 2010 for all the magazines that make those figures available to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
“On the day of the Gogol Bordello shoot, I had a few ideas for the pictures. One minute into the shoot, I had the members of the band arranged single file, with their heads rested on the shoulder of the person in front of them. I thought it’d be a tender moment that’d provoke some emotion from the band, be it tenderness or complete fury. Indeed, I saw Eugene [Hutz] become almost immediately frustrated with this artifice. After only a few frames, he broke from the line and started strumming his guitar. Then he turned away from the camera and sang forcefully to the sky. I watched, and as he turned to look at me, I moved in, zoomed out, focused and started shooting while the other members of the band looked on. That series is my favorite. Eugene gave me something real in the midst of an engineered setting — all I had to do was make the picture.” -
Photographer Sam Comen
Wow, Spinner still exists? That was my web radio fix like a decade ago.
In other news, welcome AOL Music to the Tumblr dancefloor. They apparently have some pretty good taste.