“It’s Henry the Fifth, Shakespeare — outnumbered, brave, fearless. Going to their deaths or glory, one or the other. That has more poetry to it than a bunch of failed investment bankers that reconstitute themselves as app makers, or funders of app makers.”—
The battles on the social media website, generally sparked by a “tweet” from either Obama adviser David Axelrod or Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, create what amount to several news cycles in a single day, with waves of messages - each of them less than 140 characters.
The campaigns’ latest dive into pettiness came late Tuesday, as Fehrnstrom and Axelrod jousted over the issue of … dogs.
“Forget Instagram’s billion-dollar payday. Forget IPOs, past and future, from Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn and the like. And ignore, please, the online ramblings of attention-hungry venture capitalists and narcissistic Silicon Valley journalists with the off-putting habit of making their inside-baseball sound like the World Series. Their stories, to paraphrase Shakespeare, are tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, but signifying very little about the impact of technology on most of our lives.”—Paul Smalera
“Deschanel filed for divorce from husband Death Cab, throwing him over for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, in January. Deschanel and Cab were married for a little more than three years, and Deschanel said that, along with babies, dating was not a priority either.”—Awesome copy edit error in ABC News blog "Zooey Deschanel Says No Kids"
“So why not just leave Fox News?" you might ask. Good question! I’ve asked myself that same thing many times. And I am leaving. Sooner rather than later, I’m guessing. But I can’t just leave quietly, can I? Where’s the fun in that? So I’m John McClane-ing this shit. I’m inside the building, crawling through the air vents, gathering intel, and passing it along to Carl Winslow.”—Gawker announces its newest hire: a current Fox News employee
“But Zynga and Facebook? They seem more able to be toppled. It seems possible to knock them off of their throne. Two companies, OMGPOP and Instagram, came out of nowhere and became viable competitors. That’s kind of amazing. It’s amazing to me that Instagram got 30 million users in no time at all. It’s crazy that Draw Something can get 50 million downloads in 50 days. It’s mind blowing that Pinterest went from nothing to 10 million users in the blink of an eye. It’s amazing how fragile it all is. Facebook may be the first viable threat to Google, but its own market dominance is by no means assured.”—
“On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.”—George Zimmerman • Speaking on his Web site, therealgeorgezimmerman.com. Zimmerman, the gunman in the Trayvon Martin incident, says that he needs legal help and funding on the site. The site features photos in support of Zimmerman, including a vandalization incident that took place at a black cultural center in Ohio. The site, which is having connection troubles at the moment, is confirmed as real according to Zimmerman’s attorneys, MSNBC reports. (via shortformblog)
“The number of people blogging television online — it’s ridiculous. They don’t know what we’re building. And by the way, that’s true for the people who say we’re great. They don’t know. It doesn’t matter whether they love it or they hate it. It doesn’t mean anything until there’s a beginning, middle and an end. If you want television to be a serious storytelling medium, you’re up against a lot of human dynamic that is arrayed against you. Not the least of which are people who arrived to “The Wire” late, planted their feet, and want to explain to everybody why it’s so cool. Glad to hear it. But you weren’t paying attention. You got led there at the end and generally speaking, you’re asserting for the wrong things.”—David Simon
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When I first got here and was watching the page one meeting, I’d watch them decide what were going to be the six most important stories in the western world for the following day’s paper. Meanwhile the web’s above their heads, where all stories are becoming interchangeable. I thought, ‘Oh, this is so silly to blow a whistle and say, “Stop! These are the stories worth your attention.’”
But now that I’m bathed in information every single day and stuff is wooshing by me, I kind of love the full-stop arrangement of stories on The New York Times. A lot of times I wake up and think about the day that’s just passed and wonder, ‘What was that? What happened?’ A lot of stuff, and I can’t really tell which part of it was important.
Recruiters often asked me to help sell high priority candidates on the company. No one had to ask me twice to promote Google and no one was more surprised than me when I could no longer do so. In fact, my last three months working for Google was a whirlwind of desperation, trying in vain to get my passion back.
The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.
A top fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has been accused of fraud, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Abake Assongba, who runs the Africa-focused charity Abake’s Foundation with her husband Anthony J.W. DeRosa, has raised more than $50,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee, according to the campaign’s list of top “volunteer fundraisers.”
“Britain is to allow one of its intelligence agencies to monitor all phone calls, texts, emails and online activities in the country to help tackle crime and militant attacks, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.”—Stephen Mangan (via reuters)
Sanford, Florida, is having a hard time dealing with the intense national media scrutiny over the Trayvon Martin case, but it’s learning: It only took a day to walk back its threat to arrest reporters for asking off-duty city employees questions. That’s a practice known as “reporting,” but on Wednesday Sanford decided to call it “stalking.” Then it quickly realized that arresting reporters is no way to improve the tenor of your media image, and 24 hours after issuing the threat, it was rescinded.
In a surprise move, Mitt Romney announced today that he is ending his presidential campaign and throwing his support behind Rick Santorum. The move shocked observers, including Senator Santorum, as Governor Romney seemed poised for a decisive victory in Wisconsin.
The governor, however, said he concluded that he has “no chance” to win the general election in December and that a Santorum candidacy in 2012 would be in the “best interest of the party.”
He explained, “It will save time. As many observers have pointed out, my defeat in 2012 will be interpreted by the party faithful as evidence that our problem is that we’ve become too pragmatic and moderate. In 2016, we’ll ˜correct™ that and nominate some right-wing nut and get demolished in the general election.
It’ll be like Goldwater in 1964. I don’t want to wait until 2020 to get my party back. I’m all about efficiency. Let’s get our butts kicked now and move on.”
When asked if he was worried that a Santorum thrashing in 2012 would also cause GOP losses in Congress, Romney said, “sure, but many of the losers will be those Tea Party nuts. If they go back home, Congress may actually be able to get some work done for the American people.”
The governor also said that he “wasnt really troubled” at the prospect that a Democratic Congress and President Obama would guarantee the survival of the presidents health reform.
“Look, I invented Obamacare and Im proud of it. If Id been the candidate in 2008, that would have been my signature issue, and Id have won. 98 percent of people in Massachusetts have health insurance. Its ridiculous that my party thinks its just fine for 50 million Americans to lack health insurance, access to preventive care, and all that. We can spend the next four years thinking about how to improve on health reform, rather than sabotage it.”
Senator Santorum said that he was “gratified, I think, at the governors endorsement.
Newt Gingich pointed out that he is still in the race and expects to prevail at the GOP convention in August.