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Sunday, March 20, 2016

The more things change....

It's interesting to see how the new media, particularly Twitter, Wikipedia, and Facebook, are blithely walking in the footsteps of the old media:
When Bill Kovach decided circa 1987 that the Atlanta papers needed a bureau in Nairobi, he could afford to do it, because the paper was making a handsome profit from advertising revenue. The fact that advertising ultimately paid the bills — the source of revenue, whereas the salaries of the newsroom staff were an expense — was an aspect of journalism that a lot of Good for Democracy types never really figured out. Bottom-line considerations were far from the minds of most people in our nation’s newsrooms 25 years ago, before Al Gore invented the Internet, and then some guy named Matt Drudge became America’s Editor-in-Chief.

Oh, the pages and pages of classified ads — help wanted, real estate, used cars, whatever — that were once such a magnificent revenue generator for newspaper publishers. Oh, the display ads from department stores, and the full-color advertising inserts stuffed inside that thick Sunday paper. Nearly all gone now — gone with the wind, along with the fat profit margins that allowed Bill Kovach the luxury of force-feeding readers in Atlanta their journalistic broccoli about the famine in Sudan. Gone, those glory days when newsrooms were so crowded, and every major metropolitan paper had an “investigative journalism” team of a half-dozen hotshots whose bylines rarely appeared in print except on those tedious five-part series written for the eyes of the Pulitzer Prize judges.

Yeah, once upon a time, every newspaper in every state capital in America — from Tallahassee to Juneau, from Augusta, Maine, to Honolulu, Hawaii — had its own local crew of would-be Woodward and Bernsteins who believed they were producing journalism that was Good for Democracy.

Gone! All gone now!
In the same way the old media chased off its readers with what McCain calls "broccoli journalism", the new media is chasing off its readers by telling them what they can and cannot say. In both cases, it is because the media wrongly believes it, and not its readers, are in control.

And that is only going to be of benefit to what we might call the next media, or if you prefer, the Alt Right media.

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51 Comments:

Anonymous Lovely Ludwig Van March 20, 2016 2:51 PM  

Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I slooshied, I knew such lovely pictures!

Blogger kh123 March 20, 2016 3:15 PM  

Yeah, what he said.

Blogger Thordaddy March 20, 2016 3:20 PM  

The alt-rite... Still obtusely averse to objective S......y SO BOUND to be a broken media-hate-whore after all.

Blogger kh123 March 20, 2016 3:20 PM  

...On the other hand, we'll never get another Zodiac, BTK, or Unabomber manifesto moment. Not without the situation being 100 times greater, to perk ears like those did.

Anonymous Rolf March 20, 2016 3:23 PM  

I don’t like the “you get what you get and you’ll like it” model of most historical journalism. I’d like to be a nominal “story-picker-in-chief” of a news site. What I'd pay for would be an ongoing "Go-Fund-Me" style journalism news site.

They list a whole series of investigative stories they'd like to do. Free-lance writers could propose their own, with a headline and brief encapsulation of what they expect to find. If someone likes a particular story idea, they post a "donation-commitment" and contact email toward it. When enough money has been committed, it gets "activated," and half the donation is charged against the buyers and paid out to the writer. When the story gets posted, the other half is charged and the buyers get notification. When buyers read the story they can rate how well the story supported the original proposal; that rating follows the writers so you can judge whether to fund them or not.

Others can then access the story for a modest fee to generate an ongoing revenue stream for the writer and hosting site. You want a story on abuses by the ATF, or maybe an ongoing series? Pay for it, make it happen. Want a story on salmon-stream restoration? Pay for it and make it happen. Know of a great potential story but you are a terrible writer? Post a proposal, with a "looking for a writer to make it happen" byline, and when someone picks it up they can get the money (and maybe give you a small percentage as a "finder fee").

No advertising. Want to just browse it for a while? Hit the “pay for browsing” and get charged a quarter to breeze through looking at headlines for an hour, and if you open up an read a story for more than 5 minutes (or highlight a hit copy) a nickel of that goes to the writer. Or get unlimited browsing for $5 a month where a percentage of the money goes to the article writers you click through to.

Blogger Thordaddy March 20, 2016 3:35 PM  

Because the media WILL ALWAYS BE about shaping the larger reality, the new reality is that the alt-rite will shape the larger reality until "we" find out it was shaping FALSE REALITY more than reporting actual reality and the duty of shaping reality moves to a new media...

BUT...

We are there already BECAUSE at the dirty bottom of the alt-rite IS A DENIAL of white man's God-ordained free will... A DENIAL that white man and his cohorts strive towards an "Excellence in Journalism." The alt-riter DENIES that ONCE the white journalist strove for objective S.......y in his work and outside his work as a compliment to his work.

"Excellence in Journalism" was his mantra.

What is the alt-rite media mantra?

Blogger Beau March 20, 2016 3:42 PM  

What is the alt-rite media mantra?

We don't care.

Anonymous Dave March 20, 2016 3:45 PM  

As Vox tweeted yesterday: "Looks like @scalzi and the SF-SJWs have lost their media channel:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/03/17/the-guardian-cuts-250-jobs-and-considers-first-compulsory-redund/


This is what struck me from the article: "Operating losses this year are close to £60m and the investment fund created to support its journalism has lost nearly £100m in value, as it has spent heavily on expansion in the United States and Australia."

Honestly? Expansion in the US and AUS? 99% of Americans don't even have a clue what the Guardian is. At a minimum terrible timing with the shape of the economy.

Anonymous BGKB March 20, 2016 3:52 PM  

I am surprised bath house barry didn't have the taxpayers pick up the tab for:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/puerto-rico-power-company-cuts-electricity-hospital-debt-n536686

...On the other hand, we'll never get another Zodiac, BTK, or Unabomber manifesto moment

Have you seen Wheeler's website?

Honestly? Expansion in the US and AUS? 99% of Americans don't even have a clue what the Guardian is.

Isn't that the site that doesn't report moslem crime? Why more coverage of no reporting?

Blogger LP9 Forever Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra S.I.G. March 20, 2016 3:56 PM  

My prayer is that Mike, Vox, Milo, Our beloved Finn, Chatuehearsite maybe even Ferd will and shall overcome the absurdist frankenmedia here and abroad!

OT: Trump said Nein! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/opinion/sunday/will-trump-be-dumped.html?_r=0

Blogger SciVo March 20, 2016 4:01 PM  

He's doing God's work, researching academic feminism. Probably no one else could do it and stay sane, but you can't out-crazy Stacy McCain. My favorite journalist of all time.

Blogger dc.sunsets March 20, 2016 4:03 PM  

Drudge killed the MSM's ad revenue? How about Craigslist?

Blogger dc.sunsets March 20, 2016 4:04 PM  

Not to worry; useless full-color ads are keeping the USPS (and landfills) in business.

Blogger tz March 20, 2016 4:13 PM  

Both the old cuckservative NR and the new SJW Facebook and Twitter are driving people away - and are all run by white men who live in gated communities with other whites.

The latest NR insult is complaining that white males aren't using their privilege - they should get a u-haul and find a job (to pay child support for the family which the government destroyed) They have no expectations that women shouldn't have children out of wedlock nor that blacks should also be moral.

And they wonder about Trump.

Blogger Dexter March 20, 2016 4:22 PM  

Still can't figure out why my company firewall blocks the Guardian.

Blogger Cecil Henry March 20, 2016 5:00 PM  

The MSM doesn't report the news:

They take it, coerce it, censor it, suppress it, lie and distort it to fit their agenda for what people should think, say and do.

They report the news only to make sure its not reported differently.

You're propaganda. We despise you.

Blogger Unknown March 20, 2016 5:03 PM  

the media wrongly believes it, and not its readers, are in control.

The only difference with the Alt Right media is that they're honest about this. In fact this is the business of the Alt Right. It's raison d'etre is to rally together scattered malcontents "we feel your pain" and serve them up a daily dose of whatever prejudice attracted them in the first place.

You can give them a name and a mission, and sell them books that'll persuade them they're part of La Siguiente Revolución, but it's the same old shit. Just milking the herd. Morlock and Eloi.

Blogger RobertT March 20, 2016 5:39 PM  

I am reading a book Shadow Men by Anthony Napoleon that basically blows my mind on what the press, etc. are really up to. This quote about force feeding their drivel reminds me of that book. If anyone has any comments on this book would you please make them in the comments below. If this isn't acceptable, just delete.

Blogger Cecil Henry March 20, 2016 5:47 PM  

#18

Sounds like something straight out of a 1920's Soviet propaganda pamphlet.

No doubt because the mentality is exactly the same.

Anonymous NateM March 20, 2016 6:01 PM  

"every major metropolitan paper had an “investigative journalism” team of a half-dozen hotshots whose bylines rarely appeared in print except on those tedious five-part series written for the eyes of the Pulitzer Prize judges"

and the entertainment business doubles down by making MOVIES about those hot shots and their tedious journalism for award consideration

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 20, 2016 6:16 PM  

dc.sunsets wrote:Drudge killed the MSM's ad revenue? How about Craigslist?
Drudge destroyed the gate that the gatekeepers were keeping.
Up to the mid-90's, a half-dozen editors and their yes-men flunkies controlled what got reported in this country. If they decided not to report it, it was emargoed except by a few pubs like Nat'l Enquirer, which were of course not credible.
Drudge started reporting on the suppression of news stories and blew that gate to flinders.

Blogger SciVo March 20, 2016 6:17 PM  

Unknown wrote:the media wrongly believes it, and not its readers, are in control.

The only difference with the Alt Right media is that they're honest about this. In fact this is the business of the Alt Right. It's raison d'etre is to rally together scattered malcontents "we feel your pain" and serve them up a daily dose of whatever prejudice attracted them in the first place.

You can give them a name and a mission, and sell them books that'll persuade them they're part of La Siguiente Revolución, but it's the same old shit. Just milking the herd. Morlock and Eloi.


Q: Why did the hipster burn his mouth?

A: He ate pizza before it was cool.

Blogger SciVo March 20, 2016 6:24 PM  

In this scenario, Unknown is the uber-hipster, angsting and sighing over Y U SO HIP?

Anonymous Last Redoubt March 20, 2016 6:44 PM  

Heh.

I saw the trailer for Spotlight and immediately said it would do well in the oscars. When asked, "Because it is both an attack on the Catholic church, and an opportunity for hollywood to pat itself on the back for the myth of the intrepid reporter facing any danger and pressure from powerful organizations to reveal the truth."

Blogger The Other Robot March 20, 2016 7:01 PM  

@25: When are they going to come out with the Jewish version?

Blogger Giuseppe The Kurgan March 20, 2016 7:22 PM  

OT:
Purely as a way to satisfy our morbid curiosity, would you be so kind as to indicate HYPOTHETICALLY only, how you would want your VFM and dread ilk to vote EXACTLY in the Hugo nominations, I mean down to what to put in which slot.
You know, if you even had such a power hypothetically, which we all know is absurd and ridiculous.

Blogger Giuseppe The Kurgan March 20, 2016 7:26 PM  

Beau,
killshot fatality! Well done sir.

Anonymous VFM 3061 "Chief Tuscaloosa" March 20, 2016 7:27 PM  

@the other robot,

Great question that answers itself "not in a million years."

Given a time machine, is there any doubt that the (((unnameables))) would use anything up to and including nuclear weapons to kill the Internet at conception? They feared a total shit movie called "They Live" which, if you watch it and then read all the hullabaloo about it being anti-unnameable at the time, opens your eyes wide-the-frack open. They thought it struck too close to home, so what does that tell you?

They fear me and others here murmuring to each other the quote from Walter White: "I am awake."

Blogger dc.sunsets March 20, 2016 7:34 PM  

@ snidely, you're right. There are a billion stories every day and only a miniscule fraction are reported.

Sample bias dominates our experience.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab March 20, 2016 7:48 PM  

OT: VD, what do your Italian friends think of this?

http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/bologna-archbishop-wants-mosque

Blogger The Other Robot March 20, 2016 8:26 PM  

@30: Why does he look like an older Rafael Cruz?

Blogger Random March 20, 2016 8:39 PM  

@24 Not holding my breath for Spotlight 2: Rotheram...

Blogger SciVo March 20, 2016 8:56 PM  

I'm only 20% of the way through the latest article by the Cardian demagogue Virgil, and I can already recommend it.

Anonymous Big Bill March 20, 2016 9:24 PM  

The Guardian is doing layoffs after a stupid US expansion program?

Any luck they will dump Jessica Valenti? She hasn't been flavor of the month for several years now. Just another Guidette New Jersey housewife with a sharp tongue.

Blogger Eric March 20, 2016 9:46 PM  

Honestly? Expansion in the US and AUS? 99% of Americans don't even have a clue what the Guardian is. At a minimum terrible timing with the shape of the economy.

To be fair, buying name recognition is what marketing is all about, and you have to market heavily for new ventures. What that article doesn't say, though, is the money mostly went to digital properties, where competition is fierce and profit thin on the ground.

I'm not sure you can make money with the traditional news business model, whether or not you include "broccoli". And I'm not sure SNS properties like Twitter can make money, either. You'd create or buy an SNS for the same reason Bezos bought the money losing parts of The Washington Post - for the influence. Twitter can have hugely outsized influence on The National Conversation just by modifying its autocomplete algorithm.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab March 20, 2016 9:49 PM  

The Other Robot wrote:@30: Why does he look like an older Rafael Cruz?

Some other folks noticed the same thing. Weird. I mean just one more weird thing about a Catholic archbishop who wants to build a mosque.

Blogger LP9 Forever Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra S.I.G. March 20, 2016 9:57 PM  

Gen X ended the gate keeper nonsense yet our own generation like McRapety or whomever loves the tyrannical, absurd frankenmedia.

Anonymous Gen. Kong March 20, 2016 10:24 PM  

Chief Tuscaloosa:
They fear me and others here murmuring to each other the quote from Walter White: "I am awake."

Just don't start saying you came to chew bubblegum and kick some ass and that you're all out of bubblegum ... that could mean the end of the world.

Anonymous MendoScot March 20, 2016 10:32 PM  

@30
OT: VD, what do your Italian friends think of this?

Fag face, if I've ever seen one. Hopes that moar muslims means moar little boys.

The late Cdl. Giacomo Biffi, archbishop of Bologna before Caffarra, was a respected theologian known for being "extremely politically incorrect," and some note that his prophecies about Europe either returning to Christianity or surrendering to Islam were prescient for Italy today.

Yeah, they targeted a holdout.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 20, 2016 11:10 PM  

I think a Baloney Archbishop could be an awesome end of movie monster in a new Ghost Busters -

Anonymous #1037 March 20, 2016 11:28 PM  

VFM eat our broccoli journalism with a Big Fork.

Blogger The Other Robot March 21, 2016 12:34 AM  

Parts of the media thinks that gun violence is not the fault of the low-IQ morons who commit lots of murders but of the gun manufacturers ...

Blogger YIH March 21, 2016 12:48 AM  

From the link:
Not necessarily because I believed all that sporty bullshit, but because sportswriting was the only thing I could do that anybody was willing to pay for. And none of the people I wrote about seemed to give a hoot in hell what kind of lunatic gibberish I wrote about them, just as long as it moved. They wanted Action, Color, Speed, Violence…. At one point, in Florida, I was writing variations on the same demented themes for three competing papers at the same time, under three different names.
I don't doubt that. Although now, a machine could write those under countless pseudonyms.

Anonymous Noah Nehm March 21, 2016 12:58 AM  

Broccoli Journalism: Do they teach that at U.C. Broccoli?

Blogger YIH March 21, 2016 1:21 AM  

kh123:
...On the other hand, we'll never get another Zodiac, BTK, or Unabomber manifesto moment. Not without the situation being 100 times greater, to perk ears like those did.
No. Those ''manifesto moment''s occur on the internet - on a regular basis in fact.
Snowden's dump, for example. You could say Gamergate was a ''manifesto moment'' as well. And what about Brevik? His manifesto was published online and picked over by many not long after.

Blogger Ahazuerus March 21, 2016 1:36 AM  

Isn't Broccoli the guy that owns the Bond franchise?

Nevee mind. In the Cluetrain Manifesto (yeah, no self congratulatory narcissism there) Chris Locke expounded on why and how the internet will destroy the traditional media business model:

"Markets are Conversations"

The traditional uni-directional shouting of the old business model just pisses people off. Except that ever-declining proportion who either make their living from it or subsidise it because it panders to their ideological biases.

Blogger YIH March 21, 2016 1:47 AM  

Snidley Whiplash:
dc.sunsets wrote:Drudge killed the MSM's ad revenue? How about Craigslist?
Drudge destroyed the gate that the gatekeepers were keeping.

You missed the point. The 'Classifieds' were the cash cow of newspapers.
Craigslist pretty much butchered that cash cow. Ten years ago, my 'metro' daily paper had a separate 'Classifieds' section every day. Now only weekends. Friday, cars and garage sales, Saturday Real Estate, with Sunday being the only edition that has a specific 'Classifieds' section.
The rest of the week it's two pages merged into the 'Sports' section.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 21, 2016 2:02 AM  

@41 The Other Robot
Parts of the media thinks that gun violence is not the fault of the low-IQ morons who commit lots of murders but of the gun manufacturers ...
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This logic is fun because you can take them down a serious rabbit hole of stupid.

It's the murderers moms fault for not having an abortion.

It's the murderers grandmas fault for not having an abortion, preventing the murderer from having a mom and therefore would not have been born.

It's all Noahs fault for surviving the flood.

Blogger lowercaseb March 21, 2016 2:23 AM  

@47. thus...it all goes back to Grandmother Eve.

Gun violence is the fault of women. Sorry ladies...I'd white knight you on this issue, but I am afraid you would shoot me.

Blogger kh123 March 21, 2016 3:43 AM  

@44 "No. Those ''manifesto moment''s occur on the internet - on a regular basis in fact."

The 100x greater aspect, Breivik sort of epitomizes that I think.

Consider also the time frames involved: Zodiac/BTK/Unabomber were all decades long cases, and still at large when their correspondence with the papers was at their peak. Breivik was caught. And while Snowden may or may not do anything further, those that dreaded him weren't the average individual.

So, the nature of the thing as well, viz: 95 Theses moments vs. Silence of the Lambs. (Though Kaczynski's paper is not without merit, and some would argue Breivik was quite sane and forward thinking.)

Basically, those that are inclined to top the Bundy scorecard or go on taxi driver crusades aren't (in my opinion) as egged on as when the press was locked to paper. The internets seemingly works to naturally select against the lower dregs from shooting for the Hearst limelight of infamy by drowning them in a sea of information. Flipside is that it may create pressure for the 100x greater thing, away from 80/20 and towards the 99/1 winner-take-all mentality.

Blogger unconventional nazi March 21, 2016 12:12 PM  

9. BGKB March 20, 2016 3:52 PM

...On the other hand, we'll never get another Zodiac, BTK, or Unabomber manifesto moment

Have you seen Wheeler's website?

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