NJ.com: Landslide along Delaware River forces evacuation of 2 Florence homes.
Some are inaccurately labelling this a ‘sinkhole’ for sensationalist purposes. This article gives you better info.
FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance.
I love that Fishbowl scans and posts leading NYC paper front pages. So simple, so useful. In one scroll, you can decide what’s important (or more importantly, what’s NOT important). Big thanks, FishbowlNY.
Mashable: Marine Corps helicopter makes emergency landing on beach.
But that’s good. That’s great. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. Low oil pressure means potential imminent engine failure ... the pilot got it on the ground safely, no panicked unpowered autorotation landing, no casualties, no injuries. Good job, Marines.
HistoryToday: Monetising the Past - Medieval Marginalia and Social Media.
“Perhaps the success of these accounts would be lessened if a tweet were busied with shelfmarks, dates and sources, but wouldn’t it be nice if these huge audiences had the choice between investigating them further or not, and if libraries and archives received due credit for making this wealth of material available.” I recognize a fellow Utopian. Alas, we’ll have to wait for more than just more capable software; we must await a sea-change in attitudes. Attribute, dammit.
Guardian.UK: Republicans line up the standard anti-Clinton attacks. Will any of them work?
So far, sounds like the throw-crap-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks strategy. A whole lot of baggage to work through. Again. I try to imagine her overtopping it all, but just can’t see it. The Bloomberg poll, mentioned within, is interesting. All of Hillary’s boosters tend to quote ‘unbeatable approval numbers’ ... this poll indicates she has significant disapproval numbers as well. More Democratic primary candidates please.
Related: Gender may matter. Mischiefs of Faction: “At the very least, we should be open to the notion that male and female candidates are not treated the same and there is a very real possibility that sexism plays a role in determining election outcomes.”
The Atlantic: The Trouble With Unpublishing the News.
This article reminds me of two things that are circling around my cranium, especially since running across ‘pro blog’ sites recommending bloggers rewrite their archives:
First. I think one of the most important projects anyone could set up, would be a website archive-watch; one that checks for changes in published articles after the publish date. You can’t ‘vanish’ an article in a printed publication, but you *can* on a newspaper’s website. Having a system that continuously monitors canary-in-a-coalmine articles for alterations could be useful.
Second. Others in the past declared weblogs are *not* journalism. Yet we regularly see bloggers who cover journalist beats seeking protection of ‘amateur weblogging’ one second, only in the next second declaring themselves deserving of ‘journalist’ protections. A physicist (for example) who weblogs can’t duck the fact s/he’s a physicist. Their pronouncements get held to a professional standard. Should journalists be able to duck responsibility and cry “weblogger!”? We readers merely ask for some consistent integrity.
CJR: Is the Times’ coverage of the super-rich alienating millennials?
“This propensity for tone-deaf stories about people of vast wealth may pose a problem for the Times as it seeks to expand its digital domain. The coverage sends the wrong message for a newspaper that must attract younger readers and reinforce the unique quality of its brand for the digital future.” This emphasis on attracting a ‘youth’ audience gets me. Seen the stats lately? From my reading, the only demographic that will be increasing consumer spending in the next ten years is 55-65. Not to say that writing for the 1% is a terribly good idea. But let’s get real. Millenials aren’t big consumers. Yet.
CJR: Rolling Stone’s investigation - ‘A failure that was avoidable’.
Freelance fact-checking. Do we really need to know anything else? The editors should have doubled down on whatever problems the fact-checkers raised, instead of waving them away. There weren’t just things slipping through the cracks; important details got bodily chucked into veritable canyons and ignored.
Later: Note, I’m not down on freelancers per se. My experience is simply that when news and other print organizations dump their onstaff editors and other experts out on the streets, firms expect freelance personnel will bring comparable results. I don’t think they do, in that particular case. A freelancer (not unlike myself) is working against either a bid or an hourly rate, with the hiring firm setting limits. If the firm is bargain-basementing the fact-checking costs through freelancers, limiting their hours via budget, I say the system is rigged to suffer slip-through-the-cracks disease.
Capital NY: Times plans to make NYT Now mobile app free.
“Times executives therefore decided NYT Now could attract more readers—and potentially more revenue—as a free, ad-supported offering, particularly readers in their ‘20s and ‘30s who already make up the bulk of the app’s user-base, according to the Times.”
New Economic Perspectives: We Send Teachers to Prison for Rigging the Numbers, Why Not Bankers?
“Wow, a newspaper did a series of articles, and documented a scandal built on deceit. Imagine if the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal were to do an ‘unsparing’ investigation into banking fraud – and into Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to prosecute. What if they actually looked at culpability in the C-suites?” Hear, hear.
WBUR: With Typewriters And Rotary Phones, Tech Firm Goes Analog For April Fools’.
Al Jazeera: Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Converted to Islam.
“... the more I studied history, the more disillusioned I became with the role of Christianity in subjugating my people. I knew, of course, that the Second Vatican Council in 1965 declared slavery an ‘infamy’ that dishonored God and was a poison to society. But for me, it was too little, too late. The failure of the church to use its might and influence to stop slavery and instead to justify it as somehow connected to original sin made me angry.” A really fascinating look at Kareem’s choices; context to history. Via Dan Hartung on FB.
Mashable: Belle Gibson built a career on curing cancer — but did she have it?
How many people do we read, every day, who are also obscuring the truth?
NY Times: Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane, Prosecutor Says.
I join with the rest of the world, in being horrified.
Mashable: ISIS is keeping tourists from ‘Tatooine’
In the midst of Yazidi women being kidnapped and raped, innocents having their throats cut, more ... this matters?
Mashable: German flight’s 8-minute descent is key mystery in crash.
“The Airbus 320 has not recorded the slightest accident since it has been used by Lufthansa group.” Yet the 320’s been cited for being prone to ‘glass cockpit blackout.’ Power outage with no navigation and no communication capabilities. On a cursory glance, it would certainly fit the overall profile.
Later: Photos have been released of the crash site. As with any mountain crash, the slopes and terrain shred airplanes to tinfoil. There are no survivors. My deep condolences to the families.
AP: Police find no evidence of gang rape at U of V.
“In interviews with The Associated Press, however, the same friends said the opposite was true: They said they insisted Jackie contact police, but she refused. The friends said the article didn’t match what Jackie had told them that night, and that she didn’t appear physically injured at the time.”
Newsweek: O’Reilly’s JFK Reporting Was Impossible. I Know Because I Was There.
FishbowlNY: Branded Content Studio’s Study Reveals Branded Content is Fantastic.
Fantastic for advertisers and the Times, certainly. For the readers? Are you getting facts, or hyperbole?
NY Times: Hillary Clinton Prepares to Address Her Use of Private Email as Secretary of State.
“Hillary Rodham Clinton is preparing in coming days to address her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state, according to people close to Mrs. Clinton, even as she continued to avoid questions about the matter on Monday after speaking at a Clinton Foundation event in New York.” *sigh* Her vulnerability.
Later: How much better would we be, if we dropped the dynasties (Bush/Clinton)? Bill Clinton came out of nowhere in ‘92. Perhaps it’s time to have faith in the process.
The Week: Why a Clinton-Bush presidential race fills me with nothing but despair.
“They’ll both say they are for the middle-class families. They are friends of small business and the little guy. They want border security and a path to citizenship. They want to put the social safety net on a secure footing, but keep taxes low. They want a strong assertive foreign policy that confronts our enemies but not with the costs of the Iraq War. Perhaps they’ll venture that they want to make health care better and cheaper. It will be like the presidential campaign of 2000. But darker.” I was just gathering up to write such a piece. Now I don’t have to.
FishbowlNY: Study - Fox News is Loved and Hated.
“It’s better to be loved and hated than to be ignored.” Which is exactly why I ignore them.
Toronto Star to end paid digital subscriptions on April 1.
Welcome to the new CJR.
CJR redesigns. Looks good, first impression.
Pondering the confluence of ‘the dress’ and Scott Walker.
Both subjects of no real value, overdramatized. We live in a meta-world where a name mention — whether positive or negative — increases saturation for that subject, ultimately proving a boon. Instead of feeling the need to express an opinion, there’s significantly more value in just ignoring such things.
And if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, I stand up and applaud in your general direction.