It appears I’ve been linked again by the National Ledger. Thanks guys! At least now I know that the new influx isn’t coming in exclusively from the Kelly Clarkson Fan Club. Not that I have anything against Kelly Clarkson, but I’ve never talked about nor listened to her music before, so it strikes me as odd I’d be singled out by them to link prominently. Still, they are a major source of traffic lately, just not the major source.
These are dark days in the newspaper industry. The New York Times Company announced today that it is cutting 500 jobs, on top of 200 cut earlier this year. Some of the cuts relate to the Times itself, others to the Boston Globe, which is also owned by the Times company.
Also today, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, both of which are owned by Knight Ridder, announced cuts totaling 100 jobs “because of lower circulation and revenue.”
Just four days ago, the San Francisco Chronicle bought out 90 employees, amid rumors of impending layoffs. Editor & Publisher reported that:
The buyouts come at a time when the Chronicle is seeking to cut costs after several years of multi-million dollar losses, including a $62 million deficit in 2004.
I think it’s a good thing. Are you surprised? Go back and read the Why We Do This post in regards to BlipMedia. There’s this paragraph (quoted below) in there that lists all the failings of the MSM for the last five to ten years, and the bulk of the transgressions are by print media (although a the most recognizable of the transgressions are by television). This is by no means a complete list (although I should really work on a complete list sometime in the near future).
From that entry of my blog:
The New York Times’ Jayson Blair, The New York Times’ Paul McGeough, The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson, Harpers’ Magazine, The New Republic’s Stephen Glass, CBS’s Dan Rather and Marla Mapes, The Boston Globe, ABC’s Mark Halperin, The LA Time’s Roberr Scheer, The Detroit Free Press’s Mitch Albom, and several others all show that the Old Media is busting at the seams with inaccuracies and blatant lies. The New Media keeps pegging the inaccuracies and exposing them, showing all the inherent flaws in their system. As Darrell briefly outlined in his article this week, the New Media is by it’s very nature immune to these kinds of inaccuracies due to it’s a participatory medium, not a one way communication (which is by it’s very definition an oxymoron).
Speaking of things I was right about, I’m pretty sure the following information obtained by the Mars Global Surveyor project harkens back to the salient observation made by me, here. To summarize, global warming has more to do with solar activity than human activity. Glenn Reynolds highlighted this item from the Mars Global Surveyor project:
[F]or three Mars summers in a row, deposits of frozen carbon dioxide near Mars’ south pole have shrunk from the previous year’s size, suggesting a climate change in progress.
There’s an update in our ‘developing Kate Moss story.’ If you recall, we are the only people to continue to host the forbidden pictures of Kate Moss after Gawker took them down. As people realize this, our traffic has risen by about 300 unique visitors a day. As a public service to the Kate Moss obsessed rizznites, this just in. Hat Tip: Sh!tparade.
This Just (Th)In: H&M Drop Moss After Drug Shame
Swedish fashion chain H&M have dropped disgraced supermodel Kate Moss after a British newspaper published photographs of the beauty allegedly snorting cocaine. The photos in Thursday’s Daily Mirror newspaper appear to show Moss indulging in the hard drug during a recording session with on/off boyfriend Pete Doherty and his band Babyshambles in a London studio. Despite Moss’ apologies to H&M and their initial acceptance of her regrets, the clothing store have now decided to remove Moss from their $1.8 million advertising campaign. A statement from the company reads, “H&M is strongly against drugs and for many years has actively supported the drug preventing organization Mentor Foundation. After having evaluated the situation, H&M has decided that a campaign with Kate Moss is inconsistent with H&M’s clear dissociation of drugs.”
BTW, not enough of you are downloading my CD. Do you not love me?