The Songs: Karmin, "Super Bass" and "Look At Me Now" and way too many others; Mac Lethal, "Cook Wit Me Now"; Jackson Foote and friends, "Get Low"; Sophia Grace, "Super Bass"; probably more that are shooting up the Reddit charts right now.
The Crimes: Anti-pop snobbery; humorlessness in the name of ... More >>
Tuesday, a woman named Paulien Lombard appeared before the Riverside County, California Board of Supervisors to tell them what only a few years earlier she had kept secret: that she was a Scientologist who had worked as a spy for the church.
It's a dramatic moment, and even more so if you know th ... More >>
Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Friday, June 24
Better than: Watching broadcast TV without a DVR.
Explaining where I was going on Friday night engendered one of two single-syllable reactions from my friends: "Ugh!" or "Who?" Pomplamoose, the male-female duo from San Francisco who became fa ... More >>
Today, almost every media operation in the world has already attempted or will soon attempt to make a joke at the expense of their readers, viewers, visitors, or customers. Most will actually fool very few, while even less will be funny. We've already noted some of Google's gags for the day, ... More >>
If there's one word to describe the media news narrative so far in 2011, it's probably "reinvention," or something like it, what with all of the relaunches, redesigns and restructuring, from AOL and the Huffington Post to Gawker, the New York Times (plus Magazine), New York Observer and Tina ... More >>
Gabriel Snyder, who was fired by Nick Denton as the editor-in-chief of Gawker in February 2010, will be joining The Atlantic as the editor of the magazine's Atlantic Wire aggregation website, according to an Observer report today. Snyder will replace Ben Carlson, who left for a job at Rupert ... More >>
In the span of one week, a user of the highly influential social news website Reddit, a man who goes by the internet handle BadgerMatt, experienced the extreme highs and lows of going viral. At a moment when the internet's nerdiest, and often ugliest, underbelly is gaining mainstream attentio ... More >>
Things that nerds call news [dot] Tumblr [dot] com: the anarchic wing of the 4chan message board, known as /b/, is angry at the micro-blogging service Tumblr, which is known for book deals and as the weapon of choice for New York City media losers and wannabes. What often goes unsaid about Tu ... More >>
All Blogs Go To HeavenDo you use an RSS reader? If so, and you're stuck on the old-school Bloglines, it's time to get a Google Reader. IAC,which bought Bloglines five years ago, has decided to shutter the service on October 1, according to an announcement on Ask.com. It's always a pain when p ... More >>
Reddit, the social news website and Digg competitor, occupies a very specific and important niche in the blogosphere. The site works generally like a suped-up message board, where a very involved community can not only respond to posts, but vote every reply up or down, lending validity to mor ... More >>
Maybe I'm just not up on the lingo of the tech world, but why is a new product always set up to "kill" an existing product? Aren't these unrealistically lofty expectations, especially when the thing you're trying to "kill" -- in this case Facebook -- has nearly half a billion users worldwide? ... More >>
Brian Stelter at Media Decoder recently took a look at a new site called MediaFail, which is kind of like FAILBLOG (part of the seemingly amorphous I CAN HAZ CHEEZBURGER intellectual think-tank empire, that involves the word "FAIL" being posted over pictures of humanity "failing" in various, ... More >>
We will, in the closing days of this wretched decade, list the Top Ten reasons why it sucked, starting from the bottom.
Remember back in the 90s, when you loved the internet? When you saw it through a child's eyes, and clapped with delight at dancing hamsters, cruddy Flash animation ... More >>