The most recent NYPD CompStat crime report shows 1,421 complaints of felonious assault in the City over 28 days. By the tabloid press' generous estimate, as many as 10 recent assaults may be attributed to something called "the knockout game," in which a black kid goes up to some random white person ... More >>
An Australian baseball player named Christopher Lane was shot to death in Oklahoma, allegedly by three local kids, two black and one white. The kids were questioned but presumed to have acted in self-defense, so they were let go, leading to a public outcry and an arrest... Whoops, actually the youn ... More >>
As of last autumn, more than half of the people with a mobile phone in this country use a smartphone. By August of next year, smartphone users are expected to make up 80 percent of the market. The writing is on the wall in an extremely legible typeface: Those of you pathetic luddites still trudging ... More >>
After a year in which her rep as a legitimate rap artist has been dented by an album that split its time between dense rhymes and enormous, danceable beats, America has suddenly decided to take Nicki Minaj seriously. And all it took was her bigging up rich white dude Mitt Romney on a verse over G.O. ... More >>
It seems like every time I look at Google News, someone's just eaten a person's face or dismembered them and sent the parts around while nibbling on the leftovers. This is sick!
April Fools' is just darn frustrating. As a studier of the Internet, you have to be constantly on guard. With every word you read and link you click on you must think, "could this really ridiculous story be real? Or is it a product of someone's imagination?" So, as the most annoying holiday of the y ... More >>
Via Twitter/@LucyKafanovA camped out protester waking up others as police arriveAfter a night of pouring rain with unrelenting thunder and lightening (is Mayor Bloomberg wealthy enough to own one of those Bond-vilain-style weather machines?), the moment of confrontation between the NYPD and ... More >>
The Huffington Post, which was just bought by AOL for $315 million, is really good at what media mind Jeff Jarvis calls the "black art" of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. That means, when people Google (or more rarely "Yahoo" or "Bing," which are not quite verbs) a term on a search engine ... More >>
Merry War on Christmas! This conflict has been dragging on for years, which is not entirely a bad thing, as it has produced a thriving War on Christmas industry, which our economy desperately needs. The opportunities for outrage this year are slim, but where there's a rightblogger, there's a way, w ... More >>
In 2001, New York Mets prospect Brian Cole was killed when his Ford Explorer flipped on the way home from spring training. Fast-forward to September 2, 2010, when a Mississippi jury awarded $131 million to Cole's family. Have you heard this story? Probably not, because no media was on hand to ... More >>
Here's a strange one: a filing by Ben Raines at the Alabama Press-Register on Monday evening shows up online with a headline announcing "Another Gulf oil spill: Well near Deepwater Horizon has leaked since at least April 30." Some bloggers may have noted it. But why aren't we hearing anything ... More >>
In case you haven't heard, it's Internet Week here in New York City! One wonderful event that's taken place was a panel yesterday to discuss the "Future of Media," which we writers and bloggers and alt-weeklies are invested in, along with most of the information consuming population. The ta ... More >>
Looks like Rupert Murdoch is getting some traction in his quest to keep "kleptomaniacs" like you and us from getting his content for free. Google senior Business Product Manager Josh Cohen says at the Google News Blog that his company is "updating" its First Click Free program, which had previously ... More >>
Everyone says newspapers are dead (except in New York, city of seven dailies), but Rupert Murdoch has found a way to bring them back to life: making "aggregators and plagiarists" (presumably meaning sites like Google News and Drudge) pay the content-providing news orgs whose works they blurb ... More >>
Google's New Bells and WhistlesWorth Using?