Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Major Mainstream Media Archives Online
The move away from gated content towards free continues apace. Cartoonists, Magazines and newspapers are offer their extensive archives -- both online and for sale on DVD -- dating as far back as the 1850s.
Jason Kottke describes this as "an incredible record of recent human history, the ideas, people, and events that have shaped our country and world as recorded by writers, photographers, editors, illustrators, advertisers, and designers who lived through those times."
• The NY Times provides their entire archive online, most of it for free.
• The Atlantic Monthly offers all their articles since Nov 1995 and a growing number from their archive dating back to 1857 for free.
• The Washington Post has archives going back to 1877. (Not free)
• The New Yorker has free archives on their site going back to 2001, although only some of the articles are included. All of their articles, dating back to 1925, are available on The Complete New Yorker DVD set for $40.
• Rolling Stone offers some of their archive online but the entire archive (from 1967 to 2007) is available as a 4-DVD set for $79.
• Mad Magazine released a 2-DVD set of every issue of the magazine from 1952-2006.
Old media is slowly figuring out that more content equals more traffic, sometimes much more traffic.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Cover of NY Magazine this week is too too funny:
Monday, February 25, 2008
What's Up With Tom Ford?
Surprisingly explicit print ads from fashion designer Tom Ford:
click for full story on each
Tom Fords A Valley
What A Dildo: Designer Tom Ford's Phallic Fragrance
Through advertising, Tom Ford continues to inform heterosexual men that he doesn't want them buying his products.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Who ever would have guessed that the Chinese communist controlled media would fake a photograph?
Earlier this week, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, issued an unusual public apology for publishing a doctored photograph of Tibetan wildlife frolicking near a high-speed train.
The deception -- uncovered by Chinese Internet users who sniffed out a Photoshop scam in the award-winning picture -- has brought on a big debate about media ethics, China's troubled relationship with Tibet, and how pregnant antelope react to noise.
The antelope imbroglio began in the summer of 2006. The Chinese government was celebrating its latest engineering feat, and an enthusiastic wildlife photographer from the Daqing Evening News was camped out on the Tibetan plateau eating energy bars and waiting for antelope to pass.
Front page WSJ:
click for interactive photo
courtesy of WSJ
courtesy of WSJ
China Eats Crow Over Faked Photo Of Rare Antelope
They Didn't Truly Run With a Train to Tibet; Xinhua Agency Recants
JANE SPENCER and JULIET YE
WSJ, February 22, 2008; Page A1
Monday, January 07, 2008
A Year in Iraq
Click thru for full graphic:
A Year in Iraq
ADRIANA LINS DE ALBUQUERQUE and ALICIA CHENG
NYT, January 6, 2008
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Dove warns parents about their own industry
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
‘Just advertising departments with legs and high heels.’ — Richard Avedon
Saturday, April 28, 2007
The Demographics of American Newspapers
1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the
3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the
country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.
4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country
but don't really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like
their statistics shown in pie charts.
5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running
the country -- if they could find the time -- and if they didn't have
to leave Southern California to do it.
6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the
country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.
7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's
running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a
seat on the train.
8. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the
country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably
9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country
but need the baseball scores.
10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure there
is a country . . . or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose
all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders
are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs who also happen to be
illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course,
that they are not Republicans.
11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the
12. The Pensacola News Journal is read by people who have recently
caught a fish and need something in which to wrap it.