Posts Tagged: Conglomerates

The Trials of 'Entertainment Weekly': One Magazine's 24 Years of Corporate Torture

Jessica Alba on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in March of 2001, summer of 2006, and again this month.

When I was a young and odd child, one of the oddest things I did was collect Entertainment Weekly. Our family, like so many middle class families, had always had a subscription to Time, and one day Entertainment Weekly began arriving with it. In those early days, it was called entertainment weekly, and in many ways, it resembled many of the entertainment websites (The A.V. Club, Grantland, Vulture) that dominate the field today. There were long, industry-oriented cover stories, buttressed by surprisingly non-banal interviews with stars, producers, directors, [...]


What Did Google Buy, and Why?

This map of companies purchased by Google is insanely useful because first you realize that you have no idea what any of these companies are and then you realize you have no idea what Google is up to. I am looking forward to someone explaining it to us; I will report back in short order. One item of interest: they have no interest in news, having purchased only one "news"-related company, FeedBurner, which is actually an RSS service and, more importantly, an RSS ad delivery system.