Posts Tagged: Content
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The New Media Boom Times

Everything's coming up ᴄᴏɴᴛᴇɴᴛ: Vinit Bharara made his fortune selling Pampers and Huggies. Now he wants to capitalize on a business fast becoming as commodified as diapers: digital content.

His new site, Cafe, will be "a mass publication that explores everything and anything," Bharara tells the Times, the most venerable content prospecting operation east of the Mississippi. "If I need to be practical, I’ll be practical." But for now? Diap up, it's time to hit publish.

Vice is continuing its interminable will-they-won't-they media sales tour, conjuring a $2.5 billion valuation in the pages of the Times business section ("Vice would also arrive [at Time Warner, Disney or [...]

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Checking In With My Pile Of Rejected 'New Yorker' Cartoons

In 2012, in a rare moment of actual confidence, I mailed an envelope of cartoons to famous New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff (who, for the short number of weeks surrounding this event, I referred to, in my head, as Bob). I never heard back. Which, I mean, was not a surprise. I’d been doing a lot of drawing, almost entirely for the Internet, and almost entirely for free. The Internet can be a tricky thing; sometimes it feels like there are countless outlets and platforms for creative people, and other times, it all just feels a little pointless. Content is disposable, and whether or not you contribute to it, [...]

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15 Other Secrets Your Waiter Will Never Tell You

What would two dozen servers from across the country tell you if they could get away with it? We don't know, but it seems like a great idea for a popular web story that is sure to pay extra dividends from search traffic, particularly if people are searching for terms like "waiter," "secrets," "restaurant secrets," "list of secrets," "Valentine's Day" and "lies." We don't go in for that sort of thing at The Awl, so instead we're going to give you the real, authentic secrets of waiters that restaurants don't want you to know about food or porn or pornography or hot naked chicks. Get ready for some [...]

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Marina Abramović's Incidental Podcast

We are now on day eight of Marina Abramović's 512 Hours, an art project which will last just over two months: Creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramović’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of props that she may or may not use. On arrival, visitors will both literally and metaphorically leave their baggage behind in order to enter the exhibition: bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras may not accompany them.

Most of us won't make it to London to see this, and that's fine: We have something better! The daily video diaries, which Abramović delivers straight into the [...]

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Twitter Stomps Out Micropayments

A bunch of us have been using Flattr recently. It's a goofy but sweet European company that allows you to set a budget for micropayments that get delivered through social media services: Flickr, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Github, App.net. You favorite a thing? Part of your monthly budget goes to that favorite.

This was going semi-well. One problem was that Flattr isn't that widespread yet, though it had to start somewhere. So payments tended to be a bit circular. I made about 7 Euros in the last month, and I spent about 15 Euros. A lot of this, it looks like, was just money sort of equally changing hands.

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How the Internet Works: Advertiser-Provided Editorial Infographics!

Sometimes you learn little things about how the Internet works and it's like, ohhhhhh! Of course! Here is a solicitation we received, which explains how an advertiser places editorial content on blogs. So that the content links to ("is sponsored by") what are basically spam farms. It's fascinating as a business model! It's very smart!

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Facebook Explains Itself

That strange sensation, which manifests itself, physically, as the sensation of a pit in your stomach expanding ever wider while the tiniest perceptible dew drops of ice cold sweat force themselves from the pores of your back like an insect emerging from its pupa, is the feeling of sublime dread and utter acceptance that washes over you when you realize that you are about to be completely and utterly consumed, from the inside out. That is what Facebook feels like, to basically everyone, but most acutely to those in the publishing industry. Today it has finally explained why. We have curated the relevant bits above, reproduced in Facebook's [...]

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"Pretty Colors" Tumblr to Run out of Material in the Year 5012

There are only 16,777,216 colors that can be represented on the web (under our current system). The Tumblr that celebrates them, Pretty Colors, has posted 1077 of those colors since January. That means this Tumblr can only exist (if it continues posting at the same rate) for another 10,433 years before it runs out of colors. If my math is right. Which it may not be. But it'll have run out of "pretty" colors long before then, most likely. How many of the colors that can exist online can also be considered pretty, even with an open mind? I'd give that Tumblr about another 3000 years. I look forward [...]