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Why the Success of The New York Times May Be Bad News for Journalism
Ben SMith stepping into the space opened a decade ago by David Carr, the late columnist who chronicled an explosion of new online outlets. My focus will probably be the opposite: The consolidation of everything from movies to news, as the media industry gets hollowed out by the same rich-get-richer, winner-take-all forces that have reshaped businesses from airlines to pharmaceuticals.

“The New York Times is going to basically be a monopoly,” predicted Jim VandeHei, the founder of Axios, which started in 2016 with plans to sell digital subscriptions but has yet to do so. “The Times will get bigger and the niche will get nichier, and nothing else will survive.”
journalism  Business  Media  newyorktimes 
4 weeks ago
Influencers are putting up paywalls. What does that mean for brands? | Vogue Business
Influencers with big followings on Instagram and other platforms are starting to put up “paywalls” by charging fans for exclusive content.

Some charge a monthly fee to become a “Close Friend” on Instagram, while others are trialling WeChat’s new paywalls. In effect, content quality is becoming a focus.

While these payments add another revenue stream for influencers, analysts say brand partnerships will remain as a source of credibility.
Influencer  instagram  Media  Business  membership 
4 weeks ago
A Text Renaissance
There is a renaissance underway in online text as a medium. The Four Horsemen of this emerging Textopia are:

Roam, a hypertext publishing platform best understood as a medium for composing conspiracy theories and extended universes.
Substack, a careful and thorough ground-up neoclassical reconstruction of the age-old email newsletter.
Static websites, built out of frameworks like Jekyll or Gatsby (full disclosure: a consulting client).
And finally, Threaded Twitter, a user-pioneered hack-turned-supported feature that has wonderfully revitalized the platform.

I want to take a stab at lightly theorizing this renaissance. And also speculating, in light of this renaissance, about what might be the eighth and penultimate death of blogging. And the future of books. So it’s going to be a sprawling, messy hot take on the State of Textual Media. Or at least a simmering take, since I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a year on the backburner.
media  digital 
5 weeks ago
How to Generate Infinite Fake Humans - The Atlantic
You encounter so many people every day, online and off-, that it is almost impossible to be alone. Now, thanks to computers, those people might not even be real. Pay a visit to the website This Person Does Not Exist: Every refresh of the page produces a new photograph of a human being—men, women, and children of every age and ethnic background, one after the other, on and on forever. But these aren’t photographs, it turns out, though they increasingly look like them. They are images created by a generative adversarial network, a type of machine-learning system that fashions new examples modeled after a set of specimens on which the system is trained. Piles of pictures of people in, images of humans who do not exist out.
tech  society  ai 
5 weeks ago
Spotify is gaining a podcast audience quickly. But is it an audience that isn’t as interested in news? » Nieman Journalism Lab
We’ve written a lot (well, Nick Quah has written a lot) about Spotify’s efforts to move in on Apple’s 15-year position as the undisputed No. 1 platform for podcasts. The Swedish streaming giant has made podcasts more central to its apps, negotiated exclusive deals with production companies, and thrown a ton of money around — spending $400 million-plus to buy Gimlet Media, Anchor, Parcast, and most recently The Ringer.
Audio  spotify  podcasts  journalism 
5 weeks ago
Wer KATAPULT kauft, zerstört Wald
Wir haben anschließend bei Taz, Die Welt, Bild, Süddeutsche Zeitung und FAZ angefragt. Niemand wusste Bescheid, Klimaneutralität scheint dort kein Thema zu sein. Und wenn doch mal ein Produktionsleiter eine vorsichtige Aussage traf, sollte diese auf keinen Fall veröffentlicht werden. Stattdessen fiel überraschend oft Satz gesagt: »Rufen Sie doch mal bei der Druckerei an.« Die sei dafür zuständig. Die Verleger der größten deutschen Nachrichtenmagazine fühlen sich selbst also nicht wirklich verantwortlich für die nachhaltige Herstellung ihrer Zeitungen und wälzen die Verantwortung auf die Drucker ab.
journalism  sustainability 
5 weeks ago
Twitter Thread Business Models in Digital Journalism
The Passion Economy (see Substack) is a competitor for market share, consumer revenue AND talent. It’s accessible to all, offers shared products/services for operations & rewards individuality.

It gives ownership & agency to the creator AND consumer.
journalism  Media  Business  strategy  PossibleSpeaker 
5 weeks ago
The Information is testing a subscription bundle with Bloomberg Media - Digiday
The Information and Bloomberg Media are the next set of publishers to test out a digital subscription bundling model.

The two publishers have come together to offer a $499 one-year subscription to both Bloomberg.com and TheInformation.com, which will allow readers to access all paywalled content, as well as provide access to The Information’s new app, monthly video calls, events and a subscriber-only Slack channel, and Bloomberg’s subscriber newsletters, Bloomberg TV live streams and podcast.

“The only players looking to aggregate news have been Apple, Facebook and Google,” said Lessin. “It’s bizarre that we’ve seeded this power to the tech companies,” she added, continuing that she sees an opportunity for publishers to take some of the power back and “work together to expand the audience for quality journalism.”
journalism  Business  strategy  Innovation 
5 weeks ago
SPACE10 Redesigned | SPACE10
Three years ago, SPACE10 opened its doors in Copenhagen’s meatpacking district. Spread across three floors of an open-plan, protected building, we’ve been home to everything from a vertical farm to an open office space. But as we grew, so did our needs. That’s why we hired architecture studio Spacon & X to come up with a new typology for our office design that can adapt and transform as we do. Today, SPACE10 comprises a fabrication laboratory, tech studio, test kitchen, event space, gallery, and flexible meeting rooms—all within the same square metres with which we originally started out.
Innovation  strategy  design 
5 weeks ago
Stellungnahme zum Themenkomplex „Social Bots“, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Florian Gallwitz
Die Idee, dass von sinistren Mächten gelenkte „Social Bots“ in den Sozialen Medien unterwegs sind,
um Einfluss auf die öffentliche Meinungsbildung zu nehmen, ist eine Verschwörungstheorie ohne
Grundlage in der Realität.
• In einer ganzen Reihe von Aspekten ist die Social-Bot-Verschwörungstheorie der bizarren
„Chemtrail“-Verschwörungstheorie nicht unähnlich. Sie greift aber auch Vorstellungen auf, wie sie
aus der mittelalterlichen Hexenverfolgung bekannt sind. Hierzu gehören insbesondere die
zahlreichen Anleitungen, die im Internet kursieren, welche Merkmale auflisten, anhand derer man
angeblich „Social Bots“ von „echten Menschen“ unterscheiden können soll.
• Nach meiner Überzeugung würde keine einzige der vorliegenden empirischen Studien, in denen
quantitative Aussagen über „Social Bots“ gemacht werden, einer Überprüfung nach den in der
Wissenschaft sonst üblichen Maßstäben standhalten.
socialmedia  politics  bots 
6 weeks ago
How Destructive is Innovation?
Entrants and incumbents can create new products and displace the products of competitors. Incumbents can also improve their existing products. How much of aggregate
productivity growth occurs through each of these channels? Using data from the U.S.
Longitudinal Business Database on all nonfarm private businesses from 1983 to 2013,
we arrive at three main conclusions: First, most growth appears to come from incumbents. We infer this from the modest employment share of entering firms (defined as
those less than 5 years old). Second, most growth seems to occur through improvements
of existing varieties rather than creation of brand new varieties. Third, own-product improvements by incumbents appear to be more important than creative destruction. We
infer this because the distribution of job creation and destruction has thinner tails than
implied by a model with a dominant role for creative destruction.

Anmerkung: Könnte auch "Iteration statt Disruption" heißen
Innovation  philosophy  Business  society  Science 
6 weeks ago
The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world - MIT Technology Review
Every year, OpenAI’s employees vote on when they believe artificial general intelligence, or AGI, will finally arrive. It’s mostly seen as a fun way to bond, and their estimates differ widely. But in a field that still debates whether human-like autonomous systems are even possible, half the lab bets it is likely to happen within 15 years.

In the four short years of its existence, OpenAI has become one of the leading AI research labs in the world. It has made a name for itself producing consistently headline-grabbing research, alongside other AI heavyweights like Alphabet’s DeepMind. It is also a darling in Silicon Valley, counting Elon Musk and legendary investor Sam Altman among its founders.

Above all, it is lionized for its mission. Its goal is to be the first to create AGI—a machine with the learning and reasoning powers of a human mind. The purpose is not world domination; rather, the lab wants to ensure that the technology is developed safely and its benefits distributed evenly to the world.
ai  tech  society  PossibleSpeaker 
6 weeks ago
Journalism To Go: The changing spaces of news consumption
This paper contends that to understand how audiences engage with journalism in the contemporary age, we must conceive of news consumption not just as something we do, but as something we do in a particular place. It considers the experience(s) of consuming journalism, and reflects upon the influence “space” has in this equation. I ask how news consumption is integrated into, and shapes, the social spaces of everyday life, and how this may be transforming.
journalism  Science  strategy  PossibleSpeaker 
6 weeks ago
News organizations just want to get readers hooked, whether their habit’s news, podcasts, or puzzles » Nieman Journalism Lab
Newspapers once relied on their readers’ daily habit: starting the morning with a cup of coffee and a rifle through the print paper. Those days are going or gone for most, but publishers know that their future success will come down, at least in part, to how well they’re able to form new habits in readers.
journalism  strategy  NiemanJournalismLab 
6 weeks ago
Reality check: subscriptions are not going to work for everyone. Here's why
Subscriptions are great. They’ve really helped a beleaguered industry feel its way forward, but as we celebrate another record breaking year for subs at The Guardian or The New York Times there is a reality that we need to address, and it’s one that’s usually pushed to footnote status.

The fact is, they can’t possibly work for everyone. Why? Let’s start here:

There can be only one (or, at best a few)

When you can get it for free, why pay?

It’s demographics
journalism  Business  membership 
6 weeks ago
A comparative analysis of CGI Instagram influencer, @lilmiquela, and human Instagram influencer, @_emmachamberlain
In an increasingly digital world, the relatively under-researched realm of the social media influencer industry is slowly becoming more pertinent and revealing for academic research areas for media production and representation. In this paper, a comparative visual analysis was undertaken to compare human influencer, Emma Chamberlain, and computer-generated influencer, Lil Miquela through the examination of a total of 16 Instagram posts across the two influencers. These images were further dissected through the use of pre-defined cultural scripts, such as calibrated amateurism, personal branding, being ‘cool’ and selfies. The analysis of the cultural scripts and visuals revealed the two juxtaposed categories of behavior — a traditional celebrity culture of fame, wealth and exclusivity versus a down-to-earth, ‘just like you’ and amateur type of influencer. Both subjects vary their content to suit both categories as if balancing the two opposing versions of their digital personas; this characteristic appears to be distinct to both influencers. Further research could be carried out to examine the generalizability of this finding and to further understand the influence that this might have on media audiences.
tech  ads  instagram  Influencer 
6 weeks ago
Everyone Needs To Stop Assuming Autonomous Vehicles Are Going To Be Safer Than Humans
Articles about how autonomous vehicles are almost here and how big a deal it’ll be aren’t exactly uncommon, but this one from a couple of days ago over at Interesting Engineering struck me in particular because it rehashes an idea that’s at the root of so many articles and self-righteous online arguments from Tesla owners about autonomous cars: that autonomous vehicles will unquestionably be safer than human drivers. I think there’s a bit of a logical fallacy there, and there’s no reason we have to keep perpetuating this idea.
ai  tech  futurism 
6 weeks ago
How The New York Times Is Revising Its Digital Playbook – Adweek
The New York Times, once beset with significant financial issues, has turned the corner and is now seen as a modern success story. For example, earlier this week the paper posted its latest quarterly results with revenues of $508.4 million, thanks to a 4.5% increase in subscription revenue with a total of 5.3 million total print and digital subscribers as of the end of 2019.

While overall advertising revenue dropped 10.5% year-over-year during the period—CEO Mark Thompson described the Times as a “subscription-first publisher”—plans are afoot to reverse the decline in media spend.

These involves soon-to-launch “first-party data-based advertising solutions” as the Times seeks to create privacy-safe ways to engage with its audiences. The focus on privacy involves tweaks to its programmatic advertising offering, including the publisher closing off its mobile app inventory from open market demand.
journalism  Business  Media  ads  newyorktimes  data 
6 weeks ago
From Loyalty to Membership - The Sociology of Business
The irony of most of today’s loyalty programs is that they aren’t about loyalty at all. They have more to do with economic calculation and gain management than with the true affinity for a brand.

True loyalty is emotional and irrational, and often at odds with our survival instinct. To achieve it, brands are better off with membership programs than the point schemes. Figuring out a good membership scenario is even more important today with a proliferation of subscription models, private chat rooms, and an ever-increasing costs of paid social as the customer acquisition tool. Converting customers into subscribers and participating in consumer micro-networks is easier if they feel like members of a group.

Think about your membership program in plural. Your consumers are not a monolithic group, but a network of subgroups and niches. Define taste communities among your consumers and personalize the look, feel, tone of voice, and benefits of membership programs for them.

Anmerkung: Schon ein bisschen systemblindes Business-Bla-Bla drin
strategy  membership  Science 
6 weeks ago
A Live Climate Scoreboard for the World
These are the numbers that matter. A difficult global transition is happening right now, away from fossil fuels, deforestation, greenhouse-gas pollution and melting ice. It can be measured with precision and clarity. The processes described by this data dashboard are occurring on a planetary scale, and yet our progress can be measured this minute, in parts per million, in metric tons, in fractions of a degree. This is Bloomberg Green’s guide to the worldwide goal of slowing and stopping warming temperatures. This is a record of how far we have to go, and a tool to assess how much we can change.
climatechange 
6 weeks ago
Welcome to Green: A Letter From Bloomberg’s Editor in Chief - Bloomberg
Nine months ago, I was struck by an intriguing anomaly. Media usually reflects society. If you look back at the history of journalism, big geopolitical shifts or cultural changes tend to throw up one or two media properties that epitomize that moment in time. Many would argue that climate change—and the transformation it is prompting in politics, business, technology and human behavior around the world—is the biggest shift of our time. And yet there is no media brand that has become a symbol of that revolution.

Bloomberg Green will include a plethora of products across our many different platforms—from daily newsletters to broadcast TV and radio programs and live events. We will unveil a magazine around Earth Day in April; it will be fully recyclable—and people will have the chance to receive it digitally.
journalism  climatechange 
6 weeks ago
Gender inequality in media and entertainment | McKinsey
Research suggests women remain locked out of top roles in media and entertainment. A more diverse cast is required.

There are many reasons to care about gender issues in the media and entertainment industry—not the least of which is the importance of moving beyond traditional stereotypes and having diverse storytellers share their unique perspectives in film, television, and other forms of print and broadcast media. Women are among the largest consumers of film and television, so they represent a key demographic for this industry and the advertisers that support it.
Media  diversity  metoo 
6 weeks ago
Google might start paying news publishers for content - The Verge
Google is chatting with publishers about potentially paying to include their content in a news product, according to The Wall Street Journal. Most of the talks are with publishers outside the US, the paper says, including in France and Europe more broadly.

“We want to help people find quality journalism—it’s important to informed democracy and helps support a sustainable news industry,” Google said in a statement to the Journal. “We care deeply about this and are talking with partners and looking at more ways to expand our ongoing work with publishers, building on programmes like our Google News Initiative.”
journalism  google  Business  publishing 
6 weeks ago
Wie ZEIT ONLINE Wissenschaftler bei ihrer Forschung unterstützt - Fragen der Zeit
Wie die meisten Redaktionen der Welt hat ZEIT ONLINE täglich mit Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern zu tun. Forscher helfen uns mit Fachwissen, sind Interviewpartner, beraten bei schwierigen Recherchen. Eher selten ist der umgekehrte Fall: dass Wissenschaftler unsere journalistischen Recherchen für ihre Forschung verwenden. Genau das ist aber im vergangenen Jahr so häufig geschehen, dass wir Ihnen davon berichten wollen.

Noch vor wenigen Jahren wären solche aufwendigen Datenrecherchen in der Redaktion von ZEIT ONLINE kaum denkbar gewesen. Heute arbeiten wir regelmäßig in interdisziplinären Teams aus Journalisten, Entwicklern und Designern an umfangreichen Datensätzen. Wir bereinigen sie, analysieren sie, suchen nach interessanten Mustern. Manchmal dauert es Monate, bis aus der Kleinstarbeit ein Artikel entsteht, den Sie dann auf ZEIT ONLINE lesen können.
journalism  Science  data  Innovation  zeit 
6 weeks ago
Pflichtfach Informatik – im Schuljahr 2023/2024 geht’s in Niedersachsen los
Ab dem Schuljahr 2023/2024 wird es verpflichtenden Informatik-Unterricht an niedersächsischen Schulen geben. Erstmal braucht es aber passende Lehrkräfte.
Innovation  tech  education  code 
6 weeks ago
Muck Rack for journalists and public relations
Never miss a beat: Get alerts in your inbox whenever journalists are writing and tweeting about your company, campaign, competitors or any keywords. You’ll instantly know who to connect with, which stories you need to get out in front of and the trending news that affects your brand.
journalism  tool  PossibleSpeaker 
6 weeks ago
Journalists never write about ... Shhh! Yes they do, and this tool can show you - Poynter
What are journalists writing about? It seems like a question with an easy answer. Just go to a news outlet’s homepage and take a peek, or do a quick internet search.

But each of those only offers a glance at what the news has published as a whole. A new tool from MuckRack called Trends offers a universal look at what journalists are writing about.

It works just like Google Trends, the popular tool that displays and compares terms that people are searching for with Google, except that MuckRack Trends looks only at news articles.

MuckRack Trends can tell you, for example, that journalists have written about presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden more often than presidential candidate Bernie Sanders consistently over the past 30 days (though they have come close).
journalism  tool  fakenews 
6 weeks ago
SpeculativeEdu | Superflux: Tools and methods for making change
We think our work investigates a potential rather than speculating on a future. Speculation is an undeniable part of the process but it is not the primary motivation behind our work. Our work is an open-ended process of enquiry, whilst speculation can at times feel like a closed loop.

Anmerkung: Text von 2019
Innovation  forecast  design 
6 weeks ago
"Notaufnahme Live" sorgt für gute Quoten bei Kabel Eins - DWDL.de
Die kurzfristig angekündigte Sendung "Notaufnahme Live" hat am Donnerstag bei Kabel Eins für gute Quoten gesorgt. An der RTLzwei-Reihe "Hartes Deutschland" und den Vox-Filmen kam man aber nicht vorbei. Starke Quoten gab's zudem am Vorabend.
journalism  tv 
6 weeks ago
Falsch-Positive machen Prognose-Algorithmen zum Problem
Kein Prognose-Algorithmus ist perfekt. 99 Prozent Sicherheit sind möglich, 100 Prozent sind bei komplexen Aufgaben unrealistisch – dazu müsste nicht nur die Software fehlerfrei arbeiten, sondern auch das zugrunde liegende Datenmaterial perfekt sein. Das bedeutet zweierlei: Erstens wird es immer wieder vorkommen, dass eine gesuchte Person nicht erkannt wird und unentdeckt bleibt. Zweitens passiert aber auch das Gegenteil: Eine eigentlich unverdächtige Person wird von der Software versehentlich als Treffer markiert. Man spricht hier von Falsch-Positiven. In der Realität, etwa an einem gewöhnlichen Bahnhof in einer deutschen Großstadt, kommen nämlich auf jede polizeilich gesuchte Person Hunderte oder Tausende völlig unverdächtige Personen.
ai  tech  politics 
6 weeks ago
"Diese Körper sind von Angst erfüllt" | L.I.S.A. WISSENSCHAFTSPORTAL GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG
Ein Grundfehler der liberalen „bürgerlichen“ Presse war (und ist) es meiner Meinung nach, den Vorwurf der „Lügenpresse“ nicht wirklich ernst zu nehmen, ihn nicht ernsthaft zu bedenken. Statt zu sagen – was der Wahrheit entspräche – wir sind parteiisch; wir vertreten bestimmte Interessen; und wir können das begründen: zum Beispiel das Interesse an der sogenannten Marktwirtschaft in hochtechnifizierten demokratischen Gesellschaften. Wir können begründen, warum dazu das Interesse an bestimmten Formen der politischen Auseinandersetzung gehört: im Bundestag, in den Landtagen, in den Kommunen, in Kindergärten, Schulen, in Betrieben und Vereinen. Wir können begründen, warum dazu die Akzeptanz des Gewaltmonopols des Staats gehört; die Akzeptanz der sogenannten „Gewaltenteilung“, Unabhängigkeit der Justiz. Aber auch das Recht auf Bürgerinitiativen, auf zivilen Widerstand etc. - aber nicht das Recht auf lokale „Bürgerwehren“, zumal bewaffnete, um nur dies eine Beispiel zu nennen.

Zuzugeben wäre also: „Wir sind eine interessenzentrierte bürgerliche Presse mit ganz bestimmten Werten; und sind damit in den Augen derer, die diese Werte ablehnen und bekämpfen ganz selbstverständlich Lügenpresse. Danke für das Kompliment“! – so etwa hätte eine angemessene Antwort zu lauten; und nicht: die offen Kriminellen von AfD und ähnlich einzuladen in sogenannte Talkshows, um ihnen dort zu beweisen, dass man doch nicht Lügenpresse sei, sondern objektiver Journalismus; diese Zentrallüge der „bürgerlichen Presse“ also weiter und nochmals zu verbreiten. Man hätte sich zu bekennen zur eigenen Parteilichkeit. Nämlich: „Ja, wir sind so; und wir sind gegen euch. Und wir sagen das laut, auch ohne euch dabei haben zu müssen im Diskutierstuhl“. Weil: „Ihr seid erklärte Feinde jenes demokratischen Systems, dessen Formate wir hier diskutativ repräsentieren. Und da gehört ihr nicht rein“.
politics  society  metoo  journalism  trust 
6 weeks ago
Medienaufseherin stellt Podcast ein, den RTL ihr geschenkt hat | Übermedien
Das war’s dann schon: Cornelia Holsten, die Direktorin der Bremischen Landesmedienanstalt (brema), stellt ihren gerade erst gestarteten Podcast wieder ein, nach nur zwei Folgen. „Der Aufwand, eine kritische Diskussion über diesen Podcast zu begleiten und ständig Nachfragen zu beantworten, steht in keinem Verhältnis zur Idee und zum Ziel des Projekts“, sagte Holsten dem Evangelischen Pressedienst (epd). Sie stecke ihre Energie lieber in andere Tätigkeiten.
politics  podcasts 
6 weeks ago
This Website Was Free — Real Life
A viral clip might be watched and rewatched millions of times the week it was uploaded, but the idea that those six seconds would be repeatedly revisited years later seems incongruent with the sense of novelty all of these companies rely on to keep their users tapping “refresh.”

(By the same token, if TikTok is understood to be a more algorithmically sophisticated replacement for Vine, the lightning speed with which memes appear and vanish there illustrates the acceleration of the meme-o-sphere, a phenomenon which has been widely observed since the late 2000s.)

Through examining Vine, we can practice looking past the hectic rush of the timeline toward a real reckoning with the dominant place social media has in our lives. How different do these services appear to us if we pretend that they — like Vine today — are already dead, replaced, and committed to memory?

TikTok, clearly, is for the popular kids, while Byte positions itself as a refuge of the burnouts and freaks.
tiktok  vine  socialmedia  digital  society 
6 weeks ago
The facts about Facebook's fact-checking program - Popular Information
Taken together, this data provides an accounting of Facebook's fact-checking efforts in the United States.

In total, these fact-checkers conducted a total of 302 fact checks of Facebook content in January 2020.

The overall volume of fact checks provides some perspective. Facebook has more than 200 million users in the United States, posting millions of pieces of content every day. The reality is that almost nothing on Facebook is fact-checked.

Assuming that Facebook paid about the same amount to its other fact-checkers, even though most were less productive, Facebook's total investment in 2019 would be about $2 million. That's an investment of 0.003% of its 2019 revenue. For perspective, it takes Facebook about 15 minutes to bring in $2 million in revenue. So one of the reasons why very little U.S. content is checked by Facebook is because Facebook spends very little money on the program.
journalism  trust  fakenews  facebook  socialmedia  Business 
6 weeks ago
McClatchy, Major Local News Publisher, Files for Bankruptcy - The New York Times
It was a thriving family business that got its start in 1857 as a four-page newspaper for residents of Sacramento in the wake of the gold rush. Now the McClatchy Company, the publisher of The Sacramento Bee, The Miami Herald and 28 other dailies across the country, has filed for bankruptcy and is expected to be run by a New York hedge fund.
journalism  Business 
6 weeks ago
Expert AI Revealed To Be 1,000,000 If-Else Statements Stacked in a Trenchcoat - By
To the great shock of the people who had chatted with him at chess tournaments, expert system Eli F. was recently discovered to be a million if-else statements stacked on top of each other in a trenchcoat.
ai  tech  funny 
6 weeks ago
The Chaos at Condé Nast - The New York Times
It’s a high-class but increasingly common problem: being a former magazine editor in a digitized world that cares little about whose name used to be on top of a defunct masthead. (A masthead, for those unfamiliar with the term, lists in careful hierarchy the top staff of a publication and is most often printed on paper — which tells you pretty much all you need to know.)

Mr. Peres said, it didn’t occur to him that he might be revealing a lack of corporate oversight at Condé Nast or what a white man could get away with doing
journalism  media  Business  condenast 
6 weeks ago
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti reboots his business plan - Recode Media
BuzzFeed CEO, Jonah Peretti, sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka live from the Digital Content Next Summit in Miami to discuss BuzzFeed's new direction.
journalism  Business  strategy  podcasts  Buzzfeed 
7 weeks ago
My Failed Quest For A Terminator Truck Is Modern Gaming In A Nutshell
After playing the event’s biggest missions and sampling what I thought was enough of its smaller daily missions, I was ready to move on to other things. I didn’t mind that I’d fallen far short of playing enough to earn that truck. The RT-5’s item description hadn’t even seemed worthy of it being some sort of ultimate unlock: “The RT-5 Shepherd is a robust transport vehicle with large cargo capacity that is used to carry equipment across the island.” Who needed it?

We can hardly escape this when we play games these days, but the more we experience it, the more we’ll learn about ourselves, about how much we value our time, how much time and money we want to spend on the games we play and how well we can resist the Terminator trucks dangled in front of us, even if we find out they transform.
gaming  Business 
7 weeks ago
Gabor Steingart ruft im “Morning Briefing” zur Kündigung von Abos von “Spiegel” & Co. auf › Meedia
Das aktuelle "Morning Briefing" von Gabor Steingart enthält einen brisanten Aufruf. Der frühere "Handelsblatt"-Chef und "Spiegel"-Journalist fordert dazu auf, Zeitungs- und Magazin-Abos zu kündigen, die u.a. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer als "neue Kanzlerin vorstellten" oder Martin Schulz als "Heilsbringer der Sozialdemokratie nahelegten".
journalism  Business  membership  steingart 
7 weeks ago
Automatisierung im Journalismus: Wenn das Skript Texte schreibt • Benedict Witzenberger
Schneller, tiefgehender und persönlicher sollen die Inhalte werden: Automatisierung im Journalismus ist ein ziemlich neues Feld. Und ein ziemlich spannendes.
journalism  Innovation  ai  tech 
7 weeks ago
The 10 Ways TikTok Will Change Social Product Design — The Information
TikTok’s innovations, from consumption-first onboarding to integrated feeds to social content creation, are destined to influence social network design, writes columnist Sam Lessin.
tiktok  socialmedia  Innovation  strategy  design 
7 weeks ago
Spotify Hack: So genial platziert KFC Werbung bei Spotify Premium
Doch wie ist es den beiden Partnern letztendlich gelungen, die Beschränkung durch Spotify zu umgehen? Die Antwort: KFC und Memac Ogilvy haben mit drei Künstlern aus der Region Dubai zusammengearbeitet.

Die drei Musiker Flipperachi, Moh Flow und Shébani haben ihre drei Profile für die Kampagne kurzfristig überarbeitet. So gab es anstelle von Informationen zu den Künstlern Hinweise auf den neuen Burger.

Anmerkung: Uff, was für ein blöder, oberflächlicher Text
spotify  ads 
7 weeks ago
Who Are the Women of the Manosphere?
Groups like incels, men’s rights and MGTOW appear to be dominated by white men. But there’s a surprising number of women among them — people whose lives and beliefs we know very little about. This is our weeklong investigation into their world
society  metoo 
7 weeks ago
Wieso wir den digitalen SPIEGEL jetzt auch pur anbieten
Für uns rückte deshalb in den vergangenen Monaten eine wesentliche Frage in den Vordergrund: Wie können transparente Kommunikation und faire Lösungsangebote in den kommenden Jahren dazu beitragen, stabile Anzeigenerlöse zu sichern oder Alternativen zur Werbefinanzierung zu eröffnen?
journalism  Business  ads  membership  spiegel 
7 weeks ago
We researched five CMSs to kickstart your CMS transition - Poynter
When starting the CMS research process, the amount of options on the market can be overwhelming. And even when you make a decision – say, deciding to use WordPress – the amount of plugins, customization and configuration needed to get started are endless.

Here, we’ve put together a guide to five modern CMS options on the market. Of course, there are more out there, and this list could grow astronomically long. We pulled these five based on their modern feature set and wide range of customers served.
journalism  tech  cms  tool 
7 weeks ago
Here’s what you need to know before moving to a new CMS - Poynter
Even if you hate it, you’re probably pretty comfortable with the system you use to publish news.

You’ve figured out the workarounds. You know the peccadillos. And that last CMS transition was rough, remember?

Cool. Ready to move again?

“It’s an overwhelming thought,” said Steve Beatty, who works in communications with Newspack, a publishing platform from WordPress. “Most of the time, I think journalists are happy with the devil they know.”

So why make the switch?
journalism  tech  cms  tool 
7 weeks ago
We gave teenagers smartphones. Did we rob them of an inner life? | Smartphones | The Guardian
There are many reasons to fret about our relationship to technology, not least of which is the way smartphones, and their slot machine-like apps, have hooked us so thoroughly. Thanks to these miniature overlords many of us now boast the attention span (and manners) of a toddler, and, like prisoners on parole, are physically incapable of moving about without our electronic monitoring devices on us at all times.

Anmerkung: Kulturpessimismus für 200, bitte. Außerdem: Genau, Social Media macht Jugendliche depressiv, nicht Wirtschaftskrise, fehlende Zukunftsaussichten, Klimakrise...
tech  society  socialmedia  WithAPintOfSalt 
7 weeks ago
„Wir leiden schlicht unter Überlastung“: Ein Gespräch mit dem Medienanalysten Thomas Baekdal über den Zustand des Internets - Magazin - 1E9
Das Internet ist gerade 50 Jahre alt geworden und hat insbesondere die Medienbranche komplett aus den Angeln gehoben. Wir sprechen mit dem Medien- und Datenanalysten Thomas Baekdal über den Zustand und die Zukunft des Netzes, über Dopaminüberschuss, die Atomisierung der Medien und über Hoffnungen auf eine bessere Welt in Zeiten des Brexit.
digital  society  journalism  strategy 
7 weeks ago
NYTimes: The New York Times Tops 5 Million Subscriptions as Ads Decline
In the last three months of 2019, The New York Times Company reached one major business goal and got more than halfway toward another. Both are related to what has become the company’s main business: making money directly from customers who pay to do the crossword, check out recipes and follow the news on their computers, tablets and phones.

Anmerkung: Man beachte die Reihenfolge.

As the company disclosed last month, in 2019 it passed $800 million in annual digital revenue for the first time, an objective it had pledged to meet by the end of 2020. Most of that $800.8 million — more than $420 million — came from news subscribers.
journalism  Business  newyorktimes  digital  membership  ads 
7 weeks ago
Can Louis C.K. Spin His Troubles Into Art? | The New Yorker
ouring for the first time since his sexual-misconduct scandal, the comedian gestured at his actions without really acknowledging what he’d done.
society  culture  metoo  newyorker 
7 weeks ago
The New York Times's success lays bare the media's disastrous state | New York Times | The Guardian
The financial health of journalism has been deteriorating in such an acute way that every spit and cough emanating from its institutions is anxiously pored over to ascertain whether it’s a death rattle or a sign of miraculous recovery. An outcome few would have predicted for the future of media has been the resilience of a handful of decidedly old-fashioned legacy institutions, at the cost of the shrinking of the supposedly more innovative digital players.

Chief executive, and former BBC director general, Mark Thompson put the success of the New York Times down to a strategy that allowed the digital assets within the news organisation to grow independently of the gravitational pull of the still-declining print product. Crosswords and cookery, both addictive and slick digital offerings, are far more important in revenue terms than their positions in a printed package would indicate.

The New York Times, in one sense, is a spectacular and hopeful success story. But in other ways it reveals the disastrous state of the current media landscape. Connectivity has sorted society into the 1% and the rest. Winners taking it all are a feature, not a bug, of the current technocracy. If Smith, a far-sighted editor deeply invested in his staff and newsroom at BuzzFeed, could not see a sufficiently attractive path forward, then there probably isn’t one.
journalism  finance  Business  digital  newyorktimes  strategy 
7 weeks ago
Maybe Information Actually Doesn’t Want to Be Free
She has focused her site on the larger picture, pursuing industry scoops and keeping the publication ad-free, instead charging $399 a year for complete access. The Information achieved profitability in 2016, Ms. Lessin said, three years after she left The Wall Street Journal to start it. She added that she expected $20 million in sales by the end of 2020, and for her staff of two dozen reporters and editors in the Bay Area, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Washington and Hong Kong to grow. “The fact that we have a business that’s scaling makes me excited,” she said.

Anmerkung: Auf Twitter wurde richtig aqngemerkt, dass das vllt weniger etwas über The Information aussagt und mehr darüb,er wie lukrativ Tech-Mogule als Zielgruppe sind. Außerdem: Wow, ist die überprivilegiert. Und: Sie ist wirklich sehr, sehr (zu) nah dran an vielen Techies.
journalism  media  business  tech  membership 
7 weeks ago
How ClimaCell's hyperlocal weather forecasts save cities money
Künstliche Intelligenz macht aus Gesichtern einzigartige Fingerabdrücke. Kombiniert man das mit den Milliarden von Fotos in den sozialen Medien, entsteht eine mächtige biometrische Datenbank – und damit eine effektive Überwachungsmaschine.
WithAPintOfSalt  tech  climatechange  startups 
7 weeks ago
Automatische Gesichtserkennung - So einfach ist es, eine Überwachungsmaschine zu bauen - News - SRF
Künstliche Intelligenz macht aus Gesichtern einzigartige Fingerabdrücke. Kombiniert man das mit den Milliarden von Fotos in den sozialen Medien, entsteht eine mächtige biometrische Datenbank – und damit eine effektive Überwachungsmaschine.
journalism  tech  society  privacy 
7 weeks ago
Vorwahlen in Iowa: Wie sehr wollen die US-Demokraten die Wahl nicht gewinnen? - DER SPIEGEL
"Backfiring" nennen die Amerikaner diesen Effekt, den alle kennen: Man versucht, etwas wirklich gut hinzubekommen, weil es gerade darauf ankommt. Und dann verdackelt man es genau deshalb komplett. Bei den Vorwahlen für den Präsidentschaftskandidaten oder die Präsidentschaftskandidatin in Iowa haben die Demokraten eine fantastische, gruselige, lexikondefinitionsreife Vorführung in Backfiring gegeben. Dahinter verbirgt sich aber auch die Geschichte eines katastrophalen Missverständnisses über Sicherheit, Aufgaben und Möglichkeiten von vernetzter Technologie.
politics  usa  trump  iowa  democrats 
7 weeks ago
Noch digitaler: Axel Springer Akademie verankert als erste Journalistenschule künstliche Intelligenz im Lehrplan
Der Einsatz von künstlicher Intelligenz wird den Journalismus nachhaltig verändern. Doch was oft als Gefahr für journalistische Standards gesehen wird, birgt eine Fülle an neuen Möglichkeiten. Deshalb nimmt die Axel Springer Akademie als erste Journalistenschule das Thema „KI“ als einen Schwerpunkt in den Lehrplan auf. Das kündigt Akademie-Direktor Marc Thomas Spahl im inside.pod, dem New-Work-Podcast von Axel Springer, an: „Wir wollen, dass unsere jungen Journalistinnen und Journalisten ein tiefes Grundlagenverständnis aufbauen.“
journalism  tech  ai  PossibleSpeaker  Media  Springer 
8 weeks ago
Does playing video games improve laparoscopic skills? - ScienceDirect
A best evidence topic in surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether playing video games improves surgical performance in laparoscopic procedures. Altogether 142 papers were found using the reported search, of which seven represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The details of the papers were tabulated including relevant outcomes and study weaknesses.

We conclude that medical students and experienced laparoscopic surgeons with ongoing video game experience have superior laparoscopic skills for simulated tasks in terms of time to completion, improved efficiency and fewer errors when compared to non-gaming counterparts. There is some evidence that this may be due to better psycho-motor skills in gamers, however further research would be useful to demonstrate whether there is a direct transfer of skills from laparoscopic simulators to the operating table.
tech  gaming  society 
8 weeks ago
Study of YouTube comments finds evidence of radicalization effect
Research presented at the ACM FAT 2020 conference in Barcelona today supports the notion that YouTube’s platform is playing a role in radicalizing users via exposure to far-right ideologies.
youtube  politics  tech 
8 weeks ago
Das macht Netflix zum Content-Marketing-King | W&V
Wie schlau der Streaminganbieter seine Social-Kanäle, jede Menge Podcasts und sogar ein Print-Heft einsetzt, um neue Nutzer zu gewinnen und zur Lovebrand zu werden, erklärt W&V-Autor David Streit.
netflix  brands  Media  Business  marketing 
9 weeks ago
Visa und SAP beteiligen sich an 80-Millionen-Investment für britisches Fintech
Das Startup Currencycloud, britisches Fintech und Anbieter von API für digitale Finanzdienstleister, hat 80 Millionen US-Dollar in einer Series-E-Finanzierungsrunde eingestrichen. Zu den Investoren zählen Schwergewichte der Finanzbranche wie Visa, die World Bank Group und BNP Paribas, aber auch der Venture-Arm des Software-Riesen SAP hat erneut in das Fintech investiert.
tech  finance  startups 
9 weeks ago
Twitter Thread about Filterbubbles Tomas Baekdal
One 'filter bubble' or 'echo chamber' that we do know exists is the news media industry itself. What I mean is that, if people only read the news, even from multiple newspapers, they still end up largely misinformed about the world.
filterbubble  journalism  society 
9 weeks ago
The truth behind filter bubbles: Bursting some myths | Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
A filter bubble is a state of intellectual or ideological isolation that may result from algorithms feeding us information we agree with, based on our past behaviour and search history. It's a pretty popular term that was coined by Internet activist Eli Pariser, who wrote about a book about it. However, as our Senior Research Fellow Richard Fletcher said in one of our recent seminars, academic research on the subject tells a different story about filter bubbles. Here's an edited transcript of that talk.
filterbubble  journalism  tech  society 
9 weeks ago
Building for the Culture
More and more companies are choosing deploy resources toward managing the public perception of the company. This is true of companies at all scales, from the tiniest to the biggest (think of Dropbox’s cool-looking but pointless 2017 redesign).

It’s not only from the outside. In my work with startups, I’ve observed how some of these things manifest out of internal culture and organizational structure.
society  startups  culture 
9 weeks ago
Newsonomics: Here are 20 epiphanies for the news business of the 2020s » Nieman Journalism Lab
After ten years of writing for Nieman Lab, Ken takes a big look back and ahead, defining the state of affairs for the troubled world of journalism.
forecast  2020  NiemanJournalismLab  trends  PossibleSpeaker 
9 weeks ago
Why Silicon Valley and Big Tech Don’t Innovate Anymore - The Atlantic
For decades, whole regions, nations even, have tried to model themselves on a particular ideal of innovation, the lifeblood of the modern economy. From Apple to Facebook, Silicon Valley’s freewheeling ecosystem of new, nimble corporations created massive wealth and retilted the world’s economic axis. Silicon Valley meant young companies scrambling to create the next great thing, and that scramble delivered new products to the world, so innovation became linked to start-ups.
Innovation  siliconvalley  trends  startups  tech 
9 weeks ago
The psychology of Silicon Valley - Exponential View
I’m here with a special Sunday essay for this week’s Exponential View. Katy Cook, a long-time reader, recently published a book, The Psychology of Silicon Valley. As I am busy kicking off the new podcast series, I asked her to step in this week. In her work, she has explored the psychological underpinnings of the culture of Silicon Valley and how it is reflected in the products and companies of today.
psychology  society  tech  siliconvalley 
9 weeks ago
Google's latest search results change further blurs what's an ad - Digiday
Users of Google search on desktops may have noticed a slight change over the last week and that change is affecting what they perceive as an ad. This represents a further blurring of the lines between ads and organic sources in search.
tech  society  ads  google  monetarization 
9 weeks ago
Google’s ads just look like search results now - The Verge
Last week, Google began rolling out a new look for its search results on desktop, which blurs the line between organic search results and the ads that sit above them. In what appears to be something of a purposeful dark pattern, the only thing differentiating ads and search results is a small black-and-white “Ad” icon next to the former. It’s been formatted to resemble the new favicons that now appear next to the search results you care about. Early data collected by Digiday suggests that the changes may already be causing people to click on more ads.
tech  ads  google  society  monetarization 
9 weeks ago
We’re All in the Bathroom Filming Ourselves - The New York Times
Open up TikTok and there’s a good chance you’ll be confronted by a teenager in the bathroom.

Most home bathrooms are well lit and have nice, bright acoustics. Unlike the kitchen, living room or even bedroom, bathrooms are private spaces, where parents and siblings are trained to not barge in.

It’s almost inevitable that they would become the perfect stage set for the dramatic entrances, exits, skits, dances and story times of TikTok, the short-form social video app that has grown wildly popular in the last year.
socialmedia  newyorktimes  tiktok  digital  trends 
9 weeks ago
Here’s how The New York Times tested blockchain to help you identify faked photos on your timeline » Nieman Journalism Lab
We can build a perfect technology solution, but if it doesn’t actually matter to people, then it’s not going to work.”
tech  newyorktimes  blockchain  journalism 
9 weeks ago
Nachhilfe für Fleischhauer: Wegen dieses Magazins wurde Tellkamps Lesung abgesagt | Übermedien
Leider erwähnt Fleischhauer erst im letzten Absatz seines Textes, nach all der Verwunderung über die asymmetrische Behandlung eines rechten Autoren, dass die Ausladung eigentlich gar nicht Uwe Tellkamp galt, sondern dem „Tumult“-Magazin, wodurch seine vorherige Überlegungen auf diesen Fall gar nicht so richtig anwendbar sind.
journalism  politics  nazis  fleischhauer 
9 weeks ago
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