~ Francis Bacon, “On Love”
In awe of his older brother, William, Henry James declared himself inadequate — to his family, as well as to the times. It improved his writing markedly... Little Henry, Happy at Last
“I have never cared for Thomas Mann’s way of walking on water,” said Walking on Cold River .... His own approach was, “How many words, by when, and how much?”
Northrop Frye allowed that others were “infinitely more accurate scholars” than he. But, he said, he had something they lacked: genius... On the first page of Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays, Northrop Frye irritably dismissed the “cotnception of the critic as a parasite or artist manqué … sometimes reinforced by a dubious analogy between the creative and procreative functions, so that we hear about the ‘impotence’ and ‘dryness’ of the critic, of his hatred for genuinely creative people, and so on.” Anatomy of Wonder
Last year ended with a lot of discussion among media types in the U.S. and abroad about whether fact-checking actually matters. Two things set off the flurry of articles: … Fact-checking: does anyone even care?
Chequeado, the Argentinian fact-checking website, had a good year in 2015 (read about the impact of their coverage here). Part of its success was measured in increased readership: Chequeado increased its traffic nearly nine-fold, recording an estimated 500,000 visits in November. How did they do it?
Argentinian fact-checkers Chequeado increased their traffic 750% by sharing more and better
Most people would instinctively reply "money" and "get more money" to the questions in the headline. And they wouldn’t be wrong. Nonetheless, fact-checkers face a few additional challenges to finding a sustainable business model than journalism in general (which already has its fair share of trouble). First of all, because their mission is tied to offering an impartial service, fact-checkers tend to eschew funding that could appear partisan, even more so than other media organizations. The verification tools that Storyful offers, for example, seem as useful to Coca Cola's advertising department as they are to The New York Times' breaking news desk. Fact-checkers have yet to offer a service this versatile.
Why do fact-checking sites close? And how can new ones avoid that fate?
Mr. Chait said that, to him, The New Republic was fundamentally not a business proposition. “A business is something that is trying to make money,” he said. “If you’re in a town and you’re trying to sell hamburgers, and everyone wants pizza, you’d switch to pizza. But The New Republic believes in hamburgers. We think you need hamburgers, and we will continue to make hamburgers and try and persuade you to eat them.” TNR for sale
@reviewjournal @romenesko Will the Review-Journal be investigating the mystery of who owns it?
The family of billionaire Sheldon Adelson bought the most widely-read newspaper in Nevada, the Review-Journal. They then tried to conceal this act. These are my posts, as I’ve followed and tried to make sense of the story. In order from Dec. 11. New items added to the bottom. The Adelson forces buy a newspaper, journalists fight back: a journal of my updates on this story
Alanis Morissette, "a born agony aunt," will be The Guardian Weekend's advice columnist Mark Sweney reported Friday for The Guardian. (An agony aunt, by the way, is "a person, usually a woman, who gives advice to people with personal problems, especially in a regular magazine or newspaper article," according to Cambridge Dictionaries Online.)
On the Gaspé Peninsula in eastern Quebec, a group of locals and small-business owners have begun to accept an alternative currency—one where $5, $10, $20, $50, even $100 bills, get cut in two, ostensibly reducing their value by half—as a means to promote the local economy.Confused yet?Here’s how it works, or, at least, how locals argue it’s supposed to: When someone buys clothes at a Wal-Mart, Zibeau explains, there’s no telling how much of that money will be reinvested in the community. But with stores and locals accepting the cut-up bills, a currency they’ve dubbed the “demi”—French for half—that money can only be spent locally. And because banks don’t accept half a $20 bill, the money would be reinvested right away and not pile up at home (perhaps out of fear that storeowners might just stop accepting the half-bills). This would help keep the economy rolling.