“It may be that another telling of the Amazon story—for example, that people at Amazon have no secret agenda they’ve been able to keep hidden for 19 years, really do believe in the mission they keep repeating, and are working hard and of their own free will to realize it —would strike readers as less exciting than the version offered here.”—Amazon.com: MacKenzie Bezos’ review of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the A… (via heif)
“For me the starting point for everything, before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience, is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you’re dead in the water, finished.”—Bill Walsh
Amidst all the chatter about the inanity / insanity of Goldberg’s PandoDaily post, this is the bit that stuck out for me. My first thought after skimming Goldberg’s piece was “well, he’ll have a hell of a time recruiting a good editor-in-chief now…who in their right mind would join Bustle after this?” But remember, his DNA is Bleacher Report, which was built on a community of distributed contributors covering individual teams. Bleacher worked because they rode the blog wave, surfing on the backs of geographically distributed fans who were writing about their local pro / college / high school football / baseball / basketball / soccer teams. The natural hierarchy of the sports media market meant that an individual contributor with a strong voice in a local market could get “famous” through B/R by covering games, spouting off about their local team, and slagging their rivals.
I don’t think Goldberg can run the same play here (to abuse a metaphor). The content structure isn’t the same (sports > leagues > cities > teams), and, frankly, the world’s moved on from the B/R model. The “young women who currently occupy the bottom floors at major publishing houses” don’t need a Bustle for exposure — they’re already doing it through Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc. And without a strong editorial voice & vision at the top of the masthead (which would now be nearly impossible to recruit) what’s left to attract those young women to power the site? $6.5mm won’t buy you high quality content for long…just ask The Daily.
“This is hilarious and beautiful, and, like, even if everything else about the song sucked, that would be enough to make me want it memorialized forever with some national monument made of glitter and bro tears.”—owob on taylor swift’s dear john
2:what can i tell u, been a lot going on, always hustlin
1:it took you 5 years to respond again?
2:my bad man what up
1:how did you get my number, i havent heard from you in 19 years
2:hahah i know, you still with whatsername, her sisters hot
1:what are you talking about, my wife died 26 years ago, please leave me alone so i can be at peace
2:weak bro u can sleep when ur dead, lets rage
1:Hello? I found this old "phone" in my grandfather's effects, I cannot believe it still has a charge! Plus the cellular network no longer even exists, and it certainly couldn't reach Moonbase 12. Who are you? Where are you? did you know my grandfather? I'm composing a datawave on Old Epoch commsocial for Moon Uni, I'd love to hear your story.
“It serves as a literal ‘attractive nuisance’ and a cautionary tale from an era when browser market share was unbalanced, and unwise innovations could become de-facto requirements without a standard process.”—Brendan Eich protests a bit too much about the blink tag.
“My eyes tracked down to the pearl, only to find a dab of white paint and nearly nothing else. I looked again, searching for the painting’s titular element, but like her lips, up close the Girl’s pearl is impossibly immaterial. Step back, however, and the earring immediately comes into focus, pearlescent and solid.”—SFMOMA crowd
“In the case of Google Reader, it was virtually expected that you read all of the blogs that were then engaged in the then-current meta-narrative about blogging and syndication and all that nonsense before you could read the feeds you were actually interested in.”—Khoi Vinh
“Before 2006, the phrase ‘zombie apocalypse’ had appeared just twice in The New York Times. … But last year it logged 20 appearances — in political columns, in television coverage and in an article about peanut butter-and-pickle sandwiches.”—The New York Times, in a lovely bit of metazombie reporting.