Sunday, September 24, 2017

How the chase for clicks and analytics-based reporting may simultaneously kill the media and elect Trump

Finding our way back to a Dark Ages of information one click at a time. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the old media Dark Ages, only the office flu went viral. Articles were shared by passing them across the breakfast table. And liking something meant, you actually liked it—not that you felt you needed to in order to placate someone looking...

So Long Grey Lady

How the New York Times’ first round of buyouts signals the end of ...something. By Andrew J. Pridgen Part of my weekly ritual is taking my son to get a coffee and a New York Times on Sunday morning. He likes to put sugar in the coffee, one. Pack. At. A. Time. And I like the expression on the barista’s face...

Why outrage over the Alabama Alpha Phi recruitment video sends mixed signals

-OR- When spamming, flaming trolls crucify you on message boards and your mother calls worried and your ex starts telling really bad and untrue stories about you on Facebook and your whole world collapses just because you thought you were doing what you were supposed to do. By Andrew Pridgen Here are some of the expectations we have of young...

Climber risks everything to be the first to catch a Pokemon Aerodactyl outside the 53rd floor of Trump Tower

Free soloing with suction cups now officially more popular than the Rio Olympics. By Andrew J. Pridgen A man who thus far is only identified as Steve from Virginia has been busy scaling Trump Tower on the building's East 56th Street side since 3:40 p.m. EST Wednesday. Steve — beyond showing the world how not-good a look shorts from the Dick’s sale...

How long will Luke Walton’s LA honeymoon last?

The not-so-prodigal son's return looks better than a 36-month lease with no money down. But Is LA a fail-safe move for Luke Walton? Not by a longshot. By Andrew J. Pridgen Luke Walton won’t have much of a commute from his Manhattan Beach home to Staples. The only hope is he doesn’t try to Uber it to the Gold Line....

Dismissed personality Bill Simmons took $5 million a year from ESPN but The Network still won

I don't know how much man crush-meets-professional-jealousy taints my opinion of former Grantland chief Bill Simmons. Let's just say it's somewhere between 20 and 90 percent. By Andrew Pridgen Bill Simmons hasn’t been an impressive writer since his AOL days...making fun of ESPN and has never broken a story as much as moved it one smarmy step beyond a press release....

Vegas on Ice: Ace in the Five Hole?

Vegas is in the running for an NHL franchise if the league decides to expand. Can Sin City really support a sport born on the frozen rivers of Montreal? Written by Kyle Magin If the Tampa Bay Lightning win Lord Stanley’s Cup over the Chicago Blackhawks, there’s going to be a lot of righteous Sun Belt-bashing. A subset of lazy hockey...

Scott Weiland was the rock star you thought you could have been

Those who consider themselves knowers of music never paid much attention to Scott Weiland in his prime. His voice, not great. His lyrics, predictable. His moves, borrowed. His career, too long. But now that we’ve lived in the future long enough, we know there was no one better. By Andrew Pridgen Kurt Cobain was too beautiful and broken to be...

Disturbing Bridger Bowl Gaper caper movie clip leaked online

Ed Note: In the first truly meta moment of the new year, a clip from a to-be-released film about a computer hacker who is set up by his bosses to meet his ultimate demise at a Montana ski resort leaked Monday. Below, the clip from the docudrama (working title: “Melt Down”) as well as the movie’s original pitch and...

Why KG needs Minnesota

KG settles back into life in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, perhaps this time for good. Why this homecoming is the best move he ever made. By Andrew Pridgen Kevin Garnett was a 6-foot-11, 210-pound 18-year-old from the deepest, poorest dead-end gravel road nothing of Greenville, South Carolina—raised in the toe-tagged hood known as Nickeltown—one guess what the white side of...

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