Jesse Young

A few words from Lewis H. Lapham

Credit: Harper's Magazine
November 2010 issue of Harper's Magazine

In this month’s issue of Harper’s (the Magazine, not the Bazaar), Lewis H. Lapham pens the last entry to Notebook, a column he introduced in 1984 as then-editor of the magazine. The seventy-five-year-old Lapham looks forward by looking backward:

“What preserves the voices of the great authors from one century to the next is not the recording device (the clay tablet, the scroll, the codex, the book, the computer, the iPad) but the force of imagination and the power of expression. It is the strength of the words themselves, not their product placement, that invites the play of mind and induces a change of heart. Acknowledgement of the fact lightens the burden of mournful prophecy currently making the rounds of the media trade fairs.”

Read the full essay at Harper’s.

The Curious Case of The Wall Street Journal and Google

Gathering at a newstand. Paris, August 1857.

It’s widely known among news junkies — and probably some non-news junkies — that to read anything on The Wall Street Journal‘s website, you simply Google the headline or URL, thereby skipping past the paywall to the full article. See for yourself: paywall vs. no paywall. This method only works when you use Google, so no dice if you’re on Bing, Yahoo, or any other search engine.

But wait? Isn’t The Journal owned by News Corporation, whose chief famously accused Google of stealing content and then threatened to pull his websites from their index? And what ever happened to those talks with Microsoft about adding News Corp. content exclusively to Bing? Given the bad blood created over the past year, this arrangement between The Journal and Google feels rather odd.


The New Yorker, or How Not to Set Up a Paywall, Part 1

On the topic of paywalls, The New Yorker is clearly in favor of monetizing their content. In June, editor David Remnick said, “I was going to be damned if I was going to train 18-year-olds, 20-year-olds, 25-year-olds, that this is like water that comes out of the sink.” On the magazine’s website, protected behind a paywall, sits every issue ofRead More →

The Pain of Choosing a CMS

When we started Flood Magazine in July, I made the conscious decision to do as little coding as possible, with the reason being that it’s 2010, after all, and putting content online should be easy with the tools already available.

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How Ink is Made

A beautifully filmed short by the Printing Ink Company in Canada on the way they produce printer ink.

Online Commenters Beware

Seven people were subpoenaed for comments they made on a newspaper’s website:

“I don’t have any other hobbies,” Dickson said. “I blog, that’s how I vent. I think that’s why everybody blogs, because they can do it in secrecy.”

“And you learned it doesn’t work that way,” Stufft said.

“Yes,” Dickson answered.


Cleavage Not Welcome at Sesame Street

Apparently, some Sesame Street viewers were less than impressed with Katy Perry’s recent appearance on the show. Her offense: too much cleavage, so much so that its producers eventually pulled the clip.

From Michael Getler, PBS’s ombudsman:

…she was dressed in a short, lime-green outfit and pronounced bustier on top that was widely characterized, and seen, as low cut; not movie star low cut, but low cut. On the other hand, if you take your child to any main shopping street or beach in America, not to mention the TV or internet viewing they may do while you’re not around, they will see much more.

Coppola/Schwartzman Debut of The New Yorker’s iPad App

The New Yorker has a new iPad app, and what better way to introduce it than to have Jason Schwartzman strip naked for a quick demo. Directed by Roman Coppola.

Apple Inc.

Apple’s Attention to Detail

In July 2002, Appled filed a patent for a “Breathing Status LED Indicator” (No. US 6,658,577 B2). They described it as a “blinking effect of the sleep-mode indicator in accordance with the present invention mimics the rhythm of breathing which is psychologically appealing.” The average respiratory rate for adults is 12-20 breaths per minute, which is the rate that the sleep-indicatorRead More →

Jesse Young

ATTN: All Subway Franchisees

When Drew Mokris uploaded comic No. 77 in July 2007, he didn’t think many people would take notice. After all, his website, Left-Handed Toons, was just a place where he and a friend could post comic strips that the two righties drew left-handed. But No. 77, titled An Open Letter to Subway, was different. It struck a chord. Bloggers blogged,Read More →