We need a new way of holding company meetings. The ideal system would be independent of geography and time zone. It would be asynchronous, so replies can be entered even after the questioner has left the room. And it would not be dependent on proximity of microphone or the stability of the video connection.
Music Machinery, a blog about music technology, has identified the artist most listened to last year in each American state.
Joel Johnson took over in the new year as editorial director at Gawker Media. His weekly review of the best (and worst) stories has been going out in email a few weeks now. It's now accessible to a wider audience, here on his Kinja blog.
Derek Powazek lays out a commenter's bill of rights, one which gives them much more power over their words than most current discussion systems offer. (He makes an exception for Kinja, which is nice.)
A decade ago, we had the quaint notion that the blog would open up journalism to anyone with talent. I'd take particular pleasure in finding a writer from the sticks — like Joel Johnson of Kansas City, now I think of it. All too often they'd turn out to be media veterans, but still, the principle was there.
Online as well as in the real world, a discussion is only productive if participation is curated. A discussion can be represented as a tree — okay, an upside-down tree — in which the trunk represents the column of replies in which the author has participated and the branches maybe the line along which the author's…
You'll see one big difference in Kinja 1.2, apart from the improvements in the loading of pages. On most news sites there is a divide between the original piece and the comments; a chasm between author and readers. In the latest release of Kinja, by contrast, the base unit of content is not a standalone article but an…
Tom Scocca's going to hate me for sending this, but you really should read his piece on smarm, the defining tone of modern media. It's relevant to us because by modern media I mean social media, and by social media I mean Buzzfeed and Upworthy, our two most vigorous competitors.
Jonah Peretti of Buzzfeed is right. People want to share stories on Facebook that cast them in a better light. It's a show, related to the well-established humblebrag. A collective delusion — that the world is a better place, that you're better people — protected by a circle of heartwarming stories.
If Ronan Farrow is planning to hold the line at bisexuality — like an insecure 1970s rock star — he should at least do so with a little panache.
David Carr of the New York Times criticized gossipy Gawker items on Shep Smith which outed the Fox News anchor, first in passing and then more explicitly with a picture of his significantly younger boyfriend. But the Times — having said such articles are redundant and dated — is now ahead 3-2 in articles devoted to…
Oh, this should be good: Anne Applebaum's profile of a Hungarian anti-semite is out next week. The country — with the largest and most assimilated Jewish population in central Europe — has long fetishized the secret Jew. There's even a website dedicated to identifying them. Szegedi is the modern manifestation of an…
Ever since Gizmodo released details of the 2010 iPhone, the site has been on Apple's blacklist. Last on the call-back list, barred from keynote presentations, advertising pulled. We'd do the same again. The story — a prototype left in a bar by a hapless Apple engineer, the first time Apple's rollout was pre-empted —…
Sure, see 12 Years A Slave. It's worthy. But not — as some critics have asserted — worthy of every award or of entry into the annals of greatness.
The origins of this anti-gay propaganda film are unclear. The video is so gross — a mashup of Hitlerite hate-mongering and American attack ads — that it could be a spoof. But assuming its authenticity, here's what's so shocking: the utter lack of self-awareness.
It's not the wealth of the tech elite that offends. Nor is it their use of political influence for personal gain. Here's what is particularly aggravating about the new class: they persist in lecturing the rest of America about its burger-inhaling and gas-guzzling ways.