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Bummer, Dude: Surfer Magazine Wipes Out

October 8, 2020

Bummer, Dude: Surfer Magazine Wipes Out

Shake the sand out of your baggies, stow your boards, and pack up the woodie. After 60 years, Surfer magazine is ceasing publication. And just when climate change is making more monster waves, too. Observers say it’s the ebbing economics of the pandemic that helped end Surfer‘s epic ride.

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“Surfer magazine, iconic touchstone of Southern California beach culture, shuts down,” Mike Freeman and Gary Robbins, Los Angeles Times

“Iconic SURFER magazine publishes last issue after 60 years,” Martin Wisckol, Orange County Register

Related?:

“UC San Diego virus expert pleads with surfers to stay out of the ocean to avoid coronavirus,” Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune

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Seen the protests on TV? No, you haven’t.

August 13, 2020

Journalism professor Jason Johnson and Kainaz Amaria of Vox explain that news media can show you what a protest’s dramatic incidents look like, but not why it’s happening.

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Trump’s Nightmare: Mueller to Testify Publicly on July 17th

June 27, 2019

Trump's Nightmare: Mueller to Testify on July 17th

Responding to a a subpoena, former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will testify in open hearings of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees on July 17th. A notorious straight-arrow, he is not expected to divulge anything about his investivation of Russian involvment in the 2016 election and White House obstruction of justice that was not in his 448-page final report. That has not stopped President Trump from trash-talking him. Perhaps it is the thought of square-jawed Robert Muellerdecorated war hero, former Assistant Attorney General and FBI Director, testifying on television, in a Brooks Brothers suit, with all America watching, that is rattling our Reality TV President.

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“Robert Mueller to Testify to Congress, Setting Up a Political Spectacle,” Nicholas Fandos, New York Times

“Chad Pergram: Media coverage of Mueller testimony will be ‘off the Richter scale,'” Victor Garcia, Fox News

“Why do Democrats want to talk to Mueller if they know he won’t talk much?” Amber Phillips, Washington Post

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Trump’s Worst Nightmare

May 8, 2019

Trump's Worst Nightmare

President Trump agreed to allow Robert Mueller to testify before the House Judiciary Committee until he didn’t. What changed his mind? The thought of square-jawed Robert Mueller III, decorated war hero, former Assistant Attorney General and FBI Director, testifying on television, in a Brooks Brothers suit, with all America watching, and becoming an instant TV star. That would really rattle our Reality TV President.

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“Trump Doesn’t Want Mueller To Testify Because It’ll Get Media Coverage,” Nicole Lafond, TalkingPointsMemo

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“House Republicans want Mueller to testify despite Trump opposition,” Kyle Cheney and John Bresnahan, Politico

“AG Bill Barr believes special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to testify,” Katherine Faulders and Mike Levine, ABC News

“Trump’s Opposition to Mueller Testimony Poses a Test for Barr,”Charlie Savage and Katie Benner, New York Times

“Trump ‘no conceivable basis to stop Mueller from testifying,’ according to legal experts,”Alex Henderson, Salon 

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China: State TV News Eliminates Human ‘Error’

February 6, 2019

China’s largest news network has replaced HR with AI. In November, state-run Xinhua News Agency demoed a software-based TV news anchorman.

“Developed by Xinhua and Chinese search engine company Sogou, the anchor was designed to simulate human voice, facial expressions and gestures.
The AI news reader ‘learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,’ according to Xinhua.”
— “China has developed a virtual anchor to deliver the news,” Helen Regan, CNN

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The President was elected In the checkout aisle.

December 18, 2018

The President was elected In the checkout aisle.

National Enquirer publisher David Pecker admitted to felony campaign law violations in the “trap and kill” hush money operation to silence Donald Trump’s mistresses, but his other undeclared contribution to the Trump campaign, worth millions, reached the candidate’s low-information supporters close to home, at the checkout counter magazine rack.

“It was the real-world embodiment of the fantasy online world of trolls, Russian and domestic, who polluted the political discourse. From its perches at Publix and Safeway, it was often doing the same job as Alex Jones, of the conspiracy site Infowars, and the more strident Trump campaign surrogates on Twitter and Facebook.

The Enquirer spread false stories about Hillary Clinton — illnesses concealed, child prostitution, bribery, treason. Each cover trumpeting these tales was arguably more powerful than a tweet from an account with millions of followers.”

“‘Wondering what The Enquirer’s covers were worth to the Trump campaign, I called Regis Maher, a co-founder of Do It Outdoors, the national mobile and digital billboard company. He said a campaign with that level of national prominence would cost $2.5 million to $3 million a month. ‘It’s such a powerful placement,’ Mr. Maher said. ‘Everybody’s gotta go to the grocery store.’”

“More Powerful Than a Russian Troll Army: The National Enquirer,” Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

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The Best of the ‘Best of 2018′ Lists

December 12, 2018

The Best of the 'Best of 2018′ Lists

2018 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“The 10 Best Podcasts of 2018,” Nicholas Quah, Vulture

“The Top 10 Most Tweeted About Celebrities of 2018,” Megan McCluskey, Time

“Top Ten Best Instant Noodle Cups 2018,” Hans Lienesch, The Ramen Rater

“The 50 Best Wines of 2018,” VinePair

“The Best 18 Beers of 2018,” Jamie Bogner and John Holl, Beer & Brewing

“Best Sparkling Water and Carbonated Water Reviews of 2018,” Freshnss

“The best cookbooks of 2018,” Paula Forbes, Houston Chronicle

“The Best Meal Kit Delivery Services of 2018,” Cassidy Olsen, Reviewed

“America’s 75 Best Hot Dogs for 2018 Gallery,” The Daily Meal

“The Top 10 Trump World Dining Controversies of 2018,” Jessica Sidman, Washingtonian

“The Best of 2018’s Bad Restaurant Reviews,” Monica Burton, Eater

“The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2018,” Abby Gardner, Glamour

“2018 Best of Design Awards winners for Infrastructure,” The Architects Newspaper

“10 Best Virtual Reality Headsets,” Matt Malmlund, Heavy

“7 products nobody asked for in 2018,” Aditi Shrikant, Vox

“The best robot vacuums of 2018,” Connor Whooley, USA Today

“The Top Pets Names of 2018,” Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure

“The best film soundtracks of 2018,” Katie Rife, Clayton Purdom, A.A. Dowd, and Alex McLevy, AV Club

“The 10 best movies you didn’t see in 2018, but should,” Carrie Wittmer, Insider

“The Best Video Essays of 2018,” Meg Shields, Film School Rejects

“20 Best Bollywood Hindi Movies of 2018,” Anmol Ahuja, Cinemaholic

“10 Worst Movies of 2018,” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“The Best Movie Villains of 2018,” Max Covill, Film School Rejects

“The Best Movie Posters of 2018,” Kottke.org

“The best movie and TV stunts of 2018,” Adam Epstein, Quartzy

“The Steamiest Sex Scenes Of 2018,” Abbey Maxbauer, Refinery29

“‘Truth isn’t truth’ tops list of notable quotes in 2018,” Associated Press

“The 5 best poetry collections of 2018,” Elizabeth Lund, Washington Post

“The 25 Best Comic Books of 2018,” Steve Foxe, Hillary Brown, Caitlin Rosberg & C.K. Stewart, Paste

“The 75 Best Book Covers of 2018,” Emily Temple, LitHub

“Spinning spiders, leopard eels, red coral: Noteworthy new species discovered in 2018,” Jane C. Hu, Vox

“7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018,” By Julia Belluz, Brian Resnick, and Umair Irfan, Vox

“The Biggest Junk Science of 2018,” Ross Pomeroy, Real Clear Science

“Top Retractions of 2018,” The Scientist

“The top space stories of 2018,” Ashley Strickland, CNN

“Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2018,” Scientific American

“The greatest security innovations of 2018,” Eric Adams and Corinne Iozzio, Popular Science

“The weirdest places we found scooters in 2018,” Megan Barber, Curbed

“The Top 10 Stolen Vehicles In Canada In 2018,” Sarah Lombardo, MTL Blog

“The 9 best camper vans of 2018,” Megan Barber, Curbed

“The 10 Best Car Interiors in 2018,” Bryan Campbell, Gear Patrol

“The 10 Best Video Games of 2018,” Jake Swearingen Vulture

“The 10 best video game soundtracks of 2018,” Ayyab Amin, Lewis Gordon, and Scott Wilson, Fact Magazine

“The Best Classical Music of 2018,” Anthony Tommasini, Zachary Woolfe, Joshua Barone and Seth Colter Walls, New York Times

“The 9 best new drum machines and samplers of 2018,” MusicRadar

“The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2018,” Jason Roche, LA Weekly

“The Best Rap Albums of 2018,” Pitchfork

“Barack Obama’s best of 2018 playlist,” The Week

“Best Irish pop music of 2018,” Una Mullally, Irish Times

“The Worst Music Moments of 2018,” Treble

“Women in Music 2018: The Most Powerful Executives in the Industry,” Billboard

“The World’s Most Powerful Women In Business 2018,” Vicky Valet, Forbes

“The Most Powerful Women In Finance In 2018,” Kristin Stoller, Forbes

“The Best and Worst CEOs of 2018,” Samuel Stebbins, Evan Comen and Grant Suneson, 24/7 Wall Street

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How ‘The Apprentice’ Manufactured Trump

November 14, 2018

“How ‘The Apprentice’ Manufactured Trump,” an Atlantic video.

In 2004 the first season of The Apprentice reintroduced pro wrestling promoter Donald Trump as an incredibly successful and intelligent businessman, the biggest real estate developer in New York City (had to be true, it was on TV, right?). The show was a hit, and boosted the Trump brand. The show’s producers created his persona and sold his image to America. How did they create a reality TV president?

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“The Inside Story of How ‘The Apprentice’ Rescued Donald Trump,” Michael Kranish,Marc Fisher, Fortune

“How Reality TV Made Donald Trump President,” Joy Lanzendorfer, Vice

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Trump Praises Congressman Who Body-Slammed a Reporter

September 12, 2018

Trump Praises Congressman Who Body-Slammed a Reporter

Remember when Montana GOP congressional candidate Greg Gianforte body-slammed a reporter to the ground and punched him, was convicted of a misdemeanor and won his special election? He’s campaigning for a full term in Congress, so naturally Donald Trump endorses him:

“I’ll tell you what: This man has fought — in more ways than one — for your state. He has fought for your state. Greg Gianforte. He is a fighter and a winner.”

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“President Trump celebrates the body-slam of a reporter in Montana,” Eric Wemple, Washington Post

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Hail and Farewell: Village Voice, 1955 — 2018

September 4, 2018
Hail and Farewell: Village Voice, 1955 -- 2018

Last print cover, 9/20/17. The digital edition ended on 8/31/18. 1965 photo by Fred McDarrah.

New York’s Village Voice, regarded as America’s first alternative newsweekly, ended its digital edition on August 31st. The last paper edition was printed last year. The Voice was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award. Writers included Henry Miller, Barbara Garson, Katherine Anne Porter, James Baldwin, E.E. Cummings, Jonas Mekas, Andrew Sarris, Nelson George, Greg Tate, Tom Stoppard, Lorraine Hansberry, Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau, and Allen Ginsberg.

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“The Village Voice, a New York Icon, Closes,” By Tyler Pager and Jaclyn Peiser, New York Times

“The Village Voice has been shut down,” Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“Iconic NYC Weekly ‘Village Voice’ Shutters After 63 Years,” Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

“It Took a Village: How the Voice changed journalism,” Louis Menand, The New Yorker

“Billionaire Village Voice owner tells staff he’s closing the paper because it doesn’t earn enough,” Emily Q. Hazzard, ThinkProgress

“The Village Voice’s Magic Mirror,” Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker

“Last Rites for the Village Voice, a Bohemian Who Stayed On Too Long,” Tricia Romano, New York Times

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“What the ‘Village Voice’ Understood About the Power of Photography,”Tamar Carroll and Joshua Meltzer, CityLab

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