1. braiker:



    This is what structural racism looks like. 

    Chicago, we have to do better.

    Media criticism done on a napkin.

  2. longreads:

    Meeting the man behind Violentacrez, the Reddit persona responsible for forums filled with racist and pornographic content like “Creepshots” and “Jailbait”:

    When I called Brutsch that Wednesday afternoon and told him I knew who he was, I was a little taken aback by how calm he remained during our intense but civil hour-long conversation. I had figured that a man whose hobby was saying horrible shit just to screw with people online would rise to some new horrible level when conditions on the ground actually called for it. Instead he pleaded with me in an affectless monotone not to reveal his name.

    ‘My wife is disabled. I got a home and a mortgage, and if this hits the fan, I believe this will affect negatively on my employment,’ he said. ‘I do my job, go home watch TV, and go on the internet. I just like riling people up in my spare time.’

    “Unmasking The Biggest Troll on the Web.” — Adrian Chen, Gawker

    More by Chen

  3. These are the kinds of e-mails that make me snort-laugh:

    "Hi, we’re a money-making commercial entity and we want to use your picture for free. Not only will you have the indignity of not getting paid, we can’t even guarantee you’ll get credit."

    I love the new media economy.


  4. "I’m writing this in South America, where the news is regularly filled with images of death — high profile and otherwise. (Latin American media outlets are far less skittish about showing bodies than their North American counterparts.) In these parts, death is very much a part of life — whether it’s a common murder or a report of a mass grave left behind by some brutal regime or cartel. And I think that’s the way it should be. Hollywood films gleefully celebrate slow-mo death and dismemberment, but real-deal death is something we North Americans have a hard time dealing with as a culture. We put it off. We avoid mentioning it in the presence of children. In the media, not only do we resist images of bodies (especially American or white ones), in some cases, we even resist images of caskets."
    — In response to a thoughtful essay by Joerg Colberg: why I’m okay with showing photos of the dead.
  5. abbyjean:

    Charts and graphs are great, because they can let you see a pattern that you might not see in a spreadsheet, but they only work when you use the actual data. Fox News isn’t doing themselves any favors by putting up this chart. It shows the recently announced drop in unemployment rate to 8.6 percent as a non-change. The November rate is lower than the March rate of 8.8 percent, but it’s shown to be higher in the Fox News chart. Here’s what the graph should look like, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (flowingdata)


  7. "No one, least of all me, is suggesting that running a newspaper company is a piece of cake. But the people in the industry who are content to slide people out of the back of the truck until it runs out of gas not only don’t deserve tens of millions in bonuses, they don’t deserve jobs."
    — David Carr gives media execs who lay off workers while lavishing bonuses on themselves the SMACKDOWN. Worth a read.
  8. I like his sense of style. Apparently he will be buried in this ensemble. Go, Robert Pierpont.

  9. Jennifer Dalton picks apart the lack of lady guests on the Daily Show and other programs in her new show at Winkleman. More here. (Image courtesy of the artist and Winkleman Gallery.)


  10. "News America was led by Paul V. Carlucci, who, according to Forbes, used to show the sales staff the scene in “The Untouchables” in which Al Capone beats a man to death with a baseball bat. Mr. Emmel testified that Mr. Carlucci was clear about the guiding corporate philosophy. According to Mr. Emmel’s testimony, Mr. Carlucci said that if there were employees uncomfortable with the company’s philosophy — “bed-wetting liberals in particular was the description he used” Mr. Emmel testified — then he could arrange to have those employees “outplaced from the company.”"