Links and Notes - Wed, Jan 29, 2020

11:01 a.m.

It's another overcast day. I think the sun last shown last Wednesday or maybe Thursday. It was a dark, damp weekend. It was overcast on Mon, Tue, and now today. The weather has been stable with temps between 25 and 40 degrees.

Temps were a little below freezing in the 8am hour. Barney and I went for a walk. It was our first walk, since last Thursday.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jan 29, 2020 10:52 am EST
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 32 F
Humidity : 69%
Wind Speed : E 6 mph
Barometer : 30.22 in
Dewpoint: 23 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 26 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jan 29, 2020 10:53 am EST
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 31 F
Humidity : 78%
Wind Speed : ENE 6 mph
Barometer : 30.24 in
Dewpoint: 25 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 25 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Jan 29, 2020 10:35 am EST
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 31 F
Humidity : 78%
Wind Speed : ENE 6 mph
Barometer : 30.23 in
Dewpoint: 25 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 25 F


Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Jan 29, 2020 9:28 am

Today: Cloudy, with a high near 33. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.

Tonight: Cloudy, with a low around 25. Light east wind.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Calm wind.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Calm wind.

Friday: Cloudy, with a high near 37. Light southeast wind.

Friday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 30.

Saturday: Cloudy, with a high near 39.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 51.

Monday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Links

Friend of a Friend: The Facebook That Could Have Been
https://twobithistory.org/2020/01/05/foaf.html

http://www.ldodds.com/foaf/foaf-a-matic

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2004/feb/19/newmedia.media

Foaf files can be read by computers, so it should eventually be possible to answer queries such as: How old is Marc Canter; Show me pictures bloggers who live in London; and Find recent articles written by people who went to ETech - always assuming people have put the relevant information in their foaf.rdf file.

Non-tech users and maybe most users, regardless of tech expertise probably have no interest in maintaining an XML file that has to be stored on a server, primarily the users' own personal website, but most people do not want to maintain personal websites. This is why users gravitate to the silos. They don't want to incur the admin tax.

These open standards are great ideas, but if users choose not participate, then nothing can be done to change that.

http://www.extremedemocracy.com/chapters/Chapter18-Hynes.pdf

https://programmingisterrible.com/post/39438834308/distributed-social-network

http://lists.foaf-project.org/pipermail/foaf-dev/2003-July/005463.html

https://twobithistory.org/2018/05/27/semantic-web.html

https://matthiasott.com/articles/into-the-personal-website-verse

https://alistapart.com/article/nothing-fails-like-success/

https://seldo.com/posts/are_we_making_the_web_too_complicated


Berkshire Hathaway to sell its BH Media unit and its 30 daily newspapers to St. Louis Post-Dispatch publisher Lee Enterprises for $140M in cash

https://mediagazer.com/200129/p6#a200129p6

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/29/business/media/warren-buffett-newspapers.html

Discussion:
Wall Street Journal: Warren Buffett Is Giving Up on Newspapers
Mark Mulville / The Buffalo News: The Buffalo News is being sold to Lee Enterprises
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times: Warren Buffett Will Sell His Newspaper Empire
Associated Press: Lee Enterprises makes $140M deal to buy Berkshire newspapers
Fern Siegel / MediaPost: Lee Enterprises Buys BH Media Group's Newspapers For $140 Million
Politico: POLITICO Playbook PM: What Mitt Romney wants to know
Lee Enterprises: Lee Enterprises to buy Berkshire Hathaway newspaper operations; Berkshire Hathaway to finance all debt
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Sells Off Newspaper Division to Lee Enterprises for $140 Million
Brock Vergakis / @brockvergakis: This is terrible news for Virginia. Job cuts are certain to follow. This affects newsrooms in Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Bristol, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Danville, Fredericksburg, Culpeper and Waynesboro. The commonwealth is about to be much less informed. https://twitter.com/...
Gerry Smith / @gerryfsmith: Warren Buffett is getting out of the newspaper business. https://www.bloomberg.com/...
Ginger Clark / @ginger_clark: Logan Roy just bought a bunch of newspapers.... https://twitter.com/...
Luke Kawa / @ljkawa: Warren Buffett is loaning someone money so he doesn't have to own newspapers any more (and to get a 9% coupon, I guess) https://www.bloomberg.com/...
Stephen T Watson / @buffaloscribe: The news of the morning. Not yet known what it means for the paper and its employees, including me. 3rd owner after the Butler family and Buffett. https://twitter.com/...
Colin Dabkowski / @colindabkowski: I've never read a more ominous phrase than “highly achievable annual synergies.” I'm thinking about my brilliant former colleagues at @TheBuffaloNews today, and hoping for the best. https://buffalonews.com/...
Ian Millhiser / @imillhiser: One extraordinarily wonky problem that keeps me up at night is there may not be a profitable model for state-level journalism, and this means that federalism is probably no longer a viable constitutional model. https://www.wsj.com/...
Katherine Chiglinsky / @k_chiglinsky: A sign of the times? Buffett just struck a deal to sell his newspapers, including his hometown one, to Lee (and he'll help finance the deal). Papers have long been a part of BRK's story - Buffett even used to deliver them - but this may mark the end. https://www.bloomberg.com/...
Will Bunch / @will_bunch: The fact that Warren Buffett thought newspapers were a good investment was always a huge psychic boost for journalists. Now.... https://twitter.com/...
@specnewsbuffalo: JUST IN: The Buffalo News has been sold to Lee Enterprises, Inc. for $140 million in cash, ending Warren Buffett's more than 40-year ownership of the daily newspaper. The sale was announced early Wednesday morning. http://specne.ws/...
Diana B. Henriques / @dianabhenriques: So. He wanted to save local #newspapers in service to #democracy...until, you know, not enough revenue? This is bad news, sad news. Warren Buffett Will Sell His Newspaper Empire https://www.nytimes.com/...
Dan Kennedy / @dankennedy_nu: Warren Buffett was the most disappointing newspaper owner I wrote about in The Return of the Moguls. Not bad or evil. But no ideas, and no interest in hiring people with ideas. https://www.bloomberg.com/...
Hadas Gold / @hadas_gold: Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway drops its newspapers, selling them to Lee Enterprises for $140M. In a statement Buffet said “I am confident that our newspapers will be in the right hands” https://lee.net/...
Max Abelson / @maxabelson: Alright so this means Warren Buffett would rather hold on to a door to door vacuum cleaner business, and a literal encyclopedia publisher, then his newspapers — including the hometown paper he's owned for longer than I've been alive. https://www.bloomberg.com/...
David S. Joachim / @davidjoachim: �� Warren Buffett is getting out of the newspaper business He just struck a deal to sell his newspapers to St. Louis Post-Dispatch publisher Lee Enterprises for $140 million in cash, @k_chiglinsky reports https://www.bloomberg.com/... @business https://twitter.com/...
Patrick Thornton / @pwthornton: Newspaper booster Warren Buffet is getting out of the newspaper business. He says most newspapers are “toast,” which I think is probably an understatement. It seems impossible to forge a new business model at most legacy news organizations. https://www.bloomberg.com/...
Mark Poloncarz / @markpoloncarz: The print media business certainly has changed in the last decade, but this “sale” still is surprising to see. Unfortunately, many midsized cities have seen dramatic changes in their daily newspapers, including eliminating staff and entire days. https://buffalonews.com/...
Keith Boykin / @keithboykin: Berkshire is famous for almost never selling any of its operating businesses. Warren Buffett once wrote: “We have no interest at all in selling any good businesses that Berkshire owns. We are also very reluctant to sell sub-par businesses...” https://www.wsj.com/...
Nick Reisman / @nickreisman: Lee owns The Citizen and The Post-Star — inarguably the two best small newspapers in upstate New York. https://twitter.com/...
Allison Prang / @allisonprang: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is selling its newspapers — including the Omaha World Herald, his home's very own paper — to Lee Enterprises, the owner of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. https://www.wsj.com/...
Dan Froomkin / @froomkin: The newspapers Buffet just sold for a song (which he actually lent the buyer) include the one where I got my start, the Winston-Salem Journal. Sad. https://www.nytimes.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Abraham Gutman / @abgutman: For someone who has a long record of statements about the importance newspapers to democracy and whose net value is $87 BILLION, Buffett could have stuck it out in the news business. But billionaires care about ROI, not public benefit. They won't save us. https://www.wsj.com/...
Raju Narisetti / @raju: Berkshire Hathaway is selling its newspapers to publisher Lee Enterprises for $140 million, two years after having first handed them management oversight of its chain https://www.wsj.com/... via @WSJ


Casino operator Penn National Gaming buying 36% stake in Barstool Sports; deal values Barstool at $450M and lets Penn National buy a controlling stake later

https://mediagazer.com/200129/p1#a200129p1

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/1/29/21113130/barstool-sports-penn-national-deal-450-million-dave-portnoy-chernin

Discussion:
Wall Street Journal: Penn National Gaming to Buy Minority Stake in Barstool Sports
Brian Steinberg / Variety: Penn National Gaming Takes Minority Stake in Upstart Barstool Sports
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap: Barstool Sports Sells 36% Stake to Penn National Gaming Casino Operator for $163 Million
Penn National Gaming: Penn National Gaming and Barstool Sports Announce Exclusive Sports Betting and iCasino Partnership
Jay Rigdon / Awful Announcing: Barstool sells minority stake to casino group Penn National in a deal valuing them at $450 million
Sara Jerde / Adweek: Barstool Sports' New Investor Signals Deepening Ties to Betting
Frank Pallotta / CNN: Penn National Gaming is buying a stake in Barstool Sports
Anna Washenko / RAIN News: Casino company Penn National takes minority stake in Barstool Sports
Kendall Baker / Axios: Gambling operator Penn National buys $136 million stake in Barstool Sports
Jim Weber / @jimmweber: To put this in perspective, the Washington Post — the 2nd leading newspaper in the country and the one that broke the Watergate story — was sold to Jeff Bezos for $250 million. 🤯 https://twitter.com/...
Fortune: Barstool Sports is selling part of its business to a casino operator in a deal that values the company at $450 million
Ashley Rodriguez / Business Insider: Barstool Sports is selling a big stake to a casino company, in a deal that values the company at $450 million
Carl Hendy / @carlhendy: Sports blog built on Wordpress sold for $450m. https://www.vox.com/...
Alex Weprin / @alexweprin: Penn National says it “will be Barstool Sports' exclusive gaming partner for up to 40 years and have the sole right to utilize the Barstool Sports brand for all of the Company's online and retail sports betting and iCasino products.” So Barstool casinos incoming.
@onlyinbos: Penn National Gaming has agreed to buy a 36% stake in Barstool Sports for $163 million. The deal values Barstool at $450 million. In 2023, the casino company will pay another $62 million to bring its stake to 50%: https://www.vox.com/... 🧱 https://twitter.com/...
Joseph Milord / @joemilord: By far the biggest come-up I've seen from a media company https://twitter.com/...
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: Details: Penn National Gaming buys a chunk of Barstool, currently owned by the Chernin Group, today, and bumps its stake up to 50% in three years, paying $225 million total. It can then buy majority control at TBD price. Barstool, founded in 2003, did $90/$100 million in 2019.
Alex Weprin / @alexweprin: After sale, Penn will own 36%, Chernin Group will own 36%, and Barstool employees (including founder Dave Portnoy and CEO Erika Nardini) will own 28%.
Clay Travis / @claytravis: Two weeks ago “The Athletic” got a $500 million valuation. Now Barstool gets a $450 million valuation as Penn Gaming is buying a 36% stake per @WSJ: https://www.wsj.com/...
Tom Krazit / @tomkrazit: I miss Deadspin. https://twitter.com/...
Darren Rovell / @darrenrovell: Barstool deal is first validation of the value of digital sports gambling content creation to operators. Winner in this space will be media that draws strong base of bettors through differentiated tech & product offering. Why I came to @ActionNetworkHQ https://www.wsj.com/...
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: A very Barstool-like announcement of the Barstool sale to Penn National: Barstool founder Dave Portnoy tells his fans they should buy Penn National stock, followed by long disclaimer telling them they shouldn't follow his advice. https://twitter.com/...
Mitchell Sunderland / @m_sunderland: The real lesson: Every edgy mew media company pivoted to woke, expecting riches, but now tilts towards bankruptcy. Only Barstool Sports stuck to its voice—and now it has won a massive payday. Nobody will take the lesson to heart https://twitter.com/...
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: The deal exists because of the 2018 Supreme Court decision legalizing online sports betting; Penn National hopes use Barstool brand to push into the market, currently dominated by FanDuel and Draft Kings instead of traditional casino companies.
Alex Weprin / @alexweprin: Here are the details on Penn National's acquisition of Barstool Sports. $163 million in cash and stock for 36%. Option to up the stake to 50% after 3 years for an additional $62 million.
Jeff Siegel / @jgsiegel: What a world we live in. That company shouldn't be worth $4.50, much less $450 mil. https://twitter.com/...
Jacob Donnelly / @jaycodon: Last valuation was $100 million. This is a classic example of a product company buying an audience company to reduce CAC. https://twitter.com/...


WaPo reinstates reporter Felicia Sonmez after her suspension following her tweets about a rape allegation against Kobe Bryant and her response to backlash

https://deadline.com/2020/01/kobe-bryant-washington-post-felicia-sonmez-2-1202844416/

https://mediagazer.com/200128/p19#a200128p19

Discussion:
Felicia Sonmez / @feliciasonmez: I believe that Washington Post readers and employees, including myself, deserve to hear directly from @PostBaron on the newspaper's handling of this matter. My statement on The Post's decision tonight: https://twitter.com/...
Washington Post Guild / @postguild: Our statement regarding the reinstatement of our colleague Felicia Sonmez: https://twitter.com/...
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review: Felicia Sonmez's suspension exposes the tyranny of newsroom social media policies, which often read like hamfisted attempts to reconcile competing impulses
Arwa Mahdawi / The Guardian: The Washington Post silenced one of its reporters. It now owes her an apology
David Von Drehle / Washington Post: Remembering Kobe Bryant required the hammer of truth
David Beard / @dabeard: @PENamerica @feliciasonmez @washingtonpost @pressfreedom @RSF_en @mccarrennews @kathykiely @soledadobrien @mathewi @Sifill_LDF @PostGuild After reinstating Felicia Sonmez, Post leadership told its newsroom that the paper's “policies on the use of social media — which date from 2011 — are in need of an update.” https://www.nytimes.com/...
Michael Calderone / @mlcalderone: WaPo says @feliciasonmez did not violate social media policy. Statement from managing editor Tracy Grant: https://twitter.com/...
Dylan Byers / NBC News: Washington Post reverses suspension of reporter who tweeted about Kobe Bryant
Haley Swenson / @haleysswenson: “Which raises the question: what are such [social media] policies for, really? It's hard to avoid the conclusion that they're a tool of management control.” https://www.cjr.org/... Totally. Never heard it argued so well before.
Felicia Sonmez / @feliciasonmez: I hope Washington Post newsroom leaders will not only prioritize their employees' safety in the face of threats of physical harm but also ensure that no journalist will be punished for speaking the truth.
Soledad O'Brien / @soledadobrien: Worth reading: https://twitter.com/...
Shelby Talcott / The Daily Caller: WaPo Reporter Responsible For Kobe Bryant Tweets Speak Out, Condemns Paper For Suspension
David M. Perry / @lollardfish: When your reporter is under attack from an internet hate mob, you defend them. The end. *P.S. also true for your faculty, staff, and students, university folk. https://twitter.com/...
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: No kidding, Captain Obvious https://twitter.com/...
Christopher Ingraham / @cingraham: Printing out 10,000 copies of this CJR op-ed and papering my entire house with it https://www.cjr.org/... https://twitter.com/...
Felicia Sonmez / @feliciasonmez: Washington Post journalists endeavor to live up to the paper's mission statement, which states, “The newspaper shall tell ALL the truth so far as it can learn it, concerning the important affairs of America and the world.”
Fenit Nirappil / @fenitn: “Newsrooms have moved to monetize their reporters' humanity (Ring, ring. Ring, ring. “Hi, it's Michael.") without really letting them show any preconceptions, or mistakes, or life experiences—the things that actual humans are made of." https://www.cjr.org/...
Lainna Fader / @lainnafader: “We warn aspiring journalists that they won't be hired unless they have thousands of Twitter followers they can mine for clicks, while also warning them that they won't be hired if they ever expressed an opinion online.” https://www.cjr.org/...
@thewrap: Reinstated Washington Post Reporter Calls Out Top Editor Marty Baron Over Kobe Bryant Tweet Suspension https://www.thewrap.com/...
Jon Allsop / @jon
allsop: @feliciasonmez Newsrooms have monetized their reporters' humanity without letting them show meaningful human traits. Which is ironic: trust has declined not because reporters have flaws, but because news organizations insist on pretending that they do not. Me for @CJR: https://www.cjr.org/...
Sarah Reese Jones / @politicussarah: If journalists aren't allowed to uphold the facts re issues about which they are experts due to experience, there is no real “diversity” in the newsroom. @feliciasonmez shared an important, uncomfortable fact about an issue. Like journalists do. https://twitter.com/...
Celisa Calacal / Press Pass: The Impossibility of Objectivity
Soledad O'Brien / @soledadobrien: Felicia is a beast. Good for her. https://twitter.com/...
@blackamazon: COME ON THROUGH FELICIA https://twitter.com/...
Zach Carter / @zachdcarter: I'd want Felicia Sonmez in my corner any day https://twitter.com/...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/remembering-kobe-bryant-is-complicated-but-felicia-sonmez-kept-both-eyes-on-the-truth/2020/01/28/de687214-41f0-11ea-aa6a-083d01b3ed18_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/business/media/felicia-sonmez-kobe-bryant-tweet.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

"Felicia Sonmez and the tyranny of the social-media policy"
https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/felicia_sonmez_kobe_bryant_washington_post.php


yesterday Scroll or something like that opened up to the public. that service relies on media orgs partnering with scroll. translation: media orgs create horrendously reader-hostile websites and they give their content to scroll and also to google's amp to have the media's content display in a useful manner.

now today is this, which is an aggregator.

News Corp launches Knewz, a news aggregation platform covering more than 400 publishers that uses AI and human editors, available on the web, iOS, and Android

https://newscorp.com/2020/01/29/start-spreadin-the-knewz/

https://mediagazer.com/200129/p9#a200129p9

all of a sudden, media types are fascinated by web design. they call knewz bad web design.

have these media people tested their own websites?

Large & Small, Left & Right, Here, There & Everywhere

Discussion:
A.J. Katz / TVNewser: News Corp Launches Knewz, a Curated News Aggregation Service Meant to Compete With Google News
Todd Spangler / Variety: News Corp Launches Knewz With Stories From 400-Plus Publishers, Promising No Clickbait or ‘Narrow-Minded Nonsense’
Sara Fischer / @sarafischer: News Corp officially launches its news aggregation service “Knewz.” News Corp says http://knewz.com/ is “currently sourcing headlines from more than 400 publishers, though the list is expected to continue evolving during beta testing.” https://newscorp.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Sean O'Kane / @sokane1: https://twitter.com/...
Brandon Hardin / @hardin: knewz looks like if vox fucked drudge https://twitter.com/...
Edward-Isaac Dovere / @isaacdovere: Jackie Chiles is writing press releases now https://twitter.com/...
Rachel Joy Larris / @rachellarris: I honestly thought Knewz was a joke or just some bad idea. It's both it turns out https://twitter.com/...
@jpbrammer: Vexacious verticals and fact-free feeds. Knewz knowing and needed. Knewz nous is in the house. Groove slam work it back. Filter that baby bump that track. Gaga in the room https://twitter.com/...
Ginny Marvin / @ginnymarvin: Not to let our brain twitches ease with this week's official death of “Oath,” the media universe serves up another twinge-inducing brand name. https://twitter.com/...
Jared Keller / @jaredbkeller: congratulations to gustav klimt on your new job as web designer https://newscorp.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Adrianna McIntyre / @onceupona: trying to decide if this is better or worse than tronc https://twitter.com/...
Drew Curtis / @drewcurtis: Because “noodz” was taken already? https://twitter.com/...
Hamza Shaban / @hshaban: News Corp launches its news aggregation service called “Knewz.” The announcement includes passages like this: https://newscorp.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Nikki / @thenikkibus: I basically had a full-body recoil reaction to pulling this up in my browser https://twitter.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Danny Gold / @dgisserious: I know it's fashionable to blame Facebook and google for the death of news but this lets off way too many media executives who have made terrible decision after terrible decision. https://twitter.com/...
Drew Curtis / @drewcurtis: It's like a team of mid-level execs said “What if we lift Drudge's design but somehow make it suck more” https://twitter.com/...
Drew Curtis / @drewcurtis: “Hey guys what's literally the worst color to connotate ‘journalism?’ Anyone?” https://twitter.com/...
Jay Caruso / @jaycaruso: It is difficult to describe in words the, ugliness of this site. It's horrifying. And who came up with that name? Did they run it through some online naming algorithm? This is something Roman Roy would come up with on an episode of Succession. Dad sees it: “F**k off!” https://twitter.com/...
Alex Weprin / @alexweprin: Actual quote from CEO of News Corp. “We live in a world of vexatious verticals, of crass clickbait, of polarized perspectives and fallacious, fact-free feeds - Knewz is knowing and needed. Knewz nous is in the house.” https://twitter.com/...
@variety: News Corp Launches Knewz With 400-Plus Publishers, Promising No Clickbait or ‘Narrow-Minded Nonsense’ https://variety.com/...
Cooper Fleishman / @_cooper: who called it vaulter and not times new roman https://twitter.com/...
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: perfect headlines do not exis- https://twitter.com/...
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: I know you guys want to make fun of Knewz bc of the dumb name (and the fact that the site looks like Drudge and Craigslist made a beast with two backs) but remember when we made fun of Tronc bc of that dumb name? And how dumb we felt when... oh.
Andrew Beaujon / @abeaujon: I hope they didn't pay anyone to come up with that name https://twitter.com/...
Raju Narisetti / @raju: News Corp unveils its http://knewz.com/ news-aggregation product on the Web, and in iOS & Android apps. Best wishes, @rajivpant and tech/product team. https://twitter.com/...
Jill Krajewski / @jillkrajewski: knewz makes tronc sound like asmr https://variety.com/...
Drew Harwell / @drewharwell: News Corp. chief executive announcing launch of http://knewz.com/: “We live in a world of vexatious verticals, of crass clickbait, of polarized perspectives and fallacious, fact-free feeds - Knewz is knowing and needed. Knewz nous is in the house.” https://newscorp.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Dieter Bohn / @backlon: Help I've been murdered by a press release http://newscorp.com/... https://twitter.com/...

https://mobile.twitter.com/JayCaruso/status/1222540337954140161

It is difficult to describe in words the, ugliness of this site. It's horrifying. And who came up with that name? Did they run it through some online naming algorithm? This is something Roman Roy would come up with on an episode of Succession. Dad sees it: "F**k off!"

about that twitter user:

Managing Editor @dcexaminer Mag | Past: DMN Editorial | Writings in The Atlantic, Daily Beast, NRO | My newsletter: bit.ly/2wFyBKF | Yankees fan
washingtonexaminer.com

https://webpagetest.org/result/200129_X5_f6fda052b27744f586e56e20ddab4b11/

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/
From: Dulles, VA - Chrome - Cable
1/29/2020, 3:09:11 PM
First View Fully Loaded:
Time: 44.815 seconds
Web requests: 220
Bytes downloaded: 24,413 KB !!!

That's washingtonexaminer.com's homepage.

1.3 megabytes of the download were for JavaScript.

23 megabytes of the download were for images. WTF?!?!?!?

Article that contains a few hundred words and maybe one image.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/house-must-act-to-prevent-deadly-flood-of-fentanyl-variants-in-american-communities

Results: https://webpagetest.org/result/200129_FC_666c15527878c5f50130e937d38cf638/

This is atrocious.

From: Dulles, VA - Chrome - Cable
1/29/2020, 3:17:41 PM
First view fully loaded:
Download time: 30.898 seconds
Web requests: 691
Bytes downloaded: 8,709 KB

That's why I read most media websites with JavaScript disabled. 691 web requests??? What kind of security and privacy concerns exist with that website?

2.5 megabytes of the download were for JavaScript. Holy hell. Why?

5.1 megabytes were for images.

The article's title, by-line, published date, body, footer info about the author, and the image caption text totaled 799 words by my editor's count.

An 800-word article that contained one small image, sized 452 x 278 pixels requires unsuspecting readers to download 8.7 megabytes of crapware.

When will these media hacks point their brilliant web design critiques at their employers' websites?

https://mobile.twitter.com/DGisSERIOUS/status/1222548874570739715

I know it’s fashionable to blame Facebook and google for the death of news but this lets off way too many media executives who have made terrible decision after terrible decision.

One horrible design made by media orgs is their choice for horrendous modern web design practices.

https://webpagetest.org/result/200129_SW_2ccdab3b61b2be222e06b858002e1b28/
https://knewz.com/
From: Dulles, VA - Chrome - Cable
1/29/2020, 3:07:02 PM
First View Fully Loaded:
Download time: 5.893 seconds
Web requests: 218
Bytes downloaded: 1,705 KB

586 KB of the download were for JavaScript.

The knewz.com homepage is a little better than the washingtonexaminer.com homepage.

Web design includes how quickly the entire page is downloaded and displayed, and media orgs create some of the worst websites on the planet.

Media orgs pollute their websites with nefarious trackers.

I would respect the web design critiques of media people if their websites were designed in a humane and useful manner.

Back to knewz.com, I'm definitely not a fan of the web design when viewed on my laptop. Jeesh. It's clunky. The fixed header is too large. Way too much horizontal viewing is required. Resizing the browser to make it smaller helps some. Too much usage of italics. WTF? Actually, nearly all of the text on the homepage is displayed in italics. The titles exist in different sizes. I find it hard to read when scrolling. It also messes with my eyes somehow.

knewz.com displays better and works better when CSS and JavaScript are DISABLED within the uMatrix browser extension.


Jonah Peretti says he expects BuzzFeed to turn a profit this year, but BuzzFeed News would still be operating in the red: “We don't need news to be profitable”

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/1/28/21112608/ben-smith-new-york-times-buzzfeed-media-revenue-jonah-peretti


The Guardian says it will no longer accept ads from companies that extract fossil fuels, becoming the first major news organization to institute such a ban

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jan/29/guardian-to-ban-advertising-from-fossil-fuel-firms-climate-crisis

https://mediagazer.com/200129/p3#a200129p3

Discussion:
The Guardian: Why the Guardian will no longer accept fossil fuel advertising
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab: The Guardian continues to lead the way on climate change policy, and will no longer run oil or gas ads
John McCarthy / The Drum: The Guardian reinforces climate credentials with fossil fuel ad ban
@bulletinatomic: “Advertising by fossil fuel companies is a dominant strategy to manipulate environmental discourse and influence political outcomes around climate,” stated a paper published last month. https://thebulletin.org/... https://twitter.com/...
Leilani Mnter / @leilanimunter: Thank you @guardian! Way to go! #EffOil https://twitter.com/...
Greta Thunberg / @gretathunberg: “The Guardian will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies, becoming the first major global news organisation to institute an outright ban on taking money from companies that extract fossil fuels.” A good start, who will take this further? https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Chris White / The Daily Caller: The Guardian Will No Longer Accept Advertisements From Fossil Fuel Companies
Vanessa Nakate / @vanessa_vash: Guardian to ban advertising from fossil fuel firms This is what we need! Who else is taking this up! We need to kick polluters out https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Ida Tarbell / @amywestervelt: Wow this is huge. Meanwhile, other outlets' brand studios are making campaigns for Chevron, Exxon, Shell, the API; making podcasts for dark money denier tanks like the American Enterprise Institute, etc. https://twitter.com/...
Daniel A. Zarrilli / @dzarrilli: “our decision is based on the decades-long efforts by many in that industry to prevent meaningful climate action by governments around the world” https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Damian Carrington / @dpcarrington: Why the @guardian will no longer accept fossil fuel advertising By acting chief executive, Anna Bateson, and chief revenue officer, Hamish Nicklin https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Jim Waterson / @jimwaterson: Bad news for oil firms, gas extractors, coal miners, extractors of peat, and anyone running a backyard fracking operation who really wanted to advertise alongside my pieces about what BBC management are up to. https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Greenpeace UK / @greenpeaceuk: BREAKING: This is a huge moment in the battle against oil and gas for all of us! @guardian have just announced they won't let dirty oil and gas companies advertise with them anymore because we're in a climate emergency. ✊🏽 🙌🏽 ✊🏽 🙌🏽 ✊🏽 🙌🏽 1/2 https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen / @rasmus_kleis: Greta asked, Greta got. Who will follow the Guardian? https://twitter.com/...
Katharine Viner / @kathviner: Exciting and important announcement from my commercial colleagues at the Guardian: we will no longer take advertising from fossil fuel companies https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Adam Vaughan / @adamvaughan_uk: Guardian to ban advertising from fossil fuel firms. <https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Christian Christensen / @chrchristensen: “We have decided that we will no longer accept advertising from fossil fuel extractive companies on any of the Guardian's websites and apps, nor in the Guardian, Observer and Guardian Weekly in print.” https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Seth Rudetsky / @sethrudetsky: What a bold, fantastic move!! https://twitter.com/...
Chlo Farand / @chloefarand: The Guardian will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies. The ban will be implemented “with immediate effect” and to “any business primarily involved in extracting fossil fuels”. https://www.theguardian.com/ ...

The next step or the step that the Guardian should take NOW is to reject ads from businesses that USE or RELY UPON fossil fuels.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51271168

BBC News to cut around 450 jobs as part of plans to reach its £80M savings target by 2022


A deep look at what gets lost when local newspapers dwindle or disappear, through conversations with residents and elected officials in rural Pollocksville, NC

https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-future-of-democracy/what-happens-when-the-news-is-gone


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7941867/Final-seconds-Kobe-Bryant-helicopter-ride-captured-Nest-home-security-system.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-29/kobe-bryant-s-copter-lacked-terrain-warning-device-ntsb-says

https://www.tmz.com/2020/01/27/kobe-bryant-helicopter-pilot-misjudged-terrain-slow-down/