The Media Bubble is Real — And Worse Than You Think

Politico takes a look at the Media Bubble that gave us the false impression that Trump couldn’t possibly win. The trends that created that bubble are still in place and the movement of jobs away from local news organizations to the Internet has done nothing to shrink it.

My local newspaper has shed jobs, pages and local content all the while pretending this isn’t happening. Whenever I actually pick up a copy to read I’m always struck by how much of the content is sourced from USA Today and other national news organizations. All of which are based securely in the Media Bubble.

Famous Daily News photos brought back to life

The NY Daily News is a NYC newspaper in the grand tabloid tradition that I eagerly read when I was young. They’ve been publishing photos of fires, crime scenes and accidents since the beginning and have amassed an enormous collection. They’ve taken some of them and superimposed them over the present day to show you how much has changed and how much has not.

Pitbulls – just “born that way”

First off, I love dogs. I love animals, period. But you can’t let your love overwhelm your common sense. That means you never let your child play with a pitbull, no matter how they’ve been raised. I’ve heard the arguments that it’s “bad owners” and “improper training”, but it isn’t those things at all.

Pitbulls have been bred for generations to be aggressive dogs that bite hard and don’t let go. Just like labradors have been bred to retrieve objects in water and sheep dogs have been bred to herd sheep. When a lab fetches a stick or a sheep dog rounds up her toys we don’t blame the owner or their training, we just attribute it to their “instincts” and leave it at that. I’m sure this dog was well trained and had a responsible owner.

The dog was euthanized, but Moore and Forrester have no hard feelings against Moore’s sister, the owner. The dog had spent its whole life around children and never acted aggressively.

It wasn’t improperly trained and didn’t have a irresponsible owner, it was a pitbull and it did what pitbulls are bred to do. It’s time to admit that.

How the Huffington Post succeeds

Many times articles from elsewhere that are excerpted and then re-titled by the Huffington Post end up being far more popular than the originals. They use a combination of software tools and well-trained staff to locate articles and then repackage them to rate high in Google searches. It’s slick and efficient but tends to obscure the origins of the content. But, as the article points out, it’s not something the “old school” journalists seem capable of doing themselves.

New Orleans, newspapers and the beginning of the end

Last week the New Orleans Times-Picayune announced it would no longer printing a daily paper, instead printing three times a week and putting its efforts into its website. It’s going to be the first major US city without a daily newspaper. But it’s not so much an isolated event as it is the beginning of the end of the newspaper industry as we knew it.

Let’s face it, the Times-Picayune proved it could still be a viable deliverer of news without printing during the Katrina aftermath. The web is perfect for hosting information that changes rapidly and can be consumed quickly which is something even television news can’t handle well, let alone printed newspapers. Print isn’t dead, but anyone who thinks solely in terms of marks on paper is going to get left behind.

Murder in Genesee Valley Park

I’ve walked through the area where a body was found inside a burned-out car in Genesee Valley Park, it’s isolated and decidedly creepy. While I was there a large sedan with dark windows drove slowly through but did not stop. If you’re going to do something illegal, it’s probably a good place to do so unobserved.

I have other stories about the park, but they’re for another time.