Television has been taken over by idiot culture - "For the first time in our history, the weird, the stupid, the coarse, the sensational and the untrue are becoming our cultural norm -- even our cultural ideal," he says. "The gravest threat today to the best obtainable version of the truth comes from these lowered standards. And the consequences to a society that is misinformed and disinformed by the grotesque values of this idiot culture are truly perilous." --Carl Berstein in remarks to the Kansas Press Assn. (via Romenesko)
Nice article about Remenesko in Slate.
Jeff Jarvis on the changing nature of reporting the Pope's election. I remember watching TV as a kid and being fascinated by the whole colored smoke thing. NPR was talking about the duration of the conclave. In the middle ages one of them lasted 3 years and I thought how bad could that be? Small rooms yes, but the food was probably better than what they had at home. A PopeCam.
NY Times.com has record page views in March. Of these, RSS feeds generated 5.9 million pageviews which represents a 342 percent increase year over year and a 39 percent increase from February's 4.3 million pageviews. (via Paid Content)
Surfcams from Primedia will cover 75% of the surfing spots in the country. Article describes new technology and ad supported model.