**This post is a bit of a long read, but I think it’s pretty appropriate to post here considering the content. It was originally written as a final paper for an anthropology class I took. Links and media have been added for this post.
In an era where the ability to document and share information has become increasingly commonplace, the business of collecting and disseminating information has to adapt. An increase in literacy and advances in technology serve as a sort of a double edge sword for modern news media operations. Though there are now more channels through which content can be delivered to a larger audience, use of these channels is no longer exclusive to content producers. Like the linear model of communication, the established business model of older news media organizations is just too simple. Through a readily available and powerful platform such as the internet, audience members can easily become content producers in their own right. To stay profitable, news media operations not only have to put out a finished product but must also maintain their audiences in order to compete in an increasingly competitive market
To that point, this paper aims to compare and contrast the online communities that have formed around two different types of news websites: Gawker.com, an entirely digital news outlet founded in 2003, and NJ.com, an online extension of eleven New Jersey newspapers. Search engine optimization (SEO) of content may bring page hits to a news outlet’s website, yet this alone doesn’t necessarily translate into revenue. Keeping people’s attentions and getting them to come back is of grave importance in an industry that generates most of its revenue from selling site space (which is valued according to page hits) to advertisers . A situation similar to choosing between a fish or fishing pole. By comparing these two outlets we can gain a better understanding of how news organizations can adapt in the internet age as well as further study the growth and spontaneity of culture in the virtual realm.
Steveo was all smiles as he takes the win at Hyattsville. © Keith Hower
Whether it’s struggling up a steep hill or pushing through the final leg of a race, muscle fatigue can take its toll when you’re trying to perform. Pain and fatigue are signals your muscles send to the rest of your body, the idea that you should stop or give up is a natural response. Really pushing yourself is an unpleasant experience, but it turns out, a quick smile can make things just a little bit better. Continue Reading
Here, Stybar wins the 2012 Liévin World Cup in France. ©Bart Hazen
With the cyclocross season quickly approaching, we’re paying attention to cyclocrossers making waves on the road, and former cyclocross World Champion turned roadieZdeněk Štybar, riding for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, has just earned his first solo victory for the 2013 road cycling season.
Yesterday’s win for Štybar, a two-time UCI Cyclocross World champion, brings him up to third place in the tour behind Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) in first and Lars Boom (Belkin Pro Cycling) standing in second. Continue Reading
Over the weekend Sony announced that more than 50,000 files were illegally downloaded from the company’s music archives. Of those files, reports indicate that a majority are part of (if not entirely) the back catalogue of the late king of pop.
In 2010, Sony Music acquired the rights to Michael Jackson’s catalogue from his estate for a whopping $250 million. To date, this purchase holds the record for the largest recording deal in history. The catalogue, containing all of Jackson’s recording work supposedly included unreleased material from recording sessions and collaborations with artists such as will.i.am and the late Freddie Mercury. Who knows where these recordings might pop up now, if ever. Continue Reading
Just about anything that you would want to watch these days can be found online. Whether it’s through legitimate online offerings like Netflix and Hulu, or through less than reputable means (i.e. torrents), paying to get the content that you want on the main screen in your living room shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. On average, cable TV service costs somewhere between $30 to $50 a month, and that’s before you start adding on extra services. Installation on multiple screens, DVR, premium movie channels, specialty foreign channels… they can all add up to a bill that claws its way into the hundred dollar range. For those of you that would rather dispose of the their not-so-disposable income on different pursuits, there are plenty of alternatives out there to get your televised entertainment fix (you just have to jump through a few hoops to get there). Continue Reading
Anyone following this blog will see a bit of a difference in the content of the last couple of posts. Prosthetics this and that. What?
This past fall semester I took a science writing class. Along with some work responsibilities and other classes, I ended up working on another blog to get a taste for writing about more science oriented articles. Those recent posts are from said blog. Since the class is now over, I’m going to close down the site (I’d rather not contribute to the excess junk on the internet). Though the site is closing down, I wanted to save the articles I wrote. So here they are now, saved from the oblivion of deletion. Hope you guys enjoy!