["Perhaps the the most dramatic—and revealing—recent move was to hire a handful of well-known journalists to do old-fashioned reporting. 'Our goal,' [publisher Arianna] Huffington says, 'is basically to become an online newspaper.' Others blogs, such as Gawker, Talking Points Memo, PaidContent and the Drudge Report, have also matured into fully fledged businesses with multiple staff on the payroll, advertising revenues and regular conferences. They are moving to the mainstream just as traditional news companies are making a determined effort to become more 'new media.'..."It gets confusing when The New York Times starts launching a ton of blogs, and the Huffington Post starts offering news," said Jonah Peretti, a 33-year-old MIT graduate who is the company's resident tech whizz. 'Things start to blur.'"]
["'I just got a call on Friday from ... a dear friend of mine, who told me that they're packing up the ranch," McShane said. 'They're dismantling the ranch and taking the stuff out. That ship is gonna sail. Bon soir, Deadwood.'"]
["De Palma's assault, like much of his past work, comes at a level of self-conscious remove, with the action mediated through various video platforms. 'Much of the movie is making you aware of what you're watching,' he notes. 'It's saying, 'Beware of the filters.' 'This is all a lie, but you're going to believe it.' It's very Brechtian. We're going to set you up and manipulate your emotions, but keep your mind working, too.']
Quote of the Day:
"I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn." -- Dorothy Parker
Image of the Day (click to enlarge):From Jacques Tati's Playtime (1968).
Clip of the Day: Ennio Morricone conducts a section of his score from Casualties of War in Warsaw, Poland.
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