Monthly Archives: December 2013

Ambrose Bierce and Gerard Manley Hopkins: Writers Famous for Not Being Famous

You can argue with the politics of The Weekly Standard all you want, but the magazine’s Books, Arts & Society section is almost uniformly superb. Two recent examples are reviews of writers who failed to achieve fame in their lifetimes – … Continue reading

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Sign o’ the Time: Everything for Sale at Newsweekly

The Boston Sunday Globe featured this full-page ad on A12 yesterday. Two things, for starters: 1) The whole Time Dealer of the Year Awards looks suspiciously like a pay-for-play scheme. 2) There is no this: At least not outside the … Continue reading

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Sergey Ponomarev Wins NYT ‘Year In Pictures’ Bakeoff

Yesterday’s New York Times Year in Pictures featured the usual array of fabulous photos from the pst year. And Sergey Ponomarev took honors as the shooter with the most submissions (in the print edition) – four. Among them:   Caption: “A … Continue reading

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Did Michael Bloomberg Run Another NYT Ad Praising Michael Bloomberg?

The hardworking staff – and Dr. Ads – have been on this question like Brown on Williamson: Who are the Appreciative New Yorkers who’ve run this ad in the New York Times – twice? Since we first asked, those Appreciative … Continue reading

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Hack Attack! Salon’s Brutal Takedown of Bigfoot Journalists

Salon’s Alex Pareene has assembled a Top Ten Hackorama of Political Journalists and it’s a corker (tip o’ the pixel to AlterNet). Pareene blowtorches some of the most notable members of the chinstrokerati, “[channeling] each media figure’s ‘unique’ voice — … Continue reading

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Ask Dr. Ads: Got A Top Ten For 2013?

Well the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out. Dear Dr. Ads, I’ve noticed that a lot of media outlets have picked their Top Whatever Ads of 2013 in recent days. There’s Adweek’s Mostapalooza featuring The Ten Most Sexist … Continue reading

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NYT Mikhail Kalashnikov Obit Omits Most Important Fact

Mikhail Kalashnikov, father of the AK-47, is dead at the age of 94. From the New York Times obituary by C. J. Chivers: His role in the rifle’s creation, and the attention showered on him by the Kremlin’s propaganda machine, … Continue reading

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Lousy Turnout For Midnight Mass At St. Mary’s In Brookline Village

The hardworking staff, which is Jewish by attraction, has lived next door to St. Mary of the Assumption in Brookline Village for 25 years, during which we’ve observed – yes – 25 Christmas Eve Midnight Masses. (For decades our mother, … Continue reading

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Native Advertising Isn’t All That Viral? No Matter – It’s Still Dangerous

Smart piece in Adweek about the virality of native advertising. Native Advertising Wasn’t Really So Viral in 2013 New Sharethrough report shows how few sponsored stories popped  Are we so sure that all this sponsored content is worth the trouble? Native advertising … Continue reading

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Did Michael Bloomberg Pay For A NYT Ad Praising Michael Bloomberg?

Saturday’s New York Times featured this full-page hagiographic ad about outgoing New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, courtesy of “Appreciative New Yorkers.” Turns out Appreciative New Yorkers don’t really exist, as the irrepressible Dr. Ads documented here. So who paid for … Continue reading

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