Years of undisciplined growth catch up with Vice as media's Hell Year continues.
Viceland, the great attempt to make millennials care about cable, is producing a nightly prime-time two-hour live show. The program is called Vice Live, and I have absolutely no idea who it is for. Vice Live, according to Variety, “will serve as a showcase of sorts for all things Vice.” Except for anything related to … Continue reading Can a big live show save Viceland?
Joshua Topolsky's The Outline is hiring staff writers and editorial fellows. This is notable because the last time The Outline was in the news was when it laid off all of its staff writers a few weeks ago. That announcement triggered a freelancer boycott and a number of articles questioning the outlet's longterm sustainability. On … Continue reading Things may be looking up for The Outline, which is hiring new staff writers
Per Benjamin Mullin at the Wall Street Journal: Digital publisher Mic Network Inc. has agreed to sell itself to women-focused publisher Bustle Digital Group for about $5 million, according to a person familiar with the matter—a fraction of Mic’s valuation less than two years ago. Mic laid off almost all of its employees ahead of … Continue reading The Mic-Bustle deal is official: Around $5m, every editorial staffer gone
Currently, Mic is in the process of laying off a majority of its staff in preparation of a fire sale to Bustle Media. It’s a bummer; a lot of people were doing really cool things at Mic and layoffs universally suck. But do you know who will not be searching for a new job right … Continue reading Who will be okay in the Mic sale? The founders
Mic, the formerly ascendent news source for cool hip youth who are too smart for Buzzfeed but too dumb for Vox, is reportedly selling itself to Bustle, a women's lifestyle brand built on male cynicism. According to an initial report by Peter Kafka at Recode, Bustle “would consider bringing in half or less of the … Continue reading Majority of staff at Mic laid off in advance of fire sale
Two stories I'd like to quickly highlight today: one from the Miami Herald and the other from the New York Times. Both are fantastic (and long!) pieces of journalism, and both are united by the common theme of the depravity of our elites, and how traditional systems of justice and basic human traits like morality … Continue reading Quick Flags: Power controls all
In 2018, the crisis management storm includes the New York Times and friendly YouTubers
The weaponization of liberal outrage was unavoidable. Still, it’s surprising to see how quickly the world’s dumbest people have realized taking old tweets out of context is an effective way to pressure the newly-woke megacorps into firing people they disagree with. Using the language of progressive fury (without any regard for nuance, context, or the … Continue reading The Bald Conservative Men have no idea how to talk about race
On the long list of sins committed by the dipshit ideological leaders of the alt-right, an underappreciated one is that many of them don’t even believe the bad things they are saying.