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What Constitutes “Real Media” and Who Decides?

14 May
I’m not at all a sports guy, so although I follow a few people on Twitter who focus almost exclusively on sports, I don’t generally engage in discussions about it. As British satirist Charlie Brooker suggests, watching sporting events on TV is, “marginally less interesting than watching cardboard exist.”
But over the last few months, I had been paying a bit of attention out on the fringe of the interplay between the Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington and other people who blog/Tweet about sports.  The pattern seems to be: someone takes an opposing viewpoint, Harrington writes something dismissive to bait them, they curse at him, and he blocks them. So, although I can get rather hot-headed on Twitter, and although Harrington tried to bait me a few times, I ignored it and kept pushing, respectfully.
I do not mean to insinuate that the Buffalo News (or any other established, professional medium) is irrelevant – others push that line, but it’s not completely accurate. Relevance is determined by the reader. The News serves a completely different purpose from Trending Buffalo or what I do, as do radio and TV. But just because Artvoice is free and public radio solicits for donations doesn’t make either one any more or less “real” than the Buffalo News.  I see the whole thing as a mosaic of information, which people are free to assemble however they want. 

The backstory begins with this exchange a bit over a week ago, 

That was it. I asked Harrington to define “real media”, but he ignored me. 

So, what happens when you ignore the bait and engage in a back-and-forth? Saturday evening, Buffalo.com writer Ben Tsujimoto had sent a couple of live Tweets about a WNY Flash soccer game…



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The Morning Grumpy 5/4/12

4 May

All the news, views, and filtered excellence that’s fit to consume during your morning grumpy.

1. In yesterday’s grumpy, I linked to this article that demonstrated how the “vast majority of workers have been closed out of the country’s gains for nearly 40 years” as wages have remained stagnant while productivity has risen.

Today, let’s take a look at where income growth has actually increased.

Compensation for chief executives at American companies grew 15 percent in 2011 after a 28 percent rise in 2010.

Oh, but that’s an anomaly, right? Not at all, my dear.

From 1978 to 2011, CEO compensation increased more than 725 percent, a rise substantially greater than stock market growth and the painfully slow 5.7 percent growth in worker compensation over the same period.

Once upon a time, when America had a thriving middle class, CEOs made but 26 times more than the average employee in their company. Now?

They now make roughly 206 times more than workers, EPI found. The pay isn’t always tied to the performance of their businesses — as ThinkProgress has noted, CEOs at companies like Bank of America often pocket huge pay increases even as the company’s stock price plummets and jobs are cut.

Yes, our income inequality is now worse than Ivory Coast and Pakistan. Meanwhile, one of Romney’s advisers is telling us that skyrocketing inequality is good for America. Robber Barons for Romney!

2. Is Mitt Romney an erstwhile centrist republican from Massachusetts, Tea Party enthusiast, or is he just George W. Bush 2.0? Well, a quick look at the people Mitt Romney has brought on to his team as foreign policy and national security advisers, it would appear that he is turning into Bush’s “Mini-Me“.

Mitt Romney announced today his Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team. This group draws on a wide array of experience to advise Governor Romney on foreign policy strategy, defense issues, intelligence matters, counterterrorism, and regional policy. These advisers will assist Governor Romney as he presents his vision for restoring American leadership in the world and securing our enduring interests and ideals abroad.

Twenty-three of Romney’s most senior advisers formerly advised President G.W. Bush. Many of them held key decision-making positions within the Bush-Cheney administration. So, if you like the idea of pre-emptive war and an Israel-first at all costs foreign policy, you’re gonna love the Romney team.

You’ll find such neoconservative warriors as John Bolton (mustache enthusiast and former ambassador to the UN), Meghan O’Sullivan (deputy national security adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan under Bush), Cofer Black (former head of Blackwater), and Robert Kagan (former head of the Project for a New American Century, the grandaddy of neocon think tanks). It’s not odd that Romney would retain Bush advisers, as they are the most experienced Republicans available, but he did really seem to cherrypick the really awful ones, didn’t he?

3. Hey! Someone found a relevant use for the (IMO) completely useless social media tool, Foursquare.

Researchers from CMU’s School of Computer Science (SCS) have developed an algorithm that takes the check-ins generated when foursquare members visit participating businesses or venues, and clusters them based on a combination of the location of the venues and the groups of people who most often visit them.

This information is then mapped to reveal a city’s Livehoods. Wired’s blog says, Livehoods is “taking a big swing” at mining insights into “cultural habits and how societies flow.”

And the buzz among Twitterers includes, “Brilliant research project — Using Foursquare to understand the ‘true spirit’ of a city’s neighborhoods.”

Maps for New York, San Francisco and Pittsburgh are available on the project website. People can help choose the next city to map by voting on the Livehoods Facebook page.

I would imagine that a foursquare map of Buffalo would look very busy around HSBC Arena, Pearl Street Grill, Elmwood Avenue, and Hertel Avenue surrounded by wide swaths of emptiness. However, getting some granularity into the areas that ARE busy, would be a very useful tool for our (yet to be hired) urban planning staff at City Hall.

4. America is its own worst enemy, says Foreign Policy magazine

If America stopped searching for goblins under the bed, it might actually be able to reset its economic priorities and start investing in the things that would make the country stronger, more prosperous, and safer again, from infrastructure to energy security to better schools.

This is so true that it hurts to read it.

5. An advice column from “Ayn Randers”, courtesy of McSweeneys.

Dear Ayn,

My baby daughter is turning one year old, and I don’t know if I should throw her a birthday party or not. What should I do? I’d appreciate any advice.

One is the Loneliest Number           
Dear One,

DO NOT reward this tiny unemployed Jew with a party. Your so-called “baby” is most likely an immigrant (read: LAZYBONES) who doesn’t contribute to her family’s income and gives terrible, poor-people gifts like HD-DVDs and sand. Unrelated question: does your baby have any spare hands?

Hope this helps,

Awesome. Have a great weekend!

Fact Of The Day: If all of Earth’s water were put into a sphere, it would have a diameter of 860 miles, with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles. This picture puts it in perspective.

Quote Of The Day: “Beware of he who would deny you access to information for in his heart he dreams himself your master.” Commissioner Pravin Lal, U.N. Declaration of Rights

Video Of The Day: “The Last Creed Fan”

Laugh Of The Day: “Fear In The Media” – Doug Stanhope with a reminder that nothing of any significance will ever happen to us.

Song Of The Day: “Unsatisfied” – The Replacements

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Announcing The #BuffCashMob

31 Jul

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you like social media? Are you someone who digs doing cool stuff with cool people? Do you love supporting local small business? Well, welcome to the hastily formed #BuffCashMob!

This is a tough economy and many small businesses in Buffalo and WNY are looking for ways to increase cash flow. That’s where we, the organized social media denizens of Western New York, come in.

Rather than do the slacktivist thing, posting links to businesses we like and writing on their Facebook pages, let’s get out, en masse, and show them some straight up cash love. Buy their goods, pay for their services, patronize their establishments. And have a great fucking time doing it!

The goal will be to get 100 people to “flash mob” a local establishment to spend $10-$20 each on the goods and services offered. No discounts, no coupons, no special deals. Just spend $10 in their business.

We’ll take nominations for businesses who will get a visit from the #BuffCashMob on the WNYMedia website each Monday. We’ll keep our eyes on Twitter to check for other nominations there as well, but make sure you use the #BuffCashMob hashtag so we’ll know to look for it. Your nomination should tell us something about the business, what they sell and why they deserve some #BuffCashMob love. Lets show local businesses that social media isn’t just about nerds talking about “branding”, that it’s about bringing people in the door to spend some cash.

We’ll make the #BuffCashMob event cool with some onsite activities, so let’s get this thing started.

Suggestions? Make ’em! Criticisms? Let’s hear ’em!

Most of all, just show up on Friday at 530PM to support the local business we’ve all nominated and selected.


4 Mar

If you’re only reading our articles here on the WNYMedia.net homepage, you’re missing the plethora of workday information and entertainment we provide on other platforms.  On a daily basis, you’ll find Alan Bedenko, Chris Charvella, Brian Castner, Marc Odien, myself and dozens of other WNYMedia writers arguing, hectoring, bickering, and having fun on Twitter and Facebook.  Look us up and follow, if you’re interested in the extended conversation.

Fridays are typically active days on the social networks as people get ready for the weekend and have a little more time to check in on their phones.  The big story of the day in Buffalo is that pop superstar Lady GaGa is in town to perform at HSBC Arena tonight.

Around lunchtime, one of the BuffaloRising writers posted the following on their Twitter page.

Now, of course, that was bullshit.  I don’t know if they were serious or not, but I assume that it was posted in jest.  Alan and I were having lunch at Louie’s on Elmwood when we read it and laughed about the absurdity of the thought of Lady Gaga eating onion rings and footlongs at Ted’s.

Later in the day, Alan started a twitter hashtag titled #FakeGagaSightingsBUF and hilarity ensued.  Here’s the opening volleys of the Friday nonsense:

After a couple of dozen entries, John Borsa of Channel 7 helped spread the word to a larger audience…

And it took off from there…

Even Erie County Legislator Tom Mazur got into the act…BTW, it’s his day off.

After that, it just became a free-for-all as we attempted to fit LadyGaga into every existing Buffalo issue and story…

Finally, harkening back to the last time we had a notable visitor to our humble little ville

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