When Self magazine asked cancer survivor Monika Allen for permission to use her photo from last year’s LA Marathon, she was excited for the opportunity. Allen wore a tutu and Wonder Woman shirt during the race, which fell in the midst of her chemotherapy, because she said it gave her motivation.
Allen didn’t expect to be mocked by the magazine, though. Self published her photo on the lame side of its “BS Meter” and wrote, “People think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run away from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”
Self editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger later apologized, saying “I am personally mortified. I had no idea that Monika had been through cancer… It was a stupid mistake.”
This is why, when asking for permission for photos, you don’t use those photos to mock the subject.
Two CNN producers were arrested today after trying—and failing miserably—to break into the World Trade Center site for a story about people who were actually able to break in.
what i would give to see this as an actual news story.
"And as you can see, it is extremely easy to-"
"Sir, get down."
"And as we’ve seen, the security at this part of the fence seems to-"
"Sir, please. Don’t make us ask you again."
"Many have noticed that security-"
"ok, you’re both coming with us."
We’ve reached the point where CNN is more reality TV than news. No turning back from here. Pretty soon, cable news is going to look kinda like this:
Remember this day, folks. It’s a sad one.
If you play games online or post about games online and you’ve received misogynistic comments or sexual harassment for doing that, would you maybe want to participate in a video project I’m working on? We don’t have to be in the same city, etc. I can send you the…
The New York Times story by Carlotta Gall on what Pakistan knew about bin Laden was censored in Pakistan’s edition, leaving a huge chunk of blank space on the front page.
Hmm but it’s not about race, right?
Shani Hilton, deputy editor-in-chief for BuzzFeed, addresses some of the challenges in hiring a diverse newsroom and the lessons she has learned as BuzzFeed has worked to diversify their staff.onaissues)
…The UK Foreign Office posted a buzzfeed-style list on Buzzfeed Community refuting claims by RT.
Getty Images is dropping the watermark for the bulk of its collection, in exchange for an open-embed program that will let users drop in any image they want, as long as the service gets to append a footer at the bottom of the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page. For a small-scale WordPress blog with no photo budget, this looks an awful lot like free stock imagery.
Implications abound but this one is particularly interesting:
The biggest effect might be on the nature of the web itself. Embeds from Twitter and YouTube are already a crucial part of the modern web, but they’ve also enabled a more advanced kind of link rot, as deleted tweets and videos leave holes in old blog posts. If the new embeds take off, becoming a standard for low-rent WordPress blogs, they’ll extend that webby decay to the images themselves. On an embed-powered web, a change in contracts could leave millions of posts with no lead image, or completely erase a post like this one.
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100 Billion Dollar Baby. This is my first try at publishing on Medium — I know I’m late to the game on it. Here’s a piece on mismanagement of Afghan reconstruction funds and what that says about the Afghanistan endeavor as a whole.
SIGAR’s accounts of poor choices, bad planning and seemingly willful ignorance of the pitfalls of pouring money into a corrupt and leaking system usually deal with figures in the millions and billions. The recurring patterns in SIGAR’s watchdog work over the past six years create a narrative of loss on a massive scale ($10 billion, $34 million, $600,000). It speaks to a political desperation to will bundles of cash into a solution, a sort of futile attempt at political alchemy that magically turns money and infrastructure into long-term stability.
Read it here.