The media on media
The entertainment media's world was just rocked by the queen of R&B -- by that, we mean Beyonce has dropped an album out of nowhere with absolutely no advance marketing whatsoever. "Holy shit! If no one ever hears from me again it's because my heart burst. I am dead," Wired's Angela Watercutter shared. "This is not a hoax, this is not a drill. Bey’s new album is here," CE: The Magazine's Micah Singleton announced. "Well, in #GrownWoman, Beyonce did warn us: 'I'm a grown woman / I can do whatever I want,'" NY Post's Gregory E. Miller reminded us. Our favorite reaction, though, might be from Caitlin Kelly at The New Yorker: "Surprise gifts in the middle of a December night? Beyoncé just showed Megyn Kelly what is UP. White man, my butt."
Twitter's world was also rocked when it (briefly) attempted to change its style of blocking, and users basically rioted. So then they buckled and backtracked. "[W]e never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe," the announcement read. "Twitter executives rushed into a meeting tonight to discuss the outcry over the new blocking rules," shared Mark Berman at the Washington Post. "Obsessed, annoying gnats are thrilled!" The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre announced. "That was a short experiment," WSJ's Yoree Koh observed. "Blockers gonna block," shrugged Chris Cillizza at WaPo.
Allie Kay at KTLA had a different take: "Impressed that @Twitter actually listens to their users and makes changes. The same day." Christian Science Monitor's Dan Murphy was not impressed, however: "Twitter put up the white flag on its block change ('if it wasn't for those meddling kids!') But so much flim flam," Murphy tweeted, before adding, "Again, Twitter's continued claim that this was about protecting users from abuse is beyond mendacious."
Also, The Atlantic's James Bennet is against long-form journalism -- or the term, anyway. WSJ Asia Digital Editor Adam Najberg was a fan: "I agree. Length doesn't matter to the public-at-large. This is, as China likes to call it, an internal matter..." Freelance journalist Adrian Chen also liked it, but voiced concerns: "Pretty good, but dude wants a more inspiring term for 'long-form' and comes up with... 'magazine journalism?'" "[H]ipster journalism," sniffed NPR's Elliot Hannon. WaPo's Mark Berman made a prediction: "@TheAtlantic to transition to all-Snapchat publication."
In what was once an unthinkable move, the co-owner and publisher of the Orange County Register is preparing to launch an LA daily newspaper. So, we can create newspapers, and not just close them down? Incredible news! Lewis Kamb at the Seattle Times seemed equally incredulous: "Wait, someone's actually starting a newspaper? What next, the return of cobblers?" Even more credulity from Jeff Gottlieb at the LA Times: "Wow. Can he pull off a new paper in L.A.?" Well, if anyone should know, it's LAT staffers. Even more questions followed from broadcast journalist Michael Linder: "Nothing as romantic as a new newspaper, but will it float?" Mathew Ingram at GigaOM was even more gobsmacked: "Man, Kushner is the mayor of Crazytown."
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a bittersweet moment: The Onion's final print issue was just published, but it's still chock-full of chuckles. And it was perfect, "in a laughing-through-tears sort of way," LAT's Ashley Powers confessed.
In other nostalgic moments, Jim Handly at NBC Washington remembers NBC broadcasting pioneer Mac McGarry. "Mac McGarry, a great broadcaster and a class act all the way, died Thursday. I was lucky to work w/him for 14 yrs," shared Chris Cavas at Defense News. John Ourand at Sports Business Journal harmonized, "A DC broadcasting legend."