Hey, I'm Ernie. I've lived a lot of internet lives over the years, including as editor of a cool news-focused Tumblr called ShortFormBlog. These days, however, I'm known for a twice-weekly newsletter I write called Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet, where I do a deep...
Political parties represent diverse groups of people, but political consultants don’t always reflect that diversity. That’s something a new association plans to fix. The National Association of Diverse Consultants (NADC), launched this week by a group of largely Democratic consultants, will work to connect candidates and advocacy groups with political consultants of color, with the goal of amplifying minority voices in the conversation.
One of the most well-known songs played at high school graduations over the years is titled “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen),” and as it turns out, the title is more true today than when the spoken-word song first went viral 20 years ago. Many schools across the country strictly control students’ use of sunscreen, which the Food and Drug Administration classifies as an over-the-counter drug.
Daily Tedium Sega, In Channel Form How the Sega Channel, a game-download service in the 1990s, helped redefine what was possible with cable lines before they became fast internet workhorses. If you’re a fan of Nintendo today, odds are you’ve been getting a bit of an earful about the company’s botched voice chat, which is a key element of the company’s online service for the Switch.
For my work with Tedium, Atlas Obscura, and Motherboard in 2016, my articles frequently appeared on Digg—nearly two dozen times, in fact. For this, I was among the authors highlighted in the site's year-end coverage.
As described by the Shorty Awards staff: "Perfect for news collection or just a laugh, Short Form Blog is expanding the definitions of what it means to be a microblog."
We didn't win, but we were up against a worthy victor, "We Are the 99 Percent."
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