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-*Superintendent Chalmers voice* “Facebook!!!” Alright, we’ve got more details about what’s gonna happen to all our news feeds and what that means for publishers: page/brand content will indeed be deprioritized, and things that get people commenting a lot will be pushed up high in our news feeds – that means live video and people getting new jobs and shit. Pages won’t be pushed away completely, but they will be pushed away a lot, and so I’m predicting that referral traffic to places like Mic and Vox will drop by double digits once the changes are rolled out. Facebook says this is all so people have a more meaningful and rich experience on the site, but of course the real reason is it’ll make Facebook more money: they’ll also be pushing people away from Tasty-style videos to more scripted videos and series (which Facebook is beginning to produce) in a ploy to siphon away TV ad dollars. That’s a double slap in the face(book) to places like Mic, which recently changed its entire strategy to focus on the kinds of quick, explainer-y videos Facebook now seems to want to get away from.
Facebook also seems to be responding to studies suggesting that using the site is terrible for your mental health.
“When people are engaging with people they’re close to, it’s more meaningful, more fulfilling,” David Ginsberg, director of research at Facebook, told the New York Times. “It’s good for your well-being.”
Kinda sad we have to have an algorithm make us have a healthy level of engagement with people we’re close to! Maybe we should all get off Facebook ;/. One Motherboard editor says it’s all for the best, both for our mental health and for the site’s bottom line, but he doesn’t really say how Motherboard will make up for all the traffic it’s about to lose. I guess we’ll see!
-The New Yorker has a new food department, helmed by Helen Rosner and Hannah Goldfield. Congrats to them. Can’t wait for a 12,000 word article about a little factory secretly run in the basement of a five-star restaurant that you cannot afford, located in the middle of the woods, run by a reformed drug addict, that produces the world’s best roquefort or whatever.
-After Portland politicians claimed the police had the right to dig through people’s trash without a warrant, a local paper dug through city leaders’ trash and found some embarrassing shit, including the police chief’s job application for a department not in Portland, whoops! More journalism should be this fun and bitchy, IMHO.
-I’m glad BuzzFeed is proud they published the pee tape story, but I don’t get why the New York Times has to give them 1,200 words of free advertising about it.
-This app, invested in by Graydon Carter (he took a break from preparing coq au vin in Provence, France to talk to the Times about it lol), is supposed to be the “Instagram for news,” but like…there are already 12,000,000 of those, so, IDK.
-The Harper’s thing fucking sucks, and is also a good time to remember that Harper’s has been problematic for a very long time. About a year ago I remember reading an excerpt from a book in Harper’s about how trans people just transition for the attention. Woov. But lol. But not lol, cuz like, fuck Harper’s. Anyway!
-And California, which is already down to like a few newspapers, just lost a bunch more reporters and editors.
-Plz don’t buy these jeans, but if you do please send me a pic.
-Oh and finally some good news: Vox unionized! Congrats to them.
-Anyone see The Post? Looks like every other journalism movie. But sometimes that can be fun. But also like how many times can you basically make the same movie?? But also I’ll probably go see it.