Today Pierre Omidyar announced a key hire: recently Bill was editor of Entertainment Weekly, before that boss of the Yahoo home page. This is from the official press release: I’m pleased to announce that Bill Gannon joins us as a member of our editorial leadership team from Time Inc.’s EntertainmentWeekly.com. Drawing on his extensive experience in digital media as well as his diverse background in developing new editorial strategies and creating great user experiences, Bill will leverage all of his talents to help us build a next-generation media platform for a broad audience. —
Bill Gannon joins First Look Media: My Q & A with him about intelligent aggregation in news » Pressthink
Sasheer Zamata—Big talent!
Three years after she graduated from the University of Virginia, Sasheer Zamata is landing a very big break — the young comedy performer has been selected to join Saturday Night Live as a new cast member. Zamata will make her debut on the venerable NBC late-night sketch comedy series on its next live show slated for January 18 with Drake as host and musical guest. Zamata, who trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, becomes the first black female Saturday Night Live cast member in five years since the departure of Maya Rudolph. (via Sasheer Zamata Joins ‘Saturday Night Live’ After Actress Search)
Nice story on Cool Tools
Good printed work includes a mix of elements in which juxtaposition and tempo tell their own story, the kind of story best told with ink and paper. (via Print Starts to Settle Into Its Niches - NYTimes.com)
A cartoon by William Haefeli. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1d6CdSj
(Source: newyorker.com, via gregcohn)
Facebook power editor explained
(via How to Use Facebook Power Editor, a Detailed Guide | Social Media Examiner)
Great shot of the Bay
(Source: joe-wii, via idoitfordabay)
Always love this!
Edmund Dulac - La princesse au petit pois
I can’t believe how seven years have gone by so quickly. It feels like it was just yesterday that I first began chatting with then-VP for digital Maria Thomas about the possibility of joining NPR. It was a weird idea at the time: I was a blogger, a telecom policy wonk, an Internet activist. Apart from running a music magazine in college – mainly for the free concert tickets – I had almost no journalism experience. But I figured what the hell – the worst that could happen would be to quit and find another job, back doing what I was doing before. —
Best of luck in the new world, Andy!
This…Was NPR. « Andy Carvin’s Waste of Bandwidth
Wrd on Beyonce:
If you haven’t heard it, let me sum up Beyoncé’s fifth album, “Beyoncé,” with a series of unrelated words and phrases: sex, I love having sex with my man; family; I’m the best at life and I’m OK telling you; I’m an awesome sex partner who doesn’t mind a little jizz on a designer gown.
(via I Repeatedly Fought Back Tears While Jamming to Beyoncé’s New Album Because Free Black Girls Are Not As Much of A Thing As We Should Be | xoJane)
Great questions about Queen Bey:
"…we’re concerned that the capitalist ethics of mainstream hip hop has seduced feminist allies into flirting with bottom bitch feminism in their silencing of those who would critique Bey and the systemic violence she represents. To this we ask: Is a feminism sponsored by the corporate music industrial complex as big as we can dream? Is the end game a feminism in which the glass ceiling for black women’s representation only reaches as high as our booties? Can’t we just love Bey as an amazing corporate artist without selling out the hard won accomplishments of our black feminist and womanist foremothers? Can we not love her for the gorgeous and fierce mega pop star she is without appropriating her for some liberal, power feminist agenda?"
(via The Problem With BeyHive Bottom Bitch Feminism | Real Colored Girls)
I am new to the experience of male privilege and its consequence of authority, as well as the disprivilege of race that marks my black male body as innately suspect. It is the delicate balance between power and criminal that has allowed me to see the machinations of misogyny in an entirely different light. Whereas black cisgender men have generally approached feminist discourse through the academic texts and writings of black women, for me, it is my lived experience as a black female that has shaped the ways in which I embrace and practice black feminism. (via How my past as a black woman informs my black male feminist perspective today | blac (k) ademicblac (k) ademic)
Based on its research and analysis, CIRP estimates that Kindle owners spend $1,233 per year on Amazon compared to $790 per year for Amazon shoppers who don’t own one of the company’s e-readers or tablets. Kindle owners aren’t necessarily buying more at a shot, but are buying more frequently. — The Amazon Kindle Numbers That Jeff Bezos Must Really Care About - Jason Del Rey - News - AllThingsD
How to pack for a 12-day European vacation in two tote bags -
Great post on packing light! #triptospain
I have what can only be described as a psychotic preoccupation with traveling light. I don’t know where this came from, but somewhere along my travels, I realized that 98 percent of the stuff I own is not actually useful, and checking your bag is a fool’s errand.
I’m going to Europe for 12 days,…
And then Boots Riley was all “Everyone deserves a living wage” #fastfoodstrike in Oakland, CA #latergram