Who is Vox Media writing for?

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eater is one of my fav websites on the internet tho

J0rdan S., Sunday, 3 January 2016 20:43 (three years ago) link

xpost - Eazy, thanks, that helps explain a lot. I hadn't thought through that second/third order aspect of these things - normal people reading your stuff is only part of the game, and sometimes not even in the game at all. It's easy to imagine hospitality PR folks and their clients feeding off this stuff for metrics, and then the retweeting robots add to the metrics, spiderweb ouroboros etc.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 3 January 2016 20:47 (three years ago) link

flagship site seems to have its intentions split down the middle: half the content is SEO content farm stuff for when clueless people want to ask google something basic, half is supposed to be slate/atlantic-level articles to spread around facebook. i can't speak to the former but they've been freakishly successful at the latter ime. i see them frequently getting shared as a legitimate + informed source.

not that any slate/atlantic-level stuff is great but vox's reporting is about as reliable as any standard clickbait garbage website like viralnova or dailyelite or w/e. full of pure misinformation, distortion/complete misunderstanding of sources. lazy as fuck. bummed that j*n b*is is one of their founders bc it's a shit website.

xp a million posts happened as i wrote this

qualx, Sunday, 3 January 2016 20:55 (three years ago) link

there are a bunch of twitter bots that tweet out gawker stories before we even put them on social media so i doubt that the bots eazy is talking about were planted by vox/eater. websites all over the net obv do all sorts of stuff to juke stats (spin media routinely bought traffic when i was there to meet goals promised to ad partners) but using twitter bots would be pretty inefficient/worthless way of doing that. not that i've quite figured out who/what all those bots are for but i don't think it's for the source publications themselves.

J0rdan S., Sunday, 3 January 2016 20:57 (three years ago) link

maybe PR people set up the bots to just automatically juice the outlets they regularly work with?

El Tomboto, Sunday, 3 January 2016 21:01 (three years ago) link

xp Yeah, I was just speculating as far as why these bots are there. The ones I'm finding this week all have exactly the same layout (this one is a good example), with bios written in the same layout: e.g., "Social media junkie ✦ Love travel photography ✦ Actor ✦ Lake lover ✦ Startup Adviser"

(please no long guns of any kind) (Eazy), Sunday, 3 January 2016 21:05 (three years ago) link

Wow that bot's stolen profile photo taught me something interesting

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/actress-kinda-alloush-i-maintain-support-syrian-revolution

Kinda Alloush! I'm assuming her name is not pronounced "kinda a louche."

El Tomboto, Sunday, 3 January 2016 22:22 (three years ago) link

Recode does actual reporting fwiw

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Sunday, 3 January 2016 22:27 (three years ago) link

Does anybody else feel disappointed at the quality of our daily content geysers?

I despair about it honestly. Like, things have felt locked in the hot-content loop for what seems like a long time now. Just the idea of trying to do something worthwhile on the web feel quaint.

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 3 January 2016 22:39 (three years ago) link

it's especially fun when you realize there's no reason for it to ever get any better

qualx, Sunday, 3 January 2016 23:59 (three years ago) link

the los angeles Eater site is pretty decent, and it's a lot better since the previous editor left or was fired after her participation on a terrible Bravo show

nomar, Monday, 4 January 2016 00:03 (three years ago) link

Eater does food roundups for each hub airport which are very useful.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 4 January 2016 00:06 (three years ago) link

it's the only way i'm really able to keep up with restaurant openings and closings tbh. better as a food site than most others. i guess chowhound might be ok if i felt like reading the forums. thrillist is the chive of food and lifestyle sites.

nomar, Monday, 4 January 2016 00:06 (three years ago) link

thrillist is the chive of food and lifestyle sites.

― nomar, Sunday, January 3, 2016 7:06 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think i interviewed for a tech job with them once back in the daaaay. i had no idea who they were and when i went home and looked them up i thought "wow this sucks" but also i thought they wouldn't like last the year, and i'm continually shocked they still exist whenever someone mentions them. i guess they "pivoted" a few times from the weird email-newsletter/exclusive coupon deal lifestyle groupon amex black bullshit they were trying to pull back then, but still...

(oh and as a general proposition i think tablet-style windows 10/pinterest forever-mismatched-tile layouts will absolutely _scream_ "lol 2015" a few years down the line as a truly all-time terrible design trend)

big WHOIS aka the nameserver (s.clover), Monday, 4 January 2016 02:01 (three years ago) link

i've enjoyed the stuff i've read on vox but wasn't aware it was a kinja style media thing with multiple subsites... thought it was just dumbed down politics writing, which i am unconditionally in favour of. the few times that i've seen their front page it was pretty horrendous though

flopson, Monday, 4 January 2016 03:23 (three years ago) link

(oh and as a general proposition i think tablet-style windows 10/pinterest forever-mismatched-tile layouts will absolutely _scream_ "lol 2015" a few years down the line as a truly all-time terrible design trend)

― big WHOIS aka the nameserver (s.clover), Sunday, January 3, 2016 9:01 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hope so

flopson, Monday, 4 January 2016 03:24 (three years ago) link

Eater coverage is heavily dependent on the strength of the city editors - some are great, some are nearly worthless. But on a national level they've been running some of the strongest food coverage in the country, especially Bill Addison's work and some of the features. A piece on Arabbers went in depth on something nobody else was covering, Choire Sicha's profile of Ina Garten was great, Ryan Sutton's piece on Danny Meyer ending tipping at his restaurants was probably the best of any publication, etc.

controversial but fabulous (I DIED), Monday, 4 January 2016 03:28 (three years ago) link

it's especially fun when you realize there's no reason for it to ever get any better

yeah that's the thing. it can inspire heavy nostalgia for when the web was pretty terrible, but at least interesting, and might have developed into even more interesting things

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 4 January 2016 03:29 (three years ago) link

i mean i know recode is actual reporting bc a friend of mine works for them & thats what all his articles are ... scoops & quotes & all the shit you want from a newspaper. not rehashed reaggregated shit

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 4 January 2016 04:38 (three years ago) link

David Roberts is the only guy on Vox I've ever deigned enough attention to actually read

Professor Goodfeels (kingfish), Monday, 4 January 2016 09:42 (three years ago) link

"Explainer" journalism always felt like a pretentious wheel reinvention to me, and I find Vox's style both presumptuous and condescending.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 4 January 2016 15:53 (three years ago) link

Nerdsplaining the news, basically.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 4 January 2016 15:54 (three years ago) link

Meh
http://www.voxmedia.com/a/year-in-review-2015

El Tomboto, Monday, 4 January 2016 22:07 (three years ago) link

But on a national level they've been running some of the strongest food coverage in the country, especially Bill Addison's work and some of the features. A piece on Arabbers went in depth on something nobody else was covering, Choire Sicha's profile of Ina Garten was great, Ryan Sutton's piece on Danny Meyer ending tipping at his restaurants was probably the best of any publication, etc.

otm

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 4 January 2016 23:17 (three years ago) link

This today is good reporting from Eater. Simple story, big news for their audience in Chicago, and good context built around the announcement.

(please no long guns of any kind) (Eazy), Tuesday, 5 January 2016 00:50 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

oh my god the front page on re/code is impossible. I just did a grep for "Mossberg" to find one of his recent pieces and Firefox is like "there's two of those!" but NOWHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM

service desk hardman (El Tomboto), Friday, 29 January 2016 15:50 (three years ago) link

searching on a page via the browser is such a shitshow these days

μpright mammal (mh), Friday, 29 January 2016 15:50 (three years ago) link

they should just make every page a PDF, it would save bandwidth

service desk hardman (El Tomboto), Friday, 29 January 2016 16:40 (three years ago) link

sad truths in 2016

μpright mammal (mh), Friday, 29 January 2016 16:45 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

so weird

a (waterface), Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:01 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

We're living in a content bubble. back to the old blogs soon, blogs that didn't make money, blogs only written by people with day jobs. Unfortunately, in the meantime, the incredibly stupid sounding headline structure adopted by data-driven content farms has infested everything.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/03/18/i-yelled-black-lives-matter-at-a-trump-rally-this-is-what-happened-next/

El Tomboto, Saturday, 19 March 2016 17:29 (three years ago) link

https://twitter.com/broderick/status/712355010219286528

, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 19:13 (three years ago) link

SB Nation now virtually impossible to read on a real computer. "Mobile adaptive" design is now officially "laptop oppressive"

El Tomboto, Monday, 28 March 2016 15:39 (three years ago) link

this fucking newspeak is puke

https://boards.greenhouse.io/voxmedia/jobs/179360?gh_jid=179360#.VvlQKRIrKAw

People Analyst
at Vox Media (View all jobs)
DC Office

As the People Analyst, you will be responsible for maintaining the data and functionality of Vox Media’s people systems. Ideal candidates for this position will be passionate about using systems and data to drive people decisions and process across the company. This position will report to the Total Rewards Manager and will be based in Washington, D.C.

What you’ll do:

• Collaborate with internal stakeholders to identify the metrics needed to assess the impact of people programs on business outcomes.
• Lead all HRIS reporting; prepare and analyze various regular and ad/hoc reports (i.e. people dashboard metrics, headcount reports, EEOC reporting etc.)
• Develop internal processes and controls to support an analytics-driven organization.
• Recommend streamlined people processes through data automation, and collaborate with People, IT, and other departments to execute.
• Maintain the data and functionality of Vox Media’s HRIS, Namely, as well as the ATS, Greenhouse, and other People systems as applicable.
• Act as the project lead for any People system upgrades or implementations.
• Provide data for all internal and external audit requests related to People data. Collaborate with audit lead and other parties to ensure best practices are created and followed
• Audit data within People systems to maintain data integrity and ensures that system controls and processes meet all internal and external requirements.
• Serve as a liaison with the IT and Finance teams on People systems and technology matters.
• Partner with People Ops, Payroll, Finance to pro-actively drive the development and direction of People system initiatives to improve process efficiency, reporting capabilities and data integrity.
• Provide support to employees of Vox Media for People systems-related questions.
• Perform ad hoc duties as assigned.

El Tomboto, Monday, 28 March 2016 15:41 (three years ago) link

idgi... that's indistinguishable from every corporate HR job posting ever?

flopson, Monday, 28 March 2016 15:47 (three years ago) link

is everybody now doing find+replace "HR" for "People" so it comes out sounding vaguely insane?
"People Ops" wtf

El Tomboto, Monday, 28 March 2016 15:48 (three years ago) link

Sort of surprised that in 2016 Buzzfeed is a name I trust for journalism. Vox, however, remains worthless.

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Monday, 28 March 2016 15:49 (three years ago) link

I really hate the current system of how articles reach us though, it's like all the newspapers have competing cornerboys with competing loudspeakers and our relative choices are determined by which is loudest or most piercing.

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Monday, 28 March 2016 15:51 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...

okay so I went back to their job pages to find more new media terribleness et voila

https://boards.greenhouse.io/voxmedia/jobs/195385?gh_jid=195385

Create Your Own Job
at Vox Media (View all jobs)
Anywhere

...
If you’re interested in working at Vox.com, we want to hear from you! If there’s a specific open position you’re interested in, please apply there. But we’d also like to build our bench, so to speak, so when there’s an opening, we have incredible people top-of-mind. And we realize you may have a better idea for our next position, or even our next section, than we do! So if you want to pitch us on a role, please submit:

bothan zulu (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 26 April 2016 18:55 (three years ago) link

it's all around you

ciderpress, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 19:04 (three years ago) link

what's wrong with that

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 April 2016 19:04 (three years ago) link

it's kind of a half-assed wavering between the corporate "put your resume in the system in case something pops up" with some "if you can dream it, maybe you can make it!" icing put on top

let's get real, they're not going to hire a rando to write a column based on a pitch. if you're pitching a cool new idea, it's to a person, not to an inbox

μpright mammal (mh), Tuesday, 26 April 2016 19:58 (three years ago) link

and by inbox I don't mean an email inbox, I mean an online resume management system

μpright mammal (mh), Tuesday, 26 April 2016 19:59 (three years ago) link

I hate this idea of "it's up to you to define the parameters!" Like, no. You're an employer. It's one of your most basic duties to define the job you want to pay for. You're just giving job seekers more unpaid work to do coming up with the job itself.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 26 April 2016 20:06 (three years ago) link

employers are pretty bad at defining jobs imo

de l'asshole (flopson), Tuesday, 26 April 2016 20:08 (three years ago) link

Often, sure, but is making job seekers do it really "better"

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 26 April 2016 20:10 (three years ago) link

i'm sure anyone who gets a 'create your own job' job will not mourn the unpaid hours they spent inventing it

de l'asshole (flopson), Tuesday, 26 April 2016 20:13 (three years ago) link

think the point is that most who put in the time "apply" will not get the job

k3vin k., Tuesday, 26 April 2016 20:15 (three years ago) link

to apply*

k3vin k., Tuesday, 26 April 2016 20:15 (three years ago) link

https://mobile.twitter.com/fivek/status/778246489910816769

Can think of a couple of examples...

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Tuesday, 20 September 2016 16:34 (two years ago) link

I suppose there might have been a "in the post-war era" qualifier that got lost in editing? there's still Francoist Spain and the Estado Novo in Portugal, but they both "took" power before the war I guess.

soref, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 16:55 (two years ago) link

I guess some people would see the establishment of the fifth republic in 1958 as being an example of the far right taking power?

soref, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 16:58 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

there's some very decent journalism buried in here, but the subheads drove me insane. This conversational, occasionally sarcastic, trying-to-be-funny style might be tolerable in small doses, but seeing one after the other just piled up like this feels like drinking a bottle of corn syrup.

http://www.theverge.com/a/2016-best-of-verge

A common criminal was convinced the US government used a secret device to track him down. He spent months prison trying to prove it. Turns out, he was right.
The house bet big on Tesla – did it win?
West Virginia: wild, wonderful, and hiding a vision for the future of public transportation.
New York's Penn Station has been called "the worst place in the world" and that's probably an understatement. Time for an update.
Sure, you can make an app for that — but no one wants to pay for it.
Google's DeepMind took on Go champion Lee Se-dol, and humanity lost.
Too many dudes have colonized the final frontier.
Why yes, we would like to come spend some quality time with FLOTUS.
$15,000 seems like a reasonable amount to pay for a model lightsaber.
What stays and what goes on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter? And who decides?
He wasn't feeling well. So he scrubbed his body with bleach and ate feces pills.
The cost of calling home from prison can feel like highway robbery.
We lived to tell the tale. His business plan didn't.
The App Store changed how we used our phones. Now it's time to change the App Store.
Losing weight now means pumping food out of your stomach with a tube.
Cars of the future might decide who lives, and who dies.
Hiring spies to investigate your foes doesn't make you look guilty at all.
Real talk: this pilot is no longer a pilot.
It's so nice to meet you. Now pay me.
From Brooklyn to Bangkok, the conquest of Edison bulbs, refurbished wood, and minimal design.
A lot of nature documentaries are closer to fiction than fact. And that's what makes them so addicting.
In a world of cheap computer tricks, puppets still rule.
Forget a new bus line, communities across the country are turning to Uber for all their public transportation needs.
The day they killed jack.
Step away from your Kava drink.
What if you could talk to the dead in a chat box?
Facebook said it was unaware of a program that tracked the location of its users. But we caught Facebook using the program to catch an intruder in Mark Zuckerberg's office.
Uncovering sexual harrassment and misconduct, at one of the nations's most prestigious academic organizations.
The thin polyurethane line.
You know we're on the brink of the apocalypse when the beaches have run out of sand.
For too many, social media has become a space for abuse. How do we transform it into a space of activism?
We need to talk about Casey Affleck.
Surprise: disruption and mental health care just don't mix.

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Thursday, 29 December 2016 17:21 (two years ago) link

poll time imo

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 29 December 2016 21:00 (two years ago) link

Sure, you can make an app for that — but no one wants to pay for it.

the ones in this format always make me think of

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF6cBf133rA

soref, Thursday, 29 December 2016 21:14 (two years ago) link

New York's Penn Station has been called "the worst place in the world" and that's probably an understatement. Time for an update.

^^^this is the most egregious one on a few different levels imo

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 29 December 2016 21:18 (two years ago) link

Time for an update.

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Friday, 30 December 2016 16:53 (two years ago) link

you'd never heard of the show kilroy -- but it is amazing *cupping gesture*

mookieproof, Friday, 30 December 2016 22:27 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Verge started as a mid/long form article site and they keep trickling other types of content into the mix, but I've seen a few like this lately that make me wonder what they're up to: http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/13/14268906/chainsmokers-new-song-paris

It's like a mix of the "youth listens to old album and article revels in naivety about context" articles done elsewhere and the sarcastic back-and-forth that's sometimes funny but their version of it is completely inscrutable to me.

mh 😏, Saturday, 14 January 2017 21:47 (two years ago) link

It's been over a year. Let's see:

657 global, 301 US: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/theverge.com
1989 global, 551 US: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/sbnation.com
1481 global, 584 US: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/vox.com

Thus concludes the top, uh, 600 bracket. It gets worse!

2175 global, 745 US: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/polygon.com
5135 global, 1044 US: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/eater.com
8604 global, 1749 US: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/curbed.com
7695 global, 2407 US: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/recode.net
23732 global, 5715 US: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/racked.com

I think I've grown to like The Verge more over the last year, but that's probably mostly stockholm syndrome.

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Sunday, 15 January 2017 02:11 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

The Puppy Bowl, explained

JoeStork, Sunday, 5 February 2017 23:00 (two years ago) link

25 Super Bowl commercials that explain Super Bowl commercials

El Tomboto, Monday, 6 February 2017 00:45 (two years ago) link

Liberals are the new Tea Party
ABOUT 6 HOURS AGO

vox.com: a list of ideas you threw away a week ago

El Tomboto, Monday, 6 February 2017 00:46 (two years ago) link

https://twitter.com/ashleyfeinberg/status/828992942207594496

the verge is for people who like SCOOPLETS

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 16:30 (two years ago) link

I think I've grown to like The Verge more over the last year, but that's probably mostly stockholm syndrome.

― The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Saturday, January 14, 2017 8:11 PM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm, I feel like I enjoy the occasional article and then Nilay Patel shows up and makes me shake my head

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 16:31 (two years ago) link

@voxdotcom
A defense of Betsy DeVos
https://t.co/MWQlI4p7Gv

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 17:44 (two years ago) link

Indeed, as the alternative schooling movement spreads, one can imagine it attempting the same kind of capture that every other large industry aims for in its relations with the federal government.

oh indeed, indeed, maybe one should try to imagine that some more

j., Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:02 (two years ago) link

yo vox your corporatist roots are showing

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:12 (two years ago) link

Joel and 9 Others ‏@joeljohnson 3h3 hours ago
@johnjcook @reckless @pkafka @benpopper I was there. Direct ad pulls and interrupted deals were about a million. More importantly: who cares

Ashley FeinbergVerified account
the people who experienced it firsthand deny it, seems like it’s worth an update especially when you’re giving gg-ers a false sense of power

v convincing. it wasn't what u said but more importantly, who cares. also let's not say things that make gg-ers feel powerful.

Mordy, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:24 (two years ago) link

yeah, sorry, the thread got dropped and I linked to the fun potshots part

https://twitter.com/johnjcook/status/828979581923241984


John Cook
‏@johnjcook
@reckless @pkafka @benpopper our '14 revenue was $45 million. GG started in august and didn't become a thing until october

so there's no way, unless their total revenue was incredibly inconsistent throughout the year, that they were disrupted by gg so badly they dropped that much money

tbf yes, all of these people that are no longer employed by a company that no longer exists are not presenting a unified front

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:32 (two years ago) link

also fucking yeah, make sure a number that seems large is real when it could provide encouragement to the dickhead anti-social justice keep on trumpin' brigade

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:33 (two years ago) link

i'm just saying that the only reason why that number is wrong is because it either is or isn't wrong, not because it might embolden some anonymous online dudes and saying "who cares" is the kind of thing that sets my internal veracity bells off.

Mordy, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:37 (two years ago) link

the only reason why that number is wrong is because it either is or isn't wrong

this is actually a very reasonable thing and based in the idea the number matters

in fact, it does matter as a gauge of scale, but on the other hand, the people using it as a gauge of scale will deride any correction to the article. cook's right -- it doesn't matter, the $7 million number is out there, if anyone wanted to be emboldened by it, they have their number and they'll deny any correction

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:40 (two years ago) link

there aren't any reasonable people out there who think "gamergate was bad, but if they had a multi-million dollar effect, then maybe I will reevaluate my stance"

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:41 (two years ago) link

imo that's a weakness of the "facts matter" brigade I am a part of too regularly

they only matter if:
- they are relevant
- they're part of a reasonable argument or narrative, single facts are ignored by people
- you're arguing to people who will pay any attention to you whatsoever

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:48 (two years ago) link

imo the greatest science is recognizing biases and emotional responses, very underappreciated

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 20:16 (two years ago) link

that's what all these dickhole data journalists think

j., Tuesday, 7 February 2017 20:21 (two years ago) link

touche

mh 😏, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 20:21 (two years ago) link

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/behind-the-internets-dark-anti-democracy-movement/516243/

“No,” said Nick Steves, the pseudonym used by one NRxer well-known within the movement. “It will only lend false credence to the misleading facts and outright errors you will inevitably print irrespective of my involvement.”

Asked what he thought I would print, Steves explained that “115 IQ people are not generally well equipped to summarize 160 IQ people” and that only one journalist, Vox’s Dylan Matthews, had “come close to permitting NRx to speak for itself.”

j., Sunday, 12 February 2017 04:55 (two years ago) link

160 IQ people who reference their IQ, as if citing that number wins every argument, are too stupid to understand what a 160 IQ is.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Sunday, 12 February 2017 05:08 (two years ago) link

"Nick Steves"
"Dylan Matthews"

El Tomboto, Sunday, 12 February 2017 05:14 (two years ago) link

xp otm

if young satchmo don't trumpet i'm gon shoot you (m bison), Sunday, 12 February 2017 05:30 (two years ago) link

I would say we need a eugenics program to keep anyone who goes around professing a 160 iq from reproducing, but they're doing pretty well with that on their own.

mh 😏, Sunday, 12 February 2017 14:59 (two years ago) link

I can't believe I never started a thread on what a shit show wired magazine is

El Tomboto, Monday, 13 February 2017 17:24 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

who is writing for vox media?

http://deadspin.com/leaked-data-show-vast-majority-of-sb-nation-page-views-1803138754

like no kidding SB nation is an aggregator

I just assume all those volunteers are big Jon Bois fans and are just contributing their FanPosts as a sort of sweat-equity Patreon to keep the Jon Bois Content Dream alive.
I mean who would not support this guy: https://www.sbnation.com/2017/7/24/16003968/17776-questions-and-answers

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:32 (one year ago) link

Suggest Ban Nation?

President Keyes, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:37 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

it is boggling to me that there is still any audience for the verge or re/code since they are both terrible, overly earnest tech / nerd verticals that cover almost nothing that their competition doesn't, and the UX is still shit whether you're on mobile or desktop, etc etc.

I guess I still keep loading the verge in a tab from time to time because I hope one day it will improve despite knowing that the vox media house style is always going to grate and only 1 out of 40 times am I going to see anything I'm remotely interested in actually reading. It would be nice to see the whole farm pivot away from being so fucking watery and ditch the pretentiously neutered prose, but that seems highly unlikely. If it ain't broke don't fix it, I guess.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 3 December 2017 01:50 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

went back to the verge again, they're asking what people would want in a membership / premium version (?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!??!??!!?!!?!?) and they couldn't even cover the new Star Wars trailer properly. Also, hilariously, almost none of the ads loaded in Safari on mobile. everybody loses!

The entire Vox Media enterprise makes it crystal clear that the only thing that matters is how easy it is to buy and sell ads while keeping overhead (i.e. staff writer wages) as "reasonable" as possible. Whether or not I, consumer, click on the ads clearly has no bearing on the system; whether the content is remotely interesting to anyone is the most trivial concern. It's like the iMDB model exported to news verticals. If anybody who actually understands this shit first hand would care to educate me as to why I'm wrong I'd love to learn.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 14 April 2019 18:42 (three months ago) link


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