Great moments in journalism: the liar who became a star “expert” in the media

Why am I not surprised? Details: Ryan Holiday could be called an “expert.” As head of marketing for American Apparel, an online strategist for Tucker Max, and self-styled “media manipulator,” he can talk social media and modern advertising with the best of them – he’s done so both online and in print on countless occasions. [Read More...]

Our Sunday Visitor to distribute Vatican newspaper in English

Details, from ZENIT:  Our Sunday Visitor, one of the largest Catholic publishers in North America, has been selected by the Vatican as the exclusive distributor of the English Edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the semi-official Vatican newspaper. L’Osservatore Romano publishes papal discourses, texts and documents, reports on the events of the Church and Pope Benedict XVI, [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: only approved quotes allowed

This is just…unreal.  It is many things, but it ain’t journalism. From the New York Times:  The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative. They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the [Read More...]

So, papa, how do you like the iPad I bought you?

This comes from Germany, but no translation is necessary. [Read more...]

Quote of the day, media edition

“I can play along with Superman using a steel girder to swat someone into outer space, but I just can’t get past the idea that The Daily Planet still occupies one of the largest skyscrapers in all of Metropolis and is totally impervious to newsroom layoffs or dwindling home subscriptions.” – Comic blogger quoted here. [Read more...]

Social media advice for seminarians

This comes from the good folks over at Jesus Creed, my blog neighbor here at Patheos, and while it’s not specifically geared toward Catholic seminarians, its truths are universal and offer some old fashioned common sense: Social media has changed the way we interact with one another. Sometimes it is for the good, sometimes not. [Read More...]

RIP, Ernest Borgnine

The TV icon died today at 95. Like Andy Griffith —another recently departed figure who became a fixture in our living rooms doing frothy episodic television—Ernest Borgnine possessed a talent that was darker and deeper than many got to see.  Check out the clip below from his Oscar-winning turn in Paddy Chayefsky’s “Marty.” [Read more...]

How to plot like Pixar: “Brave” animator tweets secrets of storytelling

If you have a hankering to make a blockbuster classic animated film, one of the people behind the new Disney/Pixar hit “Brave” has been tweeting what he learned at the drawing board.  From the Wall Street Journal: For the past five years, Pixar has served as my film school. As a storyboard artist, working mainly [Read More...]

Bill Geist reveals he has Parkinson’s

I missed this news this past weekend — I’m usually doing something else on Sunday mornings — but the announcement by the best-selling writer and longtime CBS News correspondent is worth noting.  Bill Geist is a national treasure, and an all-around good guy.  (On top of that — if memory serves — I believe his [Read More...]

RIP, Andy Griffith

Word that the television icon, best known as the sheriff of Mayberry  and father of Opie, has died at the age of 86. People tend to forget what a spellbinding actor he could be. His standout performance in Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” is still a stunner — and the story itself, recounting [Read More...]


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