Thinking Like an Editor: Rolling Stone’s Tsarnaev Cover

tsarnaevThe word of the day is “glamorize.”

According to the people of the Internet, Rolling Stone’s new, controversial cover “glamorizes” Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And they’re angry. It’s a kind of anger we’re all too familiar with anymore, the kind of sweeping fury that the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple so aptly christens the “tedious outrage machine.” And naturally, it’s a subject to which bloggers and reporters and crazies in their basements are flocking, myself included.

Continue reading Thinking Like an Editor: Rolling Stone’s Tsarnaev Cover

‘Come & Get It:’ Selena Gomez and Celebrity Journalism

If all goes well, this is the one and only time I’m going to write about Selena Gomez. Because…yeah.

For someone I think about for about roughly five seconds a month, or about the time it takes for me to scroll past her headlines on Google News, she served as the catalyst for an interesting discussion on Twitter last week about celebrity journalism. It was NPR’s Linda Holmes who kicked things off with a tweet criticizing this story about the pop star, and she was quickly joined by Criticwire’s Sam Adams, among others. (Because I’m a nerd, I made a Storify to commemorate it.)

Continue reading ‘Come & Get It:’ Selena Gomez and Celebrity Journalism

Instagram Video and the ‘Here and Now’

instagram logoIn case you haven’t heard, Instagram has video. Or, if we were playing telephone, you might’ve heard the news as “Madam Bam has rodeo.

It’s a big development for the app, formerly known for its capability to retro-ify still portraits alone. While many are speculating what this means for Vine — or the other app that lets us make short, GIF-like videos — this news poses greater ramifications for us, the 130 million Instagram users and counting, by potentially changing the way we experience the world around us.

Continue reading Instagram Video and the ‘Here and Now’

Review: Season 4 of “Arrested Development”

The other day, I posted the intro to this post, which is my analysis of Season 4 of “Arrested Development.” (Clearly, I think too much and had to break this up in two parts.) So enjoy Part II:

At this point, I’m a pretty established “Arrested Development” fanatic. The sight of the iconic stair car (the editor in me wonders if that’s one word or two, dash or no dash?) in the title screen was the most heart-pounding moments I’ve had as a fan of anything in years. (Other similar moments: finally holding my copy of The Deathly Hallows, the lights dimming at the midnight screening of The Hunger Games. Seeing two of my favorite things, Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland, collide onscreen. Oz: The Great and Powerful — which would ultimately let me down. This, however, eclipses all of the above.)

Continue reading Review: Season 4 of “Arrested Development”

How “Arrested Development” and Kickstarter Have Changed Fandom

Everyone wants something. And that’s the case now more than ever.

The poster that made my heart beat about 1000 times a minute.
The poster that made my heart beat about 1000 times a minute.

We’re in a new era of entertainment, one in which we’re asking each other for more than we ever did before, and so far, everyone’s getting away with it.

Continue reading How “Arrested Development” and Kickstarter Have Changed Fandom

writer. editor. pop culture addict.