Trying really fucking hard to not be part of the problem.
Another lots-of-people-writing-freebie-columns thing just launched: The Faster Times.
Actually that's a distortion of their business model.
And also, sites that pay contributors $500 every three months is also, as Chris Anderson would say, "approaching zero."
posted by Choire at 4:16 PM on July 9, 2009
I looked for the Observer story that explains the model better, but I forgot to include it: Zoom! Yum! New Internet 'Paper' to Cover Jetpacks, International Conflict, Food.
posted by Rex at 4:20 PM on July 9, 2009
Oh, and on "approaching zero"... I agree!
posted by Rex at 5:08 PM on July 9, 2009
Those feathered cutouts for the writers look awful.
posted by Jed at 5:15 PM on July 9, 2009
It took me all of fifteen seconds of headline scanning to know I was not part of their target audience. I'm not sure if this says more about them or me. Maybe both.
posted by CRZ at 12:10 PM on July 10, 2009
Agree re: headline scanning, and I think it's because any site with headlines and story placement that baldly designed with SEO in mind is boring to me. "Oh, you want robot readers. Okay, well, I am a human reader. Bye!"
posted by Emily at 12:21 PM on July 10, 2009
holy blur filter!
(yes, the mug shots were the first thing i noticed.)
posted by maura at 12:26 PM on July 10, 2009
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