If you follow me on Twitter you know that since Tuesday night I’ve been highly critical of a photo gallery that appears on numerousTribuneCompanysites. The gallery contains photos of poorly parked cars found on and downloaded from Flickr, and, when available, captions written by the original Flickr users. (Did you catch the part where I said the gallery features pictures of poorly parked cars? That’s right, poorly parked cars.)
Clearly, the gallery is nothing more than an inane way to drum up meaningless page views that earn effectively nothing, but I’ll get back to that. I had two narrower, more immediate criticisms of this particular example of a Stupid Tribune Gallery™. First, while each picture included the Flickr username of its owner, neither the name nor the photo itself linked back to the original photo page on Flickr. That changed early Wednesday morning, and (more…)
Apologies for interrupting the usual flow of cat pictures, newspaper buildings and novelty videos for the first time in many months, but, prompted by little more than Sunday afternoon boredom, I want to share one very small, mostly trivial thought on what “local” means to me.
I live in the sort of sprawling, suburb-of-nowhere area typical of South Florida, in a neighborhood named Canterbury Place. One of the two main roads leading into my neighborhood also is named Canterbury Place, but the street sign when we moved in two years ago, to my endless amusement, read CANTERBERRY PLACE. (It was replaced with a corrected sign a few months ago, and one of my life’s great regrets is that I didn’t take a picture of the old one.)
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of talking to me in person about the concepts of local and local news, you’ll know that I can’t shut up about the Canterberry sign. (more…)
The 48th Annual New England Month and 5K Fun Run has been extended for just one more week here at Paper View Monday headquarters, and this week’s newspaper building as seen in Bing Maps is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. See it while you can, people. No, strictly speaking, Georgia is not part of New England. On the other hand, suck it. Mash your mouse on the picture below to map-fiddle.