Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign — Last night, the users of 4Chan.org's notorious /b/ message board decided declared war on the lead singer of an obscure electro-pop band. More than 12 hours later, they're still waging it. This is how the Internet's worst trolls works.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, more at Techmeme »
Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared: Is Gawker Trying To Get Attacked By 4Chan's /b/ Board? Operation: Gawker Fawker!
More on books, technology, Luddism — Image: Phiz. “Engraving of a rioting mob of Luddites.” 1813. From the LIFE archive at Google. — In response or in addition to the two essays this week on the future of reading and writing, we've asked the authors, as well as editor Mark Greif, to answer us two questions.
Discussion: New York Observer
Molly Fischer / New York Observer: Ben Kunkel: We've Gotten Dumber, but Funnier
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Why the silence from The Post on Black Panther Party story? — Thursday's Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department's decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. The story succinctly summarized the issues …
Discussion: Mediaite, Media Matters for America and The Week
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite: Civil Rights Commission Official: GOP Using Black Panthers To ‘Topple’ Obama
Media Matters / Media Matters for America: Republican National Lawyers Association fundraises off of New …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Yes, Even Big Professional Journalism Operations Make Mistakes — For the most part, the way this blog works is that we write stories based on what's being reported on elsewhere, and add some analysis or opinion or response to the story. Then, we let the discussion happen.
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Discovery Communications Files Lawsuit Against Amazon.com
Matt Zimmerman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
San Mateo D.A. Withdraws Controversial Gizmodo iPhone Warrant — Today, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan granted an application by the San Mateo County D.A.'s office to withdraw the controversial warrant it obtained to search the house of Gizmodo.com journalist Jason Chen.
Discussion: GroundReport.com, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, TUAW, Fast Company, Geekosystem, CNET News, MacRumors, SlashGear, PE Hub Blog, Poynter Online, The Loop, Silicon Alley Insider and Boing Boing
Matt Schafer / GroundReport.com: Are Bloggers Journalists? Judge Says, Don't Confuse “New Media” with “News Media”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: DA Withdraws iPhone 4 Warrant, Returns Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen's Possessions
Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company: San Mateo Judge Orders Gizmodo's Stolen iPhone Search Warrant Be Withdrawn
Michael Suen / Geekosystem: San Mateo D.A. Withdraws Gizmodo iPhone Warrant
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: Gizmodo works with DA in lost iPhone 4 probe
Evan Selleck / SlashGear: iPhone 4 Prototype Warrant Withdrawn
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog: Gizmodo Editor Finally Gets His Stuff Back
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online: DA withdraws search warrant for Gizmodo editor in iPhone investigation
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: D.A. withdraws search warrant for Gizmodo editor's house
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: Court Kills Search Warrant In Gizmodo-iPhone Case, But Gawker …
Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
Licence fee for ‘wasteful’ BBC will be cut — Television viewers can soon expect to pay less for their BBC licence fee as part of the austerity drive in public spending, Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, will signal on Saturday. — The broadcaster has been responsible for …
Discussion: BBC News
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
New Magazines and Books to Launch on iPad — Although I am loath to give Richard Branson any more publicity than he already gets, I was intrigued to read that Virgin is launching a new consumer magazine called Maverick, to be available exclusively for iPad and iPhone, and eventually Android.
Erik Sass / MediaPost: Virgin To Debut Digital Mag ‘Maverick’
Yoree Koh / Digits: Japanese Author Skirts Publishers With iPad Novel
Alexandra Alter / Wall Street Journal:
Luxury Lit: A Book For $75,000 — Publishers are marketing elaborate editions with all sorts of pricey features, banking on them to grow in value like rare coins or artworks — For $75,000, you can buy a piece of Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar. — Luxury publisher Kraken Opus mixed …
Discussion: New York Observer and Bookninja
Molly Fischer / New York Observer: Books as Objects of Beauty, Blood Sport
Claire Cameron / Bookninja: A book and a pint of blood
The Morning News:
Paper Tigers [Roundtables] — Sports are stupid. Beautiful. Dull. Transcendent. Most of all, they're more than just games, and MATT ROBISON's assembly of sports writers, critics, freaks, and authors tell us why.
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Changes at The Paris Review's Poetry Desk, Lorin Stein at Play … “I think there's a good argument for having fun when you work,” said Paris Review editor Lorin Stein on the phone from his White Street offices yesterday. “Life is short! And none of us is making a banker's salary, right?”
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
No Future for Box-Office Exchanges — Plans to open exchanges that would trade in movie box-office futures died on Thursday, as the Senate passed financial reform legislation that includes a provision banning the proposed practice. The legislation was already passed by the House, and moved to President Obama for his signature.
Discussion: Tubefilter News
Marc Hustvedt / Tubefilter News: ‘Inception’ Spoof Videos Are Already Here
Katjusa Cisar / The Awl:
A Q&A with the Creator of “I Write Like”: “The Algorithm is Not a Rocket Science” — This week's meme is I Write Like, a new website that uses an algorithm of mysterious methodology to tell you which author's work your writing most resembles. You enter some text—"your latest blog post …
Discussion: ArtsBeat, FishbowlNY and Runnin' Scared
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat: Getting the Not-Quite-Right Stuff From I Write Like
Mike Taylor / FishbowlNY: The Shackles of Twitter | The Ol' Ball and Chain | …
Rosie Gray / Runnin' Scared: Inevitable “I Write Like” Backlash Begins