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How to Make a Newspaper

http://www.facebook.com/v/10150104714212552 From 1937’s Trees to Tribunes. Gotta love the juxtaposition of newspaper hacks and trees being felled ? this could be the moment the term was “hack” originated. Kudos are due to the composer for such a rousing score. It’s my new ringtone for my editors.

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FAIL: Chase Feedback ‘Compromised’ by Customers

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. sent this FAIL-o-gram to remind me to proof-read my bank statements. How the financial behemoth let the word “compromised” instead of “comprised” slip by the copy-editors is beyond me. The result is an obtuse? description of its “Chase Panel” survey program as having been somehow jeopardized by its clients. I’m sure […]

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Groupon Public Voice Guide Fail

Deal-of-the-day website Groupon might have passed on Google?s multi-billion dollar acquisition offer but it hasn?t forgone using the online search engine and advertising empire?s document hosting services for a memorandum entitled the ?Public Groupon Voice Guide,? which details, with embarrassing clarity, ?principles? apparently ?intended to help new and applying writers learn Groupon?s signature writing style.? […]

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Take Myspace, please

For sale: Social network, recently renovated, barely used. $580 million OBO. In 2005, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation acquired the beleaguered Myspace for over half a billion dollars to complement a media empire comprising newspapers, a film studio and TV channels, including Fox News. News Corporation continued to spend millions on Myspace to capture a finicky […]

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Rated F: When Failed Films find Redemption

?Failure? is the new F-word. In recent years, the notion of failure has become something of an academic and media flashpoint with everyone from Malcom Gladwell to FailCon 2010, a convention celebrating entrepreneurial failures, pondering the positive possibilities of blowing it. No one, however, seems to blow it with higher entertainment value than filmmakers, resulting […]