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From the Editor’s Perch

August 16, 2014
Native Ad in The Atlantic

Native Ad in The Atlantic

“Newsvertising”

 Is Native Advertising a New Way of Gaining Balanced News?

A friend’s blog recently posted this humorous commentary by John Oliver on “Native Advertising”:  http://www.scotbastian.com/do-ya-think-blog/newsvertising-er-i-mean-native-advertising-in-the-news#comments

“Native Advertising” are pieces of advertising commentary placed with the body of a newspaper or magazine and graphically sculpted to resemble the normal stories surrounding it (with a small disclaimer).  

This piece made me wonder if perhaps a new way of gaining ‘balanced’ coverage isn’t evolving.  As I noted in my comment: “I think this tendency has a benefit especially in a climate of polarized media where the published news is slanted and selected so as to please their subscribers. How else could Chevron get its views across clearly in a publication such as the New York Times? It solves a multitude of problems at once: The NYTimes does not alienate it’s audience. Chevron gets its views made. The business model supports continuing news, as always.”

Native Advertising in the Slate

Native Advertising in the Slate

Groups with opposing views could pay to have these views published in their opponents’ news organs.  Is this a win, win with more balanced news for everyone?

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From the Editor’s Perch

January 8, 2012
And No Money for a Beer

“Artistic Failure in America”

I take this title from a blog of the same name.  Here’s a post to get you started:  http://www.artisticfailure.com/category/artists-who-fall-through-the-cracks/

I especially enjoyed some other articles on this blog about “grizzled artists” – what happens to artists as they get older?

By far the largest percentage of artists are financially unsuccessful.  (Can you holler?  “We are the 99.999999…%!”)  In a society moving so quickly that it’s hindering to stop and puzzle over anything , artists can be slow off the mark.  Artistic endeavor tends to be quite introverted.  Couple that with failure – or just an initial ‘failure to launch’ – and you have the recipe for a mesmerizing dance which can pull an artistic mind downward, occupying  its thoughts for years.  Or, you become successful! for whatever reason, and go on some crazy, lunatic’s getaway of fifteen minutes with the Bitch Goddess.

Better to rush headlong than to be left behind!  Or.  Stay awhile.  Look around.  Get creative.  Think your way out of this.  Failure and success are both interesting mysteries.  Artists worship mystery and often find themselves caught like clouds of gnats buzzing in the darkness of those hot summer nights around the mesmerizing effect of those glittering imponderables… often wondering  if they should continue on in the cultural buzz, or just fall out of the air.  Thinking, while at the bar with another cold one,  ‘this all made sense, when I dreamed it.’

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