#801

cars posted:

Another place where Posting fails me is trying to mock CNN Underscored, CNN's entire front-page section of servile infomercials groveling at the feet of consumer industry, as dwindling viewership and near-universal ad-block destroy even its half-hearted posture at independence from its sponsors. Fawning and toadying beyond not just parody but even plain old sarcasm



Is this just their version of NYT's Wirecutter?

#802
could be, I honestly can't remember the last time i was on NYT's front page lol. like if I'm curious what Liberal Media thinks at least CNN doesn't actively try to keep me from reading their articles
#803
18 pieces of outdoor furniture under $500 that actually look expensive.
#804
please just show me the $18 pieces of outdoor furniture instead
#805

dimashq posted:

18 pieces of outdoor furniture under $500 that actually look expensive.



One thing i DO remember about NYT is how clearly these sources have begun to tell on themselves as no longer shaping public consciousness. Like.. people post stories from newspaper and news channel web sites nowadays and comment, "Wow, these articles must be intentionally incendiary, because they seem to be written only for a tiny proportion of the population with a huge amount of money, they just sound insane to everyone else, that must mean they're secretly WRITTEN for everyone else to get clicks." And it's like... maybe SOME of those stories ARE written as bait...? But most of them CAN'T be.

The vast majority of those articles are simply written for the only people who are likely even to SEE the average story like that, much less read through the text and find the "click bait" details. These "big time" news sources can't even hope for the average story on home-buying, etc., to escape into the wild anymore. The "content" is aimed squarely at the new readership, smaller and better-off but mostly unwilling to pay extra for what they know is simply a showy, feel-good bonus of disposable wealth.

The "big" news sites' advertising reflects that demotion in the world of capital, the demolition of the "news" market by the Internet, and the sort of "surplus dependence" that "news" now has on both private advertisers... same in a lot of ways as their increased dependence on imperialist propagandists, a transition from ostensible partnership in deception, for the supposed common good of keeping the public "properly" informed, to something more like thinly-veiled subjugation. (This is also one reason why the current "leftist" fantasy about finance news containing the Hidden Masonic Truths of Earth is so clownish; nowadays, finance news exists mostly as a means for better-connected wealth to fool the types who have to read a news story to know how "their" stocks are doing.)

So, like: CNN Underscored has the same business model as Kinja's fake "deal of the day" stories, where CNN no doubt gets paid some flat sub-prime-advertisement fee to "feature" the product, but they only make money on the story appearing on the front page when some chump clicks through and actually buys a $499 deck chair that cost the seller $20 and the economy-of-scale manufacturer $2 in labor and wages. This is part of what I mean by how pathetic it is. Today, advertisers know (thanks to contemporary metrics pioneered by Google) that a huge amount of the target audience never sees their ads, so they can leverage that into more or less forcing CNN to work for ad money on commission.

#806
#807
the only extreme thing about this political mass murderer is how long his beard is
#808

dimashq posted:

18 pieces of outdoor furniture under $500 that actually look expensive.


#809



aerdil im pretty angry at you for making me go on that site again... wont be ok for a while......
#810
want to sit in on the call between Facebook’s terrorism-charges-entrapment team and their move-church-to-Facebook project. Do Want epic uncle phil meme.
#811
within 20 years Hillsong will have fully transformed into its own distinct and exclusive breakaway sect of christianity akin to the JWs, at least I think that's what their creepy megalomaniac leadership is hoping for
#812
Church doctrine to tithe to zuckerburgs “charity” orgs
#813





#814
when asked about the greatest influence on his ideology and the biggest source of his worldview, xi jinping said, "lf bitch"
#815


can't wait to see the insane narratives this stupid athlete is going to crank out for her euro-amerikkkan handler media sponsors.

i'm guessing it's going to be something like 'Lukashenko visited me at a training where he raped me with former US President Trump and Russian President Putin' and then it's thousands of #MeToo pseudo-solidarity statements that all end in 'the real solution for Belarus is in removing the current regime. otherwise, our only hope is a bomb campaign and endless sanctions to help the poor victims of Putin's puppet leader'
#816

liceo posted:


you might be a fascist if

#817

cars posted:

dimashq posted:

18 pieces of outdoor furniture under $500 that actually look expensive.

One thing i DO remember about NYT is how clearly these sources have begun to tell on themselves as no longer shaping public consciousness. Like.. people post stories from newspaper and news channel web sites nowadays and comment, "Wow, these articles must be intentionally incendiary, because they seem to be written only for a tiny proportion of the population with a huge amount of money, they just sound insane to everyone else, that must mean they're secretly WRITTEN for everyone else to get clicks." And it's like... maybe SOME of those stories ARE written as bait...? But most of them CAN'T be.

The vast majority of those articles are simply written for the only people who are likely even to SEE the average story like that, much less read through the text and find the "click bait" details. These "big time" news sources can't even hope for the average story on home-buying, etc.,




#818
#819
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/olympics-medal-count/

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#820
That's an innovative way to try and spin the actual tally into something less embarrassing
#821
further down the list countries are ranked in order of expected number of medals instead of actual too
#822
i love my evicted lifestyle
#823
For future reference: Clarissa Ward is CNN's chief international correspondent and Russophobic scaremonger; she's now leading Democrat-media's big "Who lost Kabul?" campaign, where the anonymous-support-dependent, no-foreign-bureau-but-State/CIA/DoD media attacks semi-withdrawal from the right with all these "Saigon narrative" and "who betrayed our compradors" stories. A dipshit to keep an eye on, if you haven't been watching CNN on TV within the last couple years (almost no one has been lol) and don't know about her, look for her byline on things. NPR seems to be following CNN's lead on these stories as a propaganda strategy to influence the opinions of intellectual left-liberals in the U.S., the usual "reasonable anti-war" types... for the same "cultivate the anonymous source" State/CIA/DoD-captured reasons, I assume, but CNN seems to be where most of the propaganda narratives begin at the moment.

Similarly, Jessie Yeung and Nectar Gan are propagandists worth watching. Yeung and Gan are two Hong Kong anti-Beijing writers that were vacuumed up as CNN's top writers on China. Lately, they've been deployed regularly to write smear stories on Beijing's prosecution of celebrity rapists and Chinese news sources' harsh criticism of the entertainment industry for coddling them. Yeung and Gan's job is to try to make Beijing look bad in the eyes of CNN's dwindling Democrat audience by first acknowledging these prosecutions and criticisms—since people online with any interest in Yeung and Gan's articles can't help but notice that China's taking action here and the Chinese press is in full support—then lie about China, claiming that the prosecutions and criticisms are "deflections" or whatever and hoping (with a reasonable chance of fulfilling that hope) that their own readers won't actually read the articles they're lying about.
#824
nectar gan give you up
#825

cars posted:

and hoping (with a reasonable chance of fulfilling that hope) that their own readers won't actually read the articles they're lying about.


i think that's actually the central pillar of news propaganda now: misconstrue the article's contents (that no one will read) in the headline (that people will read.) the news knows we just scroll past and through everything, the strategies for curating that are known and efficacious. it hits us all psychologically in our impressions of the news even for things we don't engage with, and it gives insurance against being caught lying because you can just dissimulate about the content being technically correct.

#826
#827

cars posted:

whatever "Insider dot com" is supposed to be, it just reposts its own lone story on some random topic 50 times in a row, and the only reason anyone pays attention is because Twitter auto-promotes it to "Trending" whether anyone's "engaging" or not. That gives its top tweet, out of 50 tweets about that same story, something like 1K or 2K likes automatically because clicking on the "Trending" button, instead of taking you to a "trend" list of a bunch of tweets on the topic like it usually does, instead takes you to a page that's nothing but "Insider dot com" tweets linking back to the same story.

Then suddenly every now and then "Insider dot com" farts out some insane anti-China propaganda story, some fake anti-Beijing "movement" from the creep fash gang in Hong Kong or whatever. And suddenly that's on Trending, a link straight to 50 tweets about it from that one site, even though it has the least "engagement" of any of the site's stories. Alphabet squad shit.
Eventually "Insider dot com" will be revealed as a fed cut-out, Reader's Digest-style

#828

cars posted:

this is the guy in charge of "Insider dot com"



Henry McKelvey Blodget... from the kind of money that gives you a drip name like that one... Philip Exeter Academy, Yale degree, did everything right, used insider trading to earn a fortune in the stock market... then went on the chopping block over the Internet-stock crash as part of Eliot Spitzer's rise to national prominence... and got banned from securities trading for the rest of his life.

Then, Henry McKelvey Blodget built up Business Insider as a crooked talking head on CNBC, youve probably heard of that one, i mean, if you have a Brand, best to stick to it, right??... and now, well, "Business Insider" becomes just "Insider dot com" and it's doing stories on every topic under the sun with no real focus, getting pimped on Twitter for everything it posts and retweets 50 times, even though it's exactly the same sort of understaffed content mill as a hundred others on there...

But... turns out "Insider dot com" is especially focused on glowing up CIA shit, fake NGO-backed "movements" in designated U.S.-enemy countries... and Twitter automatically treats those as "trending" stories... even when they're not actually "trending".... and posts like 50-large "tweet storms" from this one content mill site in a special little box, so it's always linked right next to the most popular shit on the site at any given moment.... wow whoa......

#829
In some off time I was watching a live video of Kenny G a friend sent me, and with a mild and mixed reaction I went on a google dive and found maybe the trashiest take I've seen on an otherwise extremely boring topic.

the author, a "pianist and composer formerly at Yale and Bard conservatories" manages to a) prove he knows less about music than 8-11 year olds, who Pat Metheny correctly describes as already "intrinsically" knowing kenny g's music sucks, and b) defend an arch-capitalist who's profited millions from being a talented marketer who happens to play the sax.

don't read it. don't even think about reading someone's bad opinion about someone's good opinion about someone's bad muzac

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/01/kenny-g-gorelick-jazz-blues-criticism-analysis-music
#830
It's too long and po-faced to be a troll but I'm glad I read enough to see this:

What is the difference between the “minimalism” of Kenny G and that of Reich, other than the fact that one is beloved by New Yorker readers and the other is not?

#831
If Kenny G wanted to be taken seriously he would play literally any other saxophone than the soprano, the reediest and whiniest of the sax family
#832
Double jazzpost. Listen to mulatu astatke
#833
#834
at the time of the final judgement before he is cast into the fires of hell, there will be one thing offered in mitigation
#835

#836
american parents buy 40% of the worlds toys, it’s nuts
#837
under Trump people were saying merry christmas again
under Biden there are toy shortages, hoarding, profiteering, and christmas is canceled
#838
Many are buying omocha (toys) this Holiday Season....... there may not be enough toys to go around, so ganbatte (gamble-battle) and buy all the products you can very quickly!
#839

pogfan1996 posted:

american parents buy 40% of the worlds toys, it’s nuts



to be fair this is because parents in the prosperous "Asian Tigers" instead purchase large plastic numerals and mathematical symbols, classified as foodstuffs under WTO agreement, to pile on top of their children in the wintertime "Ritual of Chüd"

#840

pogfan1996 posted:

american parents buy 40% of the worlds toys, it’s nuts


what fraction of that is purchased for use by actual children