As my colleague Joel Mathis reported last week, the launch of the Daily News and Inquirer paywalled websites isn’t just about pageviews. It’s also about trying to sell some more newspapers, since print products are still the lifeblood of any legacy media organization (including this website’s parent mag). The new all-access digital subscription plans are cheapest if you get one weekend paper delivered. No brainer in terms of economical value.
It’s a little backwards, though, if you consider that young people are most likely to want the cheapest subscription price. They’re also the folks least likely to want a physical paper dropped on their stoop every Saturday or Sunday. Here, 16 creative ways to repurpose the stack of dead trees you’ve opted-in to. Read more »
On Friday, I was headed down 19th Street, on the way to my favorite bar for happy hour. It was 5:45 p.m. The sun was shining, the sidewalk was crowded with commuters, and I had my sweater slung over my shoulder as I scurried down the street. With my office building still visible in the background, I ran into a group of teenage boys. They spotted me from down the block and began catcalling and making comments about my physique. As I passed the group, one boy reached out to me. He opened his arms wide, as if he were about to give me a bear hug. I jumped away at just the right second and was able to scurry away. They didn’t follow and aside from my own raised blood pressure, it was a harmless encounter.
Except that it reminded me so much of Barack Obama. Read more »
Last week, news trickled out that longtime television interviewer Barbara Walters planned to retire next spring. It seemed, perplexingly, both inconceivable—can TV news exist without her?—and reasonable. Walters, 83, has had a series of health issues in the last year, including a bout of the chicken pox earlier this year. After 52 years on the small screen, it made sense that she’d be ready for a break. Read more »
Social media experts and holier-than-thou journalists (ahem) will tell you that Twitter changed the way we receive information. The rest of humanity will tell you that Twitter changed the way we receive jokes. Whether it’s known local comedians like Chip Chantry or one of the many hilarious local parody accounts, Philly’s web presence is teeming with humor. Here, five of the best joke accounts in the city. Read more »
The internet has developed a collective case of the giggles lately thanks to George W. Bush. The former president has taken up painting in his retirement and, well, he really likes to create images of himself in the shower and dogs. Lots of dogs. Like, 50 freaking dogs.
It seems a little silly and, to me, a little endearing that the former commander-in-chief has the same hobby as my three-year-old niece who paints pictures of a kitty cat named Booger. But hey, hats off to Dubya for being multi-faceted. After all, Bob Dole did Viagra commercials, which is at least 57 percent skeevier than naked shower self-portraits. Here, some suggestions for what current politicians should consider as post-political hobbies. Read more »
Hashtags are everywhere these days—from the Oscars #BestDressed coverage to a pamphlet I got from my doctor’s office. Whether you like it or not, Twitter’s taken over the way we communicate. Last year, a Rhode Island theater gained fame for designating “Tweet Seats,” where show-goers could tweet reactions during the actual performance. Closer to home, a Temple University professor encourages his students to tweet during class. Live-tweeting, it seems, is everywhere. Read more »
In our stuff-obsessed society, people talk a lot about the stress of gift giving for Christmas and birthdays. But coupled-up dudes know that the riskiest gift-giving day of the year is Valentine’s Day, because there is all the pressure of other occasions combined with a special bonus: you definitely, definitely want to end up in bed. It’s very easy to buy the wrong thing for the lady in your life. Here, a list of things you should avoid at all costs. Unless, of course, getting laid is not on your V-Day agenda. Read more »
In this month’s issue of Philadelphia magazine, Jessica Remo explores “the existential crisis of the smartphone generation.” In short, she wonders when the heck we started caring more about our lives on social media than our lives in the real world. There’s plenty of articles that will expand upon the evils of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and whatever other social network pops up overnight—Vine, anyone?—but for news junkies and knowledge lovers, social media changes the way we consume information. Philadelphia, like most other major media cities, has active Twitter users spreading the word about what’s happening all across our region. Here is an unranked list of who does it the most, and the best: Philly’s most influential Tweeters. Read more »
It’s coming! It’s coming! The biggest sporting event of the year! No, not the Farmers Insurance Open. (Though, hats off, Tiger.) Not the World Series. (Gosh, do you know anything about when sports happen?) Not the Super Bowl. (Meh.) It’s almost time for Puppy Bowl IX, the triumphant face-off of skills, spirit and itty-bitty wittle puppy faces. Read more »