In the wake of the news that borderline tabloid news website Gawker.com is being shut down after losing a $125,000,000 lawsuit against former TV-wrestling celebrity Hulk Hogan, the news mills around the web have been churning out a lot of very interesting content. While I’m not a big fan of reading gossip, this internal document of company writing standards and how-to’s that Gawker.com provides to its writers is a very interesting read, indeed.
I recently went to see the movie American Ultra, which I liked. I looked it up on Rotten Tomatoes to see what the expert feedback was for the film, and saw that it had been kicked around for being a garbage movie. Surprised by this, I tweeted about it, and got a strange reaction.
Now that Serial, Season 1, is over, I’ve been thinking about some stories that would be better told in the Serial format, slowly examining one angle at a time, with the soul of the story building over time.
I occasionally get invited to attend performances at a Resort / Casino in the Palm Springs area by a family member who has hookups there. Usually what happens is we’ll get seats to a performance, and often before the show, my wife and I will get the opportunity to meet and greet with the performer. Usually, the performer is kinda in a trance, stuck in their own thoughts, presumably preparing mentally for their performance, and the meet and greet is more like a quiet handshake and a picture, and that’s that. But one time, Joan Rivers did a show there, and in the meet and greet, she was clearly a much different kind of person than many of the other performers that we’d been able to meet, and I also got some interesting insight into what kind of business woman she is. It was illuminating.