Thursday, January 18, 2007

It's a good thing I'm an optimist

From Reuters, today (my emphasis):

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc.'s Time Inc. publishing division said on Thursday it will cut 289 jobs as part of realignment of its business to invest more heavily in the Internet.

The owner of Time and People magazine will cut 117 jobs from its business divisions and 172 jobs from editorial.

Eighty-six editorial employees agreed to buyouts and 86 editorial employees were laid off, a Time Inc. sopkeswoman said.


At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's also a good thing you're not in india.

the sheer ugliness of the profession (low pay, regular instalments of paid news, news that's not really news getting front page coverage, yellow journalism, crowing narcissistically about sales figures rather than covering the news, not to mention the unprecedented volume of typos and bad grammar even in the nation's "top" print publications) is enough to drive any wannabe journalist batshit.

ergo, this is "old news", because of the publication date, but is somehow still relevant 4 years later. ugh.

At 5:29 PM, Blogger rhea said...

actually, i have to disagree a little with you -- not about the ugliness of the daily news profession, i'm with you on that. but i actually think being in india now, for me, wouldn't be a bad idea. because, frankly, i have little to no interest in hard news/newspapers -- which is where all this scandalous and unethical stuff is going down (that article you linked to confirms what i already thought -- that the TOI is a rag). but me, i'm a magazine kinda gal. and they're doing exceptionally well in india right now -- and that trend will continue over the next few years if articles from the WSJ, NYT, etc are to be believed. and i believe them.
not that i have any plans to up and return as yet. i'm just saying, the market that's really growing isn't the one i'm in now.

At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 10:25 AM, Blogger rhea said...

m: hey.. just replied to your email.

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rhea & Sim

Epic 2014 is the original flash online movie made by Robin Sloan for the Museum of Media History..Set in 2014 it charts the history of the Internet, the evolving mediascape and the way news and newspapers were affected by the growth in online news.
It speaks of news wars with the Times becoming a print only paper for the elite culminating in (EPIC) Evolving Personalised Information Construct..As a flash animation, this film is extraordinary, not just for it's use of technology but for it's fantastic perception looking forward. Copy paste the link below on your web browser.

Rhea - Please let me know if you dislike these links that I post on your blog..I can stop sharing if you do not like them.



At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i used 2014 as an integral component of a broad-based presentation i did at work in october '05. it'd been floating around the internet since before then, but i had the chance to interact a bit with sloan and his partner matt thompson, who made the film, while putting together the presentation. it struck chords with plenty of audience members, and resonated with me too.

(the link you posted is to 2015, the update, btw..)

i have no problem with the shift to online -- faster access to more information, easy search capability, integration of several publications on a single page, etc etc; i do however have a serious problem with the (slow but) continuing disintegration of the print medium.

At 1:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ps rhe, agreed, was conflating two different media in my first comment.. i suppose they run together in my head because i've done both broadsheet + glossy... but given a chance, dude, i'd pick magazines any day -- and yes, in india.

At 11:26 PM, Blogger rhea said...

VA: i don't mind the links as long as they have a relevant point. which this did, so its fine.

At 7:49 AM, Anonymous sac said...

indeed, new mags are popping up everywhere in india.. all the good foreign titles are moving in too. i have over the last year wondered on more than one occasion whether i made a mistake moving to a saturated market like england just as it all kicked off and salaries started shooting up.. but the title does not the read make. all said and done, indian mags' feature writing standards are still pretty damn poor.. i don't think we'll miss the boat just yet. but a couple of years down the line is not a bad idea..

At 10:57 AM, Blogger ~*sim*~ said...

oops, not sure why i'm not showing up logged in to blogger -- but the anonymouses (anonymii?) were me, sim.

@(&#*^& blogger beta...


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