Bill Keller Still Talking Even Though His Opinion No Longer Matters

In your self-important Wednesday media column: Bill Keller's opinions on the internet are neverending, the New York Post gets more expensive, Salon's CEO resigns, Brian Lam moves to the ocean, and Poetry magazine successfully spends lots of money.

  • New York Times editor Bill Keller labors under the delusion that even though he's stepped down as NYT editor, his opinion about Twitter and crap like that still matters. From a new interview with Anthony DeRosa: "I think there's a misconception that I'm opposed to social media. Some of it comes from people who haven't paid close attention to what I've said on the subject, and some of it, I think, comes from people who know better but who have made a reputation for themselves by being digital evangelists and cyber-puritans, who treat any hint of skepticism as heresy." Well, now that you're no longer the NYT's top editor, there's no reason to pay close attention to what you think about social media, at all. Whew! Your views were newsworthy only by dint of your position, Bill—because, on their own, they'd all been articulated and debated and fully chewed over many years ago. Glad that's settled. We'll start listening again when you say something that's interesting on its own merits, deal? Keller also says in the same interview, "a business model built on excerpting or rewriting other people's work at length in order to keep the traffic and reward for yourself is stealing." Oh, come on, Bill. I wouldn't call the New York Times Book Review "stealing."
  • The New York Post is raising its newsstand price from 50 cents to 75 cents. The editors are demanding that reporters write better stories, to justify the increase. That is not a joke.
  • Richard Gingras, the CEO of Salon Media Group, has resigned. He never did manage did make Salon a lot of money.
  • Gizmodo editor Brian Lam is also stepping down after five years, so that he can go live in the sea, where the internet cannot get him. He will be missed.
  • Here's a very interesting update on tiny little Poetry magazine, to which some old person handed $100 million in 2002. Back then the circulation was only 10,000; today, it's all the way up to 26,000! At a cost of only tens of millions of dollars. Arts!
    Even if you wrote
    Poems on ten dollar bills
    Still, no one would read.
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