Terminated Radar employee David Cho posted a glimpse of what direction RadarOnline.com would have gone if it wasn't about to be taken over by former National Enquirer editor David Perel. Hopefully this will get Mitch Albom started on his next book project, The Five Blog Layouts You Meet In Heaven, although we can't help feeling the full version looks sort of familiar...
People is coming out with a 96-page "tribute" "book" "honoring" the recently dead Paul Newman. It will sell for $12, and none of the proceeds will go to charity, despite the fact that Newman dedicated the latter part of his life to working for charitable causes. But, to use the line that Jossip unfortunately beat us to this morning, it's "sort of okay, because this year, the print industry basically is a charity." Yep. [Folio]
Round up the usual suspects! Playboy.com has decided on the hottest female bloggers. Boing Boing co-editor Xeni Jardin and her ex-lover, sexblogger (and Fleshbot contributor) Violet Blue, are both on the list. (All posts referencing Blue were recently deleted by Jardin from Boing Boing—awkward!) Oh, wait, it's a poll, and the winner will be asked to pose for Playboy.com. (Nude? They didn't say.) So far, videoblogger Brigitte Dale is in the lead with 27% of the vote, while Rocketboom and Sometimes Daily's Amanda Congdon has only 5%. The rest of the bloggers named after the jump.
The new issue of W is a fine example of a shameless girl-on-girl magazine cover: to this day, one of the surest ways to guarantee sales on the news stand, regardless how vapid the interior editorial content may be. Whether you loathe it (exploitation!) or love it (exploitation is hot!), it's a design trope almost as common as the between-the-legs A-frame photo. Below, five more famous examples from the recent past. The only way to fight the enemy is to know the enemy.
Ziff Davis Media, the publisher of PC Magazine and other tech magazines and websites, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late yesterday. Its revenue from print has nosedived since the end of the tech boom, and it hasn't been able to make up for it yet online—like most other publishers. "We feel like we're in a position poised for wonderful growth," said ZD CEO Jason Young, being disingenuous to a heroic degree. "We just need to solve this issue." The issue being your whole business! Some perspective: Print revenue for ZD fell from $215 million in 2001 to $40 million in 07. Now they owe creditors about $200 million more than they have. In PR terms this known as a "restructuring." In real terms, a long and painful death. [AP, Paid Content]
Me: What did you do last night, Nikola Tamindzic?
Nikola: Went to another Useless magazine party at soon-to-close Passerby.
Me: Another magazine?
Nikola: No, another magazine.
Me: What magazine?
Nikola: Useless magazine.
Me: I know that. They're all useless.
Nikola: Don't be a tool. I took pictures of the Highlights including some guy spewing fish guts.
Me: Oooo, was that Goofus or Gallant?
Nikola: [shaking head] Useless.