Drastic times call for drastic measures, which has led to us to this wild and fantastic moment in history. The latest, hottest, biggest, baddest trend in media is here: Don't print it! Blog it, ya'll! OMG WTF is happening? Is this thing on? Where are we?
It appears that New Yorker editor and world's classiest e-mailer David Remnick has answered our call for more esoteric high-low rock star snark stuff, although it won't be appearing in his magazine. It's going online instead! In this week's Observer, John Koblin writes of Remnick's edgy decision to hire a web-guy to "badger writers into coming up with more ideas to write Web-only content." This is hilarious:
Gawker already noted that television critic Nancy Franklin used the text-y expression "4ever" to describe her lurve for David Letterman.
On Dec. 16, George Packer wrote a takedown of Sean Penn's cover story for The Nation on Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro. Mr. Packer's post was bloggy in every way—dripping with sarcasm ("veteran foreign correspondent Sean Penn," or, describing Christopher Hitchens as the "world-famous hedge-fund executive and philanthropist"), snarky and a pretty frank and vicious attack. And it even got a link on Romenesko—not exactly a familiar place for New Yorker stories.