Eat The Press quotes the indestructible Maer Roshan today, defending his choice to give the whole dead tree thing one more go. Keep in mind that Radar is essentially the print version of Gawker, or Jossip, or on a bad day, PerezHilton.com. Their demographic, assuming anyone beyond the confines of the tightly-knit Manhattan gossip-blogger network actually buys the magazine, would ostensibly consist of people who ingest massive amounts of internet snark. Also keep in mind that Gawker has, for its own masturbatory reasons, acted as a dedicated PR arm of the magazine during each of its launches. To be sure, many of us would be far less likely to know anything about this tiny drop in the magazine bucket were it not for their exhaustive (and exhausting) coverage of it.
All of which makes this reactionary jab by Maer today so deliciously perverse:
"Certainly it would be more economical to hire pajama-clad post-collegiates to snarkily blog on content produced by others. But if your mission is to break new ground, dispatching actual reporters and photographers to cover actual stories still has an essential power."
Now, ponder this: Time Magazine has just made a fundamental paradigm shift in how it reports and analyzes the news. A shift away from their straight news, no chaser standard toward a more polemic mindset, hiring boldname opinionistas like Bill Kristol to dissect the news and offer their own zesty perspective on it. I'm fairly certain that I saw Kristol wandering around the 22nd floor the other day in pajamas. All of which begs the question - is Stengel more new media now than Roshan? It's a strange new world out there, kids, take care of yourselves.