"She's all heart and no brains." By LORI SELKE In the wake of folk singer Michelle Shocked's anti-gay tirade at Yoshi's on Sunday, many of her old fans were stunned and dismayed, in large part because many were convinced she was a lesbian. And not without reason, although Michelle Shocked had be ... More >>
When you're trying to decide what's hip and what's square, there's really only one place to look: Michael Wolff writing in USA Today. Wolff is a serial Internet failure who is nevertheless a highly successful self-promoter. The two don't go together at all, especially considering that he promotes h ... More >>
Social media is no doubt a powerful force. But in what ways? How does this power manifest itself? Some people, perhaps confused by the word "media," seem to think it's a replacement for dying traditional media outlets -- particularly newspapers -- despite there being zero evidence that this is takin ... More >>
Mat Honan of Wired is a better man than me. In exchange for his promise not to prosecute, he got the hacker who ruined his digital life to talk to him. If it were me, I might have left my need to know the details of the attack, along with my inherent desire to tell a good story, to one side so that ... More >>
During the SOPA debate, many opponents of the anti-piracy bill often tried to portray Google and the rest of the tech industry as a champion for all that is good and true as opposed to what it really is: an increasingly powerful, self-interested industry like any other. This happened particularly in ... More >>
Viacom's decision to yank its programming from the Web last week as a tactic in its dispute with DirecTV was absolutely insane. The last people to realize this fact were Viacom's executives. As of Tuesday, the company had restored The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Since it's the middle of summe ... More >>
Patrick Carney of the Black Keys is not a fan of Sean Parker, to say the least. Parker is an "asshole," Carney told NME.com on Monday. It's hard to blame Carney, though his rage might seem a bit misdirected -- or maybe just too concentrated on one person. Parker of course was the guy who brought ... More >>
This week's episode of This American Life is both fascinating and painful to listen to, as many of the show's best episodes are. I came away from it still enraged at Mike Daisey and his lies, but also a bit sympathetic toward him. The show made it clear, without saying so, that he's dealing with ... More >>
The Internet conundrum is so difficult that it, like all difficult problems, has tended to attract people who don't want to address it, but to oversimplify it and then fight full-tilt for whatever far-end-of-the-spectrum "side" they've chosen. This is true of all complicated matters of public c ... More >>
I way overpay for my monthly Internet service. There are a bunch of reasons: Sonic.net, my ISP, has great customer service. It almost never goes down. The website is simple and user-friendly. It updates it quickly with service info. When you call them, they talk to you like you're a fellow human, ... More >>
A lot of people love (or until recently, loved) TechCrunch. These seem to be people who want to know every last bit of news about the technology business, no matter how trivial, as soon as it breaks; entrepreneurs looking for financing; or venture capitalists looking for startups to invest in. A ... More >>
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings should be applauded, I suppose, for trying to communicate with his customers directly -- apparently in an attempt to add the personal touch. But he's no good at it, and he should never do it again. On Sunday, Hastings posted what was ostensibly an "apology" for the ... More >>
Much of the coverage of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz's firing last week assumed that the company will now try to make a fresh start with a new leader. The fact that Yahoo's stock price has risen about 10 percent is an indication that some shareholders have made the same assumption.But Bartz was only a s ... More >>
The defense that Michael Arrington and TechCrunch have mounted against charges that the tech-news site has violated ethical norms comes down to: "Trust me." But of course, that won't cut it. As with laws, ethics rules exist because people can't be trusted to always police themselves. Even if m ... More >>
Today is the 16th anniversary of Netscape's initial public offering. It occurs to me that many of you might be only vaguely aware of Netscape, and of what it meant to us in the mid-'90s. That's because many of you were toddlers, or perhaps not even born yet. That's depressing and mindblowing ... More >>
In March, Zediva, a really weird online movie-rental service, told Wired that "it doesn't expect legal trouble over its service," which allows users to watch actual DVDs, played on actual DVD players, via the Internet. A couple of weeks later, the Motion Picture Association of America sued Zediv ... More >>
Cisco Systems is planning to cut up to 10,000 jobs, Bloomberg News reported late Monday. That's obviously a huge number, but it seems even huger if you think of it this way: It represents more than half the number of jobs the entire U.S. economy created in June.The numbers will be large en ... More >>
Sunday, the Environmental Working Group released its annual Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce, with the headline-grabbing "Dirty Dozen," or list of 12 fruits and vegetables most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue. Newly crowned the dirtiest fruit in America: apples. Pesticides ... More >>
George Clooney's ode to screwball comedies of yore is sooooo close. But yet.
As if current projects with Gnarls Barkley and Beck weren't enough, Danger Mouse adds The Black Keys to the list. Titled Attack & Release, the Keys' latest effort is produced entirely by the mighty Mouse. Attack & Release comes out April 1. Hey DM, you can take quick little nap if you'd like. No? Al ... More >>
Sometimes literature and music make a good combination. Reading about music is always fun and informative, but listening to music about literature? Whaaa? Folk singer Jim Post makes it possible this weekend with his performance of Mark Twain and the Laughing River at the Freight and Salvage Coffee H ... More >>
How a once-proud San Francisco television station became ground zero in the nation's most controversial experiment in local TV news.
Should Dr. Al Cooper's fuzzy data and controversial subject stop him from becoming a media darling -- or getting a date?
Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies actually requires a brain cell or two?
Transformed by a romanticized airport novel, our heroine constructs a strangely compelling life
A media chain buys a local television station. Employees worry. Oh, the horror.
Hearst executives' behavior in the Examiner sale was nothing less than cowardly
How to tell whether the San Francisco Chronicle is becoming a great newspaper, or another nondescript Hearst money-machine
How LatinoNet -- the poster child for Washington's attempt to empower the poor with technology -- wasted money and networked almost no one
Mondo 2000 nailed the emerging cybersexcomputerdrug Zeitgeist with its first issue in 1989, making media mavens out of its founders, Queen Mu and R.U. Sirius. But the trippy, fractious family that was Mondo began to implode in 1993, torn asunder by inter