Finally, an Optimistic Look at the Media

That's basically how the mandatory The Case for Media Optimism panel was described to us NYU publishing kids. I was skeptical about how the panel last night would go. After all, for the past five years of so all I've heard is about the death of print, the death of journalism, the death of media, …

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Give Marijuana a Fair Chance

'nough said. To all my friends and family in California, please read my op-ed, "Give Marijuana a Fair Trial," and consider voting yes for Prop 19. In case you missed it, here's the link: http://www.noozhawk.com/opinions/article/102510_sabrina_ricci_give_marijuana_a_fair_trial

Even Writers Can Have a Reality Show

Ok, maybe it hasn't gone that far yet, but there has been a breakthrough in the way novels are written and promoted. It's called The Novel : Live! and it involved 36 authors coming together for six days in Seattle and completing a novel. Basically, it's awesome. And to keep things interesting, after each 12-hour …

Brooklyn Book Festival

Yesterday I went to the fifth annual Brooklyn Book Festival, held at the historic Brooklyn Borough Hall and Borough Hall Plaza. All of the events were free, though some required tickets. I got to the festival later than I wanted to partly because I still get lost easily around here, and partly because the subway …

What a LIFE

I work at LIFE.com, which is the online version of what once was the most prestigious and iconic photojournalistic publication, Life magazine. It's a pretty sweet job. I have access to millions of photos, including some of the most famous photos of all time (think anonymous sailor kissing a nurse when WWII ended), all of …

Advertisers Are Getting Sneakier

Last week, I saw the movie The Switch. Afterwards, I got suckered into taking a couple surveys outside the theater. I was told that I could earn thousands of points just answering questions about TV shows on a machine labeled Nielsen, and I could use those points to pay my gas expenses for the next …