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The New Yorker has radically changed their website and will lift paywalls this summer before trying a metered paywall this fall.

That they thought this line was funny tells you everything you need to know about The New Yorker.

For months, our editorial and tech teams have been sardined into a boiler room, subsisting only on stale cheese sandwiches and a rationed supply of tap water, working without complaint on intricate questions of design, functionality, access, and what is so clinically called “the user experience.”

“Streaming Dreams” by John Seabrook

Youtube wants to be more than cat videos.

This paragraph made me think of that Rupert Murdoch tweet.

In e-mails that later became the centerpiece of a billion-dollar copyright-infringement suit brought by Viacom against YouTube, in 2007, both Karim and Chen advocated a laissez-faire response toward copyrighted content. If the content owners asked YouTube to take a video down, the site would comply; otherwise, the founders would leave it. Hurley presciently wrote, “OK man, save your meal money for some lawsuits.” But he, too, went along with the relaxed approach.

And that tweet:

Today it feels like there’s three Youtubes. There’s the one we all know that’s awash with copyrighted material that usually has no better, or legal, alternative to view online. Then there’s the one run by teenagers that’s full of make up tips, green screens, and busty ladies with freaky eyes who teach Japanese in low-cut tops.

And that makes money.

After that, it’s the niche underground.

“Getting A Fix” by Michael Specter

Portugal decriminalized drugs with pretty good success, but in the US we still debate whether this would be a good idea.

…McLellan does not favor a Portuguese approach for the United States. “It’s not an ideology with me,” he said. “If you make any attractive commodity available at lower cost, you will have more users. Anything like legalizing drugs is preposterous—no less ridiculous than trying to lock up every offender.” As evidence, he points to the epidemic of prescription-drug abuse. “These drugs were created, controlled, and distributed in the most careful way,” he said. “It doesn’t prevent abuse.”

Sasha Frere-Jones on Adele

From the opening paragraph of “Show Runners: The Women of Pop.”

Adele’s impeccably sung collection of unperturbing soul, “21,” released in February, will almost certainly be the year’s biggest-selling album. Her career is likely to be long, because she is selling to the demographic that decides American elections: middle-aged moms who don’t know how to pirate music and will drive to Starbucks when they need to buy it.


From that New Yorker article Dept. of Food Science:

“Let’s say you give a kid a carrot,” Nooyi explained. “And he says, ‘I don’t want to eat a carrot.’ But you say, ‘I tell you what, I’ll give it to you in a wonderful drinkable form that’s still as close to the carrot as possible.’ All of a sudden, what have I done? I’ve drinkified the snack! Or I take a fruit juice and give it to you in a wonderful squeezable form, which is Tropolis. What have I done now? I’ve snackified the drink.”

I found this disturbing.

John Biggs on the New Yorker iPad App

The New Yorker now lets print subscribers access the publication through their iPad app.1

I feel like an idiot

It’s way better than I expected. Looking at a New Yorker print article sometimes makes me feel like I I’ve got a lot of reading ahead of me, but the way their iPad app displays text actually makes it easier to read the articles.

  1. Two articles that are relevant to Apple fanatics in this week’s issue: one on Pixar and one on Xerox. Can’t be a coincidence they chose this issue to open up the iPad issues to every subscriber.