Thursday News: A battle over the Anarchist Cookbook, return of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Popular Romance Project called government waste, an amusing assortment of calendars, and Gawker’s ability to boost the viral signal
“Powell, meanwhile, has apologized for the destructive cultural force that bears his name, and posted an eight-paragraph warning to would-be buyers on the book’s Amazon page. But Powell has no say: the rights belong to the publisher and always have — and the publisher has never wavered in his commitment to selling.” NBC News
“The announcement comes after a long debate over Larsson’s estate. He and his partner, Eva Gabrielsson, were together for more than 30 years. When he died of a heart attack in 2004, he had no official will — and under Swedish law, his entire estate went to his brother and father. Gabrielsson was entitled to nothing.” Los Angeles Times
“The Romance Project is just one of nearly 100 programs targeted by Coburn’s report, which also includes a documentary on superheroes, promotion of a Green Ninja character to educate children about climate change, and a zombie-themed video game for math education. Coburn’s paper calls into question nearly $30 billion in federal spending that some would argue would have been better spent elsewhere.” Yahoo News
“Indeed, Mr. Zimmerman earns traffic so reliably that its tempting to dismiss him as an automaton who simply posts every sensational news story that comes along, or as a mere “aggregator” who doesnt contribute anything original to journalism. But that take misses Mr. Zimmerman’s skill. He posts only about a dozen items a day. Almost every one becomes a big traffic hit—an astonishing rate of success. I’ve worked on the Web for years, and I still have trouble predicting which of my stories will be hits and which will appeal only to my mom. Mr. Zimmerman has somehow cracked the code.
His secret, he says, is a deep connection to his audiences evolving, irreducibly human, primal sensibilities. Usually within a few seconds of seeing an item, Mr. Zimmerman can sense whether its destined to become a viral story. ‘I guess you could call it intuition,’ he says.” Wall Street Journal