“Nielsen’s metric doesn’t include those who watched the episode on streaming sites like Hulu or Fox’s own website, nor does it count those who watch via video-on-demand more than four days after the original airing. That’s an issue for networks that want to use those viewership totals with advertisers.”
“Up until now, it has seemed a little bit like Serial was occurring in a vacuum, removed from the fandom and hubbub surrounding it. But on this week’s episode – which came after a week of mounting backlash online and a public statement on Reddit from a man claiming to be Hae Min Lee’s brother – the show seemed to reach a brand new level of self-awareness.”
The younger brother of Hae Min Lee, the Baltimore high school senior whose 1999 murder, and the subsequent criminal trial, are the subject of the popular podcast, took to Reddit to remind the rest of us that it really isn’t fun to see your family’s most agonizing period become an online obsession. (He does, however, have a bit of praise for reporter Sarah Koenig.)
The multi-episode spinoff of This American Life is now the most downloaded podcast at iTunes, and entertainment blogs run the sorts of recaps and discussions that are usually the province of juggernaut TV shows like Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey. Laura Miller considers the ingredients that make Serial such a hit.
“With this film I have the caveat of knowing that it will be simplistic and reductive to people who live in Iran. … I can’t create an Iranian masterpiece out of this situation. I don’t have that ear. … So I wanted to create kind of palettes that were – not innocuous, but bland enough that the audience could easily dismiss them … as the eccentricities of one oppressive regime.”
Dow Jones’s CEO wrote in a memo that “it will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals.” In the comments section (!), award-winning business journalist David Cay Johnston provides analysis.
“Not only does the 33-year-old Wetten, dass …? seem to confirm a lot of the world’s less generous stereotypes of Germans – e.g. humorless, weird, with terrible taste in formalwear – its concept is also awkwardly difficult to explain. … The concept: Invite a mixture of German and Hollywood celebrities onto a live stage, interview them, and then make them wager whether a number of ordinary Germans can complete a series of stunts.” And those stunts can be positively bizarre.
“CNN said its English-language news channel would not be available after the end of the year ‘in light of recent changes in Russian media legislation’. Russia has banned advertising on cable and satellite channels, while also preventing foreign companies from owning more than 20 per cent of media outlets from 2016.”
“Russia launched a new state-funded foreign news service Monday to challenge the ‘aggressive propaganda’ of the West and provide an ‘alternative interpretation’ of global events. The new media brand, Sputnik, is the reworked foreign language service of the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency and Voice of Russia radio.”
“Predictably, the most watched negative ads of today borrow popular tropes and visual cues from mass market fiction; witness the hazmat-and-corpse heavy spot (shades of Outbreak, Walking Dead) about how Republican budget cuts will get you killed by Ebola, which has collected hundreds of thousands of YouTube views.”