- Today in Tabs
- What Is H A PP E NI N G
What Is H A PP E NI N G
to the media?
… … … … Hey eve ryone?
ha p p e n in g
nin g. guys?
NEW: @Forbes layoffs announced today, the same day its union announced a 3-day walkout.
— Unclear how many impacted yet
— CEO Mike Federer said in a note to staff that Forbes “must remain vigilant in our current economic environment.”
— Sara Fischer (@sarafischer)
Jan 25, 2024
If there’s ever been a worse week in media, I don’t remember it. It’s so bad that what qualifies as good news is stuff like: “Former Wikimedia Foundation Executive Ascends to Glass Cliff at NPR” and “Field & Stream will be relaunched by the country music guy that got caught yelling the N word a couple years ago.” In tech, we’ve got “Microsoft lays off 1,900 Activision Blizzard and Xbox employees,” and The Verge’s Mitchell Clark also rounded up the rest of the tech giants that have fired staff this month, which include Google, Discord, Twitch and Unity.
This might sound like a weird question, but is the economy a bunch of fake bullshit?
Have you considered rizzing them up with a letter? 🤔
— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS)
Jan 24, 2024
The Seattle Times confirmed yesterday’s rumor about what happened to the plane, so it’s not going great for Boeing today. It seems like probably no one should fly on a 737 Max. How’s it going for the guy who got fired from Google for thinking its AI was sentient? He’s having kind of a weird time right now. Devin Gordon thought about how it’s going for Jon Stewart and The Daily Show now that Stewart’s back in the host chair part time and back in control of the show full time.
Insert literally any Jon Stewart reaction gif here.
How’s it going in U.S. politics? You know how it’s going. Former Phoenix local TV news anchor and fucking lunatic Kari Lake recorded the state GOP chair trying to buying her off from running for Senate this year and then leaked the tape. The party chair promptly resigned with an all-timer of a press release in which he explained that he is resigning not because of what she leaked already, but because of what she is threatening to leak next if he doesn’t.
“I don’t know exactly what she recorded but thinking back, I really said some shit, so I’m out.” Good stuff. Trump is back to making rocket noises like a three year old, and the only good news in media is Tom Scocca’s new politics column for Defector. He kicked it off today with some electoral ornithomancy, and you won’t be surprised to hear that the omens are bad.
if I ever opened a movie themed bar here’s one of the drink names I’d make: sex on the beach that makes you old
— archivist barbie 💌 (@daiquiriheiress)
Jan 25, 2024
Slate attempted to list the best thing to do for every hour of the day. I went to the gym at noon today and it was good, so good call there. Hot guy books, ranked. AI “George Carlin” special probably not even AI. I never thought not being made by AI could make something worse but here we are. “2014 Tumblr is back” reports journalist young enough for 2014 to be a meaningfully different time than now. Ol’ Knifey pops collective monocle at the idea of salt in tea. And here’s a spreadsheet of every ejection in baseball history. Tag yourself, I’m “Delay: lay down in OF during argument.” I just wanted a nap.
A Final Thought For the Week
Keep this in mind #fyp #foryoupage
Today’s Song: Waxahatchee, "Right Back to It" (feat. MJ Lenderman)
I will be right back to it next week but I think I’m taking tomorrow off. Thanks Music Intern Sam and thanks once more to YES PLZ Coffee, for all the beans and all the support. Tonx does not owe us a crab tattoo, unfortunately, although I’ve been considering one myself so it might happen anyway.
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