Check out this new study of online consumption of local news by a fellow named Matthew Hindman. He studied 100 metro areas and found that people in Dallas/Fort Worth don’t consume much local news online. For instance, in the top city, Salt Lake City, a typical web user generates 89 pageviews per month of local news. In Oklahoma City (roughly the median), the typical web user generates 12 pageviews per month. In Dallas/Fort Worth? Just 5.5, tied for seventh-least pageviews.
Then there’s the matter of how many local news sites he found in each market, defined as a site that captures at least 1 percent of the market’s web users in a month’s time). He found we only have nine, about the median. By comparison, Indianapolis has 17, and Boston, the top city, has 28.
It would be nice to know which are the nine North Texas sites he measured. All we know is that four are TV sites, four are print, and one is web-only.
I’ve been away for a few days so I’m coming late to this story that several alert FrontBurnervians sent me. The Dallas Observer‘s parent company, Phoenix-based Village Voice Media, has copped to spamming Reddit in an effort to drive traffic to its websites. VVM apologized profusely, but the Reddit community doesn’t seem to be accepting those apologies. Sample:
In your initial post there was no apology. Just links to your website pretty much. Then, people criticized you for not actually apologizing, so you edited and added an apology. Sounds pretty sincere to me.
It’s important for Dallas readers to know that Robert Wilonsky is almost solely to blame.
Update (9:54): Kidding about Robert. Hi, buddy!
I mean, he is running for Senate, after all, and I am just being me. Bearded and debonair and, yes, somewhat awkward, but just me. And yet, as of press/me pushing “publish” time, SCOREBOARD:
Mayor of Handtown — 1,206
Zac Crain — 1,538
Step it up, T-Lep.
For our April issue, I wrote a 7,000-word profile of a guy named Barrett Brown. Barrett can’t tie his own shoes (literally), but he’s an unofficial spokesman for a group of hackers called Anonymous that doesn’t really exist. It’s complicated. That’s why it took me 7,000 words to explain the whole thing. Well, that and Zac was my first editor on the story, and he’s lazy. He refused to cut anything.
In any case, I’m putting up this post because after he read the story last night, Barrett said, “I can’t wait to see how viciously I get attacked in the comments by Anonymous.”
Have at him, folks!
Today’s referring website of the week is mademoiZelle.com, a French site featuring fashion content geared to young females who consider themselves no longer girls but not yet women. That’s according to the site’s “manifesto.” (Note to self: DMagazine.com needs to publish a manifesto.)
MademoiZelle.com linked to our February story about Grant Mower, a 12-year-old fashion designer in Flower Mound. Their article, I gather, expresses some concern or dismay about kids being treated as if they know anything about fashion. Or, as Google’s translation of the page puts it:
If we saw more and more old, the world of fashion, he seems to seek to avoid the weight of years. The nebula fashion mired it in a latent ageism?
Our life expectancy is increasing every year (1), gradually as the personalities of more than 70 years carton in the media … yet it remains an area closed to changes in society of the XXI century: the very cruel and ugly world of fashion.
From “Santiago Hegge”:
Great article with some fantastic food for thought as we are intending to buy our first cat, we don’t know what type yet and have been carrying out some internet research to help get us all off on the right footing. Thanks once again.
Guess which one of my dumb posts that comment showed up on — don’t bother googling it, as I marked it as as spam and it is now in a shallow internet grave — and I will give you something off of my desk.
By now perhaps you’ve heard of a international group of hackers called Anonymous. In support of the protesters in Egypt, Anonymous has launched denial-of-service attacks on government sites there. In a New York Times story about the group’s efforts, sometime D Magazine contributor Barrett Brown is mentioned as having a connection with Anonymous. All of which is to say: be nice to us in the comments. We know people who know people.
Yeah, so, the commercial we made for Kru 82? Well, the nice folks over at Kru 82 thought it was quote-unquote “hysterical.” But, as you might imagine, our take on the product was a little, let’s say, off brand. So we decided to take it down. And the planned sequel? The one with the white track suits? Well, that looks like it won’t happen. Except in your dreams, sweet FrontBurnervians. Except in your dreams.
I just got a piece of spam from Belgium that was begging me to visit a certain website. I will not be visiting the site, and I won’t mention its URL here, but I did want to share three amusing pieces of the e-mail.
The greeting: “Hello Hello – Dallas, home of JR”
The appeal: “It would be sooo cool if you could just go to the website once, or maybe…., just maybe, mention it in your press empire’s statements.”
The sign off: “Best waffles”
The Morning News can’t just put the paper online or in an iPad app and expect people to shell out stacking money every month. Or, at least, they shouldn’t. Here are some features they could include that would make the idea more attractive.
Dear Mayor Leppert,
Hey, Zac Crain here. You may remember me from that time you pretended to remember me, then actually remembered me, but were really remembering someone else. No big deal. There were a lot of bearded magazine editors in that mayoral campaign, who were later bounced off the ballot for — you know what? It’s in the past. Whatever. It got confusing.
So. Your Twitter feed. Sir — can I call you sir? — your tweets are bo-ring. Or, if you prefer, borrrrrrrring. You posted a handful of times in November. Here are two of them:
If you and your loved ones travel this holiday week, my family and I wish you a safe and happy journey.
Thank you to all of our heroes in uniform, both past and present.
Observant FrontBurnervians will notice that the FrontBurner search box on the right nav of our page has vanished. Yes, it has. Your search box is now in the upper right-hand portion of the page — and it’s about 3 kagillion times better than the old search we offered. Go ahead. Type a query into that little box. See the results you get. Now, instead of just searching FrontBurner, you’ll search the databases of the entire D empire. You’ll get stuff from D Magazine, D Home, D CEO, FrontRow, SideDish, our directories, etc. You can filter the results by media type, author, date. In short, you can now find exactly what you’re looking for — quickly.
Listen, maybe you’re not excited by search technology. I understand. But what our guys have accomplished here is pretty stunning. Thank you to Stephen Edmondson and especially Randy McCluer — the latter of which, our new search tells me, was mentioned for the first time right in this post.
(via The Come Up Show, via Mark Cuban’s Twitter feed, via Gorilla vs. Bear’s Twitter feed, via the modern magic of computers, via me wasting time, via me getting this job, via me graduating from college, via me being born)
For another local connect, the song was produced by our own S1.
You guys, I saw this yesterday and totally forgot to put it up. SORRY. Anyway, here is the pride of Lincoln High getting sonned by the guys from The Basketball Jones, mostly tongue in cheek, for his early season struggles with the Miami Heat (worked out, coincidentally, last night, with 35 points in three quarters). Still funny, though. (Oh, and there is one word in there not meant for delicate ears, so be warned.)