Am beginning to suspect the Times-Picayune is blundering its way into a certain kind of successful model. Well, no—not the Times-Picayune, per se, but its infamous website. NOLA.com is not a good website, but it is, at times, a useful website, and it has, for better or worse, responded to the pageviewy habits of the Internet era.
Who would read a newspaper website? is a question I’ve heard several times from people who have opinions about such things. I think NOLA.com has tried to destroy its own status as a newspaper website, beginning the process of separating itself from the biases against “old media” held by many of my generation. It has become a content mill of short newsy posts accompanied by occasional long-form journalism, meant to rapidly meet page visit goals.
I don’t much like it, really, since I don’t necessarily share that deep bias against so-called old media. But all that talk of self-sabotage, some of which I engaged in myself…well, some of it is true. And certainly the situation was catastrophically handled. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work.
It’ll probably work way too well.
I mean, after all, I blog listicles sometimes.
Fringe Fest is underway in New Orleans. Here’s some pics from night one.
Fringe. Here! Now.
"You are your own fortune cookie."
"What fresh hell is this?"
Severed mannequin heads on display on Royal Street.
Revolution. Dance now. Think later.
Life After Death. Not a great play, but a great atmosphere.
Also, my lady and I wrote some things about the first night.
It’s Day 4 of the 2013 Hell Yes Fest, the Gulf south’s biggest comedy festival, and headliner Sara Schaefer of MTV’s Nikki & Sara Live performs tonight. She talked to Gambit about her previous life in New Orleans, writing for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and performing in front of co-workers: “My old boss is here, am I going to talk about my vagina in front of him?” (Read the extended Gambit interview here.)
Find Hell Yes Fest’s full schedule — including dozens of stand-up, sketch and improv acts — here. Schaefer performs at One Eyed Jacks at 10 p.m.
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