Thanks to Amazon, Barnes & Noble went from being the bully on the block to an underdog struggling to survive, and the pandemic left the one-time behemoth struggling to survive. But then the plot changed. "The ghost of Barnes & Noble past meets the spirit of Barnes & Noble future in a single shopping center in a suburb of Baltimore. The new store in Pikesville, Md., separated by half a parking lot from its shuttered predecessor, is part of an unlikely plot twist: Barnes & Noble is staging its largest expansion in over a decade." NPR: How Barnes & Noble turned a page, expanding for the first time in years. One of the company's biggest shifts was to drop the algorithms and the pay-for-placement and just let the local store managers decide what to feature.
"The unrest within the military is the latest flare-up of opposition to the government's plans to overhaul the judiciary after protests brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis to the streets of cities like Tel Aviv. Prominent American Jews have also criticized the plans ... But for many Israelis, anger within the military is perhaps the most worrying and significant reaction to the plans." NYT (Gift Article): Protests Over Netanyahu's Judiciary Overhaul Spread to Israel's Military.
+ The Israeli military isn't just worried about Netanyahu's judicial takeover. "For the pilots, even more than the legal concerns that they specified in their letter, the crisis centered on Huwara, the Palestinian town where settler vigilantes rampaged last week, torching homes and cars and wounding dozens of residents."
+ This is a very big story beyond Israel for a couple reasons. First, it's indicative of the spreading of the authoritarian virus in democracies. Second, Netanyahu is trying to take over the judiciary in part because the courts are trying to hold him accountable for his crimes. If this tactic sounds familiar, maybe you've been following the news in Georgia, where a bill is advancing that would give politicians the power to remove prosecutors they don't like. And the timing is no coincidence. With Trump in legal trouble, Georgia GOP targets prosecutors.
"A road trip to Mexico for cosmetic surgery ended with two Americans dead — and two others found alive in a rural area near the Gulf coast — after a violent shootout and abduction that was captured on video, officials said Tuesday." 2 Americans dead, 2 rescued after violent Mexico kidnapping. "Shortly after entering Mexico, the four were caught amid fighting between rival cartel groups." Because Americans were killed, this story is making headline news. But it's reflective of the relentless cartel-related violence that plagues Mexicans.
"Cambodia's monks are banned from drawing attention to themselves, according to the Theravada monastic code. That hasn't stopped them from using TikTok to preach, with some amassing more than half a million followers. It's causing friction within the faith: Adapt with the times, or stay true to the most essential version of Buddhism?" TikTok's viral monks are clashing with Buddhist authorities. (My culture unabashedly celebrates empty fame, and I still can't figure out how to go viral.)
Razing Arizona: "In part as a result of [Kari Lake's] vilification campaign, Gates is stalked on social media, in his inbox and on voicemail, and in public meetings of the board of supervisors. Based on what law enforcement regarded as a credible death threat, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone removed Gates and his wife from their home in Phoenix on Election Night and dispatched them to a secure location under guard. They knew the drill. 'I've done it so many times,' Gates recalled. 'It's like, ‘Here we go again.'" Barton Gellman in The Atlantic: A Troubling Sign for 2024. "The midterms were a welcome reprieve for democracy. But the story of Bill Gates, an Arizona election official, suggests that we might not be so lucky in next year's presidential election." (When Barton Gellman worries, I worry.)
+ Texas Hexes: "Five women who were denied abortions under Texas law while facing medical crises are suing the state, asking a judge to clarify exceptions to the laws. '[The women] have been denied necessary and potentially life-saving obstetrical care because medical professionals throughout the state fear liability under Texas's abortion bans," says the lawsuit, filed in state court by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of the five women and two doctors." (Disclosure/Brag: My wife is on the board of the Center for Reproductive Rights.) Meanwhile, "last week, Walgreens said it will not distribute abortion pills in states where Republican officials have threatened legal action." This week, California announced plans to cut ties with Walgreens.
+ Sweet Talk: "Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes sweeten foods without extra calories. But studies show the ingredients can affect gut and heart health." WaPo: How fake sugars sneak into foods and disrupt metabolic health. This stuff is confusing, even more so because of the lobbying of key players.
"The Hershey Co. said Tuesday that Reese's Plant Based Peanut Butter Cups, which go on sale this month, will be its first vegan chocolates sold nationally. A second plant-based offering, Hershey's Plant Based Extra Creamy with Almonds and Sea Salt, will follow in April. The chocolates are made with oats instead of milk." Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are getting the vegan treatment. (I sense a culture war battle coming.)
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Entertainment blogging is a type of online content creation that focuses on providing readers with news, reviews, and commentary on various forms of entertainment, such as movies, music, television shows, and celebrity gossip. Entertainment blogging is a popular form of online media that has gained significant traction over the years, and it has become an essential part of the entertainment industry.
In this article, we will explore the world of entertainment blogging, its history, its impact, and its future.
History of Entertainment Blogging
Entertainment blogging began to gain popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with the rise of blogging platforms like Blogger and WordPress. At that time, most entertainment news was only available in traditional media outlets, such as newspapers, magazines, and television shows.
However, with the emergence of the internet, bloggers saw an opportunity to provide a new type of entertainment news that was more accessible and up-to-date. Early entertainment bloggers were mostly enthusiasts who wrote about their favorite movies, music, and celebrities as a hobby.
As blogging became more popular, some bloggers started to monetize their sites through advertising and sponsorships, paving the way for a new generation of professional entertainment bloggers.
Impact of Entertainment Blogging
Entertainment blogging has had a significant impact on the entertainment industry. It has provided a new platform for artists and celebrities to promote their work, interact with fans, and build their brand. In some cases, bloggers have helped to launch the careers of new artists and actors by providing exposure to a wider audience.
Entertainment bloggers have also played a role in shaping public opinion about movies, music, and television shows. Their reviews and commentary can influence whether people choose to watch a particular film or listen to a new album. Bloggers have also been known to call out problematic behavior by celebrities and hold them accountable for their actions.
The rise of social media has further amplified the impact of entertainment blogging. Bloggers can now share their content across multiple platforms and engage with their followers in real-time. This has created a more intimate relationship between bloggers and their audience, making it easier for fans to discover new content and interact with their favorite bloggers.
Types of Entertainment Blogging
There are several types of entertainment blogging, each with its own focus and style.
Celebrity Gossip: This type of entertainment blogging focuses on the personal lives of celebrities, including their relationships, scandals, and fashion choices.
Movie Reviews: Bloggers who specialize in movie reviews provide in-depth analysis of films, including their plot, cinematography, and performances.
Music News: This type of blogging covers the latest music releases, concerts, and music industry news.
Television Reviews: Bloggers who write about television shows provide commentary on the latest episodes, analyze the plot, and provide their opinions on the show's quality.
Pop Culture Commentary: This type of entertainment blogging covers a wide range of topics related to popular culture, including fashion, trends, and social issues.
Tips for Starting an Entertainment Blog
If you're interested in starting an entertainment blog, here are some tips to help you get started:
Choose Your Niche: Before you start blogging, it's essential to decide on your niche. Determine which type of entertainment you're most passionate about and focus on that niche.
Create High-Quality Content: To build a successful blog, you need to create high-quality content that provides value to your readers. Focus on providing unique insights and opinions that aren't available elsewhere.
Be Consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to blogging. Develop a schedule and stick to it. This will help you build a loyal audience and increase your traffic over time.
News is a term that refers to current events and happenings that are of interest to the public. It can include stories about politics, entertainment, science, technology, and more. The news is typically delivered through various media, including newspapers, television, radio, and the internet.
One of the key purposes of news is to inform the public about events that are happening locally, nationally, and internationally. It is important for people to stay informed about what is going on in the world around them so that they can make informed decisions and participate in their communities. News can also help people understand the causes and effects of events and how they may be impacted by them.
Another purpose of news is to hold those in power accountable for their actions. Journalists investigate and report on stories that uncover wrongdoing or corruption in government, businesses, or other organizations. This can help prevent abuses of power and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.
News can also serve as a watchdog for society by highlighting issues that may not otherwise receive attention. For example, investigative journalism can uncover social injustices or environmental problems that may be overlooked by mainstream media. This type of reporting can raise public awareness and encourage action to address these issues.
In addition to providing information and holding those in power accountable, news can also help to shape public opinion. The way in which stories are reported can influence how people think about issues and events. For example, the way in which a news outlet chooses to frame a story can influence whether readers or viewers are sympathetic to a particular viewpoint.
News can also be used as a tool for propaganda. Governments or organizations may use news outlets to spread their own messages or influence public opinion in their favor. This can be done by selectively reporting certain facts or by presenting information in a biased or misleading way.
The role of news has changed dramatically over time with the advent of new technologies. With the rise of the internet, news can now be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world. This has led to the proliferation of fake news, where false information is presented as fact. This has created challenges for journalists and readers alike, as it can be difficult to distinguish between real and fake news.
In response to these challenges, many news organizations have implemented fact-checking processes to ensure the accuracy of their reporting. Additionally, many social media platforms have started to take steps to combat fake news by removing false information and promoting credible sources.
Despite these challenges, the importance of news in informing and shaping public opinion remains. The way in which news is reported and consumed may continue to evolve, but its fundamental role in keeping people informed and holding those in power accountable will remain crucial.
In conclusion, news is an essential component of modern society. It serves to inform the public, hold those in power accountable, and shape public opinion. While the way in which news is delivered and consumed may continue to change, its importance in promoting a well-informed and engaged citizenry remains paramount. It is up to journalists, news organizations, and individuals alike to ensure that news continues to serve its vital role in our democracy.
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