The Onion, the satirical Web site and self-proclaimed "America's Finest News Source", has launched a political Web site, www.warforthewhitehouse.com. The ironic, sarcastic, and seemingly legitimate tone of the publication mirrors that of the press release announcing the launch.
This statement - “Once again, the American people have, for some reason, been given the opportunity to select their next president.” – precedes an informative paragraph to be taken seriously - “Visitors to War For The White House will have access to a staggering array of election resources, such as candidate profiles, issue positions, and most importantly, an election glossary.”
The ping-pong format continues, ending on a memorable, humorous note: “War For The White House will be available to anyone wealthy enough to own a "computer" and a fiber-optic connection to the Internet.”
The New York Times looks at new trends in microjournalism, citing Slate chief political correspondent John Dickerson's use of text messaging and social networks - Twitter and Facebook - as tools in real-time reporting.
Recent blockbuster Cloverfield has set a new record for January movie sales, boasting a $41 million profit on its opening weekend. The monster movie benefitted from its “cryptic” marketing, which kept the plot to a minimum and resulted in a much anticipated premier.
EBay CEO, Meg Whitman, prepares to retire. As the online auction site has been indicating slowing growth rates, a new CEO could rock the boat at a critical time for the company's development, reports the Wall Street Journal. John Donahoe, former president of eBay's auction business unit, has announced he will take over Whitman's position. The new CEO has wasted no time in finding ways to tackle eBay's slowing momentum, and has already established plans to simplify the site's layout.
HBO struggles to keep up with the future of television as it launches a not-so-cutting edge online media outlet. The network will allow HBO subscribers to view its television series and aired movies via internet, but lacks the ease and availability of other cable networks' online TV service. Unlike other media sites, the programs cannot be watched through a browser-based streaming video and have to be re-opened from the hard-drive in a separate viewing application. The service is also only initially available to Windows PCs, cannot be transferred to portable devices, and expires four weeks after downloaded.