Woe to the soap opera fans among us, as the Writers Guild's contract expires and the threat of a writers' strike leaves us all young and restless. Talk shows and soaps would be hit first, as TV series and movies use their lead time to their advantage. Taking advantage of the lull in slack-jawed TV screen-staring, Slateplans to open a business site, Fortune Magazineexpands to India, and Newsweek shuffles its leadership.
As shares of the giant monster that runs the Interworld hit $700, the company moves closer to a mobile phone, insinuates itself into social networking, and urges magazines to “liberate their content.” Their Halloween costumes, though, reveal them to be nerds, as usual.
Gawker's book is tanking.
Newspaper circulation is falling.
Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch are dining.