Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but our sources are starting to say that there’s a new thing called the «Internets» that will end up replacing, like, your TV and, like, even your newspaper. But hey, if you’re not digitally savvy (my girlfriend told me to write that), don’t worry: Univision is on it! And they have those crazy, hot, young millennials (like you) in mind!
Awesome, you say. But how?
Well, in September, the ever-expanding network launched Edición Digital, an “innovative” noon newscast that is broadcast simultaneously through your abuela’s TV and that new thing we mentioned above. The news show, conducted by journalists Carolina Sarassa and Javier Olivares, a guy with a style so “unconventional” and “dynamic” that he loves to wear suspenders like gramps Larry King. Crazy!
Even crazier is the fact that this young duo reports heavily on new digital phenomena (“from ‘trending topics’ in social networks to videos that go viral every day”), and in doing so they use these things my younger brother calls «hashtags».
Such a “bold” proposal can only stir things up in Latino media, right?
Take, for instance a recent segment on Miami comedy duo Los Pichy Boys. The Cuban-born comedians reacted to Fidel Castro’s death with a seriously unfunny video, which includes fainting and the overdubbing of Raúl Castro’s announcement of his brother’s passing with a joke of… turkey and Thanksgiving!
You’d think that a couple of Castro-obsessed comedians would have had more than a few years to prepare infinite good jokes for his death, but we got a he-choked-with-turkey one.
Anyway, this wouldn’t have been so pathetic if the bold reporters of Edición Digital didn’t consider the skit to be “#controversial.”
“Trump Dating” site doesn’t want the gays, but allows the “happily married” to join
You can even be mad at Trump Dating, a new website for lonely — or not so lonely, but just promiscuous — maganogamous people. It’s a perfect representation of their cherished administration, since it’s also homophobic — it only allows “straight” women or men to sign up — and, just like Trump, it’s all about adulterous relationships:
“When you kick off the process of starting a profile, you get two options for labeling yourself — ‘straight man’ or ‘straight woman.’
Yet according to Trump Dating’s rather strange drop-down menus, married people are welcome. For a relationship status, the site offers options like ‘have a significant other,’ ‘happily married,’ and ‘unhappily married.'”
And since no self-respecting republican-specific dating site should exist unless it takes an issue with race, Trump Dating allows their users to be super specific about their genealogy:
“The ethnicity options also seemed oddly specific. In addition to the typical categories, the site includes choices like ‘Scandinavian,’ ‘Polynesian,’ ‘Eastern European,’ ‘Western European,’ ‘Mediterranean,’ and ‘Eskimo,’ a term used to label the indigenous people of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland that is considered offensive and inaccurate.”
OMG, you guys. There better be a second menu where users can identify which of the five Aryan subtype races — Nordic, Mediterranean, Dinaric, Alpine, and East Baltic — they belong to. Otherwise the server room of this Trump Dating is gonna get tiki torched.
I made 62 cents writing for you last month and now I feel like Carlos Slim
So I quit my day job a couple of months ago and, to ease the boredom that gestates inside like some gross multi-brown baby, I’ve been populating Rictus with dumb-ass rants. Rants that, quite surprisingly — because, honestly, some of this stuff is really stupid — were looked at over 20,000 times in January, according to Google’s Analytics:
But Google is that passive-aggressive friend which tells you it wants your to succeed, but is secretly waiting for you to try so that it can humiliate you for doing so. That’s why the company sent me an email a few days ago to inform me of the traffic spike on this humble blog, and today it followed up with a “here’s your .62 cents of AdSense money, Scrooge Mcduck”:
Nice, Google. You should meet my melodramatic aunt. You’d get along famously.
But you know what? It doesn’t matter that last week José, the other Rictus dude, sent me an article about how a few writers were making insane amounts of money — especially for the digital realm — because Fusion, which is now Splinter, hired them back when the young venture was drunk with power (Disney was buying all the drinks):
“It is worth remembering that Salmon was not alone in the Fu$ion hiring $pree of 2014-15. Alexis Madrigal, Kevin Roose, Anna Holmes, Dodai Stewart, and Hillary Frey are a few of the big-name hires Fusion ‘[showered] with TV money, doling out salaries around the $300,000 and $500,000 range for marquee hires,’ reported Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke in WWD.”
I wrote a few articles for Fusion myself, but damn — I had no idea The Mouse put down the black Amex at the bar! That’s the last time I ask for well drinks on another person’s tab. #youstayhumbleifyouwantkendrick
Alas, The Awl and Gothamist, among other sites favored by media geeks, are dead now. And since monetizing digital content has turned into the lets-all-chase-millennials-with-dumb-memes-clickbait-and-viral-videos game, my 62 Google cents make me feel like Carlos Slim.
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