The power of Facebook

The 800 pound gorilla in the newsroom
The 800 pound gorilla in the newsroom

The newspaper reporter now has the worst job in America, according to Career Cast. Papers are folding, jobs dwindling. Even newspapers like the New York Times are turning to Facebook to attract readers.

The Times will soon start posting stories directly on Facebook and not just rely on links to attract readers.Continue Reading

Gunter Grass and Calcutta

This is why I love the internet. After hearing the BBC report the death of Gunter Grass, I remembered he had spent some time in Calcutta (now Kolkata). So I googled and came across what appeared not in Indian newspapers, but in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Both reviewed his book about Calcutta, Show Your Tongue, in 1989.

I haven’t read the book but remember Grass had some pretty harsh things to say. And, sure enough, it’s all there in the Chicago Tribune headline: Gunter Grass’ love-hate relationship with Calcutta.Continue Reading