Welcome to Friday’s newsletter. I strive to write a ‘Big Thought’ in every weekday edition of the newsletter, but just occasionally my schedule conspires to make it impossible. Today is such a day — after being non-stop yesterday, I’m chairing a panel at a music industry event today, and 'I was writing my newsletter’ is no substitute for preparation and a clear, focused mind when you’re onstage in front of a room full of people— so apologies, but everything else is here as usual.
There’s trouble at the company that now owns the Gizmodo family of sites. The Daily Beast reports on “Leaning on editors to be nice to advertisers. Asking for sites to quadruple their traffic—with no new resources. Relocating to roach-filled offices. Publicly remarking about ethnic stereotypes.”
BuzzFeed is getting into live events. ‘Internet Live’ will be “a variety-style show in New York it’s billing as an in-real-life version of scrolling through your social feed,” Variety reports. It’s an interesting spin on publishers running conferences.
This piece starts with a silly example of a failed podcast (the producers put very little effort into it) but it gets better! I don’t think we’ve hit peak podcast, but the medium has evolved and matured — as every medium does.