Mediatwits #67: Bingeing on ‘House of Cards’; Print Mags Hit by Postal Service

    by Mark Glaser
    February 8, 2013
    A newspaper reporter who wants to blog? No way! The digital/print angle of "House of Cards" is way oversimplified

    We are back with the Mediatwits podcast, revamped in a roundtable format with “regulars” and occasional special guests. Plus, we are now video and audio, and you can watch the podcast live as a Google Hangout on Air — both right here on this post on MediaShift, on our YouTube channel or on our Google+ page. The show will be archived on our YouTube channel, the video will be embedded here, and the audio will be on SoundCloud and still available as an audio podcast through iTunes. If you subscribed to the old version, you’ll still be subscribed to the new one!

    Our regulars for this show are Mark Glaser moderating, USC’s Andrew Lih, Seattle Times’ Mónica Guzmán and Reuters’ Felix Salmon (Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox can’t join us this week). We will have a strong bullpen of folks to fill-in as needed. Our topics this week include the new Netflix original “House of Cards” and its fictional Washington Herald newsroom and the rise of digital on the show. Plus, Netflix released the entire season at once for “binge viewing” — how do you review that as a critic? We also discuss how the Postal Service’s move to drop Saturday delivery is hurting print magazines, and mags’ push for digital editions. And what about the Super Bowl ads and how they played out on social media? Finally, NBC News announced it was shuttering EveryBlock, a hyper-local pioneer.

    Netflix released the entire season at once for 'binge viewing' -- how do you review that as a critic?"

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    Mediatwits Bios

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    Mónica Guzmán is a columnist for the Seattle Times and Northwest tech news site GeekWire and a community strategist for startups and media. She emcees Ignite Seattle, a grab-bag community fueled speaker series. Mónica was a reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and seattlepi.com, its online-only successor, where she ran the experimental and award-winning Big Blog and drew a community of readers with online conversation and weekly meetups. Follow her on Twitter @moniguzman


    Andrew Lih is a new media journalist, and associate professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism where he directs the new media program. He is the author of “The Wikipedia Revolution” (Hyperion 2009, Aurum UK 2009) and is a noted expert on online collaboration and journalism. He is a veteran of AT&T Bell Laboratories and in 1994 created the first online city guide for New York City (www.ny.com). Follow him on Twitter @fuzheado and buy his book here.


    Felix Salmon is the financial blogger for Reuters. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Best Financial Bloggers, and offers his frank view on the maneuverings of Wall Street, Washington and popular culture. Watch him on Felix TV or follow him on Twitter @felixsalmon.

    More Reading

    1. House of Cards debuts; how to review it?

    How Realistic Are the Journalism Issues Depicted in House of Cards? on Poynter

    Economics of Netflix’s $100 Million New Show at the Atlantic

    Binge Programming: How Netflix’s House of Cards Changes the Game at PBS MediaShift

    Netflix, Amazon refuel their duel at Variety


    2. Future of magazines, with loss of Saturday delivery

    Magazines React to Post Office Cutbacks: The Friday Evening Post? at NY Times Media Decoder

    Digital Magazines Take Off for Second Half of 2012 at Fishbowl NY

    3. Super Bowl gets social; Go Daddy upsets

    Super Bowl Social Media Activity 3 Times Higher Than 2012 at Mashable

    Replaying Super Bowl Ads’ Effectiveness at NY Times Media Decoder

    The Woman Behind Go Daddy’s Crass, Effective Super Bowl Ads at Forbes.com

    4. NBC shuts EveryBlock

    NBC Closes Hyper-Local Pioneer EveryBlock at Poynter

    NBC News Shuts Down EveryBlock, Pioneer of Micro-local and Data Driven News at The Verge

    NBC Shuts Down Hyper-Local Website at NY Times Media Decoder

    R.I.P. EveryBlock by Adrian Holovaty


    Be sure to vote in our weekly poll, this time about your “binge viewing” habits:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian and fiancee Renee. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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