Author Archives: Felix

The beginning of the end of Facebook as a traffic engine

My NiemanLab prediction for journalism in 2015

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Whither nanopublishing?

An IM conversation with Stratechery’s Ben Thompson

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Digital giants get bigger at the expense of the small blog sites

The growth of companies such as Buzzfeed, Gawker, Mashable and Vice Media could crush independent journalistic enterprise.

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We’re out on the streets. Why aren’t the street artists?

Street art is a way for the voiceless to be heard. Or, at least, it used to be.

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The Let’s Kill All the Lawyers Edition

Slate Money on Preet Bharara’s overturned insider-trading convictions, a lawyer’s battle with a Chinese restaurant, and the decline in divorce proceedings.

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The Chris Hughes gambit

Does The New Republic have a future?

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The true purpose of Art Basel Miami Beach

A bat-signal for the obscenely wealthy

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The Arts and Crafts Episode

Slate Money on art markets rich (Art Basel) and less rich (Etsy), Maurice Sendak’s estate, and the unbelievable amount of money raised for Doctors Without Borders by our listeners.

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A Promise to Slate Listeners Cost Me Nearly $20,000

And I couldn’t be happier about it.

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Why the Sony Pictures salary list should be public

It might make for depressing reading – but only with the sunlight of publicity are lists like this one ever likely to change.

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The Computer That Changed My Life

If I’d bought $2,600 worth of Apple stock instead of that TiBook, the shares would be worth $200,000 today. But I’ve never regretted the purchase.

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Uber’s secret weapon: The world

The value of Uber is only partially in the service it provides; increasingly, it’s also in the global ubiquity of that service.

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Why We Shouldn’t Be Concerned About Infighting Over Ebola in Liberia

The men and women involved in coördinating the international response will sometimes end up fighting each other. But that’s not a bug; that’s a feature.

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Why non-partisan immigration coverage is impossible

You simply can’t write about immigration policy in a plain-English, non-partisan manner, the kind of writing most journalists aspire to.

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The “illegal” index

Which news organizations still use the term “illegal immigrant”?

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The “Matching Gift” Edition

Slate Money on philanthropharmacology, Uber, and Abenomics. Plus: Host Felix Salmon reveals how much he has ponied up to make good on a promise to listeners

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The Coming Era of Privacy Scandals

Why the Uber story is certain to recur

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The Philanthropy Edition

Slate Money welcomes ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger and Stanford’s Rob Reich to a special episode about Lincoln Center, family foundations, and the Red Cross scandal.

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Annals of income inequality, Pimco edition

Why is Pimco’s salary distribution so skewed?

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One simple trick which will improve all art auction reporting

Treat all hammer prices equally

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Who gets the money spent on share buybacks?

(Hint: It’s not only shareholders.)

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Facebook app poses a dilemma for publishers

The social network seems to have decided to host content itself rather than send users to other websites

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The “Smoking Up Behind the Bleachers” Edition

Slate Money on the rise of Big Weed, private funding for public schools, and Taylor Swift’s breakup with Spotify.

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In praise of oligopoly

Having three major labels in the middle of the music-industry ecosystem is a good thing all round.

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The Not So Special Hundred-Million-Dollar Giacometti

In today’s ultra-luxe art market, recognizability determines a piece’s worth more than uniqueness does.

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