Media Swamp: Branded Content Is Not A Scholarship For Journalism

Earlier this week I sat on a panel during SXSW suspiciously called "Journaling and Journalism" which marketed itself as a panel discussion on what the future of content will be. The panelists were the following: » 3/20/15 4:45pm 3/20/15 4:45pm

Media Swamp: Swamp Dogg Has A Cold, But Keep Going Anyway

We're about three moths into Ratter's evolutionary process. I'm happy to report that Ratter's doing just fine, so far, and we'll be announcing some pivotal company news in this space in upcoming weeks so I'll be sure to drop a dick story to make sure more people notice it. Or, ya know, just come on by the site… » 3/13/15 4:30pm 3/13/15 4:30pm

You're not missing an obvious point - just consider that we wanted to take on Mariotti for an ongoing series that would have had a beginning and an ending. I was offering him to write something I hoped would be a little more personalized and drop the whole "annoyed know-it-all" schtick. He seemed open to that during… » 3/10/15 6:22pm 3/10/15 6:22pm

Media Swamp: The State Of Diner Placemat Advertising

In an effort to better serve potential readers we decided to purchase a block of placemat ads in numerous diners in New York and New Jersey to offer our services as a publication dedicated to problem-solving. Got beef with your neighbor's unkempt lawn? Email Ratter. Is your mailman a creep who makes you uneasy?… » 2/27/15 12:51pm 2/27/15 12:51pm

Media Swamp: Hurdy Gurdy Man

The biggest regret this week so far is that the Dick Formerly Known As Bieber's Dick overshadowed Swamp Dogg's amazing cover of Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man." The song's about a fat man who loves lovin', maybe, or imminent doom. Depends on your mood. » 2/20/15 4:44pm 2/20/15 4:44pm

The Case For Reparations For Justin Bieber's Dick (UPDATED)

UPDATE: THE 'DICK' APPEARING IN THE TEXT MESSAGES BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY BELIEVED TO BELONG TO JUSTIN BIEBER. IT IS NOT HIS. THE DICK DOES BELONG TO A MAN NAMED MIKEY ROX, WHO HAS CLAIMED IT AS HIS OWN. READ HIS STORY HERE. READ FULL RETRACTION HERE. » 2/16/15 1:00pm 2/16/15 1:00pm

Media Swamp: Seriously, What Are You Doing With This Shit?

I've had a lot of interactions with people since Ratter's inception about the concept and what we're doing. Most people who click on it are barraged with pictures of shit, which some readers find disconcerting and gross. One overly-concerned human is Chicago-based journalist John Breslin, who pitched very good story… » 2/06/15 4:57pm 2/06/15 4:57pm

Media Swamp: Your Trash Is Cash, So Cyber Dust Us

We've recently become very active on the Cyber Dust app. If you're reading this post on a telephone, you can follow us here: cyberdust.com/addme?ratter . If you're not reading this on a phone then get back to work. » 1/30/15 3:52pm 1/30/15 3:52pm

Welcome To The Media Swamp Of 2015: Forget The FOMO

Today we begin our ritual of rounding up some of this week's Ratter posts with musical accompaniment by our new Musical Director, Swamp Dogg. » 1/09/15 3:30pm 1/09/15 3:30pm

I think you're missing the point of this "missive" completely. If you put this in the context of, oh, say how something like #GamerGate could derail Gawker that should be a good lesson as to why the editorial side should, at the least, understand the pressures of the business side and how a total meltdown could have… » 12/22/14 1:11pm 12/22/14 1:11pm

If You Don't Get That Buzzfeed San Francisco Editor Job, Try Ratter

Yesterday, Ben Smith, editor of Buzzfeed News, Twittered that he'll be in San Francisco this week interviewing candidates for a new Bureau Chief position. The very lengthy and aspirational job listing can be found here. Buzzfeed is an excellent company and I'm sure they'll make an extraordinary hire. » 10/21/14 1:35pm 10/21/14 1:35pm