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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Daily Beast - Newsweek Merger May Be A Winner

The Daily Beast - Newsweek merger apparently is not doing too well in terms of web traffic, with Newsweek plunging and The Daily Beast stagnant.

How desperate is The Daily Beast to make the Newsweek merger work?

When I clicked over from a link at HotAir, it brought up this pop-up, which prevented further viewing unless you did something to get rid of it:

I didn't pay much attention to it, much less bother to read the fine print; it was, after all, just an annoying pop-up. So I clicked on the large "X" in the image to get rid of it, but instead it led to another screen to purchase a subscription to Newsweek:

The Great Daily Beast - Newsweek merger has come to tricking viewers in order to hawk a has-been magazine rarely seen outside doctors' waiting rooms.

The Daily Beast may be a winner, and may have won the Grand Prize.  And all it had to do for a chance to win was purchase the ultimate subscription to Newsweek.

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  1. I'll celebrate when they're both gone, then when AOL finally crashes and burns.
    BTW, here's a great Janice Joplin video for you:


  2. From gatekeepers to pop-ups. Classic symptom of de-evolution in a population inflicted by a cripplingly small gene pool unnaturally selected by political purity pressures in a stiflingly isolated environment. See NPR Genetic Non-Drift Syndrome.

  3. Daily Beast, you may be a winner! Look for Charlie Sheen to be delivering your "Winning!" prize soon!

  4. So I clicked on the large "X" in the image to get rid of it, but instead it led to another screen to purchase a subscription to Newsweek.

    1. I learned the hard way that that trick is used to sneak past antivirus protection.

    2. It's surprising to find Newsweek stooping to such a tacky ploy. That is to say, the first instance is surprising. A following instance would be less surprising. A third instance would not be surprising at all.

    3. Hopefully Tina Brown will monitor the online advertising space she might sell more closely than she monitors her developers.

  5. By the way, I liked Crybaby - never saw that one before. Good pick of music for today.