Few days late on this because there’s not really much to say. It’s been a slow month over there.
Someone sent us this from facebook a couple weeks ago.
Apparently some wounds are still healing. (While we’re on the topic, who else has noticed that the same uneven road repaving that left cars bottom-out at the intersection of Maxwell and Lime is now also happening at Lime and High? For $17 million, shouldn’t the roads intersect seamlessly?)
And one last note on this topic — is there just one logo designer in this town or is everyone coming up with the same idea at once?
It’s just getting downright mean. And that’s not really the intention. Jim’s a sweet man and it would be awesome if Ben Chandler abdicated his seat so that Jim could take it and Ben could run against Mitch… but, you know, we don’t live in a fantasy land. That’s part of what’s sad, too.
But the sadder part is that Jim’s internet website is powered by a group of talented writers who’ve put their faith in a product (or, in the parlance of our times, “a platform”) which doesn’t understand itself.
So daily the young turks — and no, not the YouTube kind, the Rod Stewart kind, thank you very much — of Jim’s New Media Empire churn out stories and daily no one reads them despite their adversarial and advertorial beseechments to the otherwise:
Which led me to believe that continuing to check in on a site that is constructed in such a bizarre fashion that it’s physically impossible to send inbound links to and thus makes it darn-near impossible to really comment upon — and really, who wouldn’t wanted to’ve linked to their article that attacked the anti-semetic Herald-Leader? — would be a bit of overkill.
But a very many of B&P’s readers have inquired: What is going on over there? What’s he building in there?
Which, apropos of nothing, reminded us of this Tom Waits tune:
So we are here to tell you, like it or not (and we’d prefer not… but apparently websites run on traffic so by writing this, we get traffic and thus ad revenue… which is how you pay for a website if King Coal isn’t funneling money into your bank account).
First of all, their young writers are still writing well. The stories they cover are so niche in most cases that it’s hard to really categorize them, either that or they’re stories you’ve probably heard elsewhere. One of their best writers did pen a good article on the state of the Distillery District and that story, at least, we’ve not seen in other publications. (They also blew up John Calipari’s spot.)
Their contributors — most notably Unusual Kentucky and the Kaintuckean — continue to churn out the quality information they’ve been doing independently and possibly to a larger audience on their own sites. Additionally, the physically-unlinkable site has started running content from the excellent Daily Yonder that, again, is doing a web-traffic favor.
So what else is going on?
Well, word on the street is that King Coal’s bottomless pockets may not be so bottomless and that the website that purports to be your new Internet Overlord (which, again, was not a bad idea in conception but one in execution, perception and intention) is actively seeking Venture Capitalists who can revive its three month old existence with some cash or gold bullion.
Will it happen? If King Coal backs out (or already has?), will some other entity chip in? Or is this online experiment another Internet Bubble fatality following its brethren Prodigy and CompuServe down the annals of archive.org history?
Two months and five days, really. We’re late. Sorry. But it is still alive.
It’s time for our monthly roundup. A lot has happened. The links still don’t work but they did get a new small advertiser. We’d give you a guess but it’s WKYT, so a guessing game wouldn’t be any fun. They bought one ad. It’s small.
As you already know, around the middle of the month they had one big exclusive but what else have they been up to?
Well, let us tell you, in case you haven’t been reading…
“Lex news with attitude”! Can I get a “what what”, Jimbo?
See, yesterday’s Kutcher video made me suspect this, but now it’s official. Jim Newberry is Poochie:
Sure, we can talk about the foreshadowing of his redemptive slaying of the Herald Leader (“a better source of news”) and Mayor Jim Gray (“Articles not always positive, but always constructive.”), but I’m having way too much fun acknowledging the fact that the man who cheered on the destruction of my block has become Poochie the Dog.
If you can find this video somewhere, you are a saint:
Executive: We at the network want a dog with attitude. He’s edgy, he’s in your face. You’ve heard the expression “let’s get busy”? Well, this is a dog who gets biz-zay! Consistently and thoroughly.
Krusty the Clown: So he’s proactive, huh?
Executive: Oh, God, yes. We’re talking about a totally outrageous paradigm.
Meyers: Excuse me, but proactive and paradigm? Aren’t these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important? Not that I’m accusing you of anything like that. I’m fired, aren’t I?
Executive: Oh, yes.
(“The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show.” The Simpsons, 1997)
Note to the staff at KY Forward. If you want to keep your job, don’t you DARE say that to Newberry. He’s a thin-skinned New Media Overlord of Vengeance, after all.
Schankula and I stopped updating perhaps the longest post in B&P’s history yesterday because Jim Newberry’s New Digital Empire of Ashton kept crashing, as well as crashing the router of all 20 people going there.
But it appears to be up for the time being, so… I think we’re just going to keep updating it today, if you’re into that type of thing.
In the meantime, BOW TO LORD KUTCHER!
P.S.- Here’s how they plan on not paying the 14 white folk on their staff. Check out these advertising rates:
Even though the launch of Jim Newberry’s new digital media empire has been delayed 9 days due to King Coal Baron Joe Craft having cold feet about bankrolling it, they’ve now officially thrown the first punch at their “competition”, the Herald Leader.
Behold… whatever the hell you call this:
I… I don’t even know what to say. Jim Newberry has rendered me speechless with this impressive display of “locally owned” social media prowess and Ashton Kutcher. And it only took them three months to put this video together!
Though Preston-Osborne registered the website URL on February 3rd, they are now claiming to deny any involvement in Jim Newberry’s new venture to crush his enemies at the Herald-Leader and LFUCG. They now claim that the Lexington digital marketing firm of WebMedley are running the show for Kentucky Forward. WebMedley is known for building the websites for such good corporate citizens as BP and Kentucky’s own Asphalt Institute.
In other KY Forward news, we’ve learned that Harold Tate, the soon departed head of Lexington’s Downtown Development Authority and good old friend of Jim Newberry, has been acting as an ambassador of sorts for the new business venture. In fact, he’s been sending out emails from his DDA email address to important “community leaders”, asking to meet with them so he can talk about how this new website will dominate the exciting new internet machine that seems to be all the rage these days. Maybe that’s what this March meeting was about?
Also, word on the street appears to be unanimous that KY Forward will not be advertising based, rather it will rely on some deep-pocketed interests to keep it and their large staff afloat. Now, let’s ask some questions about who this would be. Who…
#1. has an endless supply of coal money
#2. likes spending that coal money in Lexington on multi-million dollar vanity projects that serve to prop up the public image of the coal industry.
#3. is a big-time max-out donor to Jim Newberry, and also hosted King Coal fundraisers for him just last year?
Yes, Joe Craft seems like as good a guess as any.
So there’s your update.
Hearing anything else? Keep those tips coming at barefootandprogressive AT gmail DOT com.