BREAKING: Facebook names storied mutt, Lamont, Global Celebrity

BREAKING NEWS: Facebook officially recognizes Lamont as Famous Global Celebrity Seeking Increased Profit Margins, Top Facebook Strategy Executives Woo the Charming Mutt  By Nate Thayer June 19, 2014 Sometimes it is a bit embarrassing to be my pal, Lamont’s, human. Yesterday, I was contacted by someone from Facebook Headquarters informing me that they had made […]

Korean Sex, the Atlantic magazine, and Ted Koppel: What visitors wanted to read in 2013

My 2013 statistics for my blog, natethayer.wordpress.com (now moved to www.nate-thayer.com), have been summarized and broken down. They provide for interesting, sometimes disturbing, sometimes humorous, sometimes enlightening,and to me, fascinating insight into how and why people decide to visit an online site, via what social media networks, from where the readers live, and what topics […]

Fleeting Thoughts on the Death of Human Interaction in the Digital Age

Momentary Fleeting Thoughts on the Death of Human Interaction in the Digital Age By Nate Thayer November 14, 2013 I have had dozens of communications with people today–by text, by email, by Google and FB Instant Messaging, from all over the globe. I have been communicating with people for nearly 12 hours, uninterrupted. But just […]

Musician’s Protest Goes Viral: Corporations offer no payment in exchange for “exposure”

Musicians say Enough is Enough for being asked to work for Free: One mans strongly worded refusal goes viral on social media A Familiar refrain: “They consistently offer musicians nothing for their work, instead suggesting ‘exposure’ as a form of payment.” The issue of for profit companies trying to increase their profit margin by refusing […]

“The ethics of not paying writers in exchange for ‘exposure’: A debate #paythewriter

Thanks to professor of journalism Kevin Lerner of Marist College for organizing a discussion on “The Ethics and Economics of Paying Writers with Exposure and a Byline” at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held last week in Washington D.C. A full transcript was made by Kevin Lerner […]

Mississippi Elvis Impersonator Terrorist Suspect Claims U.S. Coverup After Finding Body Parts in Refrigerator

Mississippi Elvis Impersonator Terrorist Suspect  Claims U.S. Coverup After Finding Body Parts in Refrigerator By Nate Thayer This Elvis cum terrorist impersonator story is only going to get more fun. If this isn’t in the news stories tomorrow, someone isn’t doing their job. From the Google page https://sites.google.com/site/paulkevincurtis/ of Paul Kevin Curtis, who was arrested […]

Mississippi Elvis Cum Terrorist Impersonator Leaves Trail of Social Media Clues

Mississippi Elvis Cum Terrorist Impersonator Leaves Trail of Social Media Clues By Nate Thayer April 17, 2013 It is too bad I am not a spot news reporter anymore because this Elvis cum terrorist impersonator from Mississippi has left a goldmine of good stuff on his social media footprint. Paul Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man […]

A Peak In the Public Mailbox: Debate on state of journalism runs from supportive to, well, very not–with a dash of the amusing and odd.

A Peak Into the Public Mailbox: Debate on state of journalism runs from very supportive to, well, very not–with an entertaining dash of the amusing and odd. Maybe the North Korean Ministry of Agitation and Propaganda are on to Something By Nate Thayer April 13, 2013 In the last few weeks I can’t help but […]

Social Media Frightens Me: The Thoughtful Confessions of a Confirmed Skeptic

Social Media Frightens Me: The Thoughtful Confessions of a Confirmed Skeptic By Nate Thayer April 12, 2012 In all honesty, I don’t feel comfortable engaging in this whole social media thingamagig. But I am not an idiot. I knew I had to get with the program. I was confronted with this realization when recently I […]

Oops….Sorry About that Austin, Texas

Oops….Sorry About that Austin, Texas: An Otherwise Excellent Example of Great Journalism was Also a Tad Off The Korean Central News Agency Friday sent out one of the thousands of meticulously staged propaganda photographs they do each year, this one with a caption which included the description of an “urgent operation meeting on the Korean […]

Susan Brownmiller and Why I am a Journalist

Susan Brownmiller and Why I am a Journalist Ok, You want to know why I will never cease being a journalist?  This whole kerfuffle today over a post on my blog, which had perhaps a 100+ followers this morning, about the state of journalism which has gone viral and attracted the attention and comments of […]

The Atlantic feels the heat from journalism for no pay business model: “Our Freelance Rates Vary” says Editor James Bennet

The Atlantic responds to my blog post that has gone viral with more than 100,000 viewers to this blog since this morning, and thousands of retweets, reblogs, online discussions, and news articles from a global community concerned about the critically wounded state of professional journalism. I will be writing more on this topic in the […]