Thursday, July 10, 2008

ReviewJournal.Com, Porn Purveyors!

VegasRex.Com had an awesome post today that you need to see. But shield your eyes and those of the young 'uns around you: He caught the Review-Journal trafficking in oldie porn.

As I understand it, until probably this morning there was a user-generated element of the front of that mess of a site where they showed photos uploaded by readers. I guess nobody was moderating that and, surprise surprise, someone posted a nude photo of an aged woman. Hot!

Here's the screenshot that VegasRex grabbed, and thank GOD he did...


The Your Pix section is now gone. It's sort of amazing it took this long for something like that to happen, isn't it?

While I've got your attention regarding the RJ's site, I did want to address another new feature, the roundtable chat between Doug "VegasLand" Elfman, Carol Cling, Mike Weatherford and Jason Bracelin, the paper's entertainment columnists and bloggers. It's called "Hot In Vegas This Weekend," which means that nobody could be even the slightest bit creative about what to call the thing.

I won't comment on the quality per se because it's a new venture and the first go-rounds are always going to be rough as the people involved get comfortable with one another and the medium. I'll just make a few hopefully helpful suggestions:

1. Make it more fun and interactive. Have an actual discussion, debate, throwdown, whatever. Right now, it's a video/audio calendar listing service, with each telling us what's coming up this weekend in their various disciplines. I can get that from Neon and I don't have to sit in front of my computer to do that. The idea of having multiple people ought to be to have a chat, y'know?

2. Change your focus, Carol Cling. Your very best, most Vegas-relevant material is your Shooting Stars column on Mondays in which you tell us what TV, movie or other visual media crews are in town. Your movie reviews are fine, but they've got no Vegas relevance, usually. Everyone else is talking about upcoming shows, concerts and such that are happening here.

3. For God's sake, explain RSS to Al Gibes already. Your "Online Guy" and supposed Web guru really needs to understand that your program -- and all of your blogs, too -- will reach many times more people if they can subscribe to it via RSS and have the content come to them via Google Reader or iTunes or whatever. Take a cue from the Washington Post's daily Post Politics Podcast and the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C.,'s Popcast podcasts, both of which have increased awareness of and traffic to their websites by not forcing people to come there for non-written content. I know, it sounds counterintuitive. But everybody's doing it. Not having RSS tags for your video and audio content proves you just don't get the portable media revolution.

Oh, and more porn would totally make your little show rock! Maybe Bracelin can show a little leg. God knows, he loves to talk about bodily functions in his columns.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

For an accurate citation, from VegasRex.com:

"Thanks to ‘Dcubed’ for having the presence of mind to capture a screen shot when he was greeted by the horrifically offensive material (courtesy of the RJ) this morning."

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