Business of Art Fix #7: I’ll Be Right On Top Of That, Rose

Welcome to the seventh “This Business of Art / Media / Web Fix,” in which I share with you things I read that I loved relating to the work I do here — online media, business, entrepreneurship, women in tech, start-ups, journalism, publishing, management, queer visibility, and so forth. You can expect this sucker to drop every-other Wednesday.


This Business of Online Media and Journalism

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+ Vice is launching a women’s vertical, in partnership with Unilever brands, called Broadly. We sort of already knew about this because I think there’s gonna be a story about us on it when it launches! But apparently it’s gonna be a video-driven platform. Tracie Egan Morrissey, formerly of Jezebel (and very formerly of One D At A Time for all my legacy internet readers out there), will be Editor-in-Chief, and gay male writer Mitchell Sunderland will serve as Managing Editor.

Vice’s chief creative officer had this to say about Broadly:

“There is an amazing group of strong, creative and dedicated women at Vice that are building this special new space within which they will be telling stories that matter to young women. It’s truly amazing to see a huge global brand strive to get out ahead of the cultural curve and support a storytelling platform dedicated to young women everywhere.”

The chief marketing and communications officer of Unilever has this to say about it:

We believe that Broadly can drive purposeful, authentic and lasting conversations with our consumers, particularly the worldwide community of young women who can now engage with content that focuses on what matters most to them. Seventy eight per cent of Unilever’s sales are to women, they are the backbone of Unilever’s range of products.”

+ Would you like to celebrate 10 years of Reddit? Good news you can.

Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker and this could turn out to be a very big deal. Personally I’m astounded that Denton ignored so many cease and desists before this became a $100 million dollar lawsuit — I get a panic attack every time a photographer contacts us to take something down!

+ Columbia Journalism Review picks 11 innovative journalism experiments: “After scoping the vast terrain of new media ventures, our class of 14 students focused in on 11 experiments we believe represent journalism’s most noteworthy steps forward. None are guaranteed to succeed, but after research, debate, and a final vote of the class, we chose these as the ones most worth watching.”

Ad-blocking software has gone mainstream and readers don’t want to pay for news. You guys will keep paying us to exist though right. Please say yes. (Also, especially if you’re not an A+ member, please turn off your ad-blocker when you’re on Autostraddle!)

+ Circa news is going on indefinite hiatus after a week of nobody knowing its future.


This Business of Art and Words

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Did a Yale MFA Jack Two Feminists’ Work and End Up In The New Yorker? Remember Arabelle Sicardi’s Most Important Ugly series, which she premiered online right here on Autostraddle.com? Well, it looks like a Yale MFA student Zak Arctander loved it so much that he adapted one of the photos for his MFA thesis and that work of art got him into The New Yorker. GOOD JOB ZAK.

A writer walks into a bank: the financial fallout from a life dedicated to art – When you don’t have a whole lot to show for yourself.


This Business of Business

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How Nasty Gal’s Culture Went Nasty – Jezebel exposes the devolution of Nasty Gal’s workplace culture, the alleged hypocrisy of their founder (#GIRLBOSS author Sophia Amoruso) and that thing that seems to happen to a lot of start-ups where they get bloated with venture capital, expand and over-hire, the CEO gets famous, leaves, and they bring in somebody new who doesn’t get it to break everybody’s hearts.

Beacon’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, and the Big Business of Selling Your Old Clothes – The inside story behind those people who work for those companies who seem unable to financially understand exactly how fantastic and valuable those jeans you don’t want anymore are.

+ Workers in America Have Problems – I’ll be including some of these in TIRTL on Friday but it’s a lot of articles about the perils of the sharing economy, independent contractors and part-time workers, which I have lots of feelings about as somebody very close to me works or has worked for most of these “make your own hours” places. Fun fact: somebody could hire you via Taskrabbit to work, say, from 8am to 5pm on a Tuesday, therefore filling your availability and theorhetically enabling you to plan on that income, and then they can cancel Monday night with literally ZERO PENALTIES. So then the Tasker has no job the next day and not even a cancellation fee to ease the pain, it’s too late for them to fill the hours with a new task, and there’s no incentive for Hirers to actually follow through on workers they book.  Even if they cancel literally MINUTES before the Task is supposed to begin, the penalty fee is what one hour of the task would’ve cost the tasker, of which TR takes 30%. Part-time retail employees also live this hell despite having an actual employer. Empowering, huh?

The CEO of Salesforce is a pretty stand-up guy, y’all. His latest move is to guarantee no wage gap between women and men at his company.


Businesswoman’s Special: Advice On Working Better

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Why Doing Awesome Work Means Making Yourself Vulnerable (Fast Company) – This was a reader tip, thank you dragonsnap!

I define a leader as anyone who holds him or herself responsible or accountable for finding potential in people or processes. We’re called upon to model the vulnerability we want to see in the people on our teams. If we want people to come to us and say “Hey, I don’t really understand this and I want to understand it, I need some help,” then we have to model that behavior. We have to model taking risks and failing.

From A to Z: 200 Essential Resources for Entrepreneurs Building a Business (Entrepreneur Magazine) – It’s true, this is a solid resource.

20 Gadgets That Every Person Who Works From Home Needs (Inc) – I disagree, but you know, to each their own 20 gadgets.

The Best Time Of Day To Do Anything At Work (Fast Company)  – If you want someone to read your e-mail, send it on a weekend, but if you want someone to respond to your email, send it on a weekday morning!

No Time To Be Nice At Work (The New York Times) – If your boss is mean then it could maybe ruin your life. What I found really interesting was the list of rude behaviors people admitted to doing themselves, like judging people who are different, taking others’ contributions for granted, ignoring invitations and grabbing easy tasks while leaving difficult ones for others.


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+ Social Skills 101: This is something I’m always thinking about circa A-Camp and I’m pretty confident that I’m not alone. Just basics on starting conversations with strangers, asking questions without feeling invasive, how to connect with people who are even more introverted than you are, how to have and leave a positive interaction with somebody even when you’ve only got five minutes to talk, etc.

+ This is just an advance notice that we’ll be putting up a Call for Submissions real soon to launch The Thursday Essay — a new personal essay from a fantastic writer every Thursday for as long as we all shall live. So sharpen your mechanical pencils for that and start dreaming/thinking. There’ll be a separate submission process for them.


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Marie Lyn Bernard, aka Riese, is an award-winning writer, blogger, journalist, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in the midwest, lost her mind in New York City and is currently making it work in California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better, The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image and The Hazards of Being Female," "Dirty Girls," and "The Best American Erotica of 2007," magazines including Nylon, Marie Claire, GO, Curve, Interlude, and CollegeBound, and all over the web including nerve.com, Jezebel, Queerty, Emily Books and OurChart (RIP). She was the recapper for The L Word Online and host of Showtime’s Lezberado and her personal blog has earned many dubious honors including Best Personal Blog 2008. Riese has spoken about blogging, community-building, feminism, cyberculture and sexuality at places like BlogHer, Yale, New York University, The University of Chicago and The Museum of Sex. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy and The Olive Garden's week-long training intensive; she enjoys eating foods, having big ideas, reading books & talking to her stuffed dog, Tinkerbell. Also, she's Jewish. Follow her smokin’ hot adventures on twitter. Contact: riese[at]autostraddle.com

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15 Comments

  1. this column is just chock-full of interesting things! I was especially drawn in by the link to the links about workers in America. It was only a year ago that I was a part-timer myself, and now that I have scheduling power, it’s crucial that I keep fairness at the forefront of my mind. (For example, clopenings were the bane of my existence, and now I do backflips to avoid giving them to my staff.)

    On the other side of the socio-economic spectrum, those work from home gadgets are ridiculously schmancy.

    Also, I like how the Buffalo Exchange article happens to bring up Zara and Nasty Girl – I imagine the mistreated employees are some of the people selling their pieces on consignment for quick $.

  2. My girlfriend just called me a dork for reading about business again, even though it’s on Autostraddle, but this is totally my new favourite column, especially since none of my real-life friends in the media ever have time to meet up and commiserate about how much it sucks.

  3. The Businesswoman section was totally relevant to my life, thank you. Especially the article about mean bosses. My boss recently got a new boss and now she gets migraines and I told her she should get workers compensation. She says it doesn’t work that way.

    Also, Social Skills 101: I need that. Please. And then a redo of A-Camp.

  4. ARABELLE:

    Former Chelsea gallerina (…with a Yale fine arts degree) here.

    Let’s control this narrative. Don’t let this dude become a martyr for appropriation art. The point here is that the original work was already strong; that his additions did nothing to subvert or enhance the power of the image; and that you, Tayler, and your subject speaking with your authentic voices are far more interesting than someone temporarily inhabiting/exploiting an identity which he presumably does not live.

    You can absolutely leverage this situation into gallery support for a show of the original work. Starting with Danziger Gallery and Hilton Als. But don’t stop with those. Plenty of other galleries are anxious to be on the right side of history regarding gender balance and identity representation.

    I’d be happy to be in touch if you want some intros.

  5. I think this fortnight’s fix was particularly excellent, thank you Riese.

    I read the nasty boss thing with great interest, because I feel like I am too nice. Then I was briefly enthused when the successful girl from Nasty Gal said she succeeded on extreme niceness, but then that all turned to rat shit. Presumably there is a sweet spot somewhere along the continuum.

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