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Friday, April 4, 2014

March Madness Day 13: Upworthy vs The Daily Show and New York Times vs Information Morning

Final four, baby

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM


It's the Final Four, and thank god for that because I'm losing my voice from all this cheering. I know a tournament like this—in which New Media and Old Media battle using exciting weapons like headlines, ledes, leaks and op-eds—welcomes a more polite, golf-clap involvement from fans like you but don't hold back your passion for the news, everyone! Engage your inner angry commenter spirit! If you think I'm off my rocker, read up here. And look at this pretty bracket we've made for you:

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Yesterday's match-ups revealed that OpenFile is dead in real life and in this game of ours, Wilf Dinnick's baby lost to second seed and golden child of world news AlJazeera, 78-21. Over in Old Media the Coffee News' big dumb face somehow dug itself out of 15th place to beat the very polished faces of the Halifamous Live at 5 crew 68-32. What the? If you could kindly share whatever it is you voters have been smoking with Team Coast, it'd be much appreciated.

Now today, on the New Media side of the bracket 16th seed Upworthy takes on fourth seed The Daily Show. If this were Rocky IV and all bets were off, Upworthy would totally be the gritty, in-your-face, kind of unlikeable champ boxer Rocky and Jon Stewart's The Daily Show would be the chiseled and confident Soviet powerhouse Ivan Drago, capable of killing someone in the ring but also babely like Dolph Lundgren. Let's rewrite history! If anyone can take down Upworthy and its clickbait, it's Jon.

On the Old Media side first seed New York Times is back again (anyone else thinking it's going to be NYT vs NYT.com in the end?) taking on Halifax's Information Morning, which is gaining on the famous paper from a fourth seed. If this were The Mighty Ducks, New York Times would totally be the athletic and coordinated tournament favourite Hawks while Info Morning would be the skilled underdog that's capable of quacking quack quacking its way to the title (we love the NYT but believe in you, Info Morning). While we're making non-sensical comparisons, we might as well have our own Tara Thorne, a friendly voice Fridays on Info Morning, in the grizzled but loveable Emilio Estevez role, helping to make that famous Flying V play come together, beautifully. End scene.

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