Carl Natale

How Netflix uses tags to increase engagement

by Carl Natale on January 14, 2024

The unique tagging system seems to do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to getting people to watch a show or movie.

Noting in the new year

by Carl Natale on January 1, 2024

I actually used my last page in the notebook at the end of the year. So I’m starting 2024 with a fresh new notebook.

I am somewhat obsessed with how Substack is giving journalists new business models. Add local news to the mix, and it becomes even more interesting. For example, Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson started The Arizona Agenda about six months ago. It’s a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics. They wrote a quarterly report about […]

Media is plural: March 8-12

by Carl Natale on March 13, 2021

I curate some of the items from the daily email I write for the newsroom and am sharing them with you. I hope you enjoy it. Maybe readers miss Donald Trump now that he’s “gone” “Nearly every big news site saw its traffic decline in February, compared to a tumultuous January that included the Capitol […]

I’m not lucky enough to have access to Facebook’s Today In feature. Odds are you don’t have access to Facebook’s attempt to highlight local news either. It seems kind of a rare beast to spot in the wild. So I’m relying on Christine Schmidt’s analysis of Today In on Nieman Lab. She seems surprised that it focuses […]

I was familiar with The Guardian’s report on harassment in its reader comments. Unfortunately I didn’t find it surprising or shocking.

Clay Shirky does a multi-tweet analysis of how the evolution of media (from broadcasters to social media) has made it possible for outsiders to break the power of the Republican and Democratic parties in the United States. It’s great work but a parallel timeline could be created to explain how campaign financing laws have eroded […]

Why there is no iTunes for TV

by Carl Natale on November 13, 2015

I was listening to Walt Mossberg and Nilay Patel review Apple TV on the Ctrl-Walt-Delete podcast for The Verge. Three things that you need to know about this: Ctrl-Walt-Delete is one of the best titles ever. Yes they do discuss their reviews of the new Apple TV, but it does touch upon many issues about TV and media streaming. […]

While I have no desire to disturb the somewhat peaceful nature of Acadia National Park, I’m bummed I won’t be able to fly drones in any national park. Not exactly a crime against humanity. But the video and photography from a drone’s perspective could be stunning. I guess we will never know. Unless the national parks […]

The drones are falling! The drones are falling!

by Carl Natale on June 24, 2014

The Washington Post has a very impressive report that covers drone crashes and near misses with aircraft in the United States. It makes the FAA’s case very nicely that drones need to be tightly regulated and restricted. Which makes a certain bit of sense. But too much control and we’re going to lose a lot of […]