Monthly Archives: March 2014

Are you a porn star looking to switch careers? Try video games

Porn stars have been increasingly gravitating to the gaming world, streaming on Twitch, showing up at conventions, or just dropping the name of their favorite first-person shooter on Twitter. “Nerd” porn stars like April O’Neil are G4 mainstays, and it’s rumored that popular streamers like KneeColeSlaw have previously worked as camgirls (NSFW). There’s even a website, PwnedByGirls.com, founded by porn star Alana Evans, devoted to adult performers who game.

From porn to pro gaming: How former adult performers are taking on the ‘gamer girl’ title

Vice thinks it’s worth as much as Twitter

Vice is privately held, so its financials are a matter of some speculation. The company is “expected to post revenue of $500 million this year,” according to one insider. How much of that is profit? We don’t know. But even if it was all profit, which it is not, a $28 billion valuation would give a public Vice Media a P/E ratio of 56. For a media company! (Most media companies would like investors to value them like tech companies. This does not mean they are not, in fact, media companies.) By comparison, Disney’s ratio is about 22; Time Warner’s is about 17; and the New York Times Co.’s is about 40 (which is also rather high).

Vice Is the Tech Bubble

Will immigration reform play a major role in 2014? Not likely

“The map in 2014, generally speaking, is not that favorable for the immigration reform cause,” Sharry said, but the 2016 map is “excellent.” That year, GOP-held Senate seats in Latino-heavy states will be up for grabs, and the Presidential election will swell the turnout of blue groups, especially minorities and young voters. Sharry gamed it out: “Our commitment as a movement is to get stronger in more places every election cycle. Quite frankly, we’re hoping to make some progress in 2014, but we’re hoping to have a huge 2016—and the way you have a huge 2016 is to get stronger in 2014.”

Some Republicans About to Feel Uncomfortable on Immigration—and That’s the Point

Why the number of people quitting their jobs is a good economic indicator

Job-to-job transitions … don’t get a lot of attention because they don’t change total employment numbers, at least not directly. But they’re hugely important as a source of productivity and, in particular, wage growth. That’s especially true for young people, who tend to bounce from job to job in search of better earnings.

The trouble is, changing jobs also carries risks — What if your new boss hates you? What if you aren’t any good at the new job? What if your new company goes belly up? — which makes workers reluctant to switch jobs when the economy is weak. The government doesn’t track job-to-job transitions directly, but it does track voluntary quits, which are a pretty good proxy (most people don’t quit their job until they have a new one). The number of quits plummeted during the recession and rebounded only slowly during the weak recovery. That may be one reason that wage growth has been so weak recently, especially for young people.

Want a Raise? Quit Your Job

It’s getting increasingly impossible to argue that Obamacare hasn’t already helped millions of people

Health insurance has expanded. More than 5 million Americans have signed up for coverage through federal and state marketplaces; millions have been determined eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program; and 3 million young adults gained insurance through their parents’ coverage. Even more compelling than statistics are the letters hard-working Americans are sharing with the president. Their unscripted and private testimonials are building a lasting record of the life-changing—and often lifesaving—impacts the ACA is having. One woman from Colorado shared what the peace of mind of having coverage meant to her. “After using my new insurance for the first time, you probably heard my sigh of relief from the White House,” she wrote to President Obama. “I felt like a human being again. I felt that I had value.”

The Affordable Care Act Is Working

Did blog posts attract more comments before Facebook and Twitter?

If you’ve been running your own blog for awhile, you probably noticed that comments started to become less frequent when Facebook and Twitter really started to come into their own. (And that’s only picked up speed with the incredible growth of the other social platforms like Google+ and LinkedIn.)

Why? Because the conversation moved to a wider public platform.

This is actually great for blogs. You get to have the same great conversations you were having in your blog comments — but now, they take place where a wider potential audience can see them.

This creates a much better opportunity for new people to find you. The social platforms are fantastic for sharing your content, but they’re also a venue for the conversations that used to be mostly limited to your comment section.

We couldn’t quiet the conversation around our content if we wanted to — and we definitely don’t want to! But we have terrific outposts where those conversations can live now.

Why We’re Removing Comments on Copyblogger