Say this for the print media: As young people abandon newspapers for the Web, newspapers remain obsessively committed to chronicling what’s going on in their rival medium to draw those kids away. Today’s Wall Street Journal, for example, frets that as the Walt Disney Co. unveils its new Website today, “users will be more or less trapped in Disney’s online world, unable to import non-Disney music or video clips to fill out their online profiles,” while the Times is worried about where young thrill-seekers can go for edgy content now that YouTube and MySpace are cracking down. What’s next? Wi-fi’d Bugaboos? Moderated baby talk? Oh, it’s worse: Babble, Nerve’s baby site, offers a YouTube glimpse of our nation’s future (and perhaps even more frighteningly, a glimpse at what happens when a girl who couldn’t get dates in high school is sent to cover such stories). At least the teething crowd won’t have to fight for its right to party.
Baby Loves Disco [Babble]
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MTA to Upgrade Service, Break Down Barriers
The MTA, perhaps flush with all that Stuy Town money, is finally doing right by its two runtiest sons: the G and L trains. Starting next spring, there will be more L service during all hours, peak and off-peak, while the G line will extend five stops on its southern end: Instead of terminating at Smith and 9th, it will now shadow the F for the rest of its Park Slope stops, all the way to the Church Street station. The addition of more Ls will, of course, come as welcome news to anyone who’s tried to squeeze into a train as packed with pale youngsters as a free-coke night at MisShapes. But the real bombshell is the boost to the long-neglected G, which is set to rock our cultural landscape by providing a long-overdue link between Park Slope and Williamsburg — and finally working to unite the city’s too-long-divided hipster and grup populations. Kumbaya, people. Kumbaya.
MTA To Boost L, G Lines Service [amNY]