Hard to believe we've been Madnessing for 8 days a week so far, but it's true. If you are late to the party, click here for a catch up. Also, if you know what I'm talking about, take a good hard look at yourself. Votes were dismal. Do you stop functioning with a bit of snow on the ground? Yeesh.
Let's look over yesterday's heats. OpenFile suggested/aggregated its way to the next round with 55 percent over Huffington Post's 44 (listen, don't ask me why they don't add up, it's a poll thing and I don't care to look into it. They beat them. End of story). On the old media side, Live at 5 beat out The (late) Daily News, the warm smile of the benevolent Steve Murphy approves of this.
Eight days (minus weekends) seems so long ago now so I can't remember why our addled brains decided to include "Instagram" in new media. It's media, sure, but does anyone get news this way? I guess if you consider pictures of brunch and legs/hotdogs news, then yes.
Instagram is up against the mighty second seeded Al Jazeera. I predict this to be a complete blowout, it's brains against beauty! Let's do this!
In the old media category, it's paper versus paper. Globe & Mail goes head to head with Coffee News. Sure, the Globe & Mail has a lot of pages and long investigative pieces, arts sections, beautifully laid out style and food spreads and Beppi Crosariol, but the Coffee News has such gut-busters as "bacon and eggs walk into a bar, the bartender looks them up and down and says 'we don't serve breakfast here.'" So needless to say, this is going to be tough.