ABOUT

Cosa Nostra News is a blog primarily about the American Mafia. It debuted in 2011.

Ed Scarpo, a pseudonym, does nearly all the writing and editing.

Nick Christophers occasionally contributes.

Read Nick's stories

He and Ed met years ago via Uncle Frank, aka Frank DiMatteo, owner of Mob Candy.

Ed, his real first name, has a BA in communications from Hofstra U and studied magazine editing at Columbia J school. A lifelong New Yorker, he's spent his career in media, about 15 years as a journalist in print and digital . He's currently a corporate communications editor/writer for a large trade association.

He works on this blog as much as humanly possible.


So what is a blog anyway?

David Carr, an important chronicler of the digital domain, sadly now deceased, once mused in his New York Times column that the idea of a “little digital boutique (aka, a blog) flies in the face of all manner of conventional wisdom, chief of which is that scale is all that matters in an era of commoditized advertising sales.”


Jia Tolentino, a staff writer at The New Yorker, wrote that the economics of online publishing in 2018 "are running everyone off the map" and noted that:

"Blogs were a one-man-band situation: if you were a blog editor, as I was, you were also a blogger, and many other things besides, so you would spend your days not just writing and editing pieces but formatting and tagging them, finding art, scheduling and publishing, posting everything on social media yourself."

Notice use of past tense... were.... was.... were.....etc.


"Blogs are necessarily idiosyncratic, entirely about sensibility: they can only be run by workhorses who are creative enough to amuse themselves and distinct enough to hook an audience, and they tend to publish like-minded writers, who work more on the principle of personal obsession than pay. The result is editorial latitude to be obscure and silly and particular, but the finances are increasingly hard to sustain; media consumption is controlled these days by centralized tech platforms—Facebook, Twitter—whose algorithms favor what is viral, newsy, reactionary, easily decontextualized, and of general appeal. In 2015, Grantland, an ESPN venture with bloggy intimacy, was shuttered. In 2016, the indie women’s blog the Toast folded for lack of a financial future, as did Gawker, which had scaled up, had become ambitious, and then got sued into the ground. At the end of 2017, the local news site Gothamist and seven of its city-centered affiliates were shut down shortly after the staff unionized, and on Tuesday, the beloved, uncategorizable blog the Awl announced that it, along with its sister site, the Hairpin, would cease operations at the end of the month....."

Still under construction....




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