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(5readsblog)   FARK's Drew Curtis shares the 5 books that inspired him   (5readsblog.wordpress.com ) divider line
    More: Interesting, Drew Curtis, Fark, Poynter Institute, Greg Koch, mass media, Bob Dole, Haas School of Business  
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2014-02-11 02:08:31 PM  
The first one was easy...he always has reminded me of Tom Cullen.

/M-O-O-N that spells Drew!
 
2014-02-11 02:09:33 PM  
Drew oughta know that any list without Stevie Ray Vaughan is bullshiat.
 
2014-02-11 02:14:52 PM  
Well, Drew might be sharing them with us, but the government sure the hell ain't...

/blocked by Websense
//#*(%&#$@!!!
 
2014-02-11 02:14:58 PM  
www.leaguelineup.com
 
2014-02-11 02:40:24 PM  
Saga is a great read. On another six-month vaca right now till they come back with more issues. Read Y- The Last Man(by Vaughn et al as well) on the advice of another Farker and loved it.
 
2014-02-11 02:51:39 PM  
So he mentions the brilliance of HHGG, but it doesn't make the cut.  I guess that's because it's not inspirational.
 
2014-02-11 02:52:54 PM  
The headline should read "5 books other than the Bible..."
 
2014-02-11 02:58:19 PM  
I was disappointed that this didn't come with a video of Drew singing "Wind Beneath My Wings" to Tucker Max.
 
2014-02-11 03:28:39 PM  
I'm very surprised his bio didn't include some mention of the sucking abilities of a particular university in North Carolina.
 
2014-02-11 03:40:28 PM  
As the founder, sole owner, and CEO of Fark.com, Drew Curtis was in a very unique position where digital media was concerned. For 15 years, he watched as media evolved from an industry who eschewed and dismissed the digital realm to an industry very much aware that their survival depends on it.
With over 2000 news items a day submitted by a pool of three million users, there's very little that happened in the world that didn't pass across Drew's desk, all thanks to the advances in digital media. And yet, without traditional journalism, there would've be nothing to report. Fark represented a new piece of the media consumption equation - curation.
Fark deeply permeated the pop culture zeitgeist - in 2009 Fark was honored for the second time with its own category on Jeopardy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO3wVQkFMco
Fark's influence continued to be felt 15 years after its founding - in 2014, Fark was mentioned by Yahoo Finance as the highest volume driver of Internet traffic per capita of any site on the Internet (and #9 overall on raw numbers). In pure English, Fark drove outbound traffic equivalent to a quarter of all Reddit traffic while being less than 1/10th of the size community-wise.
Drew Curtis ran Fark.com in Kentucky and owned 100% of the company. Fark was self-funded and built entirely in-house. Drew appeared on every major news outlet dozens of times each, and had done over 1,000 radio interviews to date.  Fark.com was heavily watched by media outlets for story ideas, and as a result many of the eye-catching news stories of the week originated from there.
Previous speaking engagements included TED 2012 ("How I Beat a Patent Troll" - main conference at Long Beach), South By Southwest (2009, 2010, and 2011), multiple Poynter Institute symposiums, and Web 2.0 and assorted other social media conferences.
Drew was also the author of It's Not News It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News, possibly the only book in existence reviewed by both Dave Barry and Stephen King.
Drew was a co-collaborator on a beer with Stone Brewing Company founder Greg Koch and their mutual friend Wil Wheaton. Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout was released nationwide in July 2013 and sold completely out within two weeks. It was ranked in the Top 20 New Beers of 2013. A new batch is still planned for 2014.
In Dec of 2012, Drew graduated from the prestigious Berkely Columbia Executive MBA program, receiving a degree from both Haas School of Business and ColumbiaBusinessSchool. Much to the chagrin of his entrepreneur friends, Drew found the experience to be both useful and interesting.
In his spare time, Drew was an avid soccer player. He was working on a secret project to end patent trolls. He also had profound ADD in case that wasn't clear to you by this point.

Just changed the verbs to the past tense.

Congrats,  Drew, This is your obituary.

/so sad to see you go
//he had so much more to give
///*sobs*
 
2014-02-11 03:56:23 PM  
Which version of The Stand? The shorter/editing one (the original) or the one that came out later and would provide a good foundation for a house?

/read the former
 
2014-02-11 04:16:16 PM  

TinyFist: As the founder, sole owner, and CEO of Fark.com, Drew Curtis was in a very unique position where digital media was concerned. For 15 years, he watched as media evolved from an industry who eschewed and dismissed the digital realm to an industry very much aware that their survival depends on it.
With over 2000 news items a day submitted by a pool of three million users, there's very little that happened in the world that didn't pass across Drew's desk, all thanks to the advances in digital media. And yet, without traditional journalism, there would've be nothing to report. Fark represented a new piece of the media consumption equation - curation.
Fark deeply permeated the pop culture zeitgeist - in 2009 Fark was honored for the second time with its own category on Jeopardy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO3wVQkFMco
Fark's influence continued to be felt 15 years after its founding - in 2014, Fark was mentioned by Yahoo Finance as the highest volume driver of Internet traffic per capita of any site on the Internet (and #9 overall on raw numbers). In pure English, Fark drove outbound traffic equivalent to a quarter of all Reddit traffic while being less than 1/10th of the size community-wise.
Drew Curtis ran Fark.com in Kentucky and owned 100% of the company. Fark was self-funded and built entirely in-house. Drew appeared on every major news outlet dozens of times each, and had done over 1,000 radio interviews to date.  Fark.com was heavily watched by media outlets for story ideas, and as a result many of the eye-catching news stories of the week originated from there.
Previous speaking engagements included TED 2012 ("How I Beat a Patent Troll" - main conference at Long Beach), South By Southwest (2009, 2010, and 2011), multiple Poynter Institute symposiums, and Web 2.0 and assorted other social media conferences.
Drew was also the author of It's Not News It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News, possibly the only book in existence reviewed by both Dave ...


First Shirley Temple and now Drew. It's a sad day for old people everywhere
 
2014-02-11 04:29:54 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: TinyFist:

First Shirley Temple and now Drew. It's a sad day for old people everywhere


Old people trifecta in play.

Sad, sad day.
 
2014-02-11 04:54:42 PM  
3,000,000 users?!?!?

Daaaaaaaaamn, a lot of you are lurkers!

Post something stupid and get flamed. Come on, it's fun!
 
2014-02-11 05:25:36 PM  
#1500 here
 
2014-02-11 05:44:48 PM  
Going under the gas for surgery on a hemorrhoid, glad I got to re
 
2014-02-11 05:57:12 PM  
it's all in third person because I harbor a secret desire to emulate Bob Dole

Bob Dole?
Try Caesar:
img119.imageshack.us

/ Caesar wrote a lot about himself in "De Bello Gallico" - always using 3rd person
 
2014-02-11 06:16:10 PM  
This is my blog, and I'm thrilled Drew was nice enough to post.  Any of you TFers, 'liters, or lurkers wanna share, you're all welcome to do so. I want 100 posts by July, and I'm waaaay off schedule, so any help would be appreciated.

I won't edit beyond formatting, fixing obvious typos, and adding links where appropriate (and if you give me a way to contact you, I'll clear all changes with you before I publish).  If you're interested, please visit the "about" page on the blog for more information.

Thanks for reading, and thanks again, Drew!
 
2014-02-11 07:39:47 PM  
I was sure 50 Shades of Grey would be on his list.
 
2014-02-11 08:31:30 PM  

slayer199: I was sure 50 Shades of Grey would be on his list.


That's #7, right after Horton Hears A Who
 
2014-02-11 10:49:11 PM  
I was expecting 4 mixology guides and an Easy Reader.
 
2014-02-11 10:53:04 PM  
No recipe books on curry in the list either?
 
2014-02-11 11:04:49 PM  
Bart Ehrmann?
Drew, you're my hero.
 
2014-02-12 02:19:20 AM  
FARK's Drew Curtis? That's the same name as the guy who runs this website.
 
2014-02-12 10:11:33 AM  
I feel that biographies should always be in the third person, otherwise it sounds like bragging.
 
2014-02-12 10:47:07 AM  

arkansized: Bart Ehrmann?
Drew, you're my hero.


Misquoting Jesus is a great book.
 
2014-02-12 12:02:41 PM  
Who the FARK does this Drew guy think he is? FARK this shiat!

//nice read.... interesting, impressive, and, should I write it, yes, non-prideful and downright humble.  You go, guy........
 
2014-02-12 07:52:22 PM  
tl;dr
 
2014-02-12 09:39:34 PM  

BalugaJoe: arkansized: Bart Ehrmann?
Drew, you're my hero.

Misquoting Jesus is a great book.


mosquitoing ?
 
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