MKE Entertainment & News reviews
Tourist-y, mostly culture & entertainment attractions, seems to be focused towards liberal readers but there isn’t a clear political stance (example: written piece on Colectivo unionization), highlights more local current events and news than national, infrequent sprinkles of diversity in the attractions & local news pieces, pieces on Black & Brown people in Milwaukee feel like there’s an established “us & them” as if these communities are separate from the mainstream white liberal culture of Milwaukee (Milwaukee as a whole is an established and successful metropolitan area but it’s evident that the Black & Brown communities are neglected in development outside of a contribution to food tourism & entertainment/sports), “Black is Beautiful” titled article several times
Article: “Adam’s new “Green Book” inspired MAM mural”
Article mostly uses quotes from the museum & Adam about the work and it’s display but doesn’t really review the history of Black Americans living in/travelling through Milwaukee during the Jim Crow era that would explain why the work is specifically relevant to Milwaukee, careless spelling error of Coffee Makes Your Black when the restaurant is named Coffee Makes YOU Black, talks about the artist not being from Milwaukee and meeting with Black artists from Milwaukee but doesn’t name them
Has tabs to be able to choose specific topics & content to view, LGBTQ culture and discourse, even more content like podcasts and actual interviews, leftist topics like cannabis, intellectual discourse, very openly liberal and takes a concrete stance on these political/economic issues that are relevant to its readers, accessible, curated art & music content, gives a voice to individuals that makes your experience on the website personal, print & online source which are both free to the public and printed version is very easy to find around the city in public places like Colectivo, stores, newspaper kiosks, etc, local and national news, “something for everyone” type of vibe, in the social activism section you can search for opportunities in a map by neighborhood or you can email the newsletter to submit happenings that should be featured
Article: “10 Milwaukee Area Arts Centers with a Neighborhood Focus”
This article was really informative and included a nice variety of arts spaces for all age groups, cultural interests, and personal interests like music, performing arts, and social issues. Information for spaces all over Milwaukee County and not just tourist areas that are “safe” white areas like Walkers Point, Bay View, Brady St, etc.
Has a lot more political information including world news, first website of the others that had a topic dedicated to COVID, targets Democrats and other left wing audiences, lots of “matter of fact” content to inform readers of truths of economic happenings and politics, supportive of economic justice (ex: congratulating Colectivo workers on unionization), news oriented but has good amount of broad content on culture and entertainment
Article: “Activists Reflect on a Year of Protests”
This article was written by a Black male writer that did several interviews with several activists throughout the city. He doesn’t take a personal stance on the protests that happened in 2020 but clearly explains the reasoning behind them and the importance of the activists’ individual views and experiences during those times
About the same as Shepherd Express, free access to archives of printed version as far back as January 2014, has a calendar of current and upcoming events, geared toward arts and entertainment and more so for adults, politics section reviews more small business and organizational contributions to the city vs. legislation
Article: “The Oriental Theatre is Set to Reopen”
Article briefly talks about the theatre reopening and their strict mandate on being fully vaccinated or having a negative test to enter. Talks about renovations that take you back in time like you’re in the 1920’s. Written to advertise the feeling of nostalgia and Milwaukee embracing it’s past and monuments to bring the community together.
Has articles written in first person, sarcasm/sattire, website is like a blend of a newsletter and a blog, first newsletter I’ve seen addressing sexual culture/educational sex industry in Milwaukee, they hold events that are sponsored by local organizations or big corporations like banks (ex: The Fifth Element screening at Avalon Theatre), independent thinkpiece articles by writers in a section called “Random”
Article: “Why Milwaukee could, should (but probably won’t) host Riotfest”
Written by the writer as a criticism and personal opinion but with intentions to invite more cultural opportunities for Milwaukee
National site - Dazed Magazine
I enjoy Dazed because it’s incredibly diverse and a great mag for a cultural provocateur. Similar to Shepherd Express but functions as a magazine, content and criticism, anything from avant garde art to politics. There’s print, digital, and video content. Geared towards Millenial and Gen-Z readers but is still engaging for readers that aren’t familiar with American pop culture in its current generation of media content. Politics section covers left wing ideals from several international perspectives (including Africa - extremely important).
9/16/2021 01:19:33 pm
Hello Taj! I feel like OnMilwaukee is meant to be more infotainment than hardline politics. I personally think that the staff at Urban Milwaukee are much better at writing political articles than OnMilwaukee.
9/20/2021 09:43:01 am
I totally agree! Urban Milwaukee seems like it attracts older audiences too.
9/18/2021 04:17:14 pm
Hey Taj! I like how you brought up examples after stating a claim about a website/article!
9/19/2021 03:02:55 pm
I liked how you organized everything on your blog and the blog post. Everything was super easy to find.
9/20/2021 10:01:07 am
I appreciate that you touch on source's politics in discussion even where there isn't a clear political stance. I'm glad you chose Dazed as your national site, it's a site I don't think I've visited before reading your blurb on it and I really enjoy what I've seen of it so far. I particularly enjoy the political discussion from international perspectives, which you mentioned. I also quite like the layout of the homepage of Dazed, which includes a lot of different content, but displays it in a way that is clean and not overwhelming.
9/20/2021 10:39:28 am
nice blog, Taj! i really enjoyed reading it. i like that you observed and analyzed the different entertainment and news sites through a social and political lens. in particular, i enjoyed reading your insight and thoughts about OnMilwaukee.
9/20/2021 12:52:19 pm
Hi Taj! I agree with what the other comments are mentioning. You did a great job at breaking down specific articles and using that to highlight the tone of the overall site. I enjoyed how you discussed the backgrounds of the authors themselves. This extra level of research provided context and credibility. Great Job!
9/20/2021 01:05:30 pm
Really well put together notes! I think you did a fantastic job at both describing the difference between each news site while being critical of the articles you've read/featured. Really insightful to read your comments on top of the already clear analysis.
9/20/2021 01:29:51 pm
Nice post! Lots of great information about the sites, your opinions on them, and how they compare. It's all very easy to read and go through!
9/20/2021 03:06:05 pm
Great artwork tying the landing page to the blog page. An informed view of the Black cultural scene and viewpoint. Nice critiques of formatting and multi-level content.
9/20/2021 08:05:12 pm
Hey Taj, really enjoyed you work! Lots of details and depth.
9/22/2021 03:33:56 pm
This was an entertaining post, I enjoyed your overview of the websites and opinions on the articles you talked about. I had never heard of Dazed Magazine before so I might have to check it out!
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