Recommended reading: A few vital links to share

Remember when I said I might never blog again?

Well, I’ve got a couple topics in mind, namely these two nuggets:

  • There is no newspapers.
  • The link economy is real, and it’s coming, and you’re going to love it.

But I don’t have time to elaborate right now. Instead, enjoy the clues flowing freely, via the streams of links coming into my system through Google Reader, Twitter, FriendFeed, and elsewhere, then digested and pushed back out, often via Publish2.

Moving Along: Mediactive
Mediactive | August 24, 2009
Dan Gillmor declares victory: “Democratized media are giving voice to everyone who has something to add to the emergent global conversation, and the same tools are enabling smart people to experiment with sustainability models for tomorrow’s news and information. We will have plenty of quality news and information — though sorting the good stuff from the sludge will be just one of the huge issues we’ll have to deal with as we move forward into this new era. And, of course, we’ll need to help people creating that supply do a better job at all levels.”

We Aren’t Still Looking for a Silver Bullet, Are We?
Dave Cohn has been using the “journalists awash at sea” metaphor lately, encouraging us to grab not just *the one perfect log* but rather, to use some string and tie a few together. He then offers at least five ideas — pick any three, tie them together, and you have a shot.

(A comment on:) Future of Local News About More Than Paid Content
PBS IdeaLab | August 24, 2009
The comment/anecdote from David Wollstadt is either insightful or depressing, depending on your point of view. Includes this: “Exactly one person said he missed ‘the banner headline on the front page,’ and one other person said he missed ‘the front page news.'”

Even more ideas for journalism in the classroom, courtesy AEJMC
A collection of Suzanne Yada’s notes from AEJMC, copiously annotated with links. Here’s one of my favorite bullet points on her list: “From what I’ve heard of Arizona State’s program, it has a lot of things going for it. Gillmor sets up a Ning for each of his classes and has students write and correct Wikipedia entries. There’s also an entrepreneurial class, and (if I remember correctly) students edit each other’s work on live on WordPress.”

Scientists make bendable, transparent LEDs-without organics
Ars Technica | August 20, 2009
Notable advance in flexible screen technology, with inorganic LEDs doing the job. (They tend to last longer than their newfangled organic counterparts, which pale at the sight of oxygen.)

jayette: I just sampled fried Pepsi, fried Orange Crush and fried Mountain Dew. They were delicious and completely unlike what I expected.
Twitter | August 21, 2009
Why did I never get to cover a state fair?

Why Jeremiah Owyang Is Leaving Forrester Research
ReadWriteWeb | August 21, 2009
From Marshall Kirkpatrick’s story on Jeremiah Owyang: “My use of social media and my career advancement are intrinsically tied,” Owyang told us by phone today. “I started my blog as a practitioner at Hitachi. I budget time every morning to read and blog every morning. I do that before I check my personal email or work email. I believe you have to pay yourself first. When you open your email you pay someone else, because it’s usually people reaching out to ask you for something. Taking the time to read blogs, synthesize and add value, that builds your community. That’s paying yourself first.”

The Batavian comments and coverage key part of defense change of venue motion
The Batavian | August 21, 2009
You know your hyperlocal news site has arrived when your extensive coverage of a bank robbery is used as justification for a change of venue motion in the related trial.

How Palm Faced Down a Tyrannical Control Freak
Normally I might hesitate to link to Valleywag, but it’s worth it just to point out the flood of useful links in this post, totally backing up everything they bring together here. How does this post different from what a traditional news story might look like? Click the first link in this post to find out.


TrueCrimesOnline on YouTube | August 19, 2009
via, a graphic, proportional representation of what certain high-profile domain names cost.

3 thoughts on “Recommended reading: A few vital links to share”

  1. I have been saying for some time that there is no newspapers. Lump us all together on some topics but hardly on all…and we shouldn’t be lumped together on most of the topics in which people refer to us.


    1. @Terry – I think television has a great deal more to do with increased polarization of opinion than recent changes in textual communication, but Cass Sunstein‘s work is always a valuable reference point. In Republic, he worried about homophily in the Internet Age: Birds of a feather flock together, so what’s to keep those birds from only hanging out with their own kind online?

      As we’ve learned, very little.

      But, I’m always happy to point out that many of those birds were dormant, sleeping islands with an interest, but no outlet or feedback channel or like-minded individuals in town to get to know, before the first time they logged on to a BBS or AOL or the Web. I believe the good that has come out of that easy connection-making power greatly outweighs the problems that homophily can cause.


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