The beginning of the end of the Roman Republic has many lessons for today's world. It's a pity this great narrative doesn't dive into them.
The Agile philosophy has left us poorly equipped to deal with this reality.
It's really difficult to pick a good solution. This is a survey of the options available.
It's a good time to strategize, not fear.
Quick thoughts on a direction for the probable Twitter acquisition.
Microsoft wants to use LinkedIn to make money off ads. Because interrupting work with distractions has always been a good idea.
I think this debate is pretty much settled in the node.js community, but here are my notes for posterity.
The cable industry is afraid of going the way of the music industry, but it's likely already too late.
Why has this term exploded in use recently? Is it a slick marketing campaign, or bi-industry collaboration?
The White House is asking for comment about "strong encryption". Let them know that it's encryption, or not.
If you're a developer you might not sure how to get started in the open source community. Here are a few concrete ideas to get you going.
Send me encrypted things.
What makes Silicon Valley unique.
Maybe it's a medium-term investment, but they're a massive ship that's tried to turn the wrong direction too many times.
An intro to react.js for people already comfortable with MVC.
The official approach to styling with React.js is to use inline styles, but there's a better future ahead.
Easy TLS for any type of site.
Articles in the New York Times have been laughably bad when looking a San Francisco; a city and a scene they don't understand.
San Francisco rent prices are some of the most expensive in the world, mostly because the city government is inept.
Bitcoin investments are about competing with credit cards, but the real value is the blockchain.
Modern businesses no longer need strict heirarchies, but that doesn't mean switching to a completely flat organization.
The FCC is accepting public comments on the merger. This is mine.
Solving software problems will become a commodity. Shopping will cease to be a problem.
A new source of power is a large dataset. Should we look for ways to give data explicit value?
Pintrest could offer coupons for pinning. That's worth a hell of a lot more than a like on a Facebook page — to both the company and the customer.
Three rules I've found helpful in determining when to write tests.
ISPs want to kill Net Neutrality because they have to "recover costs" of building their networks. Here are five better ways for them to make money.
My post for Photo Advent. A few tips on how to backpack with camera gear, and some really wacky pictures of death valley.
I'm looking forward to Jeff Jarvis' book, Public Parts. I'm really hoping that it's a book that convinces my mother – and her generation – that social networking isn't just a frivolous activity.
All the fuss about privacy is distracting us from the more important issue: Facebook has broken the social contract to turn our freely given data into something more valuable.
Jay Rosen's TEDx talk didn't have the same brunt force that Jeff Jarvis delivered with "bullshit," but Rosen's outline for crowdsourcing is extremely enlightening.
A review of NewsTrust's new personalized aggregator MyNews from a user who used to work there.
A quick reaction to a great podcast: Microsoft should use its monopoly position to make decisions that benefit us all instead of wavering in the useless middle.
Notes on the Hacks and Hackers event at Google on how Google Wave can be used for journalism and thoughts about what how to pitch Wave.
A response to Jay Rosen's theory of the newspapers' quest for innocence: sources are going direct, the Fourth Estate has lost its teeth, and Objectivity is killing good journalism.
An open letter to my senator, asking her to help fix the mobile phone industry which is threatening business and net neutrality. As the senator for Silicon Valley, I figure she's the right person to ask.
A few quick guesses on what the design and strategy of Google Chrome OS might be. Mostly because it's fun to guess.
Continuing the A Web Design Critique series, this post does a quick comparison of a TIME article in the online and print editions.
Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times, gave an interview to TIME magazine that showed a total lack of transparency, a fear that journalism itself was under attack, and a disturbing amount of the 'old media' mindset. This is a look at what he got wrong, and how to fix it.
Two side projects I've been working on: The Vancouver Project and Linked Photographer are now official.
Google News has been in the media a lot lately – is it really a killer site that newspapers make it out to be? Design (and pageviews) says no.
Google Wave is easily the biggest step forward in communication since… the Internet. Here's hoping Wave will tame the Wild Web.
This site still doesn't look good in IE, but it now looks gorgeous on the iPhone. Wonder if that has anything to do with the analytics I've been seeing?
Newspapers are really good at interviewing, and they have the brand recognition to get big names. But, it seems that they've missed the opportunity to make money off of this skill.
A quick look into my mind is a scary thing.
In what may become a regular feature on this blog, some free web design advice for Newsweek on their newly redesigned site front page.
Apologies for opening up the paid content can of crap again, but with the news the News Corp is planning to start charging for content in the next year, I got to thinking of the problem afresh.The problem comes down to this: will users pay for content that they can just wait for and get for free?
Sometimes it's good to get perspective. Approaching the newspaper business from the point of view of an economist is exceedingly interesting. In this post, I present a the thoughts of a college student economist and my summary reactions.
There's been a growing feeling that the AP is not our friend in the media industry, but this week, that feeling seemed to bubble over. We've got some rough numbers to show that they're not helping us, and with the rise of ESPN local sites, the AP is rapidly loosing it's marketplace. I don't know if I'm ready to sign their death sentence yet, they do seem to have some smart people working for 'em (I look to the New Model for News study and their iPhone app). Yet, it's painfully obvious (after the youtube fiasco) that the AP is a classic case of the right hand not knowing what the left is doing.
I'll be livestreaming the Syracuse University NPPA photo workshop at 4:00pm EST. Click the link to watch here, or go straight to the Mogulus channel at mogulus.com/cutline
Mobile is the present and the future landscape for the media industry. In this part of the Nieman Labs series of excerpts from an interview with The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray talks about their new iPhone app.They've got it all wrong, by modeling their app after a print model, but I've got a better idea.
“Maybe, just maybe, the existing model for generating, distributing and monetizing content could benefit from a Ctrl-Alt-Delete reboot.”- Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?It's been two weeks since my last one of these, which is in part due to laziness, and in part due to my wanting to get a good list going on a contentious topic: Generation Y needs to take over the media.I'm increasingly convinced that the 'old media' model is broken largely because the old folks just don't get it. Not to say that there aren't people in 30s-70s who don't get 'it,' just that there are too few, too few in a position of power, and too few who get 'it' enough.These are my links for March 29th through April 13th
The process of developing a story budget for The Daily Orange Feature Desk is mostly one of narrowing down broad ideas to make them relevant to the population the paper serves.This is just a mind dump of ideas that I shared with the Editor on how to make their content a bit more 'new media' friendly.
I'm sick and tired of the mind-fuck that the 'old media' types try to pull on us. Charging for content, just because you decide it's valuable is asinine. We've got a choice: charge for a great user experience, or charge for fantastic content.
Last week has lead me this generalization: Generation Y fundamentally understands the internet, and therefore the current state of the world, in a way that older generations just never will. It's a generalization and not a maxim, because as folks like John Bryne, Bryan Murley, and even Steve Jobs remind me that us youngin's aren't the only ones who get it, we're just in the majority. This post contains my links for March 21st through March 27th.
RevenueTwoPointZero is a new group of very smart folks who are trying to rethink the business model behind journalism. After their conference last weekend, they've published a series of blog posts on their brainstorming sessions. I'll be responding to many (if not all of them) with the rev2oh slug.The one concern I had when reading the rev2oh plan for classifieds was the approach to selling premium content, which seems to follow a micro-payment model. Rather than nickel and diming the customers to death, I've got a better solution.… Read the rest of the post…
This has been a really inspiring week for me. Everything from my talks with John Lowe, to activity at CoPress, to a phone conversation with Daniel about the future, to progress at The Daily Orange to this fantastic piece at Nieman Labs. With that in mind, I'm going to limit myself to links that inspire this week. (Also, it's been two weeks since I did one of these posts due to vacation. There's a lot of links.)
After taking a look at Steve Johnson's, co-founder of outside.in, speech from SXSW on the state of the news industry, I think this ideas are sound, but the details are too general.I've expanded on this thinking in a chart, Newsflow, to show the relationship between consumers, data, crowdsourcing and journalists.
Image via Wikipedia ESPN has got me riled up. They actually want college journalists to work for them for free. It's not only outrageous, but down right dirty.
Newspapers need many revenue streams to make money online. Here's one that utilizes craigslist for your benefit.
My long time love affair with TIME.com has been seriously tested: they're going to start experimenting with paid content. I don't think it will work, but it is experimentation.
So, I'll be on vacation (woot!) for the coming week which means a couple of things: I'll have limited Internet access, so don't expect a my LINKS post to be very long/exist next week. I'll have limited Internet access and don't plan on being able to get any work done. At all. Not too sure how I feel about that. My Thursday resolution to try out TweetDeck for twitter is gonna have to wait a while.On a similar note, if any of you have any requests on how to better lay this post out or better formating or etc… lemme know.Here we go: these are my links for February 26th through March 5th.
This gets filed under the old news category, but I thought I'd share a demo I did on Lightroom several months ago. (oh, and that's my first submission to slideshare!)
Since I've decided to start giving my links rankings, starting next week, I will only be posting links with a 3 star or greater ranking.Lots of links on journalism this week (not unusual). There's a very long article from The New Republic that's very long, but exceedingly good. Also, check out my post on newspapers as a platform – I promise it's shorter :)
From now on, I’ll be adding asterisks to my tags in publish2, as a way to star rank the quality of the post on a scale of 1-5. Just like iTunes. Just as easy to do.I invite you to join me in this endeavor. If we all start doing this, it will become an effective way of raising the best links to the top of the pile.I've created a Get Satisfaction feature request, please weigh in there.
Somehow, I missed the links from the latter part of last week, and have been bookmarking like crazy this last week. So, ya'll get a ton of links. Apologies for the long, long list, but I've broken it up with some good videos — and I've edited down! These are the cream of the crop from February 10th through February 20th.
This post is in part a response to Lauren Rabaino’s post on how to change the Cal Poly journalism program in part an answer to the #collegejourn call for posts on how to improve college journalism education.
If micropayments take hold, the news information business will likely see the same sort of piracy that has affected the music, movie, software, and video game industries.
These are my links for February 6th through February 8th, covering a wrap-up of the TIME magazine article on How to save newspapers. Including a look at a variety of different possible business models and some Tech and Photography links.
As a follow up to my BATTLE post, What we need, is a plan, I'd like to share some the continued converstation between myself, and the ever skeptical (and it's a good thing to be skeptical), staff of The Daily Orange .Read on to see 8 reasons why College Publisher, the advantages of moving off CP, and how why infrastructure for the move matters.
To adapt to the Internet, newspapers have been forced to evolve, some have become experts in ‘new media.’ Why not sell this expertise to ad clients as a package to get them online in a fast, convenient way. Both parties would benefit.
The Daily Orange has no roadmap for moving online in a meaningful way. Despite publishing online for the last 7 years, the site design is awful, all content is shovelware, and there is no clear way to get out of the rut.This post presents a plan to move forward.
Douglas Rushkoff of NYU has completely blown my mind. It's not often that one finds a completely, world-upside-down, mind-altering … anything. But this is it. The thesis: The internet has turned the world on it’s head because because it destroys the traditional definition of economy: “rational actors maximizing their value through the acquisition/distribution of scarce resources.”
These are my links for January 30th through February 6th:Including how to perform a sleight of hand Penn and Teller video, arguments for a non-profit newsorg business model, and one of the coolest business cards I've ever seen.
The first BATTLE post will cover my struggle with The Daily Orange management to bring the evolution of 'new media' to the paper.
These are my links for January 23rd through January 30th:A few funny comics, and many links on why Twitter is good for journalism.
These are my delicious links for January 11th from 08:06 to 22:57:
Anyone know a good way to get tumblr to auto-post a digest to wordpress?
What I'd like to see on the Nikon D4, that the D3 is lacking.
Photos up and and shoot analyzed.
Journalists need to grow some balls.
Take a look at some new photos
Small social networks have never worked very well, with the F* Connect convergence, we're going to see their relevance grow.
24MP, Nikon Lens system, full frame, highest priced Nikon ever.
TIME strikes again, and they might have a workable business model!
Pros, Cons, and remaining questions
Poynter has bestowed a 'best practices' on me.
Old media doesn't know how to do new media, and I don't think that talking about it is going to help
SNL commercial from Starbuck's strongly encourages everyone to VOTE.
The challenge of 'saving journalism' seems to be falling to us younger, tech savvy, folk.
Check out my post at CoPress, for a quick overview of why we need to develop a common platform for all newspapers. Or… go the way of the railroads.
Worth watching: www.xdrtb.org
DSLRs with video. I'm in love.
Guilt post for having not written in a while. Stream of consciousness update on my New Media adventures.
I've been super busy lately, but wanted to post this real quick. More soon.
Can we even think about 24 fps at 12mp … in RAW?
Just a musing that the AP needs to tread carefully.
A narrated audio slideshow with some unique pictures of Obama.
I'm an happy Nikon fan-boy.
"When I die, I hope I have a bag of popcorn, because if my life flashes by, it's going to be a hell of a show. "
A TED talk by David Griffin.
The media is causing the decay of outrage.
Video editing from the future.
When I first looked at TIME's collection of photos my first reaction was: "meh, more war photographs." Once you get past your seven-year familiarity with war photos, these photos reflect their own importance.
TIME repurposes their pre-built online ratings system.
I'm going to enjoy the Olympics throughly, I'm also going to take everything that NBC shows with a grain(s) of salt.
Lightroom 2 … what a treat to come back to.
"I thought I'd put photojournalism and war behind me four and a half years ago when I traded in the dusty battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan for law school in Miami. But those words reminded me that you never truly leave the battlefield behind."
Esquire announces a huge leap forward in digitizing the Media Industry – Kudos!
"They embedded a war photographer, and when I took a photo of war, they disembedded me. It's as if it's okay to take pictures of them handing lollipops to kids on the street and providing medical care, but photographing the actual war is unacceptable."
TIME has a great article on how to fix Afghanistan. The bad news: We suck, and no one (including Obama and McCain) know how to fix it. The good news? We can do better by doing less.
Another blow against the free press in the US.
The president's picture should never appear as a representation of the Congress. It's a marketing/perception problem for aggregation sites.
"Try not to pick up every shiny object that comes your way, sometimes, it's a chainsaw." (this post is a rant)
If Craigslist opens up will newspapers?
Some great photos and a really good script for the narration. Zalmai does a decent narration, but her voice lacks some of the emphasis that a good narrator requires. Well worth the watch, and worth hearing the story.
Newspapers should 'buy' when things are 'low.'
Ed Kashi talks about his project on Nigerian oil. The US buys half of the oil produced in Africa's most populous nation.
I've just gotten my hands on a full MobileMe account and I thought I'd take the opportunity to compliment and complain. Spoiler: I'm impressed with the flashiness, but think there is a lot to work on.
A funny photoshop take on Iran's photoshopping debacle.
The key here is to provide relevant, local, ads that users find helpful, not gaudy.
Adobe, what's wrong? You gettin' lazy?
In which I ask for iCloud in 2008
szymon:is there a difference? ;) (source)
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