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Huffington Post Seeks Teenage Bloggers to Not Pay. The Blog That Peter Wrote. Wile E. Coyote and Print Publishing — The Tragicomedy of Desperate Measures. Image via Wikipedia I seem to recall the sequence, but there were so many pratfalls in these cartoon classics that I may be imagining it — Wile E.

Wile E. Coyote and Print Publishing — The Tragicomedy of Desperate Measures

Coyote laying out planks or track in front of himself in a desperate attempt to survive a hare-brained scheme gone awry and bridge a fateful chasm, running out of materials, and then, after hanging implausibly in a moment of painful realization, plummeting with a whistle to become a puff of dust on the canyon’s floor. Now Can We All Agree That The “High Quality Web Content” Experiment Has Failed?

It’s hard to imagine anything more perfect than Slate’s decision to lay off its respected media critic Jack Shafer.

Now Can We All Agree That The “High Quality Web Content” Experiment Has Failed?

Not perfect in a good way — I count myself amongst Shafer’s legions of fans — but perfect in the way that Alanis Morissette not understanding the meaning of ‘Ironic’ is perfect, or the way that a safety inspector falling out of a tenth story window would be perfect. “I tolllldddd yyoooouuu sooooooo…” I mean, what better illustration could there be of online media’s woes than an ezine laying off its media critic because the economics of web content don’t support a writer of his stature and specialism?

At least Shafer can take some satisfaction in the fact that his departure is in and of itself an absolutely perfect piece of media criticism: Jack Shafer as both medium and message. Slate’s admission that, even with a minuscule staff of 60 and the financial “might” of the Washington Post company, it can’t make money from online content is also perfect. Twitter and Facebook riot restrictions would be a mistake, says Google chief. Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has criticised David Cameron's proposal to limit the use of social media sites during civil unrest in the wake of the riots that took place across England earlier this month.

Twitter and Facebook riot restrictions would be a mistake, says Google chief

Schmidt, speaking at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival on Saturday, said that such a move was likely to backfire, highlighting how when the Egyptian authorities turned the internet off to try and quell unrest earlier this year it merely "enraged the citizens and got them to leave their homes to protest". Asked in Edinburgh what he thought of Cameron's suggestion, Schmidt said: "I think it's a mistake. Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet. Last Saturday I presented to students taking part in the brilliant Young Journalist Academy.

Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet

The topic was “New Media” (not my title) and the primary aim was to get them up and running with their own blog and learn to publish online. However, I also knew it would be the perfect opportunity to gauge just how aware a group of bright, 16 and 17-year-olds were on the issues of web privacy and of just how easy it is to track down information about people online. The case study I included shocked them, especially when it came to Facebook privacy. I won’t be publishing it online in order to protect the identity of the individuals involved. However, I have been asked to explain the process I went through to obtain the information that I did. PC Richard Stanley. The Curious Case of Istyosty – When is a Proxy not a Proxy, General Legality and the Moral Highground « Rev Dan Catt's Blog. Skydebate: the @Louisemensch @johnprescott @paullewis social media #riot debate. The New  Precision Journalism - Preface.

Preface The original Precision Journalism was written in the 1969-1970 academic year while I was the happy guest of the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City.

The New  Precision Journalism - Preface

It was updated only once, in 1978. By Martin Robbins @mjrobbins. SPOS #265 - Journalism And The New Media With Jay Rosen. Welcome to episode #265 of Six Pixels Of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast.

SPOS #265 - Journalism And The New Media With Jay Rosen

My professional career started off in Journalism (this was prior to becoming both a Publisher and Marketer), so yes, I have a soft spot for all things Journalism. There's also an important link between Journalism and Marketing. There are few who are looking at Journalism and the New Media with a sharper eye than Jay Rosen. The Twisted Psychology of Bloggers vs. Journalists: My Talk at South By Southwest. Mar.12 This is what I said at South by Southwest in Austin, March 12, 2011.

The Twisted Psychology of Bloggers vs. Journalists: My Talk at South By Southwest

It went well. Many thanks to Lisa Williams for helping with the tech and the backchannel. You can find a live blog of my presentation here. The audio is posted here. Pew: Nonprofit journalism doesn’t mean ideology-free. Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism is out with a new study this morning that looks at the new universe of nonprofit journalism — and tries to get beyond the ProPublicas of the world to see who else is producing journalism under the legal structure of a 501(c)3 exemption.

Pew: Nonprofit journalism doesn’t mean ideology-free

After all, remember, “nonprofit” signals a tax status, not a belief system or a commitment to any particular ideals, journalistic or otherwise. The study found more than a little ideology lurking under that IRS umbrella. Of the 46 sites examined — 39 nonprofit and 7 commercial as a control — around half “produced news coverage that was clearly ideological in nature,” the researchers report. Pew had the expected nice things to say about the usual nonprofit rock stars, like ProPublica, the Texas Tribune, MinnPost, and California Watch. When the Internet Thinks It Knows You. Maybe 'New Media' Needs a New Metaphor. Saturday I attended a couple of workshops about "New Media" ("Experiments in new media: Beautiful failures and startling successes" before lunch and "Rebooting science journalism: Adapting to the new media landscape" afterwards.)

Maybe 'New Media' Needs a New Metaphor

Together they convinced me that neither revolution nor evolution are the right metaphors for the impact of digital media. A better model for what's happening in our profession is a forced migration. Old niches (like "science beat reporter" or "science writer for magazines") are drying up, so we're stampeding into new media. You Can Stop the Social Media Hype: Business Collaboration News « Don’t trust anyone who says they’ll reveal the “secrets of social media.”

You Can Stop the Social Media Hype: Business Collaboration News «

There are no secrets of social media. As someone who’s seen the bubble of the early web and new media business burst, I’m feeling a sense of deja vu. Signs O' The Times. Here is a picture taken by an entity who wishes to be known as Rufus T. Firefly, communicated to me (with permission) by my friend Mr D. M. of Leeds. "I thought you might like this sign for your collection," said Mr. D. Kanye West, media cyborg « Snarkmarket. Tim Maly’s #50cyborgs project is unfolding this month, 50 years after the coining of the term “cyborg.” Here at Snarkmarket, our Tim has already contributed.

Here’s my addition. So, I love Tim Maly’s kickoff post: What’s a cyborg? It’s fun, revelatory, provocative, and it uses design to tell its tale. Rectifying Asymmetries — Experts Are Battered From All Sides, But Are We Any Smarter. It’s not easy being an expert these days, it seems. Every time you turn around, there’s someone challenging you, raising an objection, making a point. And the proliferation of channels has the potential to not only thin your message but level the playing field with antagonists. But are experts worth defending from the onslaught of the new information economy? Listen & Watch.


Transparency is the new objectivity. A friend asked me to post an explanation of what I meant when I said at PDF09 that “transparency is the new objectivity.” First, I apologize for the cliché of “x is the new y.” Second, what I meant is that transparency is now fulfilling some of objectivity’s old role in the ecology of knowledge. Outside of the realm of science, objectivity is discredited these days as anything but an aspiration, and even that aspiration is looking pretty sketchy. The problem with objectivity is that it tries to show what the world looks like from no particular point of view, which is like wondering what something looks like in the dark. Nevertheless, objectivity — even as an unattainable goal — served an important role in how we came to trust information, and in the economics of newspapers in the modern age. New rule: Cover what you do best. Link to the rest « BuzzMachine.

Try this on as a new rule for newspapers: Cover what you do best. Link to the rest. That’s not how newspapers work now. They try to cover everything because they used to have to be all things to all people in their markets. So they had their own reporters replicate the work of other reporters elsewhere so they could say that they did it under their own bylines as a matter of pride and propriety. It’s the way things were done. The internet is messy, fun and imperfect, just like us. Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On. The reboot of journalism. Rebooting The News. Quote and Comment. What would scholarly communications look like if we invented it today? Let the Adaptations Begin! Taking science journalism “upstream” « through the looking glass. A quick guide to the maxims of new media. Culture, Anarchy and the Conceptual Value of Links. No easy way to be free. PubCasts for Journals « Geet Duggal. NYC J-Schools Take Divergent Paths on Training, Hyper-Local. The Hamster Wheel.


Radiohead Contemplates Digital Realities — Parallels for STM Publishing. How to save science journalism. The Future of Social Media in Journalism. Why Are Viewers More Aggravated Than Ever With Our Reporting? Betaworks and The Times Plan a Social News Service. Online Journalism or Journalism Online? There is a difference. “A completely new model for us”: The Guardian gives outsiders the power to publish for the first time. Some Newspapers Shift Coverage After Tracking Readers Online. » Open Foo: sharing practice, social movement and technology Circle of Complexity.

Web 2.0 Expo NY: Clay Shirky ( It's Not Information Overload. It's Filter Failure.


Top Ten Ideas of '04: Open Source Journalism, Or "My Readers Know More Than I Do." Online - Making Sense of News.