Medium: Last Call. (For print newspapers, that is.)
“Contrary to the contrived ignorance of media reporters, the future of the daily newspaper is one of the few certainties in the current landscape: Most of them are going away, in this decade.” A must-read. Via George Kelly on G+.
Slate: Ferguson, Missouri photos - Tear gas, rubber bullets, and a militarized police force.
Hmmm. Then there’s Tom Tomorrow, hitting it on the head as usual. Militarizing police forces *is* a slippery-slope situation. I went in search of guidelines, perhaps Federal ones ... but none seem to exist. With all the surplus weaponry ending up in nonmilitary hands, Federal guidelines are overdue. Mr Obama - Congress - can you do something about this, please?
Too many police today are responding with a video-game-like kill-reflex; the reflex that used to be the lone purvue of the trained soldier. Killing should not be the first response of a police officer. Training high-powered rifles on protestors by itself is a terrible act of aggression.
I’ll say it again: Have we forgotten the ‘60’s?
Later: See who the cops are targeting. It would be interesting to see where Homeland Security’s money’s gone ... more to areas with distinct segregation among the populations? One wonders. Probably only ProPublica would contemplate such a report. Via Dan Lyke (Flutterby) on FB.
NY Times: A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture.
“What makes the middlebrows so contemptible? Woolf’s tautological response is their very middleness, their inability to be either one thing or another, and their habit of ‘indistinguishably and rather nastily’ mixing up art and life (the pure, complementary pursuits of the high and the low) with things like ‘money, fame, power or prestige.’” Perhaps, but who wants to be a lowbrow ‘dancing monkey’ for the higbrows? The ‘affinity’ of the high and low could only be expressed in such terms by the highbrow urbanity of the NY Times; happy to look down upon their readership.
CNet: iPhone 5S vs. train goes exactly like you’d expect.
I despair of youth today. An iPhone won’t derail a train. The concept behind using pennies was not to derail a train, but to put enough of a slicker material (copper offers less traction than the rails, working as a lubricant) between the wheels and the rails to slow or stop the train.
Not enough kids are growing up in rural areas, sans helicopter parents. I think it’s a huge, HUGE problem.
The Awl: All The New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While The Stories Are Still Unlocked.
Before it all gets hidden behind the upcoming paywall, one presumes.
FiveThirtyEight: Dying at the Grand Canyon.
Erm, go observe in person. When I visited the park, the number of both American and European tourists prancing [I chose that word carefully and accurately] down the Bright Angel Trail with just a single water bottle stunned me.
The Airship: Gonzo Today - What Hunter S. Thompson Means to Modern Journalism.
“The definition of journalism most of us are familiar with would align with ‘just the facts ma’am’ — that is, objectivity over all. Yet, it’s hard not to associate the term with a certain cigarette-chomping, gravel-voiced professional hooligan who obliterated the wall separating himself and his subject via a homemade cocktail of narcotics, explosives and fearlessness (some would argue foolishness, no doubt).”
FirstLook: NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children.
We live in an age where personal branding may limit your ability to report.
The Federalist: Media Ignorance Is Becoming A Serious Problem.
GigaOm: British blogger Brown Moses launches new site to train others in crowdsourced reporting.
“… I think Higgins is one of the leading examples of a new kind of self-taught journalist — one who uses social networks and public data to do the kind of fact-checking and investigative work that was previously only available to large entities like the New York Times.” Craft good search terms. Dig. Cross-reference. Dig some more. Check the author background(s). Explore a referenced tangent or two. When doing really serious research, I set up a single-subject folder, under which you’ll usually find: ‘alleged’, ‘verified’ and ‘fantasy’. If I need the various source verification articles, the main article gets an individual folder beneath one of those above three, using Mac’s color coding to indicate which is the main article and which is (are) supporting. Separate color for author cred, too. Am I revealing too much? I should put it in a ebook, except I never thought it would be valuable to anyone else ...
BBC Sport: Tour de France 2014 - Alberto Contador pulls out on stage 10
More info here about his four-year-old doping ban than the actual crash that caused his retirement from the race. Filling column-inches (pixels)?
The Daily Beast: ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq.
10,000 Words: Source Sleuth Looks to Connect Journalists, Bloggers with Quality Sources.
“… we assign a researcher to each query that comes in. They look through our database to find quality sources and then reach out to sources to see if they are interested in helping out with the story.” Of interest. I wonder what criteria is used to judge a ‘quality source’.
Poynter: ‘Almost half’ of the NYT’s blogs will close or merge.
“Some blogs are quite popular, but others ‘“got very, very little traffic, and they required an enormous amount of resources, because a blog is an animal that is always famished.’” Information point, fellow bloggerati.
Vox Product Blog: Editorially Joins Vox Media.
“Bloggers expect less abstraction between what they create and what gets published. Bloggers use the medium to start and engage in conversations. Bloggers build communities. Bloggers keep their eye on the traffic dashboard. Bloggers have painstakingly grown an audience from nothing by personally distributing their own work in the same way they discover the work of others: through search and social platforms. We built our platform, Chorus, from this perspective.”
Internet Archive: Complete Broadcast, Day D-Day.
WaPo: Heritage Foundation starts online site to cover news it says is unreported or under-reported.
“It’s not enough to be a newsmaker these days, as the conservative Heritage Foundation surely has been with its vigorous opposition to federal budget deficits, Obamacare, immigrant ‘amnesty’ and same-sex marriage. Nowadays, you have to cover the news, too. Or so says the Heritage Foundation, which on Tuesday will start doing just that. Call it think-tank journalism …”
Guardian.UK: Inside the Guardian’s CMS - meet Scribe, an extensible rich text editor.
Of interest. Sounds good … proof is in the pudding, though.
PS Mag: Seduced by Gore Vidal.
“Whereas Buckley produces one of Evelyn Waugh’s anti-socialist epigrams idly, like removing a kerchief from the pocket of his blazer, Vidal’s points of reference in these televised sparring matches are precise, sedulously selected from his self-compiled encyclopedia of a brain.”
Smithsonian: Ordinary People Respond More Strongly to “Global Warming” Than to “Climate Change”.
“People also said that they prefer to use the term “global warming” in casual conversation with friends and family. And, finally, people ranked global warming as a higher priority for elected officials, the president and Congress to take action on, compared to climate change. ” Very interesting. After Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, ‘global warming’ caused a large uptick in outrage here in my comments and in others’ comment sections. I switched to using ‘climate change’, and people were able to be reasonable again. Now it seems, I should switch back.
Local People With Their Arms Crossed.
Another entertaining niche blog.
Reuters: Porn may be messing with your head.
“Men who report watching a lot of pornography tend to have less volume and activity in regions of the brain linked to rewards and motivation, says a new German study.” Comparing today’s television shows, music videos and advertising to those of, oh, say 50 years ago … our media would be considered pornography, wouldn’t it? So that means …
FT: The threat facing online comments.
“… according to the ECtHR, a news website should anticipate types of stories that might attract defamatory or insulting comments and be prepared to remove them promptly – or even before the comment has been reported, which might mean websites will be forced to pre-moderate any comment it publishes.” Good grief. Keeping an eye on this.
Columbia Journalism Review: We’re all aggregators now.
“If you’re a good aggregator, you want people to click through to the source to get the whole story. Don’t copy-paste the best eight paragraphs out of a 12-paragraph piece and call it aggregating. That’s a reprint.” Been doing this a long time now. When I called the leading papers back in ‘00, they told me “Three sentences, and a direct link back to our site.” I’ve pretty much stuck to that formula, though others go way beyond. When I go to four or five sentences, I start to twitch. So I use the [snip] to link discontiguous sentences in order to get my point across succinctly.
Attribution is one of the resins of the internet. Binds us all together. Remember that.
Vox: Six times victims have received reparations — including four in the US.
I have to admit, Mr Coates’ article turned my thoughts to Native Americans, who also suffered so much for so long … and continue to. For instance, one could mention the early attempts at biological warfare (handing out smallpox-ridden blankets to ‘extirpate the Indian race’) and more. There are many who deserve reparations. I suspect the US would rather not pay out a penny, simply declare ‘moral bankruptcy’ and start from scratch. Yet the first step is recognizing one has a problem, so there’s hope.