PetaPixel: Reuters Issues a Worldwide Ban on RAW Photos.
Post-production is a time-suck, no doubt; however I think they’ll rue this move. I can do a lot to a JPG, untraceably. Canon users will hate it - gives the boost to higher dynamic range sensors. Nikon and Sony win this one.
Guardian.UK: Umberto Eco - ‘Real literature is about losers’.
“Since it is very difficult to decide what’s true or not I discovered that it’s easier to arrive at truth through the analysis of fakes. I would say that 50% or more of public opinion is shaped by fakes. We are blackmailed by them.”
CJR: A gun-carrying journalist, and rightly so.
Something you don’t hear a lot about. The stereotype is ‘martyr’, but there really is no reason why a journalist should be a sitting duck, particularly in dangerous areas.
The Guardian view on American mortality: the price of a ruthless economy.
Yes. Future history books may point to our society, and wonder how we could be so blind.
NBC New York: 2 Centuries-Old Burial Vaults Found Beneath Greenwich Village Park.
Interesting story, but ... just look at how they seed other links in between EVERY. SINGLE. PARAGRAPH. Never linking that site again!
FishbowlNY: Layoffs Hit National Geographic.
A Fox in the henhouse ... ? Waiting for the syrupy spin to start.
Politico Exclusive: GOP campaigns plot revolt against RNC.
Speaking of eating their own ...
New Yorker/Borowitz: Jeb Quits Race with “Mission Accomplished” Banner. [Humor.]
POLITICO Playbook: Jeb looks dead [Aggregated Comments on Repub Debate].
FYI. Amazing that folks seem to hate media, as represented by the debate moderators, more than ISIS or ‘socialism.’
The Atlantic: Why Do So Many Workers With the Flu Still Come in?
Is this not the most useless article? Who can afford to lose those pay-days?
The Atlantic has been letting me down of late. I’m putting it in my ‘probation’ folder in NewsBlur.
NPR: ‘Bloom County’ And Opus The Penguin Return After A 25-Year Hiatus.
If you’ve loved Bloom County, and even if you’ve loved To Kill A Mockingbird, you’ve got to listen to this.
FastCo: 8 Habits of People Who Always Have Great Ideas.
This is what I call the “SEO fluff article.” Is there any aspect of this that is unique or new, unexpected? Nope.
FishbowlNY: Santa Fe Journalist Penned Her Own Obituary.
TechDirt: Texas AG Sues Self To Stop Self From Releasing Documents He Says Can’t Be Released.
So, Paxton is suing Paxton to prevent Paxton from releasing documents Paxton claims (by proxy) can’t be released for safety/terrorism reasons. However, Paxton must obtain a favorable ruling from a judge to force himself not to release documents he possibly feels shouldn’t be released in the first place. It all comes down to Paxton, who can press either side of the argument, depending on his personal feelings. *sigh*.
Guardian.UK: Mysterious Phoenix highway shootings put drivers and police on high alert.
The last paragraph. One thought - couldn’t the phone companies allow a shorter number to call?
CJR: Readers will finish long stories—especially if they come from a trusted source.
“... it’s important to keep in mind that our participants are longform lovers who may be predisposed to finding, reading, and sharing longer stories at a higher frequency that the average reader coming across a magazine piece.” So you mean longform readers will finish long stories ... ?
NY Times: Deal Gives Fox Majority Stake in National Geographic Media.
Bloody hell. Thought this was a joke, and a bad one. I feel like we need to hold a funeral.
The Mischiefs of Faction: We’ve Moved.
To Vox. If you follow them as I do, update your RSS feed.
NY Times: The Problem With G.O.P. Plans to Sell Health Insurance Across State Lines.
Read the comments. The exchanges set their networks up very fast; this article makes it sound onerous.
Guardian.UK: Is it justifiable to show footage of people being killed?
Depends on how its framed, IMHO. Characterising the Flanagan video as resembling a ‘first person shooter’ game got me very uneasy. I saw a five year old rack an unattended 9mm Beretta like an old pro - parents were alarmed also. How many guns/shootings do kids see by that age? Not so much ‘what are we doing’ as ‘what are we allowing to happen’ with our culture?
The New Yorker this time. Sorry not to be able to read, sorrier not to be able to give you extra ad revenue by a link.
Romanesko: ‘The rapacious Ms. Huffington seems to believe that journalism skills are worth not
The Nation: Civilian Toll From the War Against ISIS Is Huge. Why Isn’t the Press Covering It?
“... we have demonstrably shown that there is a major volume of material in the public domain alleging significant civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria. We found that material. We published that material. The material was always there. I guess the question is, why haven’t news organizations gone looking for that?”
NY Times: Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web.
“Ad blockers could end up saving the ad industry from its worst excesses. If blocking becomes widespread, the ad industry will be pushed to produce ads that are simpler, less invasive and far more transparent about the way they’re handling our data — or risk getting blocked forever if they fail.” If they did not interfere with the reading and comprehension of information, I wouldn’t mind. But when they do, I block them.
The New Yorker: Buckley, Vidal, and the Birth of Buzz.
“Where a debate between two urbane intellectuals ought to have ushered in a golden age of elevated, rational discussion, it instead — due to the personal enmity to which the combatants gave voice — sparked the worst aspects of modern media, a debased version of political talk, the gladiatorial mudslinging that prevails in broadcasting today.”