ReadWrite: The Walled Gardens Of The Web Are Growing.
“AOL Version 2.0.” Yeah, we know. You just noticed?
Great to see you in my stats today. Hope all is well.
Globe and Mail.CA: Movie-fan bloggers the new Hollywood influencers.
“While the fan connection has long been cultivated at conventions such as Comic-Con or Disney’s Star Wars Celebration, young writers such as Jones – whose posts have been read nearly 11 million times – are increasingly being courted at events once reserved for traditional media outlets.” 11 million times! I should just shut up shop and retire to the back of my sock drawer. But that’s a good example of the popularity a niche blog can stumble upon.
BBC: When did curators become cool?
“Motley backgrounds!” I need to work that into my CV at some point. Note that, he tips into involuntary psychoanalysis here ... which is generally a fragrant load of ruminant animal ejecta.
Weblog comment moderation example.
Here’s a good example of something I run into occasionally. Read it through.
The commenter is accusing me of stealing other people’s “ideas”. You can click on the link, and see that he is posting others’ work, insinuating it is my own. I did a check on the site, the author may be one of those mentioned in the original PetaPixel article.
So, what are my choices? I could answer him back in the comments. I could email him privately. I could leave the comment as is, with no response. Or I could just erase the comment and ban him.
What are the ramifications of each?
If I comment or email him, he may continue to escalate the situation with more crazy accusations, or start harvesting my own photography (which he seems ignorant of) out of spite. I’m not in the business of educating folks on the differences between theft and creative license. Nor do I have the time, really. The fact that he made such an ill-conceived comment to begin with convinces me he will not be reasonable. Morocco (his originating country) is a member of the WIPO and Berne treaties, and respects US IP and patents. He risks more than a reasoning person should.
If I leave the comment in place, the link will eventually die, and a person entering my archives will not be able to judge the validity of the comment, meaning a percentage of readers will believe I’m an ‘idea-stealer’ or at least a person of dubious character. Comments turn off after a period of time, so noone could comment in query ... and, in practice, only a handful email to simply ask a question to clarify a point.
At this point, I feel my best choice is to simply erase the comment. I will not ban his IP unless he gets abusive.
In the more innocent past, I would have engaged at great length. I’ve since learned the blog-commenting law of diminishing returns ...
Later: The funnier thing is that I’ve given up on ‘conceptual photography’. I look at what people do, and most of it is of a quality that simply shrieks, “HEY, LOOK ... I’M LEARNING PHOTOSHOP!!!!!” The internet-photography equivalent of inspirational quotes. I feel that if I see another ‘levitation’ shot, or another photo with badly PS’d birds, I’ll simply explode.
Yeah, one o’ those days.
Links when I can.
Register.UK: WordPress web hijack bug revealed.
ScholarlyKitchen: Version Control; or, What does it Mean to “Publish?”.
“But isn’t scholarship built on an architecture of citation? Even if one doesn’t credit the whiggish notion that we will know more and be better for it over time, the structures of scholarship are such that one builds on what has come before. Citation, the essential scholarly building block, requires some measure of fixity, a version of record.” Related to my astonishment at some pro blogger sites’ recommendation of altering your archives. If one references a mark that is not fixed, doesn’t that invalidate the reference and other works linked to that reference entirely?
PapaScott goes Jekyll/Disqus.
Atlas Obscura: Bandalier National Monument.
Bandelier. You could take the time to spell it correctly. And color balance the photos so they’re not so blue (we’re at altitude; you have to balance your camera to warm up the light). A fun fact: one of the residents could carve out a new room in a day, it’s that soft.
FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance.
I love that Fishbowl scans and posts leading NYC paper front pages. So simple, so useful. In one scroll, you can decide what’s important (or more importantly, what’s NOT important). Big thanks, FishbowlNY.
The morning has NOT gone as expected.
Links soon, for a bit.
Newsblur seems to be down.
It’s like my right arm’s been hacked off. Slow linkage until I get my RSS fix.
10 minutes later: Back up. Phew.
Carnival - add comments in a developer-friendly way.
Having the oil changed in one o’ my beasts.
Links later in the morning.
Digg: Jennicam And The Birth Of ‘Lifecasting’.
Another early web story most tech journalists remain unaware of. Even after weblogs got popular, many felt having a weblog alone was exposure enough. We’d point at Jennicam, and ask, “Would you ever do that?” “Hell no!” Yet here we are. Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. Periscope. Anil’s comment at the coda is perfect. Thanks, Curt on G+.
Blot: Blogging platform that uses Dropbox.
priceonomics: The Obsessive Curator of the Internet, Jason Hirschhorn.
“Competition in the curation/aggregation space is fierce.” Hmmph. That’s for sure. I’m up against limited-in-aggregration-depth robots now. “Eight years.” Been around almost twice as long as the subject of the article.
The Atlantic: The Trouble With Unpublishing the News.
This article reminds me of two things that are circling around my cranium, especially since running across ‘pro blog’ sites recommending bloggers rewrite their archives:
First. I think one of the most important projects anyone could set up, would be a website archive-watch; one that checks for changes in published articles after the publish date. You can’t ‘vanish’ an article in a printed publication, but you *can* on a newspaper’s website. Having a system that continuously monitors canary-in-a-coalmine articles for alterations could be useful.
Second. Others in the past declared weblogs are *not* journalism. Yet we regularly see bloggers who cover journalist beats seeking protection of ‘amateur weblogging’ one second, only in the next second declaring themselves deserving of ‘journalist’ protections. A physicist (for example) who weblogs can’t duck the fact s/he’s a physicist. Their pronouncements get held to a professional standard. Should journalists be able to duck responsibility and cry “weblogger!”? We readers merely ask for some consistent integrity.
99U: Why It’s Selfish to Avoid Giving Negative Feedback.
“Explaining to someone the modifiable, external factors that contributed to their poor performance (“this article fell short because it wasn’t based on enough research insights”) is more likely to result in them reacting in a constructive way to the criticism, as if their priorities are more about learning than showing how good they are.”
EFF Busts Podcasting Patent, Invalidating Key Claims at Patent Office.
“In petitions filed with Patent Office, EFF showed that Personal Audio did not invent anything new before it filed its patent application, and, in fact, other people were podcasting for years previously.”
Another EXTREMELY BUSY day.
Didn’t expect it to be so. But there it is. Links when I have a second. Sorry. This week has just turned out to be a raft of unpredictability.