Now a few days later, I’ve realized there were two talks at Webstock that made it for me. The first was Clay Johnson’s “Industrialized Ignorance,” a look at the current state of the media. Clay argues that, much like how industrial food production gives us… Continue reading →
Elizabeth Eisenstein, our leading Gutenberg scholar, says that after the press, people no longer needed to use rhyme as a tool to memorize recipes and other such information. Instead, we now relied on text printed on paper. I have no doubt that curmudgeons at the time lamented lost skills. Text became our new collective memory. Sound familiar? Google is simply an even more effective cultural memory machine. I think it has already made us a more fact-based; when in doubt about a fact, we no longer have to trudge to the library but can expect to find the answer in seconds.
The real need for education in the economy will be re-education. As industries go through disruption and jobs are lost forever, people will need to be retrained for new roles. Our present educational structure is not built for that but in that I see great entrepreneurial opportunity.
Jeff Jarvis — Rewired youth?
Short list of questions publishers want answered that I believe could be answered with the right data: Who are my best writers? What topics are my audience most engaged in? Which types of pieces do best over time? What type of stories should I have… Continue reading →
It’s time to iterate on the product formerly known as the RSS reader. Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr are going in a direction that emphasizes usability and ephemerality over durable value and utility. I want someone to do to the RSS reader what Apple has done to the… Continue reading →
Blog posts about the BostonGlobe.com announcement. Andy Boyle is keeping track of all the blog posts about the launch, along with publication date and time, word count, and whether the writer did an interview for the piece. More analytics about information.