It’s been eight months since we open-sourced Chartbuilder, our tool for quickly making good-looking charts. In releasing the project to the public, we hoped it might promote visual journalism and that new contributors would help make Chartbuilder better.
Phenomenology is about how we structure our experience of the world. Beats provide an institutional structure. Obsessions are a more human one.
A great post from a year ago about on the need for us to re-think the way we navigate news websites. A constant challenge as the post rightly points out: Sections are artificial barriers; we should be describing interests instead.
The first edition of The International New York Times appeared Tuesday. It replaces the International Herald Tribune. In a letter to readers on the front page, Times Publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. says his father “had the vision to make The Times a national newspaper in 1980.”
While I think the idea overall is a good one, this quote sums up just how out of touch Murdoch et all are. A device such as the iPad allows for something much more than just a newspaper, but as long as Murdoch (or whoever is in charge) views it as just a new way to deliver the same product, the news industry as a whole will suffer.
The question those at the top should be asking is, “What’s the best way to deliver top-quality journalism utilizing the available technology,” not, “How do we put our newspapers on these shiny new devices so the kids will think it’s hip?”
Despite its problems getting traction with Buzz, Google isn’t done with social. In fact, it appears it’s just getting started.
The company has just bought SocialDeck, a mobile game startup focused on delivering games across various platforms such as the iPhone and Blackberry.
This is part of a series of acquisitions by Google in the social arena. It bought social search startup Angstro last week. And in the past month, it picked up app maker Slide and virtual currency firm Jambool.
Don’t ignore what Google is doing here. They’re getting serious about social.
This is probably one of the more imaginative and inspired pieces of music journalism I have read in a long, long time. The kind of writing/ idea that makes me jealous. Props to Jonah Weiner of Slate for truly thinking outside the blox (that’s “box” and “blog” smooshed together in one word, btw. But you knew that).