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Net Shop Boys — Real Life
Grailed is an aperture, albeit a narrow one, into how men negotiate their masculinity, how they resolve their bodies with the world. The quirks in their performance, where I can find them, act as ruptures in a gender that’s mythologized as self-evident, never practiced, never learned. These holes are doors. They are a way in.
clothing  fashion  men  power  shopping  business  internet  gender 
5 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
the fear is necessary
People who read a lot of internet news might feel like they're in danger; people living in these areas actually live and experience daily danger. But just as Trump isn't concerned about facts, he's not concerned about that experience. The fear is necessary; it, along with the refusal to believe that the world has and will continue to change, is his power source. Eliminate it, and there'd be no need for him. 
journalism  attention  power  internet  media  politics 
11 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Making culture for the internets—all of them — Editors' Picks — Medium
Whether we’re writing in English or German or Italian or Chinese, we should have the tools to reach the entire world at once.

We thought we already did; we thought it was the internet.

But they have been the internets all along.
twitter  internet  publishing  writing  creativity  language 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Live chat now: 5 reasons mobile will disrupt journalism like the Internet did a decade ago | Poynter.
Regina McCombs: Responsive design is the first step. A mobile strategy is figuring out who you want to be as you grow into the mobile space -- not just playing catch up, but actually making plans, understanding mobile users, developing products that work best on mobile, not just replicate what we already do an other platforms.
mobile  journalism  media  technology  newspapers  internet  disruption 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Life Liberty and Blazing Broadband
I have watched my kids closely over the years. I am a noticer. I pay a lot of attention to what they and their friends do, say, and think. It is a guidepost for me in terms of where we are going and how we are going to get there.

Their generation grew up with a computer on their lap and now in their pocket. They were on Facebook before they were supposed to be. Their first phone was a smartphone. They prefer to watch a movie on their laptop lying on their bed than in the movie theater. And as a young woman said at Princeton last week, they want "life, liberty, and blazing broadband".
power  web  Internet  wifi  government  politics  technology  freespeech 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
CBC Books - Breaking up in a digital age
"I thought I would get wonderful stories about infidelity, about people who were arguing until six in the morning or would not return their lover's or ex-lover's possessions," Gershon revealed to Spark host Nora Young. "Nothing of the sort. Everybody answered 'It was on Facebook. It was text.'"
love  relationships  marriage  internet  technology  social  facebook 
august 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and the Terrifying Truth About New Technology - WSJ.com
I'm not saying you have to keep up. But at the moment you choose to stop growing, your world will begin to shrink. You'll be able to communicate with fewer people, especially the young. You will only see reruns. You will not understand how to pay for things. The outside world will become a frightening and unpredictable place.
As they say, the only constant is change.
Each new generation builds on the work of the previous one, gaining new perspective. New verbs are introduced. We Google strange and dangerous places. We tweet mindlessly to the cosmos. We Facebook our own grandmothers.

I, for one, don't want to be left behind.
social  technology  internet  psychology  culture  innovation  attention  youth  twitter  foursquare  aging  memory  future 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF will be working with other organizations to launch an Open Wireless Movement in the near future. In the mean time, we're keen to hear from technologists with wireless expertise who would like to help us work on the protocol engineering tasks that are needed to make network sharing easier from a privacy and bandwidth-sharing perspective. You can write to us at openwireless@eff.org.
internet  activism  privacy  law  security  wifi 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Brett Solomon Interview - The Most Important Site on The Internet Today - Esquire
I think the Internet in terms of roads: It's true that criminals use roads, but it doesn't mean you don't want safe passageways for the rest of the citizens! It would be naive to think that the Internet would be a rights-restricting space. We should deal with criminal behavior like terrorism in the same way online that we would offline. Any incursion into the rights of privacy and the rights of expression should be very carefully managed and should be the exception.
internet  technology  privacy  terrorism  infrastructure  power  communication 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
TechCrunch: Why Women Rule The Internet
Women are the routers and amplifiers of the social web.  And they are the rocket fuel of ecommerce.  The ongoing debate about women in tech has been missing a key insight. If you figure out how to harness the power of female customers, you can rock the world.
social  women  online  business  feminism  internet 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Guest Post: Robert Lane Greene on Language Sticklers - NYTimes.com
Illiteracy has fallen from one in five people to almost nonexistent over a century and a bit.  But “illiteracy” clearly isn’t a single on-or-off switch. It’s not just “you can read and write or you can’t.” Literacy is a continuum of skills. Basic education now reaches virtually all Americans.  But many among the poorest have the weakest skills in formal English.

That combines with another fact: more people are writing than ever before. Even most of the poor today have cell phones and and internet. When they text or scribble on Facebook, they’re writing. We easily forget that this is something that farmhands and the urban poor almost never did in centuries past. They lacked the time and means even if they had the education.
language  english  technology  social  usa  mobile  internet  facebook  grammar 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Joho the Blog » We are the medium
It is easy to slip back into the old paradigm in which there is a human sender, a message, a medium through which it travels, and a human recipient. It’s easy because that’s an accurate abstraction that is sometimes useful. It’s easy because the Internet is also used for traditional communication. But what is distinctive and revolutionary about the Internet is the failure of the old diagram to capture what so often is essential: We are not users of the medium, and we are not outside of the medium listening to its messages. Rather, we are the medium.
mcluhan  media  audience  theory  attention  reputation  internet  social  JournoCensus 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Do: ‘Objectivity’ in the Age of the Internet | Epicenter | Wired.com
We can all live amazingly transparent lives now, but some of us have an obligation to actually be more transparent than others. The answer may just be to be yourself in every arena — use your real or the same name, and the same picture — and to participate on the issues of the day, and then aggregate your life feed and make it widely available.
journalism  internet  wired  bias  ethics  power  communication  online  media  identity  presence  reputation 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Logic+Emotion: Talk Isn't Cheap
Social technologies empower people to talk about what THEY want to and not about what YOU want them to. So, let's assume for the moment that this statement is a current reality. The next question becomes is there value to letting people talk about what they want to discuss? I believe there is. In fact, I believe that it's better than any focus group your company has ever conducted, and yet it's likely that your company still invests hundreds of thousands of dollars on traditional R&D and focus groups. In some cases these conversations (both positive and negative) leave a considerable "long tail" on the internet which can potentially grow your business or damage your reputation.
marketing  media  online  communication  publicrelations  power  internet  identity  relationships  business  social 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Better-Off Online - Pew Research Center
Those who fall in the top earnings category are also the biggest consumers of online news sources, with 80% of higher-income internet users (74% of the general population) seeking news on the internet.

However, the higher-income households have not abandoned traditional media altogether; they also turn to print and television, especially for local news. Asked about various platforms where they might get the news on a typical day, 76% o those from higher-income households watch local and national news shows on television, 51% of this higher-income group said they get local news from a print version of a newspaper, and 22% read a print version of a newspaper for national news.Still, the online news consumption patterns of this more well-off group stand in stark contrast to those living in the lowest income households.
wealth  diversity  reference  internet  web  technology  usa  research  mobile  media  newspapers  journalism  news 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: DIY Video 2010: Activist Media (Part Three)
Videomakers who work from within social movements tend to see the rise of commercial videosharing sites (and social network sites) primarily as a major opportunity, but one that presents important challenges. Everyone is glad that DIY movement videos are now able to reach vast audiences that were previously inaccessible. At the same time, commercial portals present problems of 1. censorship, 2. surveillance, 3. exploitation, and 4. closed technology design.
video  activism  internet  blogging  online  business  censorship  social  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Value of Your Time and How it Impacts the Internet Video vs Traditional TV battle « blog maverick
I’m going to let you in on a secret. The only 20 somethings that are going to consume media in 10 years the way they do today are the ones without a job, still living with their parents.

I’m going to let you in on another secret. The older you get, the faster time goes by. I’m sure there is some scientific explanation for this phenomena. I don’t know it. But I know it is true. Months and years go back faster and faster the older you get.

Which in turn leads to the next truism. The older you get, the more you value your time. You quickly learn that your most valuable possession/asset isn’t one you put on a balance sheet or in your home. It is time. Every minute, hour, day is one you will never get back and there is nothing you can do to earn another.

So what does this have to do with Internet, Internet video and traditional TV ?
news  internet  video  socialmedia  social  television  time  attention 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Mashable: The Million Dollar Question: Why Does the Web Love Cats?
“When a dog gets in a box, it’s because he desperately wants you to think he’s cool. When a cat does it, it’s because it suddenly felt like the right thing to do at the time. More often than not, it totally was. I think it’s the very aloofness of cats that makes us want to caption their thoughts, or put them in front of a keyboard and see what happens. The many Keyboard Dogs were a failure not just because they came second, but because they were enjoying themselves far too much.”
media  internet  humor  cats  web  dogs 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Rapleaf’s Web: How You Are Profiled on the Web: Tech News «
To be clear, I don’t have old-fashioned notions about privacy on the Internet. I know the realities of today’s Internet life. In order to enjoy the convenience of using web-based services, one has to make some sacrifices, and living socially online will eventually lead to an erosion of privacy. However, what I find egregious is how the information is surreptitiously collected all over the web, then aggregated to be sold, without us having any control or ability to look into that data. Sure we can opt out, but only if we know that we’re being profiled. (Ironically, you have to register to opt-out.)
identity  internet  privacy  security  email  marketing  business  media  power  reputation 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Identity and The Independent Web - John Battelle's Searchblog
In other words, perhaps it's time for a Revealed Identity, as opposed to a Public or Dependent Identity. [...]

I think it's worth defining a portion of the web as a place where one can visit and be part of a conversation without the data created by that conversation being presumptively sucked into a sophisticated response platform - whether that platform is Google, Blue Kai, Doubleclick, Twitter, or any other scaled web service. Now, I'm all for engaging with that platform, to be sure, but I'm also interested in the parts of society where one can wander about free of identity presumption, a place where one can chose to engage knowing that you are in control of how your identity is presented, and when it is revealed.

One thing I’m certain of: Who I am according to Google, or Facebook, or any number of other scaled Dependent Web services, is not necessarily who I want to be as I wander this new digital world. I want more instrumentation, more nauance, and more rights.
identity  internet  privacy  reputation  marketing  business  power  social  relationships  technology  google  facebook  anonymity 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The real cost of free | Cory Doctorow | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Those who say that they can control copies are wrong, and they will not profit by their strategy. They should be entitled to ruin their own lives, businesses and careers, but not if they're going to take down the rest of society in the process.
copyright  internet  law  music  art  creativity  creativecommons  online  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Standby Crisis Mappers Task Force: Apply Now! | iRevolution
[...] This is where the Crowd Force Team comes in. This important team doesn’t need prior-training; only Internet access, browsing experience, an interest in online maps, news, etc. Perhaps most importantly, members of the Crowd Force Team are known for their energy, commitment, team-player attitude and can-do mentality. [...]
mapping  emergency  disaster  volunteering  internet  news 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)
[...] The last point also involved a project in which Berners-Lee is involved: providing Web access to the 80% of the world that doesn't go online. He works on this issue through the foundation at webfoundation.org, which examines the challenges in this area. Surprisingly, lack of signal with which to log onto the Web is not the main thing holding back the spread of the Web. 80% of the world has access to the Web, but, for some reason, chooses not to use it.

The cost of data is partially to blame in many cases for this, and for those who cannot afford data plans through their carriers, they're limited to SMS for sharing information. But SMS is very constraining, says Berners-Lee. What's needed instead are better, more low-cost data plans for mobile phones. [...]
future  internet  location  mobile  privacy  web  nokia  design  communication  ethics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why I like vicious, anonymous online comments - Internet Culture - Salon.com
When a person comments anonymously, we’re told, they're putting a mask on. But the more time I spend online the more I'm convinced that this analogy gets it backward.

The self that we show in anonymous comments, the fantasy self, the self we see in the mirror when we fantasize about being tough and strong and feared, the face we would present to the world if there were no such thing as consequences: That’s the real us.

The civil self is the mask.
communication  identity  culture  ethics  internet  psychology  blogging  anonymity  moderation  online  media  public 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
It's Time to Prepare for the End of the Web as We Know It - Advertising Age - Steve Rubel
Mobile devices, by their nature, force users to become more mission-oriented. As more internet consumption shifts to gadgets, it's increasingly becoming an app world and we just live in it. Innovation, fun, simplicity and single-purpose utility will rule while grandiose design and complexity will fall by the wayside.

It won't be enough just to build branded mobile applications that repurpose content across all of the different platforms. That's like newspapers taking the print experience and replicating it on the web as they tried back in the 1990s. Rather, we will need to rethink, remix and repackage information for an entirely different modality than platforms of yore.
computing  design  digital  future  internet  marketing  media  mobile  social  socialnetworking  strategy 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
When 'Twilight' fandom becomes addiction - latimes.com
"If you take away 'Twilight' and put in a football team, this doesn't look so much different from what guys have been doing for decades," says Baym. "They stay up late at night looking at statistics and playing fantasy football. You could just as easily say they've lost touch with reality or that they're addicted. 'Twilight' is just a story women are engaging with passionately, so people say it's dysfunctional. On the other hand, maybe men's relationship with football is dysfunctional as well."
culture  marriage  movies  fandom  story  identity  relationships  online  internet  men  women  sports 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Hottest Job in Marketing Might Just Be Community Manager - Advertising Age - CMO Strategy
"One of the dangers of how it's being handled right now is the idea that every brand is going to have a community, and every community is going to have a community manager. The challenge is whether there's really a reason for that community to adhere."
community  engagement  internet  socialmedia  social  media  marketing  business 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
This Life - Google Restricts Ads for ‘Cougar’ Sites - NYTimes.com
Google continues to allow similar advertising for the many sites that match older men and younger women, like DateAMillionaire.com, which assures its clients they can meet “sugar babies.”

So cougars and cubs are out, but sugar daddies and sugar babies are in.
dating  relationships  love  technology  google  men  women  power  internet  marketing  sex 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
OJR: Robert Niles: The 4 parts of an optimized online news site
You might have noticed that I haven't offered any suggestions how to blend these four core components. That's up to you. An optimal website is better than the competition, not one that matches or duplicates it. All I hope to do here is to inspire you to think about how might better optimize your publication to reach the growing, thriving audience that your publishing business needs.
design  news  journalism  online  media  internet  technology  business  attention  newspapers 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Articles: Grind to Get It
"When my music starts moving forward, it's helping me get more and more out the streets. I'm starting to get more show opportunities to supplement my income and take care of my family. There's ways to make money in music; you just have to go about it in different areas, other than selling a solid, physical record."
music  hiphop  internet  economy  media  pitchfork  entertainment  disruption  myspace  social  socialnetworking 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash - Charlie's Diary
If you're using an iPad in 2015, my bet is that you won't bother to have home broadband; you'll just have data on demand wherever you are. You won't bother yourself about backups, because your data is stored in Apple's cloud. You won't need to bother about software updates because all that stuff will simply happen automatically in the background, without any fuss: nor will worms or viruses or malware be allowed. You will, of course, pay a lot more for the experience than your netbook-toting hardcore microsofties — but you won't have to worry about your antivirus software breaking your computer, either. Because you won't have a "computer" in the current sense of the word. You'll just be surrounded by a swarm of devices that give you access to your data whenever and however you need it.
apple  future  technology  ipad  flash  google  iphone  internet 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Chatroulette Piano Improv’s Merton on YouTube Takedowns, Ben Folds and What’s Under That Hoodie
NewTeeVee: Does Chatroulette have value beyond novelty as a communications device?

Merton: I think it does. It’s always going to be a strange communications device because you can’t choose with whom you’re going to communicate. But I think they should keep that format because I think that’s what makes it special. It’s inconvenient that there’s a bunch of naked dudes on there, but the fact that they can do that allows me to do what I do, in a certain sense, because there’s freedom all around. If that’s what has to stay in order for it to stay a free speech situation, that’s fine with me.
interview  internet  web  online  creativity  music  youtube  video  livemusic  improvisation  piano 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tech Secrets: 21 Things 'They' Don’t Want You to Know - PCWorld
Don't despair. For every dirty little secret revealed herein, we describe a fix or a way to work around it (if any exists). You don't have to be a victim, if you know what to do.

Just remember: You've been warned.
business  privacy  security  technology  government  internet  mobile  copyright 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With Hunch Cofounder Caterina Fake
[...] But from our perspective, the social graph is actually less informative and actually gives you less valuable information on you than what we’re calling the taste graph because you may – I may be in contact with my co-workers, who are kind of like male engineer types and, with my mom, I have a very close relationship with. But our tastes are very different, the things that we like, the sushi restaurants or (unintelligible) that we’d be interested in…

Mr. ARRINGTON: Yeah.

Ms. FAKE: Or the clothes that we would wear and so, what we’re – our assumption is that there’s people out there who share similar taste. They have a similar aesthetic to you or they have, say, you’re kind of looking for a blog or a news show, your political position or political stance would inform that choice as well. So, that’s really what…

Mr. ARRINGTON: And this actually works?

Ms. FAKE: And this actually works, yes.
interviews  news  search  video  interview  internet  aesthetics  identity  attention  data 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Surfer Blood Is Between Buzz and Break at South by Southwest - NYTimes.com
Ms. Brownstein offered her advice for surviving the yearlong Internet hype machine, which will continue to churn long after the bands of South by Southwest leave Austin.

“Yes, the Internet obviously foments a lot of buzz and chatter,” she said, “but there’s nothing more exciting than having a friend tell you that they saw a great show by a great band and that you should check it out. So hopefully by the time you’re on your 10th show, every single person that wants to see you will see you and go back to their towns across America and the world and preach about Surfer Blood. That’s the only way to keep a band on your radar.”

“The blogs,” she added, “will already be on to something new.”
music  sxsw  livemusic  austin  texas  indie  rock  internet 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
PaidContent.org: What Many Media Companies Don’t Get About Building An Audience | paidContent
Distributing across multiple channels in real-time – and cannibalizing existing lines of business—isn’t just the right thing to do. History will reflect that this is the only thing to do. Here’s the key fact for media companies to remember: The value of a customer who doesn’t watch a TV show or a movie is $0.
media  journalism  marketing  business  internet  television  community  cable  attention  newspapers 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Song Decoders at Pandora - NYTimes.com
It’s the “social” theories of music-liking that get most of the attention these days: systems that connect you with friends with similar tastes, or that rely on “collaborative filtering” strategies that cross-match your music-consumption habits with those of like-minded strangers. These popular approaches marginalize traditional gatekeepers; instead of trusting the talent scout, the radio programmer or the music critic, you trust your friends (actual or virtual), or maybe just “the crowd.”
Pandora’s approach more or less ignores the crowd. It is indifferent to the possibility that any given piece of music in its system might become a hit. The idea is to figure out what you like, not what a market might like. More interesting, the idea is that the taste of your cool friends, your peers, the traditional music critics, big-label talent scouts and the latest influential music blog are all equally irrelevant. That’s all cultural information, not musical information.
media  music  internet  nytimes  pandora  attention  reputation  marketing  business  oakland  technology  listening  aesthetics 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - NewsPay - Salon CEO Richard Gingras: 'It Was a Mistake to Think of Ourselves As a Magazine'
"It was a mistake to think of ourselves as a magazine," Gingras said in a phone interview. " 'Magazine' suggests a periodicity that to me does not relate to who Salon is in a news environment on the Web that is increasingly real-time."
media  journalism  online  internet  web  economics  magazines  finance  salon 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Not every cloud has a silver lining: Cory Doctorow | Technology | The Guardian
It's easy to think of some extremely specialised collaborative environments that benefit from cloud computing– we used a Google spreadsheet to plan our wedding list and a Google calendar to coordinate with my parents in Canada – but if you were designing these applications to provide maximum utility for their users (instead of maximum business-model for their developers), they'd just be a place where encrypted bits of state information was held for periodic access by powerful PCs that did the bulk of their calculations locally.

That's how I use Amazon's S3 cloud storage: not as an unreliable and slow hard drive, but as a store for encrypted backups of my critical files, which are written to S3 using the JungleDisk tool. This is cheaper and better than anything I could do for myself by way of offsite secure backup, but I'm not going to be working off S3 any time soon.
amazon  computers  internet  work  data  information  backup  technology  online 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Business | Africa's mobile banking revolution
While countries like Kenya, South Africa and much of North Africa are approaching 100% mobile penetration, in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, and Rwanda it is less than 30%.

Low incomes, illiteracy and large signal black spots are all obstacles to the sale and use of mobile phones. Taxes, which can be as high as 30% in countries like Tanzania and Uganda, are also a disincentive.
business  internet  mobile  africa  finance  marketing 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Fallacy Of The Link Economy | paidContent
People will argue that the scrapers create value by pointing to many obscure stories that captured the imagination of linkers and got unexpectedly high traffic for a very obscure site. Fine, but was that site able to monetize the jump in traffic? And, how likely is that site to create a sustainable business by consistently winning a surfing game of serendipity?

Others will say that the site that gets linked to can keep the user using the site. But the opposite is happening – users are being trained to increase their usage of (and thus value to) the linker rather than the creator.
media  journalism  internet  economics  attention  web  online  blogging  newspapers  television  radio  ap 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
…My heart’s in Accra » Iran, citizen media and media attention
I’m glad that people are taking a close look at the phenomenon of social media in the Iranian protests - it’s an important, fascinating and worthwhile topic. But there’s a lot of topics out there, and I wonder whether we benefit from a thousand well-researched stories on this phenomenon rather than a hundred, and nine hundred other stories.
media  journalism  internet  activism  twitter  protest  middleeast  iran  social  attention  editing 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Adding value in the new news ecosystem « BuzzMachine
The greatest value a news organization can add to this new news ecosystem is to identify, curate, vet, and train people. Ideally, that needs to happen before the big story breaks. But it can even be done outside the country, as I saw CNN do this morning, talking with a Columbia University student from Iran, who knew who was real and was there from her network of family and friends. Of course, even if you know the people you’re listening to, it’s impossible to know whether everything they say is true unless you can verify it yourself. But that’s the point: You can’t.

[...] The larger the network of people a news organization can organize, the better shape it will be in when news breaks, the better it can filter the reports that come – whether from people in that network or in the larger network of people those people know. The more people in the network, the more who can go to the scene of news or research closer to it – the more you can ask for help.
journalism  newspapers  news  internet  twitter  social  editing  media  business  corporations  relationships  friendship  iran 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Scattershot, Desperate, and Sleazy | n+1
On Craigslist, people say what they want; on Nerve or OK Cupid, they say who they are, and you infer the rest. Craigslist is scattershot, confessional, desperate, and sleazy. It's like a wholesale thrift store where nothing is hung up, no two items are alike, and the savviest shoppers wear rubber gloves. The other dating sites are for discerning petit-bouregois who like to read Consumer Reports and make informed decisions. Craigslist's the insane, open-all-night corner store where you go at 3 a.m. for unhealthy snacks, where a bony cat roams the aisles and there's a permanent card game going on in back. You go there for what you want right now and will most likely consume in private. Or you go there because you just can't sleep, and you need somebody else to know it.
relationships  craigslist  dating  psychology  sex  love  internet  marketing  identity 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How To Communicate Securely in Repressive Environments « iRevolution
Nonviolent resistance movements are typically driven by students, i.e., young people, who are increasingly born digital natives. With expanding access to mobile phones, social networking software and online platforms for user-generated content such as blogs, the immediate financial cost of speaking out against repressive regimes is virtually nil. So resistance movements are likely to make even more use of new communication technology and digital media in the future. In fact, they already are.

At the same time, however, the likelihood and consequences of getting caught are high, especially for those political activists without any background or training in digital security. Indeed, recent research by Digital Democracy research suggests that organizational hierarchies are being broken down as youth adopt new technologies. While this empowers them they are also put at risk since they don’t tend to be as consequence-conscious as their adult counterparts.
politics  internet  technology  culture  activism  protest  privacy  security  anonymity  howto  diy  communication  power  censorship 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Books | How to go viral
The editor of the Washington Post never knew before which individual stories in the paper were generating interest. He just knew the whole thing sold X number of copies. But with the Internet you have all this granular information about where your readers are coming from and which stories they pick. You can't help but use that information in how you decide to present yourself or how you decide what to write or what to create in the future. And that to me is the way that this kind of marketing mind-set unavoidably creeps into Internet culture.
newspapers  journalism  web  online  marketing  information  future  internet  culture  business 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Scott Rosenberg’s Wordyard » Blog Archive » How charging for articles could hobble the future of journalism
I can understand that news publishers — the owners and stockholders and managers — will do everything they can to cling to a failing model, because that is the way of the business world. A revenue stream is a revenue stream; it’s hard to give it up today, even when you know it’s going away tomorrow. But the journalists who care about their own craft’s values and traditions should think twice before applauding the intransigence of their business colleagues. In the long run, it will do nothing to save their jobs. And it will make it that much harder for all of us to rebuild a vibrant and sound news tradition online.
web  newspapers  journalism  media  business  corporations  online  social  internet  technology 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
My Digital Life » Blog Archive » Know Your Mac—Easily Make Your Very Own Wi-Fi Hub
On your ethernet connected Mac, go to System Preferences. Select Sharing. Next select Internet Sharing. Change your option to share from Ethernet from the drop down menu. Click Airport option and then give the nifty network you just made a name and password. Lastly, turn on Internet sharing. That’s it! Enjoy!
mac  wifi  internet  diy  computers  apple 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Recovering Journalist: Newspapers: There is No Magic Bullet
They reflect the thinking of executives and journalists who don't really understand the business of journalism, the reality of the new Internet-driven world, or what consumers are looking for these days. Mostly, they're defensive maneuvers, tired attempts to salvage a print-centric business model that is close to long gone.
newspapers  journalism  media  news  public  social  local  location  mobile  marketing  business  internet 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ping - Should Design Be Held Back by a Tyranny of Data? - NYTimes.com
“Using data is fundamental to what we do,” Mr. Bowman said. “But we take all that with a grain of salt. Anytime you make design changes, the most vocal people are the ones who dislike what you’ve done. We don’t just throw the numbers in a spreadsheet.”
data  information  web  design  google  twitter  internet  aesthetics 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?
If you are a journalist, it’s now your responsibility to create a dedicated tribe that supports, shares, and responds to your work and personal interaction in both the Statusphere and also at the point of origin. It’s the only way to build a valuable and portable community around you and what you represent.
media  journalism  newspapers  business  news  internet  social  socialnetworking  communication  twitter  facebook  future  newspaper 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
kplu news: Keith Seinfeld: Residents Imagine a Post-Paper Seattle
[...] Even within newspapers, some sections subsidize others. It's all bundled together -- sports, entertainment, weather, business, local news. At The Seattle Times' Web site, it's still together, but readers don't necessarily take the whole bundle. SeattleTimes.com Director of Content Cory Haik says the Web allows her to know exactly what's making money and what's not - and it's not stories about local policy and politics.

"Entertainment: tons of money," she says. "People click on those stories, those display ads are making money. Not so much necessarily for, say, something like the meat and potatoes like local news. People aren't necessarily that interested."

So how do you subsidize meat and potatoes journalism on the internet -- which operates like an a la carte menu? The bundling and the cross-subsidies are all disrupted. [...]
seattle  news  newspapers  media  journalism  washingtonstate  internet  online  attention  marketing 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
PR 2.0: The Ties that Bind Us - Visualizing Relationships on Twitter and Social Networks
What has evolved however, is so much more than the connection of friends and friends of friends. Social Networks have created a parallel friend/follower archetype that injects a homologous top-down network where individuals not only connect with those they know, but also with those who are interested in following their online activity, and not necessarily with the expectation of reciprocation. This injects a new dynamic into online social relationships, one that facilitates and fosters a less personal, but still meaningful engagement, creating an ambient, persona-audience interconnection.
twitter  data  socialnetworking  community  research  internet  relationships  social  marketing 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pew Internet: Twitter and status updating
As of December 2008, 11% of online American adults said they used a service like Twitter or another service that allowed them to share updates about themselves or to see the updates of others.

Twitter and similar services have been most avidly embraced by young adults. Nearly one in five (19%) online adults ages 18 and 24 have ever used Twitter and its ilk, as have 20% of online adults 25 to 34. Use of these services drops off steadily after age 35 with 10% of 35 to 44 year olds and 5% of 45 to 54 year olds using Twitter. The decline is even more stark among older internet users; 4% of 55-64 year olds and 2% of those 65 and older use Twitter.
media  blogging  social  research  socialnetworking  twitter  statistics  facebook  demographics  internet  status 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Broadband Connection Highs and Lows Across Rural America | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural
The highest percentage of rural broadband connections cluster in recreation counties and areas with large farms and ranches.
rural  farming  internet  web  usa  communication 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Editor & Publisher: Forget Micropayments -- Here's a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content
I think that Keller and other newspaper editors, struggling to survive a nasty downturn in print revenues and unable to find a way to adequately replace them on the digital publishing side, would approve of the Kachingle approach. That is, if they can get their minds past the hurdle of the payment for their content being voluntary, and that their content payment is mixed up in the big pile of money with all sorts of publishers, down to the pajama blogger. Otherwise, the Kachingle approach addresses Keller's concerns about stifled traffic, search engines and fleeing advertisers.
journalism  media  newspapers  business  blogging  news  internet  money  nytimes  blog 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
TED Interview: Tribes Author Says People, Not Ads, Build Social Networks | Epicenter from Wired.com
It's not for you to somehow beam your message to strangers and convert them, because you can't convert strangers anymore. Not one major new consumer brand built in the last five years was built on the back of advertising. Google and Facebook, etc. are built because one person brought another one by the hand, not because someone bought ads on the Super Bowl.
marketing  socialnetworking  technology  internet  social  ted  interviews  attention  reputation  google  facebok  friendship 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Journalistopia » 10 Things Online Editors can do to Save Their Jobs | Danny Sanchez
"It’s a tumultuous time in our industry, and few things are certain. However, it’s a good bet that boosting your online media skills will increase your likelihood of keeping your job or getting an even better one." (h/t @karimamara)
online  internet  journalism  future  web  jobs  media 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
globeandmail.com: Confessions of an obituarist
My profession is a venerable craft that dates back hundreds of years to the earliest days of the popular press, but it may be on life support now itself. Not only are hard economic times sparking layoffs, buyouts and other cutbacks in the newspaper business and threatening to make the obituary page an endangered species, modern technology and the Internet are having a radical impact on how we, as a society, commemorate a life — and it's not all for the good.
obituaries  newspapers  media  writing  nonfiction  death  technology  internet  journalism 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Similarities and Differences Between Indian and Chinese Social Media Users | Gauravonomics Blog
Out of the next billion Internet users (and the next billion mobile users), a substantial number will come from emerging economies like India and China, which are also the two most populous countries in the world. Therefore, to understand the future of new media, it’s important to understand how new media is being used in India and China.
india  china  social  media  internet  blogging  demography  technology  mobile 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Content Bridges: In Desperation, Detroit Papers Flip the Switch
As Lou Mleczko, president of the Detroit Newspaper Guild Local 22, reported:

"And [Detroit Media Partnership CEO David] Hunke said, if we don't do this, the current model is unsustainable. So he'd rather take the calculated risk of going to a new format -- rather than sit back and do incremental cutbacks."
journalism  media  newspapers  medianews  business  news  internet  publishing  detroit  michigan  unions 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Independent Minds - Andrew Keen - Trouble in Paris
In his latest book, Tribes, Seth Godin, a leading American marketing blogger, confesses to obsessively checking his email at 4.00 am while on holiday in Jamaica. “It took me a long time to figure out why I was so happy to be checking my email in the middle of the night,” he writes. “It had to do with passion. Other than sleeping, there was nothing I’d rather have been doing in that moment.” In Silicon Valley then, work is passion; in Europe, I suspect, passion at 4.00 am is something entirely different.
europe  culture  internet  social  usa  media  france  innovation  business  entrepreneurs 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
FT.com | Gideon Rachman’s Blog | Covered in internet slime
If the newspaper industry really goes down the pan, I now have a business plan. I will claim to be a former member of the Bilderberg/Illuminati/Council on Foreign Relations/UN/Zionist establishment and write a book revealing the inside story of a plot to form a world government. It will sell millions.
humor  politics  religion  uk  newspapers  media  journalism  government  books  internet  reputation 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
America is losing its position at the centre of the internet, according to a new study by TeleGeography Research | Technology | guardian.co.uk
"There used to be a phenomenon on the internet called 'tromboning.' If I were sitting in Singapore or South Africa and I sent an email to a friend three houses down, it was just as likely that the email was going to traverse New York City as somewhere local.

"What we see now is that phenomenon becoming less and less apparent as more local hubs and internet exchanges crop up in Latin America, in Asia and a few in Africa."
internet  usa  technology  globalization  email 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: "Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out": A Conversation with the Digital Youth Project (Part Two)
[...] For example, interest-driven genres of participation tend to have a more geeky identity associated with them, involve congregating on specialized and often esoteric interests, and reaching beyond given, local school networks of friends. This is a whole package of things that goes together, a recognizable genre for how youth participate in online culture and social life. We also think of hanging out, messing around, and geeking out as genres of participation. [...]
teenagers  children  online  internet  games  creativity  youth  sociology 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Web Sites That Dig for News Rise as Watchdogs - NYTimes.com
“Information is now a public service as much as it’s a commodity. It should be thought of the same way as education, health care. It’s one of the things you need to operate a civil society, and the market isn’t doing it very well.”
information  journalism  media  usa  jobs  internet  sandiego  minneapolis 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Blogging For Dollars: When bloggers blog bloggers, is the result blather -- or better?
There will always be a factchecking squad on the Internet. But I think the reblogging craze will fade over time, as the Web's writers learn the deep satisfaction of telling one's own story for the first time — not repeating someone else's for the nth.
blogging  internet  journalism  technology  apple  mobile  cellphones  story  writing 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Six Apart CEO: Down Economy Boosts Blogging | Epicenter from Wired.com
"When you don't know where else to invest," he explains, "you invest in yourself." Which is kind of a slick way of saying that when you get laid off or your company goes under, it's a good time to build your personal brand by blogging. Or, for that matter, if you suddenly find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, you might blog to fill the empty spaces. "You look for a way to reassert control," Alden points out. "That's a reason blogging surges in down times."
blogging  economics  finance  marketing  internet  work  jobs  diy 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Domainr
"There’s a whole world of domains out there—hundreds at the top-level and even more beyond—Domainr helps you explore them all. Some of our favorites are cr.yp.to, itha.ca and jish.nu."
web  blogging  internet  world  names  online 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Chris Colin's "On the Job": All the news that's fit to text
"If I were any good at predicting the future of the news business, I'd probably get out of it."
mobile  news  journalism  internet  web  work  business  media  attention 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Tech guru Tim O'Reilly challenges next generation to get serious - Los Angeles Times
"The real Web 2.0, the web of collective intelligence applications, is going to be stronger as a result of any downturn. Heck, figuring out more transparent financial markets alone will be a hotbed of opportunity."
web  technology  software  finance  internet 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'What's Wikipedia?': Bristol's Tricky Googles himself | Music | The Guardian
"The internet is like walking into a room in your house you never knew was there and, like, it's full of thousands of people who have been listening to everything you've been doing and saying the whole time! Scary."
internet  music  reputation  identity  uk  blogging  google 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Ultimate Yahoo! Pipes Creations List - ReadWriteWeb
"Yahoo! Pipes is the first GUI builder for the biggest database in the world, the Web itself. This list is far from complete, but it's comprised of the best Yahoo! Pipes creations available. If you have a creation or know of one that didn't make the list, leave a comment down below and we'll be sure to review it to keep growing our list."
yahoopipes  yahoo  information  data  feeds  programming  rss  socialnetworking  internet  news  social  reference  aggregator 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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