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The Moral Superiority of the Streetcar (Ftrain.com)
Long-form journalism can be an excuse for just about anything. You might work for Teen Violence Week, and your job might require compiling a photo collage of the week's best dick punches, but you can still feel proud that your magazine publishes 5,000 words about a Los Angeles clinic that performs free abortions for tapirs, or a serious investigation into America's declining sandpaper standards (True Grit: The death of smooth).
paul_ford  from delicious
may 2011 by tysone
Things Have Rules (Ftrain.com)
“It's hard to talk to strangers in parks,” said Scott. “Because invariably they need $50 for the train because they've lost their wallet. And you're like, oh, I thought I was building community.”
paul_ford  community  from delicious
may 2011 by tysone
The Web Is a Customer Service Medium (Ftrain.com)
You couldn't do it on TV, or in a newspaper, or in books. You need a back button, a database, and a community. ... The web is not, despite the desires of so many, a publishing medium. The web is a customer service medium. “Intense moderation” in a customer service medium is what “editing” was for publishing.
brilliant  paul_ford  culture  customer_service  internet  community  forsnd  from delicious
january 2011 by tysone
A Conversation with Paul Ford, the Now-Former Web Editor of Harper's Magazine - The Awl
"I've been at Harper's for five years. It's very weird to be outside. Everyone has MacBooks. People use nouns as verbs. ... I'll have a relationship of some kind with the magazine until I'm an old web coot telling young people about how we edited our HTML by hand rather than having our digital sex pony avatars do it for us in our Farmbooks."
harpers  paul_ford  media 
march 2010 by tysone

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