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RA Podcast: RA.653 ARP
Ultimately, it's taught me that music is a catalyst for creating a social space. If the music is properly expansive, that sends a distinct message. And the effect of sharing social space with people you may not be likely to interact with in the streets, at your local or on the subway is what makes it such a positive and necessary force.
dance  social  relationships  public  nyc  music  attention 
12 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Being Cruised - Los Angeles Review of Books
Herein lies the complexity of cruising and being cruised. Cruising implies that we are just passing through, looking around, checking stuff out, window-shopping as it were. Will we or won’t we? Even if we are the ones doing the cruising, we might not ourselves fully know what we are looking for. Part of the pleasure comes out of the play of possibility, not always the follow through.
beauty  gay  lgbt  queer  queerselflove  attention  public  presence  aging  power  exercise  relationships  men  women  movies  film 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The Gay Bar: Is it dying? - By June Thomas - Slate Magazine
In his much-cited 1989 book The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg celebrated so-called third places, which he defined as "the core settings of informal public life." Not the home, not the office, the third place is a space like the Viennese coffee shop, the French cafe, or the British pub, a venue for "regular, voluntary, informal, and happily anticipated gatherings of individuals beyond the realms of home and work." You've probably heard Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz name-check this theory as a justification for his coffee empire. But it also helps explain why gay bars have been so vital to gay culture. Oldenburg valued these spots because the ease of association fosters community life and satisfies individuals' need for communion. This urge to find community is especially strong for gay people, who may be rejected by their families or shunned by their co-workers. The third place is even more precious when places one and two are hotbeds of homophobia.
drinking  alcohol  gay  public  business  community 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Public Square Goes Mobile - NYTimes.com
From carshares to communal ovens, local currencies to walkability indexes, people increasingly understand that they can effect change in their own backyard, block and neighborhood. In this country’s quest for individuality, we sometimes forget we do need other people; this project helps facilitate that. It may take more than a minute, but it’s worth a shot.
technology  public  mobile  community  behavior  society  nytimes  activism  environment  creativity 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why spreadable doesn’t equal viral: A conversation with Henry Jenkins » Nieman Journalism Lab
NU: What is spreadable media?

HJ: The concept of spreadable media rests on the distinction between distribution (the top-down spread of media content as captured in the broadcast paradigm) and circulation (a hybrid system where content spreads as a result of a series of informal transactions between commercial and noncommercial participants.) Spreadable media is media which travels across media platforms at least in part because the people take it in their own hands and share it with their social networks.
media  journalism  news  culture  web  socialnetworking  theory  socialmedia  libraries  social  attention  public 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Liza Fesses Up | Music | The Advocate
[...] “Every performer, if she’s good, will make you in the audience feel as if you know her. And the fact is, all you know is performance…. To a lot of people, Liza is a symbol. What she is to me, besides being somebody I love, is an immense talent. What other people choose to make of her—what the audience sees is what the audience needs to see. And what she really is and what all great performers are is a combination of supreme talent, discipline, hard work, self-criticism, all sorts of prosaic things that the people who watch her don’t like to deal with because it’s too boring.”

So if Liza’s never really thought about you, don’t take it personally. Her job isn’t to think about you. Her job is to make a self for you to think about. In fact, if she spent her time thinking about you, there would be no her for you to know. Instead of wondering what Liza thinks about her gay audience, wonder, How did she make that self—and how, in spite of everything, has she kept it?
media  music  identity  creativity  gay  celebrity  public  memory  psychology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
David Cross Pleads Mercy for Insulting Your Best Friend Jesus | Little Gold Men | Vanity Fair
I don’t like the complete and irreparable erosion of the line between audience and performer. It’s gotten to the point—and I guess it’s always been there if you look at Shakespeare’s days and people throwing tomatoes at performers—where there’s a sense of entitlement that an audience has as a group. If they don’t like you and they don’t agree with you, they feel like they’re entitled to disrupt you. There’s a reason why somebody came up with the heckle comeback, “I don’t come down to where you work and slap the dick out of your mouth.” It happened because somebody was telling a joke and a coward sitting in a darkened theater thought to yell back at him and basically say, “Look at me! I’m funnier than he is!” There’s this crazy sense of entitlement that the audience has that you just don’t find anywhere else.
comedy  acting  playwriting  humor  public  psychology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
CNN's research says 27% of us share 87% of news links | Media | guardian.co.uk
"Though recommended news seems highly unpredictable, we've have identified a number of key drivers and key motivations, so we do have some ways of understanding what people share and why they share," he said. "There's more engagement in emotional terms with content and advertising in the recommended scenario, as opposed to randomly consumed content advertising, and brands that are around recommended stories also benefit from stronger recognition and recall."
news  media  public  attention  journalism  newspapers  social  marketing  business 
october 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
Did we pronounce privacy dead this week? | The Social - CNET News
"That's where things get extremely messy," Boyd said. "These are Gutenberg-like changes here," Jarvis said, "so we don't know where it's headed."
class  facebook  privacy  social  public  technology  socialnetworking  power  authority  attention  research 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Zendesk Offers New Tools to Help Companies Help Twitter Complainers
Ovsyannikov says Zendesk has chosen to focus on Twitter first, even though Facebook has more users, because Twitter has more business relevance. Twitter is also one of Zendesk's biggest clients, so the two companies were able to work together closely in creating the integration.

Ovsyannikov says businesses monitoring and engaging Twitter currently e-mail tweets into existing ticketing systems. "But e-mail isn't a workflow tool," he says "So we're bringing Twitter directly into businesses' workflow."
twitter  email  facebook  social  communication  business  attention  public 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Inside the mind of the anonymous online poster - The Boston Globe
While news organizations debate scrapping anonymity, the ground may be shifting beneath them. With all of our identifying information getting sliced, diced, and sold, by everyone from credit card companies to Facebook, is there really such a thing as the anonymous Web anymore? Consider this demonstration from the late ’90s by Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Latanya Sweeney. She took three commonly available data points: sex (male), ZIP code (02138), and date of birth (July 31, 1945). Those seemingly anonymous attributes could have described lots of people, right? Actually, no. She proved they could belong to just one person: former governor William Weld. She tells me that 87 percent of Americans can now be identified with just these three data points.

Maybe the best approach to getting people to behave better online is just reminding them how easy it is to figure out who they really are.
journalism  media  newspapers  online  community  anonymity  comments  public  communication 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
S.F. Gate: Berkeley: No tea cozy for 'There' sculpture
The T, apparently, doesn't suit Berkeley.

Despite pleas from artists, knitters and Oaklanders, Berkeley officials plan to remove a knitted, 8-foot tea cozy stitched onto a public sculpture. Some protesters believe the sculpture insults the city of Oakland.
berkeley  oakland  art  public  protest  eastbay 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Karaoke industry may be facing the music - latimes.com
For what was supposed to have been a flash in the pan, the karaoke phenomenon has had a long run. Musician Inoue Daisuke created the karaoke machine in 1971 using a car stereo, a coin box and an amplifier; the first karaoke "box" venue opened in 1984 in a converted freight car in a Japanese rice field.

The 1990s brought a surge in popularity for karaoke, which means "empty orchestra" in Japanese, not "tone-deaf" as urban legends have it.

"In the beginning, karaoke was kind of a gimmicky thing," said Peter Parker, publisher of Karaoke Scene Magazine. "But it's worked its way into all the cracks in the culture."
karaoke  music  drinking  losangeles  ritual  public  alcohol  entertainment  leisure  recession  publishing 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
FCC comments by CSM fellow reveal how public media can spur broadband adoption -- News from the Future of Public Media -- Center for Social Media at American University
Titled “Digital Public Media Networks to Advance Broadband And Enrich Connected Communities,” Goodman’s comments examine a variety of current public media projects that rely on high-speed connections to reach and engage users, and observe that universal broadband service is needed to support further innovation in this sector. What’s more, she suggests that public media should be understood as a key asset to drive broadband adoption by a wide array of publics.
media  democracy  usa  diversity  technology  communications  journalism  public  innovation  transparency  accessibility  attention 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Potter: Daring hoax exposes limits of instant journalism - thestar.com
"This really brings home the reality that in the 24-hour news cycle you've got to be suspicious of just about everything until you confirm it," said media expert Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Centre for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University.

"It is almost to the point that if you don't recognize the figure on stage you must assume they are not legitimate. But what do you do, use your handheld technology to look online for a picture of the man? Maybe that is the next step in combating nefarious acts."
mobile  news  attention  reputation  editing  video  photography  journalism  media  television  public 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Life | Inside the biggest, weirdest funeral ever
People vigorously punched in text messages, but no one looked up or attempted to converse with their fellow mourners. There was no crying, no yelling, none of the palpable gravity of Princess Diana's memorial. As I watched the man next to me push buttons on his iPhone, it began to dawn on me how much and how fast our society has changed. These days, the best way to collectively experience a mass event may be alone, in front of one's television or computer.
technology  mobile  death  public  social  society  ritual  television 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Under God: Jon Stewart, Daily Prophet? - David Waters
"Because we're in the public eye, maybe people project onto us their desires for that type of activism coming from us, but just knowing the process here as I do, our show is maybe the antithesis of activism, and that is a relatively selfish pursuit. The targets we choose, the way we go about it -- it's got more of a personal venting aspect than a socially conscious aspect."
religion  spirituality  comedy  humor  activism  television  public  judaism  christianity 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
AdAge.com: Dedicated Social-Media Silos? That's the Last Thing We Need ...
Social media isn't a box to be ticked or a department to be manned or even a campaign to be launched. It's about thinking differently about marketing, customer service, the entire company. It's about realizing that consumers are running the biggest recommendation service in the world and that, as has been tiresomely often repeated, they define the brand (no, this is not new; yes, this is becoming more obvious and important by the day). All thinking about product, customers and communications, needs to take this into account -- it cannot sit in a silo.
media  marketing  social  socialnetworking  communication  business  public  attention  reputation 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift Idea Lab . The A Word: Information and Activism | PBS
One of the central shifts implicit in user-generated information is that in many cases the user will be closer to the subject than a reporter may have been. Journalists, like ethnographers or consultants, are separated from their subjects by factors like structures of reward (salary) and professional codes (organized skepticism, systematic disinterestedness). These factors are sometimes driven by ethical positions and sometimes are byproducts of revenue structures, but have been seen as important to the neutrality and objectivity that characterize recent ideas of journalism.

Citizen-created content falls in a different space; as I have said elsewhere, it starts to look like activism. [...]
mobile  activism  journalism  communication  public  social  information  media 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
What If Social Media Were Your Only Publishing Tool? - Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits
I have many friends who are artists of one kind of another, and they all tell me that creativity thrives on constraints. When people are compelled to deal with a limited set of options, they get far more creative than when they face a blank page of infinite possibilities.
journalism  media  newspapers  social  public  online 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
One Tweet Over the Line - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com
Tools like Friendfeed, the Facebook status updates, and Twitter offer never ending opportunities to update both your inner circle and the 2,000-odd friends who made the mistake of thinking you might be interesting every time you find an interesting link, go on a trip, or have a major life change. But most who sign on as followers aren’t looking for the blow by blow on your fight with your boyfriend, your constantly shifting relationship status (it’s complicated) or even the fact you think some other Web denizens are idiots.
twitter  social  media  identity  attention  reputation  public  ethics  behavior  online 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
StoryCorps Project comes to San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum - ContraCostaTimes.com
"If you were an alien dropped down on earth and watched popular or tabloid media, you might think we are a country of Internet sex predators and spoiled children of billionaires and want-to-be reality contestants," says Isay, a MacArthur fellow who has won five Peabody awards for his radio documentaries. "That is not who we are as Americans. The real Americans are the vast majority of people who care about their families and communities and live lives defined by quiet acts of courage and kindness."
story  public  bayarea  sanfranciso  judaism  history  nonfiction  radio  documentary 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ann Powers: Kris Allen beats Adam Lambert. A shock? Nah. | Idol Tracker | Los Angeles Times
In terms of the music industry, he cuts a more contemporary figure than Lambert: Many stars now (specifically rock-oriented, male ones) tend to do better when they draw themselves to scale, offering songs that make fans feel warm and connected, not blown away.

Think Jack Johnson. Dave Matthews. Jason Mraz, who performed on the “Idol” finale. And on the country side, Keith Urban, with whom Allen did a spirited duet early in the show.

This approachable kind of pop figure is one that often naturally emerges from the “Idol” competition. David Cook, last year’s winner, is cut from this natural-fiber cloth. Performing “Permanent,” the song he has dedicated to the brother he recently lost to cancer, Cook epitomized what Allen will likely soon become — a crowd favorite, empathetic and touchable.
music  rock  criticism  writing  losangeles  public  men  songwriting 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
‘American Idol’ - The Triumph of Soft Rock - NYTimes.com
That he shined on softer material — "Mad World," "Feeling Good," "One" — demonstrates the little-acknowledged truth about Mr. Lambert. Histrionics aside, he’s truly just an old-fashioned song-and-dance man, without the dancing; a lifetime in and around musical theater will do that to you. "Idol" wanted him to be something more, and he may well have wanted that for himself. If Mr. Lambert was hiding something, it wasn’t his sexual preference — it was his conservatism. If only he’d have let America see the real him.
rock  music  criticism  writing  nytimes  public  dance  songwriting  men 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
After newsroom layoff: It’s a mystery » Nieman Journalism Lab
"Google is the enemy of newspapers. Agree or disagree?" "Google doesn’t kill newspapers. People kill newspapers."
google  newspapers  media  novels  books  journalism  online  blogging  twitter  social  public  losangeles  writing  fiction 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Buzz Log - Idol Talk: Reviving the Southern Dynasty - Yahoo! Buzz
In the end, the South rose again. In the last possible moment, Kris Allen made "American Idol" history—or perhaps reinforced it. The numbers and judges may have been with Adam Lambert, but Allen once again showed that the Cinderella storyline could rally the American South and the heartland.
music  criticism  demography  usa  public  social  story  television 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why journalists deserve low pay | csmonitor.com
The demise of the news business can be halted, but only if journalists commit to creating real value for consumers and become more involved in setting the course of their companies.
media  journalism  newspapers  business  news  economics  future  public 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hired News: Will P.R. pros take the baton of investigative journalism? - Reason Magazine
“The public appetite for that kind of serious, probing journalism has always been extremely limited,” says Allan Mayer, a journalist turned partner at the communications firm 42West. “My feeling is that the era of high-minded journalism lasted roughly from the ’60s to the mid-’80s. For most of its history journalism was a pretty low-minded occupation. The people decrying the loss of investigative journalism are largely people of my generation, who grew up with this anomalous situation."
journalism  media  public  publicrelations 
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
Warren Hellman to unveil new journalism model - San Francisco Business Times:
When you look under the hood of daily journalism, and the changes that have undermined newspapers’ classic print-advertising model, “I began to understand that we needed to put together a team to answer some basic questions,” including: “Is there a viable model anywhere in the world for us to emulate here in San Francisco?” “If there is not, how do we develop one?” “(H)ow would this model function in terms of news gathering and editorial content?”
journalism  media  newspapers  sanfrancisco  business  corporations  marketing  publishing  news  public  entrepreneurs 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Multnomah County puts social media position on hold after backlash from employees - OregonLive.com
"The bedrock of communication has shifted dramatically in the last three years," Matthews said. "Maybe I am too busy to go to a county meeting, but I want information. It's a way of responding to consumer demand."
politics  government  social  yasns  public  media  work  oregon  portland 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Root Of The Matter: Emily Bell on The Future of Journalism
Unlike net-culture visionary Clay Shirky, though, Emily doesn't think that print journalism has no future. Print will remain an important part of reaching the audience - but it will not be the primary conduit for journalism in ten years' time. Instead, going by the 'clues' we can pick up from the way journalism is changing today, journalism in ten years will have some or all of the following characteristics:
via:pkynes  journalism  newspapers  media  public  social  future 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
News & the new: Does Chrysler=Newspapers? - Susan Mernit's Blog
But as the old mega-businesses fall to their knees and flame out, watch carefully what comes next--I am hoping we see more local media, more public media, more community voices combined with skilled story telling and more accountability.
newspapers  media  journalism  business  corporations  public  story  community 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
It’s About the Journalism: Think Tank: Online Only: The New Yorker
Professional journalism as we know it—independent investigations on behalf of the public; impartial witnessing of terrible events at home and abroad; independent foreign correspondence designed for American audiences and to address American interests; reporting on powerful institutions without fear or favor, and with a sense of fairness; the clarification of complexity—all of this is as much an accident of history as the symphonic music and opera patronized by the great European courts of the late eighteenth century.
classical  classicalmusic  music  journalism  media  public  newspapers  newyorker  usa  writing  identity  history  reading 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Rihanna beating photo: Can public handle ugly truth? - Los Angeles Times
Establishment media outlets had a much more negative, or at best ambivalent, reaction to the picture. Part of that stemmed from a legitimate concern about verifying the source of the photo and whether it accurately reflected the singer's injuries.
photography  news  newspapers  media  journalism  music  ethics  crime  celebrity  reputation  violence  public 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
D.I.Y. News Blog Post Contest, Episode 2 - The Lede Blog - NYTimes.com
Welcome to our second D.I.Y. News Blog Post contest. Since many readers quickly solved the riddle in our first challenge, this time around we’re making things a little harder.

You will see that there are two photographs in this post. Both taken today, at two points on the globe not far apart. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to use the comments box below to tell us specifically where they were taken and how they relate to one another. Please include links to news articles on the Web that help put the images in context, so we can explain what happened, where it happened and why it matters.

Good luck.
newspapers  nytimes  journalism  social  news  media  photography  games  public 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Laura Barton on what happened when our life-sized Barack Obama cut-out took to the streets
From Cardiff and Preston, Manchester and south London, they come. From Ramsgate, Romania, Australia and Eritrea, China, Vietnam and the US. And though their English may falter, though they might claim not to follow politics, and instead tell us about their visit, their working day, their belief in spirituality, though they might not understand what the heck we're doing, they are united by their delighted response to Obama: they point, they kiss, they hug, they look up at his cut-out face with an expression of awe and admiration, they stand beside him throwing a variety of poses, from the peace sign to the good ol' thumbs up. "I want him!" cries one lady, clutching his cardboard arm. "Give him to me!"
obama  uk  public  art 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Lust cools but the knickers keep flying for Tom Jones - Times Online
“It started in 1969 at the Copacabana in New York. This woman stood up and took off her knickers and handed them to me. And I said, ‘Whoa! Hope you don’t catch cold’.”
music  interviews  public  uk  sex 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Knight News Release Workshop | Knight Foundation Communications Portal
"You do good work. You want people to know about it. But how do you spread the word? This Web site will show you, with a step-by-step guide to creating a media plan and writing a news release. [...]"
online  news  howto  nonprofit  public  publicrelations  media  newspapers  television  radio  email  blogging 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interview: Julia Allison - PRWeek US
"The best way to handle bad press is to overwhelm it with other press. If you try to refute, and think that's an effective way for that to go away, it's not. All it will do is increase that particular angle in your Google search. The only way to deal with is to keep on going and take in other press for good things."
public  communication  social  google  identity  media 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - Al's Morning Meeting - NPR's Andy Carvin on the Role of Social Media in Gustav Coverage
"If you treat them as an audience -- treat them passively -- don't expect to get much more from them than letters to the editor. But the public can act as your bookers, your fixers, your librarians, your engineers and even your producers if you can give them a vision of what you want to accomplish together and the space they need to go do it."
media  journalism  socialnetworking  hurricane  twitter  npr  wiki  social  public  blogging  internet  library 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A fearful India turns to video for security - The National Newspaper
"[...] This spring, [New Delhi] also installed cameras at 59 stops along its subway line. So far, concerns about privacy have been muted, likely because so much of the city remains outside of CCTV’s watchful eye – a far cry from London’s roughly 1,800 cameras, monitoring virtually every inch of public space. But there have been concerns about how surveillance footage will be used. The surveillance industry does not fall under any government legislation. [...]"
india  asian  transit  privacy  security  video  government  transportation  public 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Crowd Funding - A Different Way to Pay for the News You Want - NYTimes.com
“It’s not like the crowd is killing the newspaper. Lots of things are killing the newspaper. The crowd is at once a threat to newsrooms, but it’s also one of several strategies that could help save the newspapers.”
newspapers  journalism  media  social  public  money 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Vancouver Magazine: Sad City
"We live in Babel; we are all so different. But in the Downtown Eastside, people tell me that their fundamental desire is not for money but for a feeling of connection and community. People crave that. It’s common to all humans. So in our public spaces, people are going to have to look past the surface. They are going to have to give each other a chance."
cities  urban  vancouver  britishcolumbia  happiness  research  canada  community  public  altruism  volunteering 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Martin Savidge to Leave NBC News for Public Television Show on World News - NYTimes.com
“Too often Americans are criticized for not taking an interest in foreign news, but too often people don’t make it meaningful enough to them.”
world  journalism  media  television  public  news  attention  reputation 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Editor & Publisher: Young Journos and The Social Contract 2.0
"[...] Under such circumstances, will it still be necessary for journalists to fulfill their self-deputized role as watchdogs in the unofficial fourth branch of government? Of course it will. But journalists who have enjoyed relative autonomy over public discourse for decades must now learn to share their piece of media pie with untrained others and respect the new element they bring to our collective goal of maintaining an informed, active populace. [...]"
media  journalism  newspapers  public  news  politics  government  social 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Monica Drake
"Writing is all one big conversation and it's been going on for ages. It's call and response. I've always been a reader, and for decades I've been writing. Now I finally had a novel out. My crew was out there, and this round, they were listening to me. I was in the written conversation, the world of ideas. That, in one more clownish moment among too many, made all the difference."
writing  books  portland  oregon  theater  public 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jennifer Nix: Resurrecting Literature: Sustenance for the Progressive Soul
"When people ask me why I put photos in The Lazarus Project, I say it is in the hope President Bush would flip through my book. Its main character is not a pet goat, but there is a picture of boobs in it."
bush  literature  history  creativity  writing  fiction  public  social  chicago  war  europe  iraq  police 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
National Post: Turning Toronto into a nanny state
"I think we need to be mindful of the kinds of laws we put in place because I think we can overregulate citizens to the point where nothing you do is without a penalty of some sort,"
toronto  canada  cities  law  public  social  police 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
globeandmail.com: I killed Tim Russert (on Wikipedia)
"The thing is, Wikipedia isn't really about history at all [...] It's not so much an encyclopedia as a registry of – and I use this word with some trepidation – reality. It's an ever-changing ledger book of where things stand in our universe."
community  journalism  wikipedia  public  media  diy  news 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits: Is Community News Just a "Nice to Have"?
"Most people say they value it. The may even think they value it. But if they really valued it, wouldn't far more of them make more effort to find it, read it, share it, and preserve and expand it -- as well as to create their own?"
news  community  media  journalism  public  social  newspapers  blogging  location  diy  attention 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Who Is a Public Intellectual? - Paper Cuts - Books - New York Times Blog
"At the most fundamental level, ideas for them were not building blocks to a career. Rather, careers were the material foundation that allowed them to define and express their ideas."
internet  philosophy  academia  identity  public  politics  career  attention  books  reputation  from:cecily 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Typo personalities -- chicagotribune.com
"They fight a losing battle, an unyielding tide of misplaced apostrophes and poor spelling. But still, they fight. Why, you ask. Because, they say. Because, they must."
culture  grammar  design  language  english  public  copyediting 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Can We Live In Public?
"I don't think you can expose yourself to 10,000 people a day and not get hurt on a regular basis."
socialnetworking  society  theory  twitter  security  public  privacy  love  life  flickr  culture  communication  blogging 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Smithsonian Magazine | Travel | You got a problem with that?
"When New Yorkers see a stranger, they don't think, 'I don't know you.' They think, 'I know you. I know your problems—they're the same as mine—and furthermore we have the same handbag.' So that's how they treat you."
culture  essay  newyork  nyc  psychology  reading  sociology  travel  geography  urban  cities  social  public 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Library Looks at Photography and the City - City Room - Metro - New York Times Blog
“As New Yorkers, we’re so used to the subway car that we almost don’t pay attention to it. This project, in a way, points that out. also does so in a way that reminds people that it’s still one place you to go every day.”
photography  nyc  transit  transportation  public  aesthetics  art  library 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: The street as platform
"Freeze the frame, and scrub the film backwards and forwards a little, observing the physical activity on the street. But what can’t we see?"
academia  cities  computers  data  design  futurism  information  infrastructure  location  media  mobile  music  politics  presence  privacy  public  radio  research  scifi  social  sociology  society  software  story  technology  urban  web  wifi  writing  essay  film  sciencefiction 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: 16 Ways of Looking at a Female Voter
"As Keeter and Carpini concluded in their study: 'A fully informed citizenry would have collective consequences, resulting in a public-opinion environment that is more ideologically diverse and slightly more liberal.'"
feminism  gender  politics  voting  elections  2008  men  women  public  power 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
contentious.com - Finding local Tweetups: A humble proposal
Amy Gahran puts her money down on serendipity: "If you like this idea, spread the word about this proposed syntax, and see if it ends up informing you about other local Tweetups outside your immediate social circle."
twitter  social  socialnetworking  online  public  marketing 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Mind Hacks: Mapping emotions onto the city streets
"He uses a technique he invented called biomapping where participants walk the area connected to a system that measures galvanic skin response - a measure of the electrical resistance of the skin which is known to give a rating of arousal and stress."
geography  psychology  society  sanfrancisco  california  social  public 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Walrus >> Mark Kingwell on Toronto Culture >> Toronto: Justice Denied
"Toronto is, instead, a linked series of towns loosely held together by the gravitational force of its downtown core and the pinned-in-place effect of the surveillance rod we call the CN Tower."
toronto  space  research  justice  geography  identity  cities  urban  canada  public  social 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What are we doing when we Twitter? - - mathewingram.com/work
"But posting it to Twitter gives it a kind of life, and exposes it to a whole range of people who might not otherwise have seen it."
communication  social  yasns  media  public 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Macworld | Editors' Notes | Available to chat
“I'm tired of words. I want to hear people’s voices, see them in the flesh. I want to analyze their body language and look them in the eyes—like old times. I want to reconnect.” “You're a damn fool."
communication  social  technology  friendship  work  jobs  relationships  public  attention  presence  via:cecilyk 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Digital Edge Blog - Newspaper Association of America: Advancing Newspaper Media for the 21st Century
"More than two dozen digital newspaper media professionals evaluated the 200+ entries based on strategy, creativity, impact and adaptability."
online  newspapers  media  journalism  internet  design  blogging  community  public 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Local Papers' Web Scramble - WSJ.com
"Newspapers are tied too closely to defending their print products and have not seen the Internet as an innovative and competitive tool to go out and compete."
newspapers  business  media  marketing  local  public  journalism  internet  gutenberg  mcluhan 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
With Regrets, New Orleans Is Left Behind - New York Times
“It’s not New Orleans to me. And I find myself asking, Where are all the people? I see all the empty houses, and I knew once there was people in all those houses. Where are the people, you know? Where are the people? [...]"
neworleans  louisiana  identity  usa  hurricane  katrina  social  public  memory  black  poverty 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
INTHEFRAY Magazine: Back to basics: Why newspapers need to embrace narrative
"Narrative is deliberate. Its structure, style, and voice are employed to reflect levels of meaning — social, psychological, historical — and to impart a sense of the greater significance of the action."
story  newspapers  media  journalism  community  social  public  nonfiction  news 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Center for Citizen Media: Blog » Blog Archive » Needed: Regulation to Prevent Journalists-Turned-Professors from Embarrassing Themselves
"For journalists, citizen or otherwise, it is very [sic] mcuh about principles, and ultimately honor. For the audiences, we need to instill deep, critical thinking and a solid grasp of media techniques." Yup!
web  social  newspapers  news  media  journalism  education  blogging  public 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
San Bernardino County Sun - FROM THE EDITOR: On County Salaries
"On Wednesday, we chose to remove the names of those employees from the list, publishing only the job title and salary." Good call.
public  government  journalism  california  ethics  sanbernardino  newspapers  online  work  jobs 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
howardowens.com: media blog » Blog Archive » Covering naked and jogging college students is good community journalism
"We must cover our communities as we really find them. We must use all available tools to reflect those communities back to our friends and neighbors in those communities. And then we must host the discussions that those reports encourage." Agreed!
newspapers  humor  media  journalism  massachusetts  public  social 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Media Nation: Just because you can ...
"Still, posting pictures of drunken students running around in their birthday suits is not the sort of thing a community newspaper ought to be doing. Just because you can doesn't mean that you should." I disagree.
journalism  massachusetts  media  editing  photography  community  public  college 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Young journos doomed to poverty and pink slips - SFBG Politics Blog
"I'd hoped to spend the next 35 years of my life doing this work. I think I'll go get viciously drunk now."
journalism  media  newspapers  sanfrancisco  politics  blogging  public  poverty  work  jobs 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
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