Late again. A long drive back from a client's offices on Friday night prevented the newsletter going out Saturday morning, so this is now your virtual version of the Sunday Times, without the danger that dropping it will kill small mammals.
Journalism & Publishing
Good piece rounding up some opinions on how the Indy can survive its online-only future. And I'm not just saying that because it quotes me…
Great example of getting ahead of the story - and then thinking about how to develop your service to the readers off the back of it.
One unpleasant - and unexpected - side effect of the internet is the psychological toll being imposed on those journalists who's job it is to look at and verify disturbing media. This article proposes some solutions.
I am both pleased and annoyed to link to this. Pleased, because it's a great initiative to celebrate female journalists. Annoyed that this trade is still run in such a way that awards like this are necessary.
Life on the Interwebs
Stephen Fry articulates what so many of us have been feeling - Twitter is a far more hostile and difficult place than it used to be.
Anil Dash makes a worrying case that the internet is closing down - that the sort of freedom to organise and protest we use dot enjoy is being curtailed as big internet companies rise to central prominence.
What are the reasons why some celebrities keep dying online again and again and again? Basically - people don't look at publication dates.
A dating show for an online trading card game, loosely derived from an MMORPG. This, my friends, is the future of media.
He makes the chips. And that makes him more important to Apple than you realise…
The story of a 1970s computer-science lab, a spare magazine, and one model’s unlikely technological legacy.
Life for good and ill
Basically, it sucks to be a woman in academia - especially if you have children. My wife is more intelligent and harder-working than me, and knowing that she faces this sort of prejudice makes me despair of our society.
We have too much stuff in our lives. And the design world has not yet got its head around this idea.
A former student discovers that blondes get more dates - and more idiots. Are men really this simple?
Basically, I'm in marking hell right now. And as soon as I emerge, this will get back on schedule.
But I hope you enjoyed it anyway…