I just sold my old, unreliable car. I am elated and bereft. People who have bought old cars and then witnessed their slow decline may recognise this mixture of feelings. You may also recognise this: the perfect last drive. My vehicle – Dexter, because old cars have human names – … Continue reading
Read Karl Hodge's answer to Do you think magazines and newspaper will disappear in the future? on Quora
It’s April Fool’s day and the beleaguered people who still read newspapers have endured a seasonal round of traditional pranks from the inky media. The Guardian has a round-up online already. But this post isn’t about those. It’s about two jokes that oddly misjudged the zeitgeist and our continuing affection for old technology. Even … Continue reading
Music was my gateway into computing – but the potential application that always excited me most was Virtual Reality – VR. Via William Gibson and Philip K Dick in my teenage years, through Jean Baudrillard in my early 20s – the immersive computer simulation of reality was just about the … Continue reading
August Never Ends ohdeargodbees: It’s a head splitting cognitive dissonance to be fielding requests for help from friends who have just gotten swatted at the same time as giving someone else numbers on the harassment and abuse perpetrated by GamerGate because someone he’s talking to thinks it’s over and never … Continue reading
Lean journalism: 10 lessons from an online-only publication Superb and instructive post on the lessons Sarah Marshall learned at journalism.co.uk about making digital journalism work in a small team.
Why Normal People Don’t Trust Data Journalism – According to an Idiot laughterkey: shortformblog: lifeandcode: infographicsinua: For a start, this kind of reporting doesn’t obey any of the four golden rules of attention-seeking: novelty, controversy, celebrity and sex. Another way of putting it is: they’re boring, written by boring people … Continue reading
Did Twitter Just Remake Storify? Writerly types will know that you’re not supposed to end a headline with a question mark because readers can always answer with a swift and resolute “no”. It’s called Betteridge’s law after m’colleague +Ian Betteridge – who coined the rule. But in this case the question … Continue reading