Low-tech media

I found Indexed through Freakonomics.  It demonstrates the principle to “invest a little, learn a lot.” 

Jessica Hagy makes amusing little diagrams. They look like they’re hand-drawn on index cards, but I’m not sure.

Indexed is planned to be released as a book in February 2008.

She says: “This site is a little project that lets me make fun of some things and sense of others. I use it to think a little more relationally without resorting to doing actual math.”

Published in: on September 30, 2007 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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Forging the future from the past

What’s new is often hyped or hated. But sometimes it’s not as new as it seems.

It’s fed with the future, but based on pieces of the past.

Hyperlocal journalism? Why be hyper about it?

Small community newspapers have existed probably as long as newspapers have been published. And before that, there was local oral literature, or even gossip.

Remember the “New Economy” of the late 1990s? And the Internet stock bubble afterward, and all the bubbles before?


Published in: on September 27, 2007 at 5:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Threats or opportunities

Challenge 1: The Internet and niche media — ’nuff said.

Challenge 2: Journalism jobs going overseas. See here and here. [NOTE: Deleted dead link to Craiglsits ad; March 27, 2009.]

Challenge 3: Automation.


Published in: on September 26, 2007 at 9:46 am  Comments (1)  
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Learning to listen better

The Web whispered.

We didn’t hear it when it was born. We didn’t hear it start breathing.

Some of us knew its stunted siblings. But Viewtron was ahead of its time.

The Net grew. It added links. But we weren’t listening.


Published in: on September 25, 2007 at 9:06 am  Comments (2)