[E]very journalist […] at some point will have to face the morally indefensible way we go about our business: namely, using other people to tell a story about the world. Not everyone dupes their subjects into trusting them, but absolutely everyone robs other people of their stories to tell their own. Every journalist knows this flushed feeling, a mix of triumph and guilt, of securing the story that will redound glory unto them, not the subject. Some subjects who have no outlet, who are voiceless, approve of this arrangement, since they have no other way of getting their story heard. But even they will not wholly recognize their own depiction in the newspaper, by virtue of the fact that it was told by someone else with their own agenda. This is what Jonathan Franzen has called the “inescapable shame of being a storyteller”—that it involves stealing from another person, much in the way some people believe a photograph steals a bit of the sitter’s soul.
Authors Primavera De Filippi, Juan Ortiz Freuler, and Joshua Tan outline three competing narratives that have shaped the internet: libertarian, corporate, and nationalist. “[These narratives] emerged from a community of shared interests; each calls for a set of institutional arrangements; each endures in today’s politics.” » about 400 words
D.B. Cooper day is celebrated on this day, the Saturday following Thanksgiving, every year.
Back in the before times, Vitaminwater invited applicants to a contest to go a full year without a smartphone or tablet. It was partly in response to rising concerns over the effect of all those alerts on our brains. Over 100,000 people clamored for the chance, but author Elana A. Mugdan’s entry stood out with an amusing video, and in February 2019 the company took away her iPhone 5s and handed her a Kyocera flip phone. » about 600 words
Journalism is facing both a trust crisis and a sustainability crisis. Membership answers to both.
It is a social contract between a news organization and its members in which members give their time, money, energy, expertise, and connections to support a cause that they believe in. In exchange, the news organization offers transparency and opportunities to meaningfully contribute to both the sustainability and impact of the organization.
Elsewhere it continues:
Membership is not subscription by another name, nor a brand campaign that can be toggled on and off.
Memberful routines are workflows that connect audience members to journalism and the people producing it. Routines are the basis for a strong membership strategy. Notice that audience members are specified here, which is likely a wider group than your members.
New reports reveal yet more structural political biases in consumption and monetization models.» about 300 words
Media face structural, regulatory, and technical hurdles to effectively monetizing with ads on the internet, but there are some solutions that are working. » about 1000 words
Sweet Pea on the state of social media and dating apps: “We are not creating a healthy society when we’re telling millions of young people that the key to happy relationships is photo worthy of an impulsive right swipe.” » about 800 words
Reddit and Twitch both allow members to pay for the privilege of reacting to other member's content with special awards or stickers. » about 600 words
Facebook introduced reactions with an emphasis on both the nuance they enabled and the mobile convenience: “[I]f you are sharing something that is sad [...] it might not feel comfortable to Like that post.” Later: “Commenting might afford nuanced responses, but composing those responses on a [mobile] keypad takes too much time.” » about 800 words
Twitter switched from Faves to Likes in 2015. “You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your *favorite*,” they explained. Weeks after the change, liking activity for existing users was up 6% and 9% for new users. » about 500 words
- 1 1/2 oz Tequila
- 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 oz Honey syrup1
- 1 Egg white
- 1 dash Scrappy’s lavender bitters
- Garnish: Lavender sprig
- Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry-shake (without ice).
- Add ice and shake again to emulsify thoroughly.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with a lavender sprig.
Honey syrup: Add 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan over medium heat. (You can experiment and decide how much of a honey flavor you want in your syrup. The more honey you use, the thicker the syrup and stronger in flavor it will be.) Stir until blended. Strain into a jar and seal tightly with a lid. Will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator. ↩︎
As it turns out, there’s a lot of stuff that’s been forgotten up there, and quite a bit that some are trying to hide. The blog is an entertaining view into the world satellites, including communication, spy, weather, research, and the occasional probe going further afield.
@nakedlunchsf was notable for having both a strong contender for the best burger in the city, _and_...
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ditto. Via a Github issue:
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Zuckerberg describes TikTok as “almost like the Explore Tab that we have on Instagram,” but Connie Chan suggests he's missing the deeper value of AI, and TechCrunch's Josh Constantine suggests Zuck is missing the bigger difference in intent on TikTok. » about 400 words
Benjamin Lee’s instructions and downloadable template to make panoramic carousel Instagrams (AKA #swipegram), as illustrated via his animation above. » about 100 words
“It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way about. Everywhere they...
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” —wisdom by Albert...
Spotify often gets bashed by top creators. The service pays just $0.00397 per stream, but with 108 million users listening to an average of 25 hours per month, those streams can add up for creators who can get the listener’s attention.
Spotify verifies artists who then get additional benefits on the platform. Some artists find success the traditional route, some optimize their work for the system, others work the system…and some really work it.
Relevance to other network/aggregation platforms: tiny payments add up, and given a platform, creators will find a way to get and maximize value from it. The critical component is customers.
I’m a stickler for detail and love to add exif metadata for my film cameras to my scanned images. These are my notes to self about the data I use most often. I only wish exif had fields to record the film details too.» about 400 words
Delete your old photos, rebrand your page, and delete it entirely are all common advice. Plus some tools and traps to be aware of. » about 600 words
Every media, network, or platform has would-be influencers or promoters who can help connect consumers with creators. Don’t mistake the value of these tastemakers, and be sure to find a place for them to create new value for your platform.» about 400 words
Storehouse shuttered in summer 2016, just a couple years after they launched, but the app and website introduced or made beautiful a few features that remain interesting now.» about 400 words