Monthly Archives: January 2008

links for 2008-01-22

Justin Timberlake – Culture – Hollywood – Idea Lab – New York Times Excellent article on “comparative advantage” – the influence of social behavior in tastemaking, suggesting that “hits” are made by a small number of first movers who influence … Continue reading

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links for 2008-01-20

Sweet Juniper! Truly lovely post about exploring urban ruins, hope, decay and sadness, inspired by photographing a disused book repository in Detroit (tags: blog books education urban photography decay) Using Twitter to Help Communities | Nate Ritter Interesting ideas in … Continue reading

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links for 2008-01-19 – Your Guide to Good Journalism Interesting site that invites users to rate the fairness, trust and believability of media sources, from newswires to blogs (tags: journalism news web2.0 trust civicmedia citizenmedia) The Great Indian Mutiny ‽ The Zero … Continue reading

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Kenya: mapping the dark and the light

Like many of you, I’ve been following the events in Kenya closely the past three weeks. One way to measure the continuing protest and unrest is to follow the story through Ushahidi, a citizen media site put together by friends … Continue reading

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Mugabe makes more Zim millionaires

Amanda Atwood was complaining a week back about Zimbabwe’s $750,000 notes: “most of us aren’t very comfortable operating in base 75,” and even those who learn to count with the bills discover that they don’t buy much – they’re insufficient … Continue reading

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Cute Cat Theory at ETech

I’m speaking at this year’s O’Reilly ETech conference, which takes place in San Diego, CA from March 3-6th. Tragically, I’m there only for the day I’m speaking – the 4th – and then heading to New York to attend a … Continue reading

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Rising Voices Introduction to Citizen Media

My friend and colleague David Sasaki has just published a remarkable guide, “An Introduction to Citizen Media”. The guide is closely related to David’s main project, Rising Voices, a branch of the Global Voices family that’s focused on introducing citizen … Continue reading

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Vinyl ethics

About two years ago, when the Ion USB turntable came out, I bought one, set it up and began ripping old vinyl records to my laptop. I was deeply disappointed. The software that came with the turntable was unusable, and … Continue reading

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The Geography of Bliss

The last time I wrote about happiness, I found myself swamped with emails requesting my data set and asking questions about methodologies for measuring happiness. Readers, it seems, are pretty interested in happiness. And editors certainly are – Businessweek just … Continue reading

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links for 2008-01-15

I Can Has Rezearch Papar? by Cyle Gage interesting examination of image macro culture on YTMND and 4chan, with a focus on questions about whether authors are adults with a sometimes puerile sense of humor, or whether the sites have … Continue reading

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