At Columbia, students "play pretend-journalism" for 10 months and leave with a master’s degree. "It’s striking how small has been the influence of J-school graduates on the upper reaches of American journalism." Tunku Varadarajan –Who Needs Dr. J? [Journalism-school reform at Columbia] (WSJ)
Weblogs are vehicles for debunking inaccurate, biased reporting–exposing the media giants like never before. "A favorite target is the [New York] Times, which has developed the habit of running front-page editorials posing as news reports." John Leo –Flogged by Bloggers (U.S. News)
"Researchers examined how different professions wrote text messages and divided them into four groups – creatives, jugglers, controllers and facilitators." –Children’s text messages are ‘the key to their future’ (Ananova) Sounds like a lazy journalist paraphrasing a press release rather than actually doing journalism, but the basic idea presented in the article seems interesting.
"The Internet is fueling an increase in library use which, in turn, has led to a library-construction and renovation boom." Steve Freiss –The Web Didn’t Kill Libraries: It’s the New Draw (CS Monitor)
"I’m far too busy to seek [new drugs] out by reading medical journals and research papers or by talking to my fellow doctors. It really is a huge help to get great drug recommendations by way of hats, T-shirts, coffee mugs, pencil holders, clipboards, and fanny packs that I randomly encounter or that are sent to my office unsolicited." Dr. Jeane Horschart –This Promotional Pen Works So Great…Satire from The…
Through the website http://www.austinpowers.com/, AOLTimeWarner seems to be hosting an altered version of my weblog, with the background colors changed, an advertisement added, and all the links changed — as if my weblog is affiliated with Austin Powers. I checked out the first movie from the library and won’t bother with any of the sequels. Why is AOLTimeWarner using my intellectual property to market its product? –Austin Powers Hijacked My…
Somebody who apparently doesn’t care much about copyright laws scanned in all the pages from the first appearance of the comic book hero Superman. –Action Comics #1, 1938
"John Robb, Userland president and COO, has coined a new term for the business blog — K-log, the ‘K’ denoting knowledge. It is so named because it is a tool for capturing and leveraging the knowledge contained in the minds of individual employees…" George Partington –Blogging: Electronic postings and links…nbsp; (WorldCom) Yes, that WorldCom.
Google has reversed the economy of links; linking to a document makes that document more valuable to page-ranking systems. "The link has a clearer value to B than the content of Bs page has to me or to my readers. I pay B for Bs content with my link." Jill Walker –Links and Power: The Political Economy of Linking on the Web
"Realizing he hadn’t eaten since lunch, the Ph.D candidate picked up the Burrito Bandito menu. Before he could decide on an order, he instinctively reduced the flyer to a set of shifting, mutable interpretations informed by the set of ideological biases—cultural, racial, economic, and political—that infect all ethnographic and commercial ‘histories.’" –Grad Student Deconstructs Take-Out Menu (The Onion)