New AP Stylebook Cuts the 'Malarkey,' Brings in the 'WMD'

Editor and Publisher: The newest version of the Associated Press Stylebook is available, and if you follow it, “WMD,” “iPhone” and “anti-virus” are in, while “barmaid,” “blue blood” and “malarkey” are out. Those are just some of the changes to its rules for certain often-used phrases and words. There are also new acceptable forms of describing the Sept. 11 attacks, and a different rule for use for “African-American.” Via the…

Josh Harris: "Pseudo was a fake company." – Boing Boing

I noticed something fishy about Josh Harris’s Jupiter Media Metrix back in 2000, when I wrote “Parasites on the Internet.” Now Harris tells BoingBoing that his next project was a $25 million joke: I now acknowledge that Pseudo Programs, Inc., a New York City based Internet television network founded in 1994 and sold from bankruptcy in 2000 was the linchpin of a long form piece of conceptual art. Pseudo burned…

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The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete

Wired: The Petabyte Age is different because more is different. Kilobytes were stored on floppy disks. Megabytes were stored on hard disks. Terabytes were stored in disk arrays. Petabytes are stored in the cloud. As we moved along that progression, we went from the folder analogy to the file cabinet analogy to the library analogy to — well, at petabytes we ran out of organizational analogies. At the petabyte scale,…

Writing Style for Print vs. Web

Jakob Nielsen: Print publications — from newspaper articles to marketing brochures — contain linear content that’s often consumed in a more relaxed setting and manner than the solution-hunting behavior that characterizes most high-value Web use. In print, you can spice up linear narrative with anecdotes and individual examples that support a storytelling approach to exposition. On the Web, such content often feels like filler; it slows down users and stands…