Journalism, Networks, and Grief

Here’s what was important this week….

Felix Salmon, a formers Reuters journalist, wrote a screed about why publishing news with the readers in mind is more valuable than breaking news.

As he puts it, “when journalists start caring about scoops and exclusives, that’s a clear sign that they’re publishing mainly for the benefit of other journalists, rather than for their readers. “

Even more clearly, and something that I can relate to easily, is the idea that:

“Readers come first, and all decent publications have their own readership: they shouldn’t be so meek as to assume that their readers will have invariably found the same news elsewhere, just because someone else’s version arrived a little earlier.”

When you spend most of your time on the Internet surrounded by, to borrow his phrase, media navel-gazers who lives on Twitter, everything starts to seem like unimportant, old news. But thankfully, when you talk to others outside of that arena, it is easy to remember that news that seems everywhere and overdone in one circle could be totally absent in another.

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Encounters with the Internet

Urban Outfitters Get What you Really Want Sale

Don’t read books, buy shoes. Urban Outfitters knows what you really wanted, and it wasn’t reading.

Blobfish

Sometimes, Facebook has the best ads.

Rhino play

This, for example, is a real play.

supernova

Disco pants let you be a Human Supernova. Minus the probable death that might be included in that.

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If you have a lot of tabs open, and it takes you awhile to get back to them, sometimes they’ll completely glitch out before they recover.