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Who decides where journalism is heading?

In asking whether “convergence” is the next media disaster, Ed Wasserman points out that professional journalists (so far) have had precious little input in shaping the newsroom (and the news product) of the future. Ed makes some excellent points, but I’m afraid the overall tone of the piece might make some journalists shake their fist […]

On hiatus

Posting from beautiful Guanajuato in the central highlands of Mexico … so far I have not found an Internet cafe with a decent connection speed, so I’m plowing through a backlog of e-mail slowly. UPDATE: Photos on Flickr.

Every book in the world, online

Kevin Kelly has a comprehensive piece in The New York Times Magazine today about a variety of large-scale projects to scan and make available online as many printed books as possible. Most people have probably heard about Google’s book project, but that’s not the only one. Of course this raises questions about copyright — and […]

Journalists vs. the academy

At all levels of the U.S. education system, champions of free speech and press have sometimes come to conflict with school administrators. The latest example of this: At Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Mass Communications, longtime Time magazine correspondent and editor Jack White quit teaching because “the atmosphere in Hampton is in […]

Useful uses of Google Trends

What do you learn if you check Google Trends for four popular audio editing tools — Sonar, Cubase, GarageBand and ProTools? Check out the neat comparison chart at GarageSpin, a good blog that covers audio recording technology. A heck of a lot of people are searching for Cubase … I never heard of it! Technorati […]

Jordan’s War package (critique 3)

The problems in this package keep circling round like hungry wolves — they won’t go away. It’s the pieces. Too much stuff in too many pieces. I want to like it, and I do like it. It’s like a nice supper beside the campfire. There’s a lot to like. But there are those wolves … […]

Beautiful Evidence, by Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte has a new book. Oh my! One chapter is titled “Links and Causal Arrows: Ambiguity in Action,” and another is “Words, Numbers, Images — Together.” I remember the day I found Tufte’s Envisioning Information in the Mid-Manhattan Library. I think it was in 1991, and I was trying to figure out how to […]