Monthly Archives: October 2009

Thou Shall Not

thou shall

I spotted this photo in my blog roll, blithely attributed to Ryan Paonessa. Ryan! One of my favorite perks of my job is that I get to work with a cool bunch of researchers around the world. Ryan pitched in on a year-long research project I headed up last year as our voice from Brooklyn. Not only is he taking great pics like this, but he’s also keeping a mobile photolog, OurMoFoto, with his girlfriend Morgan.

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A Collaborative Year

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the3six5 project. 365 days. 365 individual voices writing a collaborative diary to chronicle the year of 2010.

I just received word that I am on board for the project initiated by Len Kendall and Daniel Honigman. On May 28, I will write a 250 word entry about my experiences throughout the day. One day. One person. There are a few famous writers, comedians, TED speakers, etc. in the mix, but for the most part the journal will be crowdsourced by people who just want to write and participate.

A published book is planned, depending on the amount of funding raised. Make a donation at Kickstarter.

Ink on Their Fingers

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Looking for a nice Hollywood fix a few weekends ago, I watched State of Play and enjoyed seeing a familiar subject come up in the plot line: the dichotomy between online and print journalism. At the beginning of the film, the seasoned reporter (Russell Crowe) is introduced to the reporter in charge of the newspaper’s blog. A young woman who is capable and eager, but doesn’t have the personal connections and experience of Crowe. And she never has a pen on hand. The plot thickens thanks to their investigative reporting that does not involve scouring the internet. Along the way, the eyes of the blogger are opened to see that ‘real reporting’ is about all the ‘offline’ work. As they are about the send their big story to print, Crowe asks his learning blogger if she’s sorry it’s not breaking online. She responds, “I figure when people read a story like this, they should get some ink on their fingers.”

While a big proponent of sustaining journalism in all its forms, I think many of the discussions around the death of print journalism miss the point precisely because they put online and print in two opposing corners. Perhaps State of Play is an extreme example, but it’s not alone. Online and print are not mutually exclusive, but obviously complement each other on many levels. Online content isn’t driving print to its death, but it does reflect changing habits of media consumption. Today content is more dynamic, coming to us non-stop from a vast array of sources. Rather than relying on one media source, we are now the creators of our own information circuit. Sure, the staggering loss of revenue in the newspaper industry is very real. But I believe this changing media landscape is prompting print to undergo an evolution, as it takes a cue from online content. And I hope that it, in turn, revitalizes some of the elements that give print so much value.

Domino Effect

Cute animation for the World Wildlife Fund by Wyld Stallyons.

Lolita Cover Contest

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On his blog Venus febriculosa, John Bertram challenged designers to design a cover for Vladimir Nabokov’s masterpiece Lolita.

The winning design by Lyuba Haleva of Bulgaria was announced yesterday.

“What I really love about Lyuba Haleva’s cover is that it really gets at the poetry of the novel. Humbert is transported by Lolita, so the wings are an intriguing choice. Whether they represent Lolita and Annabel Leigh or Lolita the fantasy and Lolita the real person I have no idea…Somehow it all feels right to me and very inspired, and although the typeface is anachronistic and suggests to me a classic European novel, it seems to work.”

— John Bertram (via The Bygone Bureau)

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