Quote of the week

Human life confronts itself in its entirety through books and culture. In the the short term, the loss in quality is evident, yet this cannot be remedied by restoring the narrow humanism of the classical period. – Maurice Merleau-Ponty


Inside Forbes: The Inspiring Data Behind Two Digital Reporting Strategies

“What works best on the Web, short or long-form journalism? The monthly audience statistics for two accomplished FORBES reporters prove that online news consumers crave both. They devour brief and timely information and seek out the in-depth coverage that news stalwarts feared would disappear in the digital age.”

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Source : Forbes

Why Microsoft’s ‘Avoid Ghetto App’ Takes Us the Wrong Way

MSNBC, which is owned by Microsoft, attempted to weigh in on the budding controversy by mentioning that they never used the term “ghetto.” An AOL reporter actually did some reporting, talking to experts who compared the tool to redlining and found it “appalling” and others who said it was “creepy” but useful.

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Source : Polis

Article: Al Murray on the Twitter joke trial: ‘Problem is, the law don’t do funny’

I did what I could to keep up with the flow of the legal argument and various examples of precedent. Where it seemed to be heading was this: context isn’t enough, if you’re going to make a joke, make sure that you make it clear that a joke’s a joke – if you make it clear that a joke is a joke, then it is a joke. So, when saying something you regard as a joke, in order to avoid loss of job and life ruination, say “joke!”

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Source : Guardian

Digg Data Reveals What We Read But Are Too Scared or Embarrassed To Share

Specifically, vs what they shared to their Facebook Timeline in part through the new Digg Social Reader Open Graph which has helped boost Facebook referral traffic by 67 percent. It discovered telling psychological trends in how people want to portray idealized versions of themselves.

According to Digg’s data,”Entertainment stories were 14 percent of all stories read but less than 4 percent of those added to the Timeline. Likewise, political stories comprise less than 2 percent of those added to a user’s Timeline but close to 10 percent of what people read”. Gaming was another content type rarely shared.

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Source : Techcrunch

The end of online privacy?

But the damage has been done. “Between the Path debacle and Google’s Safari cookies, [Silicon] Valley’s moral bankruptcy on privacy was made obvious,” commented James Grimmelmann, an associate professor at New York Law School, on Twitter.

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Source : Guardian