Author Archives: trianta

Dear publishers – We don’t believe you

«The point – dear publishers – is that you are selling your wares to literate (and numerate) folks who are able to do things like price comparisons.

If we discover that a heap of (DRM crippled) electrons costs us more than a pile of cellulose we begin to smell a large rodent and to feel like someone is ripping us off.»

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Twitter in 1906, France

«Aliocha then introduces a writer of whom I had never previously heard, Félix Fénéon, who for a few months in 1906 used the “News in Three Lines” column of Le Matin to tell stories in poetic snippets of fewer than 135 characters, such as:»

M. X., de Montauban, nettoyait son fusil. On l’enterre demain. (”Mr X of Montauban was cleaning his rifle. He will be buried tomorrow.”)

Madame Fournier, M. Voisin, M. Septeuil se sont pendus : neurasthénie, cancer, chômage. (”Mme Fournier, M. Voisin and M. Septeuil have hanged themselves: neurasthenia, cancer and unemployment.”)

Le bateau de pêche la Marie-Jeanne, dix hommes dessus. Une lame de fond, dix hommes dessous. (”Fishing boat Mary Jane, ten men aboard. A sudden swell, ten men below.”)»

check it out at democratic society

Why am I, a professor of journalism, encouraged to blog, tweet, and engage in public dialog about journalism, but still trusted to speak the “truth,” while journalists are not?

Why am I not required to “relinquish some of the personal privileges of private citizens” in order to do my job well?

Why am I allowed to get up in front of a classroom everyday and teach youngsters how to “do journalism,” while journalists themselves have to give up some of the personal privileges of private citizens?

What is it about journalistic professionalism that demands the monk-like embrace of personal rectitude?

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The paradox of individuality

Put a bunch of right-brained geeks in a room to solve a problem and you will probably find that they get on relatively well.

Put a bunch of creative left-brained marketing people in a room to solve a problem and you might expect the same thing.

The solutions offered, when compared to each other, are likely to be quite different and will also likely be sub-optimal.

For a truly good solution, we need diversity in perspectives and, although this pains me to say, marketing people are therefore actually needed.

This creates a bit of a problem though with the paradox of individuality because, as geeks, we all know the notion of marketing people being needed goes against everything we stand for.»

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