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Posted on Dec 23, 2008 by billsimmon in awesome, blogging, Digital Culture, linkdump, vermont | 3 Comments

For some reason, today is all about reading articles about digital culture. These are all worth your time (well, maybe just skim the Salon piece) and will perhaps engender some discussion in the comments?

  • Lawrence Lessig argues in Newsweek that the FCC should be dismantled and replaced with something that actually promotes innovation in technology rather than suppresses it.
  • This New Yorker op-ed wonders at the future of newspapers specifically, and news-dissemination in general.
  • In Salon, David Brin attempts (and fails, IMO) to find a middle ground between the ‘net pessimism of Nicholas Carr’s Is Google Making Us Stupid? and the exciting optimism of Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody. In doing so, Brin takes on the role of Half Ted. “Half is nowhere.”
  • The Guardian UK has an excellent post-mortem of last week’s WSJ claim that Google had somehow reversed its position on net neutrality. The piece not only shows where the WSJ got it wrong, but uses the kerfuffle as an opportunity to point out the ways in which the blogosphere can work as an excellent filter of this sort of drivel.
  • Gahlord at Burlington’s own Union Street Media has compiled a list of anti-Twitter blog posts, mostly posted by people who just don’t understand it and so they think it’s stupid.  It’s an easy and natural reaction to have given Twitter’s popularity and the fact that its adherents use the verb “tweet” without irony on a regular basis. Still, these people are wrong.

UPDATE: Kevin Drum et al. weighs in on the future of the news biz.



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  1. On December 29, 2008, Mark Sasahara said:

    Hey Bill, Happy Holidays to you and Emily!

    So I am one of those people who thinks Twitter is stupid. Who the fuck cares what so and so is doing? It’s meaningless drivel that makes people fell important, but adds more junk to the electronic junk buzzing around already. I am already overwhelmed with work, looking for work, junk mail in my email and my real mailbox. I have more important things to do and I frankly don’t give a shit.

    If I am going to have some sort of event, I will send invitations and let people know. Yes, in some ways twitter can be useful, but I really don’t have the time, or energy to go to ten or twenty sites and read everyone’s twitter.

    I’ve pretty much stopped bloggng because I really don’t have that much to say and I don’t think anybody relly gives a shit about what I have to say anyway. I should probably post some photos or something, but I’m too damn lazy.

    Anyway, convince me, why twitter and why should I care?

  2. > Anyway, convince me

    I can’t convince you. Try it for a month and see if you like it. But don’t just half-assedly fiddle with it for an hour or two and then decide it’s lame.

    One thing: don’t treat it like an inbox. Think of it more as live TV (or like a hundred live TVs at once). You turn it on, you check it out, you turn it off. (And it’s not ten or twenty sites, it’s just one site with an amalgamated stream.)

  3. Thanks Alex, I will check it out.

    Happy New Year y’all!

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