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.