This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
Brain Pickings is her attempt to create a 21st-century library, as she put it. “I want to build a new framework for what information matters,”
For all the cacophony, what I found on my screen was not incoherence or mob rule. Rather, it read like the world thinking to itself, filtered through the gazes of those whose outlooks I have come to trust and respect
Two entreprising students from the Portuguese city of Coimbra joined efforts and created a new ‘clipping’ tool called Bundlr. After its official launch in 2011, Bundlr has already conquered 11,000 registered users – including journalists from leading newspapers such as The Guardian
Findings is a pet project of Betaworks CEO John Borthwick and author Steven Johnson. The service lets you share your highlights from Kindle books as well as articles on the web via a bookmarklet. But it is not intended to be a web clipping service. It is really more about reading in the digital age, sharing quotations from books and other writings that resonate with you and making them your own by collecting them into a feed.
[From an interesting looking book “The Future of Looking Back” that focuses on “technology heirlooms”]… We either need systems that help us do this editing and maybe even edit automatically on our behalf, or we need to come at this content a different way. Maybe it’s better to let go of the idea of being able to organize all these digital heirlooms, but instead treat them as a large pool that we have a more serendipitous relationship with, where the delight is being shown something new and random from it, rather than something structured.
Organized Wisdom is creating a way of evaluating the authority of health-related social media users, which they can layer over Google’s relevance algorithms, so that they can surface useful health information from vetted sources.
As doctors and other health experts increase their output on social media, Organized Wisdom thinks they can scoop up that information and turn it into the backbone for their site.
I think curation has always been a part of journalism; we just didn’t call it that. Think of the word “media.” It’s about being in the middle, between the story and the public. The job of a reporter is to capture the most important elements to tell a story, and then go ahead and tell it. Watch any breaking news story on TV and you’ll see curation going on. They’ll quote sources, pull up clips from wherever, pass along info from pundits, etc. So curation itself isn’t new; it’s just the way that some of us are doing it online that’s fairly new. The tools have evolved, but the goal of capturing a story and turning people’s attention to it isn’t
if I were in Tahrir Square right now, it’d be a lot harder for me to focus on curation with that much stuff going on around me.
So I suppose you have to make a choice as to what kind of journalism you will focus on. NPR’s reporters in Egypt are focusing on audio; I’m sitting here in Washington, D.C. trying to create a real-time narrative of what’s going on, straight from the mouths of people involved in the uprising.