Friday linkage, some fun and some deep, and lots to think about. Happy Veteran’s Day, and it’s also 11/11/11, which means something – I’m not sure.
First, this was the tempest in a teapot this week from Poynter: Romenesko resigns after 12 years at Poynter. Poynter has been hammered in the comments. I’ll leave it to you to decide the merits of whatever it was that caused his abrupt departure. But someone on Twitter had the audacity to call him journalism’s Joe Paterno. Someone needs to get a grip, a clue and some perspective.
Mixel for iPad: A social art collage app. Free, and one of the authors is Koi Vihn, whose design ideas I’ve appreciated.
Smart is the new sexy (NAA): This is an ad campaign by the Newspaper Association of America. I suppose it’s trying to make newspapers “hip” or something through the use of pastels and sans serif fonts. Maybe I’m just too old to see the effectiveness.
What is Photojournalism (Ed Kashi): “Ed was asked recently by Whitney Johnson at the New Yorker magazine how he defined photojournalism today. Below is his response, illustrated with examples that highlight the 3 distinct parts of Ed’s definition.”
Ten technical Twitter tips for journalists (journalism.co.uk): For those new to the platform, or some tips for the longtime user.
We Are Journalists (tumblr): “We are journalists. We are proud of what we do. We are tired of bad press about the press. We are trying to be “team players.” We are terrified of more layoffs and paycuts. We would like to produce quality work without ‘obamasux99’ posting some non-sequitur rant at the end of it. We complain because we want things to be better. We would like some respect, plz. We are journalists.”
Cameras Everywhere: The Promise and Peril for Human Rights (MediaShift): It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
The Social Graph is neither (Pinboard blog): “Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.”
A Brief Rant On The Future of Interaction Design (Bret Victor): This is worth reading for its contrarian take on the future of interface design, and this paragraph: “Pictures Under Glass is an interaction paradigm of permanent numbness. It’s a Novocaine drip to the wrist. It denies our hands what they do best. And yet, it’s the star player in every Vision Of The Future.” is pure gold.