Archives: Media

May 02

Mozilla slams CISPA

One of the first tech companies to do so: While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that […]

Apr 29

Not so different

Nilay Patel compares Google Drive’s much-debated terms of service to those of Dropbox, iCloud, SkyDrive: All web services should be subject to harsh scrutiny of […]

Apr 26

Why ebooks cost so much

Former literary agent Nathan Bransford, on the costs of publishing: For a new best-selling hardcover, all of the costs associated with print, from the printing […]

Apr 26

Tor/Forge ebooks losing DRM

From the Tor blog: Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen, today announced that by early July 2012, their entire […]

Aug 21

The elusive big idea

Neal Gabler laments: If our ideas seem smaller nowadays, it’s not because we are dumber than our forebears but because we just don’t care as […]

Jul 06

Like attracts like

Asif Khan, on how he selects content for ufahari: Honestly speaking, whatever interests me. You know I have always believed in one thing, ‘do what […]

Jun 17

All about the marketing?

Author Steven Leather, on mixed-up priorities: The vast majority of self-published eBooks are bad. Worse than bad. Awful. There, I’ve said it […] When I […]

Jun 10

“The internet is my religion.”

Activist and cancer survivor Jim Gilliam speaks about the power of connected humanity at Personal Democracy Forum 2011.

Jun 10

The Bored-in-Line Network

Michael Sippey: Jonah Peretti once told Gothamist that “the Internet is powered by bored office workers who sit at their desks forwarding emails, surfing the […]

Jun 03

Digital smoke signals

James Shelley: Broadcasting is not somehow “morally inferior” to peer-to-peer content delivery. In fact, as a mode of telecommunication, broadcasting has done amazing things for […]

Jun 01

The art of self-description

Michael Margolis, on writing your own bio: Even the most skilled communicators get tongue-tied and twisted when trying to represent themselves in writing. We fear […]

May 27

Silence vs. overload

Shawn Blanc, on writing and curating a blog full-time: In a way, I have to pretend that I’m the only site out there. That if […]

May 26

The organization of self

James Shelley on how social media affects the individual: Paradoxically, human individuals can now interact with everything as if they themselves are organizations; descriptive, third-party […]

May 23

On Tumblr, comments, and not being a jerk

Ben Pieratt, on the benefits of Tumblr’s lack of a native comment system: Tumblr feels very safe, very supportive. The lack of native comments yields […]

May 20

The decline of objective journalism

From Brooke Gladstone’s new book, The Influencing Machine, via Slate: U.S. newspapers try to build a wall between the editorial pages and the news pages. […]

May 19

Ebooks outsell all paper books on Amazon

Kindle ebooks now outsell hardcovers and paperbacks combined on Amazon – 105 ebooks for every 100 paper books sold since the beginning of April. Physical […]

May 17

No literary merit

Paul Theroux: I loathe blogs when I look at them. Blogs look to me illiterate, they look hasty, like someone babbling. To me writing is […]

May 17

Fall in love with the work. Believe in what you do.

From Robert Krulwich’s commencement speech to the Berkeley Journalism School’s Class of 2011: A job at NBC, ESPN, New York Times, NPR, may look safe […]

May 10

Disruptive self-publishing

There’s still a market for physical books, if you get creative. Scott Sigler’s self-publishing strategy: We set a goal to sell 600 pre-orders of a […]

May 03

The amazing artwork of autism

These images are all from Drawing Autism, a collection of artwork by people with autism, both young and old, both amateurs and professional artists. Absolutely […]

May 03

Tweeted out of context

Jonathan Fields, on Twitter, transparency, and the problem of context: In an odd way, it seems channels known as the protectors of transparency, authenticity and […]

May 01

A phone’s-eye view

This is very cool and just a little scary. Using little more than our cell phone location data, scientists can predict all kinds of things […]

Apr 30

Describing yourself

I took the Twitter profile descriptions of a bunch of people I follow and plugged them into Wordle, a free service that lets you create […]

Apr 27

Cybercriminals target Kindle ebooks

Scammers and malware distributors are targeting ebook consumers by publishing shady ebooks with malicious links embedded in the text. I don’t know whether to be […]

Apr 26

Interesting is forever

I like what Cory Doctorow had to say on information overload and the shelf life of interesting content: It turned out that “overload” has a […]

Feb 14

Down with the hype

Publishing veteran Shawn Coyne on the decline of “literary” fiction: The audience for “literary” books has shrunk considerably over the twenty years I’ve been in […]