Monthly Archives: May 2012

Wikipedia and explainers

Jay Rosen talks about the idea of explainers. People say they use Wikipedia as the source of explainers. I realize I do too. Now the question is this — is Wikipedia the best we can do? Because what it does … Continue reading

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A simple proposal for discussion software makers

This protocol could be implemented by services like Quora, Disqus, Livefyre, WordPress, Stack Overflow or Drupal. I originally wrote it up as an idea for Quora, but realized it should be made more general. 1. Let’s create a very simple … Continue reading

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Will Twitter ever have competition?

There was the beginning of a lively debate at my talk at Mesh earlier this week in Toronto. I say if Twitter ever gets competition, or thinks competition might be coming soon, they will buy a news organization, maybe several. … Continue reading

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New York tech

Sometimes you have to get out of town to gain a perspective on the place you live. When you visit a tech scene in another country, it helps you see where you come from. In my case, the United States … Continue reading

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No deference from me

I remember talking to a friend, many years ago, who mentioned that one of his cousins had been elected to the US House of Representatives. “You must be very proud of him,” I said, which seemed quite reasonable to me … Continue reading

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Tagging offensive drivers

As a walker and cyclist, I’m often left standing in slack-jawed amazement at the incredible asshole-ness of drivers, wishing I had a paint gun so I could tag the car. Something that might wash off eventually, but would signal to … Continue reading

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Thread: $50 for a year of the NYT?

I keep getting emails from the NYT with offers for a digital subscription. They say I can get it really cheap for a certain number of weeks. Then what? Well, I thought, what if I made them an offer. I … Continue reading

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