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Is social media killing big ideas?: In the New York Times this week, USC fellow Neal Gabler put forward a different form of the familiar "information overload" complaint, this time tying the proliferation of social media to the paucity of big ideas. We don't spend time thinking about and valuing big ideas, Cephalexin from canada, he argued, because we're too busy trying to process — and add to — the flood of information coming at us through social media. You can't think and tweet at the same time, Gabler said, because tweeting "is a form of distraction or anti-thinking."
Naturally, this didn't go over particularly well among the online media punditry. Several people countered that one of Twitter's functions is to direct users to big ideas, no prescription Cephalexin online, to point outside of its 140-character limits through hyperlinks. Media prof Chuck Tryon, author Stephen Baker, and Techdirt's Mike Masnick all made that argument, with Masnick summing it up well: "While social media may not have enlarged Gabler's intellectual universe, it has massively enlarged mine, Cephalexin Price. Thanks to Twitter specifically, I've been able to meet tons of fascinatingly smart people I never would have met otherwise." The trick, as Baker said, is to "listen to the right people, Cephalexin interactions, and then follow their links."
Two other writers made particularly smart points: Kevin Drum of Mother Jones noted that where before we knew exactly where to find big ideas and how to discuss them, we're now in the middle of a massive media transition. That doesn't mean the big idea is dead, he said, it means it's headed somewhere new, and we don't know exactly where yet. And the Lab's Megan Garber pointed out that Gabler's vision of big ideas is closely tied to big media, buy Cephalexin online cod, but argued that those big ideas don't need big media to thrive. Instead, she said, "Increasingly, though, Cephalexin australia, uk, us, usa, the ideas that spark progress are collective, diffusive endeavors rather than the result (to the extent they ever were) of individual inspiration."
A paywall plan that understands online readers?: Reuters blogger Felix Salmon is already on record as a supporter of the New York Times' five-month-old paywall, and this week he detailed exactly why he thinks it's so effective. Cephalexin Price, Salmon likened the Times' metered model, with all of its leeway and potential workarounds, to a polite "Please keep off the grass" sign. He argued that contra the prevailing philosophy that readers won't pay for something they can get for free, the Times is betting that "the pleasure of reading its content will be enough to persuade a large number of people to pay. It’s a far more attractive model, and one which is much more likely to attract new young subscribers over the long term."
In a follow-up post, buy cheap Cephalexin, Salmon explained why the Times' model is fundamentally different from the Financial Times' pay meter — it's not trying nearly as hard to keep non-subscribers away from its content. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson and Poynter's Jeff Sonderman agreed with Salmon's premise: Wilson praised the efficacy of getting paid after the fact rather than before, and Sonderman said the Times has discovered that convenience, duty, and appreciation are more compelling motivations than coercion. Cephalexin over the counter, There was one notable dissenter: GigaOM's Mathew Ingram, who took issue with the idea that the Times' plan has been successful, arguing instead that it's not growing the paper's online audience, but setting up digital sandbags to protect a declining print product. The plan "has virtually nothing to do with actually taking advantage of the digital world in any concrete way," Ingram wrote, Cephalexin Price. "It’s just charging people nickels and dimes for their paper, the way the NYT and other newspapers have for a century and a half or so."
News Corp.'s problems continue to grow: The damning information against News Corp. in the phone-hacking scandal at its former News of the World newspaper keeps on coming, Cephalexin no rx. This week, it was a four-year-old letter written by Clive Goodman, a reporter at the center of the scandal. In it, Goodman said that the hacking was discussed regularly at the paper and suggested that knowledge of it ran much deeper than News Corp. Cephalexin Price, has been insisting. Ordering Cephalexin online, Notably, News Corp. had submitted the letter to Parliament but redacted the incriminating parts.
With the new revelation, Slate's Jack Shafer wrote that "the scandal has grown too large for one or two willing Murdoch lieutenants or employees to stanch it by taking the fall." That impression has led many watchers to wonder, as the Guardian's Brian Cathcart did, if James Murdoch, Cephalexin recreational, Rupert's son, may be forced to resign. James responded late last week to Parliament's questions about his truthfulness in his testimony to them last month, and News Corp. is reportedly making plans in case he decides to step aside, Cephalexin Price.
The bad news continues to pile up elsewhere in News Corp., Cephalexin photos, too. The private investigator at the center of the scandal sued News International (the company's British newspaper division) for not paying his legal bills, and officially acknowledged in its annual report that the scandal could impair its business, and that it doesn't know how much money it'll end up costing. Two more commentators — the New Yorker's Ken Auletta and Reuters' David Callahan — echoed a popular sentiment lately, saying the responsibility for this whole ordeal lies directly with Rupert Murdoch.
Google grabs a mobile-phone producer: For the tech geeks among us, buy Cephalexin online no prescription, Google made some big news this week, buying Motorola Mobility, Motorola's mobile devices division, for $12.5 billion. According to the New York Times Cephalexin Price, , the deal had a lot to do with stockpiling patents in order to defend its Android mobile operating system from patent lawsuits. It also may allow Google to drive down development costs for the all-important smartphone and tablet markets. Order Cephalexin online c.o.d, Cory Bergman of Lost Remote noted that this move isn't just about mobile, though — it also represents Google's biggest move into TV yet. With Motorola's significant share of the cable-TV hardware business, Bergman said, Google now has the opportunity to seamlessly integrate its technology with TVs across the world.
Here at the Lab, Joshua Benton used the acquisition as an example of the tension between a Windows-style modular approach to business, buy Cephalexin without a prescription, with products that can be swapped in and out, and an Apple-esque interdependent one, with a set of interlinking, proprietary products. He also applied the idea to news, saying our journalistic ecosystem needs both the more open modular approach and the more packaged interdependent approach, Cephalexin Price.
A couple of other posts looked at the story of the deal itself: Reuters' Felix Salmon examined the decline (and declining value) of the financial scoops beat, Cephalexin schedule, and Gawker's Ryan Tate saw Google's manufactured press-release quotes by its business partners as a sign that Google is moving away from the "Don't Be Evil" mantra toward being a tight-fisted corporate giant.
Reading roundup: This week was a pretty packed one. Here's the best of the rest:
— This week in AOL: The New York Times' Verne Kopytoff analyzed why the new-look AOL has experienced so many hiccups, and j-prof Dan Kennedy seized on the tidbit in that article that AOL would reportedly be profitable without Patch.
— Web philosopher David Weinberger wrote a fantastic piece about the journalistic curiosity and community exchange that's present at Reddit, and GigaOM's Mathew Ingram echoed his thoughts.
— The Knight Digital Media Center's Joy Mayer has apparently become journalism's "Minister of Engagement," and she's earned the title, publishing a thorough guide to community engagement for newsrooms.
— The Online Journalism Review's Robert Niles wondered what journalism is worth, and came up with some depressing answers.
— Finally, since classes are starting up all over the place in the next week or two, here's 10 great tips for journalism students from Sarah Marshall of Journalism.co.uk, via Twitter.
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Google's biggest social effort yet: This is a two-week edition of This Week in Review, so most of our news comes from last week, rather than this week. The biggest of those stories was the launch of Google+, Google's latest and most substantial foray into the social media landscape. TechCrunch had one of the first and best explanations of what Google+ is all about, and Wired's Steven Levy wrote the most comprehensive account of the thinking at Google behind Plus: It's the product of a fundamental philosophical shift from the web as information to the web as people.
Of course, the force to be reckoned with in any big social media venture is Facebook, and even though Google told Search Engine Land it's not made to be a Facebook competitor, Flagyl pics, Google+ was seen by many (including the New York Times) as Google's most ambitious attempt yet to take on Facebook. The design looks a lot like Facebook, and pages for businesses (like Facebook's Fan Pages) are on their way.
Longtime tech blogger Dave Winer was unimpressed at the effort to challenge Facebook, and Om Malik of GigaOM said Facebook has nothing to be afraid of in Google+, though All Facebook's Nick O'Neill said Google+'s ubiquity across the web should present a threat to Facebook, Flagyl No Rx.
But the biggest contrast people drew between Google+ and Facebook was the more intuitive privacy controls built into its Circles feature. Ex-Salon editor Scott Rosenberg wrote a particularly thoughtful post arguing that Google+ more accurately reflects social life than Facebook: "In truth, Facebook started out with an oversimplified conception of social life, Order Flagyl online overnight delivery no prescription, modeled on the artificial hothouse community of a college campus, and it has never succeeded in providing a usable or convenient method for dividing or organizing your life into its different contexts." His thought was echoed by j-prof Jeremy Littau (in two posts) and the Guardian's Dan Gillmor.
Google's other ventures into social media — Buzz, Wave, Orkut — have fallen flat, so it's somewhat surprising to see that the initial reviews for Google+ were generally positive. Among those enamored with it were TechCrunch's MG Siegler, ReadWriteWeb's Marshall Kirkpatrick, Flagyl schedule, social media guru Robert Scoble, and the Huffington Post's Craig Kanalley (though he wondered about Google's timing). It quickly began sending TechCrunch loads of traffic Flagyl No Rx, , and social media marketer Chris Brogan brainstormed 50 ways Google+ could influence the rest of the web.
At the same time, there was some skepticism about its Circles function: TechCrunch's Siegler wondered whether people would use it as intended, and ReadWriteWeb's Sarah Perez said they might not be equipped to handle complicated, changing relationships. Flagyl over the counter, GigaOM's Mathew Ingram, meanwhile, said Circles look great, but they aren't going to be much use until there's a critical mass of people to put in them.
Google+ and the news: This being a journalism blog, we're most interested in Google+ for what it means for news. As Poynter's Jeff Sonderman pointed out, the aspect of Google+ that seems to have the most potential is its Sparks feature, Flagyl samples, which allows users to collect recommended news around a specific term or phrase. Former New York Times reporter Jennifer 8, Flagyl No Rx. Lee said Sparks could fill a valuable niche for news organizations in between Facebook and Twitter — sort of a more customizable, less awkward RSS. The University of Missouri’s KOMU-TV has already used it in a live broadcast, and Breaking News’ Cory Bergman gave a few valuable lessons from that organization’s first week on Google+.
CUNY j-prof Jeff Jarvis gave his thoughts on a few potential uses for news: It could be very useful for collaboration and promotion, Flagyl alternatives, but not so much for live coverage. Journalism.co.uk's Sarah Marshall listed several of the same uses, plus interviewing and "as a Facebook for your tweeps." Sonderman suggested a few changes to Google+ to make it even more news-friendly, including allowing news org pages and improving the Sparks search and filtering. Flagyl No Rx, Still, he saw it as a valuable addition to the online news consumption landscape: "It’s a serendipity engine, and if executed well it could make Google+ an addictive source of news discovery."
A bit of Google+-related miscellany before we move on: Social media marketer Christopher Penn gave some tips on measuring Google+, author Neil Strauss condemned the growing culture of Facebook "Likes" (and now Google +1s), and GigaOM's Mathew Ingram offered a rebuttal.
Murdoch kills News of the World: In one of the most surprising media-related moves of the year, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. suddenly shut down one of its most prominent properties, the 168-year-old British tabloid News of the World, buy Flagyl online no prescription, on Thursday. The decision stemmed from a long-running scandal involving NotW investigators who illegally hacked into the phones of celebrities. This week, the Guardian reported that the hacking extended to the voicemail of a murdered 13-year-old girl and possibly the families of dead soldiers, and that the paper's editor, Rebekah Brooks (now the head of News Corp. in Britain) was informed of some of the hacking, Flagyl No Rx. Buy generic Flagyl, Facing an advertising boycott and Parliamentary opposition, Murdoch's son, James, announced News of the World will close this weekend. (The Guardian has the definitive blow-by-blow of Thursday's events.) It was a desperate move, and as the New York Times, paidContent, and many on Twitter noted, order Flagyl from mexican pharmacy, it was almost certainly an attempt to keep the scandal's collateral damage away from Murdoch's proposed BSkyB merger, which was put on hold and possible in jeopardy this week.
Though the closing left hundreds of suddenly out-of-work employees, it may prove less damaging in the big picture for News Corp. than you might expect. Flagyl No Rx, NotW only published on Sundays, and it's widely suspected that its sister tabloid, the Sun, will simply expand to include a Sunday edition to cover for its absence. As one Guardian editor stated, Real brand Flagyl online, the move may simply allow News Corp. to streamline its operation and save cash, and Poynter’s Rick Edmonds called it a smart business move. (Its stock actually went up after the announcement.)
There's plenty that has yet to play out: The Guardian pointed out how evasive James Murdoch's closing letter was, and Brooks, the one that many thought would take the fall for the scandal, is still around. And the investigation is ongoing, with more arrests being made today, fast shipping Flagyl. According to the New Yorker's Ken Auletta and CUNY's Jeff Jarvis, though, the buck stops with Rupert himself and the culture he created.
Making journalism easier on Twitter: Twitter has been reaching out to journalists for quite some time now through a media blog, but last week it took things a step further and launched Twitter for Newsrooms, a journalist's guide to using Twitter, with tips on reporting, making conversation, and promoting content, Flagyl No Rx. The Lab's Justin Ellis gave a quick glimpse into the rationale behind the project.
A few people were skeptical: TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis suspected that Twitter's preaching to the choir, arguing that for the journalists who come across Twitter for Newsrooms, Flagyl photos, Twitter already is a newsroom. The Journal Register's Steve Buttry called it "more promotional than helpful," and suggested some other Twitter primers for journalists. Ad Age's Matthew Creamer added a tongue-in-cheek guide to releasing your anger on Twitter. Flagyl No Rx, Meanwhile, the Lab's Megan Garber reported on the ideas of NPR and Andy Carvin for improving Twitter's functionality for reporting, including a kind of real-time influence and credibility score for Twitter sources, and a journalism-oriented meme-tracking tool for developing stories.
Mobile media and tablet users, profiled: There were several studies released in the past two weeks that are worth noting, starting with Pew's report on e-reader and tablet users. Pew found that e-reader ownership is booming, Flagyl use, having doubled in six months. The Knight Digital Media Center's Amy Gahran reasoned that e-readers are ahead of tablets right now primarily because they're so much cheaper, and offered ideas for news organizations to take advantage of the explosion of e-reader users.
Three other studies related to tablets and mobile media: One study found that a third of tablet users said it's leading them to read print newspapers and magazines less often; another showed that people are reading more on digital media than we think, and mostly in browsers; and a third gave us more evidence that games are still king among mobile apps.
Reading roundup: Bunches of good stuff to look through from the past two weeks, Flagyl No Rx. I'll go through it quickly:
— Turns out the "digital first" move announced last month by the Guardian also includes the closing of the international editions of the Guardian and Observer. Flagyl for sale, Jeff Jarvis explained what digital first means, but Suw Charman-Anderson questioned the wisdom the Guardian's strategy. The Lab's Ken Doctor analyzed the economics of the Guardian's situation, as well as the Mail and the BBC's.
— This week in AOL/Huffington Post news: Business Insider revealed some leaked lackluster traffic numbers for Patch sites, and reported that Patch is undergoing a HuffPo-ization. That prompted Judy Sims and Slate's Jack Shafer Flagyl No Rx, to be the latest to rip into Patch's business model, and Shafer followed up to address rebuttals about non-Patch hyperlocal news.
— Google+ was the only interesting Google-related news over the past two weeks: The Lab's Megan Garber wrote about Google's bid to transform mobile ads, potential new directions for Google News, online buy Flagyl without a prescription, and Google highlighting individual authors in search returns. The New York Times' Virginia Heffernan also wrote on Google's ongoing war on "nonsense" content.
— A couple of paywall notes: The Times of London reported that it has 100,000 subscribers a year after its paywall went up, and Dorian Benkoil said the New York Times' plan is working well, the Lab's Megan Garber wrote about the Times adding a "share your access" offer to print subscribers.
— Three practical posts for journalists: Poynter's Jeff Sonderman has tips for successful news aggregation and personalized news delivery, and British j-prof Paul Bradshaw reported on his experience running his blog through a Facebook Page for a month.
— And three bigger-picture pieces to think on: Wetpaint's Ben Elowitz on the shrinking of the non-Facebook web, former Guardian digital editor Emily Bell on the U.S.' place within the global media ecosystem, and the Economist on the role of news organizations in a citizen-driven media world.
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