“Being right doesn’t matter. Only saying something, anything matters.”
“Digital strategy and UX strategy are terms that people often use interchangeably. Stephanie Sansoucie, a UX Consultant at Ascendant Technology, draws a distinction between these two roles, writing, “In my experience, it seems that the role of the Digital Strategist is broadly strategic, with roots lying in both UX strategy and digital marketing strategy.” As I researched digital strategy, I got the impression that it is closely associated with the marketing campaigns that companies conduct across a variety of channels and venues, while UX strategy is primarily associated with the design of user interfaces. Nevertheless, there is some ambiguity between the two roles, and I expect that deciding who owns the vision for digital customer experiences will result in some turf wars at some companies.”
“Sites that do this can call this practice whatever they want. Often, it’s called aggregation, or simply reporting. There’s a continuum between 100% original reporting and zero value being added to the source content, but I don’t think I’m being unnecessarily inflammatory by labeling the posts on the far end of the continuum as rewriting.”
“Rewriting sites (“aggregators”) will never adopt Curator’s Code in meaningful numbers because they don’t care. Whatever you think of what they do is irrelevant to them: they think it’s fine, their readers don’t care, and it seems to be legal.”
“The value of authorship is much more clear. But regardless of how much time it takes to find interesting links every day, I don’t think most intermediaries deserve credit for simply sharing a link to someone else’s work.”
“Our media culture is locked in the Perpetual Now, constantly chasing ephemeral scoops that last only seconds and that most often don’t matter in the first place, even for the brief moment that they’re “exclusive.” Like, for instance, the BREAKING NEWS!!! that Donald Trump was going to endorse a candidate for president last month. This was the jumping-off point for a great piece by HuffPost’s Michael Calderone about the effect that social media have had on 2012 campaign coverage. “In a media landscape replete with Twitter, Facebook, personal blogs and myriad other digital, broadcast and print sources,” he wrote, “nothing is too inconsequential to be made consequential. Political junkies, political operatives and political reporters consume most of this dross, and in this accelerated, 24/7 news cycle, a day feels like a week, with the afternoon’s agreed-upon media narrative getting turned on its head by the evening’s debate.”
“The reason that we needed paid contributors before was that there was only economic room for a few magazines, a few TV channels, a few pottery stores, a few of everything. In world where there is room for anyone to present their work, anyone will present their work. Editors become ever more powerful and valued, while the need for attention grows so acute that free may even be considered expensive.”
“Upton Sinclair’s adage comes to mind: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
“In the future, at least some methods of producing video for the web will become as complex, with as many details to attend to, as television has today, and people will doubtless make pots of money on those forms of production. It’s tempting, at least for the people benefitting from the old complexity, to imagine that if things used to be complex, and they’re going to be complex, then everything can just stay complex in the meantime. That’s not how it works, however.”
This is my problem with all future content imagined for the iPad. Creating some elaborate UX for an article just isn’t sustainable.
Good shit from Snarkmarket (2010):
“Twitter, too, isn’t microblogging or an archive of content — it’s a broadcast channel that carries its own water-cooler. And in blogs, Gawker (which already actually is a media network, including Gawker TV) is redesigning itself for bigger screens. highlighting “must-see” content to catch casual drop-in readers, a synthesis of blogs, magazines, and television
So that’s the new world: no more dot-coms, no more blogs, no more revolutionary retailers.* Instead, it’s all channels. We TiVo a handful of favorites and let ourselves flick through the rest.”
Good thinking for how to structure a digital organization.
“All of a sudden digital media comes along and starts to screw things up. It doesn’t know boundaries. The figurative and literal walls between departments are of little use when it comes to digital technology (think about the effect of something like email on the way people communicate and share information).
When the web came along and every company decided it needed a website decisions had to be made about who was going to ‘own it.’ Problem was, as I mentioned earlier, it didn’t fit into the nice little boundaries that corporations were built around. If companies are traditionally structured vertically (silos) then the web is a horizontal medium, cutting across the business.”