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July 06, 2008

Warren Ellis wants more content, fewer linkblogs

Warren Ellis -- The Patchwork Years

And I think he's wrong. I think what we really need is both and neither. We need a more seamless meshing of the two. Blogs that link to interesting things, and also provide unique thoughts and stories and coverage. The two greatest strengths of the interweb are its interconnectedness and the ease of publishing. We don't need to separate those, or to point at Boing Boing like Ellis does and call the job done. We need a third way. A synthesis. All of my favorite sites aleady do this, they mix unique content with fun links or important stories. Look at MightyGodKing Chris Bird for a perfect example. Hell, look at us here at the Newswire. We not only run this daily compilation of all of the awesome things we find, but we also publish a weekly magazine for free. We have been for eight years now, as a matter of fact.

Beyond which I have to disagree with Ellis' point that "no one does it better than BB." But I'll save that for another day.

What do you think?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could stand up now and say, okay, these are the post-curation years? The world does not need another linkblog. What is required, frankly, is what we’re supposed to call “content” these days. When I were a lad, back in the age of steam, we called this “original material.” Put another way: we like it when Cory and Xeni are the copy/paste editors for the internet, but we like it better when Cory writes a book and Xeni makes an episode of BoingBoingTV.

(In fact, if you read any of the abhorrent comments threads on BoingBoing, you could be forgiven for coming away with the notion that its readership would be happy if it shut down tomorrow.)

(It’s also notable, I think, that my favourite “new” groupblogs — Ectomo, Coilhouse, Inferior4 1 — don’t just link and go. But anyway.)

And, frankly, no-one’s going to do a better job of being the internet’s copy/paste editors than the BB crew anyway. They have the time, they have the money, they have the setup, they have the audience and they have the momentum of nearly a decade in the job. Nobody needs another linkblog like that. There are already thousands of them. The job of curation is being taken care of. Look ahead.

July 05, 2008

Dear Japan: I mean, what the fuck, people?

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Brits rebelling against business Newspeak

globeandmail.com: Going forward, rise up against crapspeak

More evidence that the worm turns: A positive rebellion is under way in Britain against the worst excesses of crapspeak, that cleverly metaphorical slang that corporate types and bureaucrats like to speak. (You know the guy who must always say “challenges” instead of problems, or “stakeholders” instead of customers; he's proficient in crapspeak.)

Recently, a decree went around to local authorities in England and Wales – town and county councils, mostly – from the body that governs them, forbidding use of a long list of popular crapspeak terms. The Local Government Association sent out a list last week of 100 “non-words” for councils to avoid.

According to The Associated Press, the list exhorted government officials to replace “revenue stream” with income and to avoid cryptic code words such as “coterminosity,” meaning an overlap of administrations.

“Stakeholder engagement” can easily be replaced by “talking to people,” the chairman of the association said.

July 04, 2008

Patriot Dean Kamen is, No Doubt, Rolling in his Grave

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July 03, 2008

Boing Boing vs Violet Blue: the follow-up

So someone went through the shadow archives of the internet and republished all of the Violet Blue posts that Boing Boing had deleted. (via Tiny Nibbles) Meanwhile, the Boingers tell the LA Times what they've learned from the fiasco, but don't exactly apologize or discuss transparency or anything. It's a puff piece, meant to placate and distract. And from a PR standpoint it's exactly the right move. And Xeni has a special article all to herself where she . . . still doesn't say why he posts were removed, or address the issues of transparency and openness that everyone in this enormous comment thread is asking about. There's a lot of talk, but nothing gets said.

Bonus fun! Play a game about the issue. (via)