Posts Tagged ‘Social Networks’

Consider a City Without a Paper. The Newark Star-Ledger may be in the gutter soon, leaving the city without any newspaper.



Print media has been in trouble for a while. Bloggers be humble, though. Gawker declares:

What we haven’t seen in all this, though, is a major American city with no newspaper. Everyone believes that a paper is an essential part of a city’s fabric, like city hall and the jail and the local sports team. If Newark—a town with more problems than most—is left without a paper, who will tell the world what’s going on there? Who will tell Newark what its own government is up to? Even bloggers should be humble enough to pray that the Star-Ledger isn’t the first in a long line of papers that disappear and leave people with no forum for the local bickering, minutiae, and moments of glory that are the real American civics lesson.

Read other Gawker posts tagged (Gawker) “Print is Dead”
Does print media matters for this election? (Observer)
See Wall Street Journal’s new design for “emo” social networks (Mashable)


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Everyone’s up in arms over a print journalist who reported the funeral of a three-year-old on Twitter. Why use Twitter? The child’s parents didn’t want media covering the memorial. Read the story if you want to know the details (Rocky Mountain News).

Maybe this is what Moe from Jezebel (now at Gawker) meant when she joked… kind of… that Twitter is the end of the world. If you’re thinking about using under 140 characters to update everyone online on a tragic event, stop. Think. If it’s not a terrorist-level emergency, you should keep thinking, judge through past experience, put yourself in their shoes, etc., etc.

Twitter Cartoon (ReadWriteWeb)

General Consensus. Twittering the funeral of a toddler who died tragically in an ice cream shop is crossing the line. Also, nobody should have to tell you that!

Let it be. It’s never good to use web tools and networks to be sneaky about what you do/information you give or get. Two reasons: it’s hard to stop and easy to loose a human touch. Go ahead and google search someone. But social networks are anti-social and creepy enough as it is. Don’t be that guy.

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