Words from another yard
- June 24
- Salon cofounder and former managing editor, author of "Say Everything" and "Dreaming in Code." Also blogging at wordyard.com. Now working on MediaBugs project (at MediaBugs.org).
MY RECENT POSTS
- Missed stories: About that
Horace Mann School article in
June 09, 2012 11:57AM
- Mr. Daisey and the Fact
Factory: my take at Grist
March 17, 2012 03:10PM
- WSJ Social: When news apps
want to steal your face
September 24, 2011 06:48AM
- My next chapter: Grist
September 13, 2011 12:41AM
- Steve Jobs, auteurs, and
September 07, 2011 08:43AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Excellent news, Kerry.
Great to hear about the
growth. And exciting
February 07, 2012 12:14PM
- “Alan -- come on over to
http://mediabugs.org and file
error report (or
June 22, 2011 10:26AM
- “Thanks for all the great
responses. Kent, to answer
point about archives:
May 16, 2011 01:40PM
- “Nick, no question Salon
-- and everyone -- could learn
from HuffPo. By
February 07, 2011 07:39PM
- “No question Salon has
lost lots of money over the
November 18, 2010 10:36AM
Scott Rosenberg's Links
- MY LINKS
Way back when I joined Facebook I was under the impression that it was the social network where people play themselves. On Facebook, you were supposed to be “real.” So I figured, OK, this is where I don’t friend everyone indiscriminately; this is where I only connect with peo… Read full post »
New York Times public editor Art Brisbane today addresses an issue that MediaBugs and I have been talking about for a year: the need for news organizations to maintain a record of the changes they make to published stories.
I’ve argued that posting such “versions” of every ne… Read full post »
The journalism industry ships lemons every day. Our newsrooms have a massive quality control problem. According to the best counts we have, more than half of stories contain mistakes — and only three percent of those errors are ever fixed.
Errors small and large litter the mediascape, a… Read full post »
[cross-posted from the PBS MediaShift Idea Lab]
A window of opportunity is open right now for online journalists to build accuracy and accountability into the publishing systems we use every day. To understand why this is such a big deal, first hop with me for a minute into the Wayback Machine.… Read full post »
Salon.com Wednesday announced plans to close Table Talk, the online discussion space and community that has operated continuously since Salon’s launch on Nov. 20, 1995. I was involved in Table Talk’s creation and management for its first several years, and when I read the news, I f… Read full post »
At Facebook last Wednesday night, a panel of four journalists — Laura McClure of Mother Jones, Katharine Zaleski of the Washington Post, Chris O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury News, and/…
There is much more to say, but I’m angry, and I want to say this quickly: We’re all on notice now. Keep your eyes open and your ears cocked. Public life is becoming a maze of entrapments, and the press is enabling the deceit.
Yesterday James O’Keefe, the conservative trickster who… Read full post »
A late Sunday night in winter and the surprise announcement of a big merger, with Kara Swisher one of the key people breaking the news: No wonder the Huffington Post/AOL announcement last night gave veteran tech and media-biz reporters a flashback to 2000 and the colossally ill-fated AOL/Time-Warner… Read full post »
A decade ago, if you were a “digital” person — if you were interested in how computer technology was changing our culture and economy — then you were a Web person. The Web, built on top of the Internet and ultimately eclipsing its source, dispatched its competitors — the… Read full post »
When I first head the phrase “iPad newspaper” — shorthand for Rupert Murdoch’s not-so-secret-any-more new project — I puzzled over its oxymoronic implications. Forget about the, you know, iPad/paper contradiction and think about the business. Murdoch is reportedly… Read full post »
It’s hard to think of a more meaningful recent exchange in the tech-industry world than the moment onstage at Web 2.0 last night when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg turned to conference organizers John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly and told them, “Your map’s wrong.”… Read full post »
I still get both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal on paper, and every morning I have the opportunity to compare their front pages, and thereby, their world views. Increasingly, it looks like the US’s two weightiest national papers are presenting fundamentally different pictures of… Read full post »
Last week Arthur Brisbane, the new public editor of the New York Times, posted an illuminating exchange between a reader of the paper and one of its top editors.
The reader asked: What’s with the way stories change all the time on the website? “How does the newspaper of record hand… Read full post »
When I started reporting the news as a teenager, I read the newspaper differently. When I learned to play guitar in my ’20s, I listened to songs differently. When I first played around with desktop video editing… Read full post »
I kept thinking of that phenomenon as I watched The Social Network this weekend. Because what… Read full post »
As the beleaguring of traditional news organizations continues, newsrooms are actually growing elsewhere. You may have noticed that places like Yahoo, AOL and the Huffington Post are all hiring these days — and they’re hiring, um, actual journalists.
Yesterday we learned that New… Read full post »
“Don’t they fact-check this stuff?”
This is the perennial cry of the outraged reader and the wronged article subject. The latest party to raise the fact-checking howl is the White House, which yesterday went public with its discontent over Forbes’ ludicrously poisonous new cov… Read full post »
For all of you out there in media-land who still think that the iPad represents salvation for old business models and who welcome the App Store as a new platform for distributing content, I recommend a reading of Apple’s new App Store Review Guidelines as helpfully summarized by Daring Firebal… Read full post »
I was on vacation for much of the last couple of weeks, so I missed a lot — including the self-immolation of Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Apparently Schlessinger was the last public figure in the U.S. who does not understand the simple rules of courtesy around racial/religious/ethnic slurs. (As an… Read full post »
In the chorus of critical reaction to the Wikileaks Afghanistan documents we heard two strains of criticism: One suggested that the material would harm the U.S. war effort and endanger people working for it. The other suggested that, because no earth-shattering headline could be mined from the mounta… Read full post »
If you’re a writer or journalist and you quote someone selectively or out of context so egregiously that you can twist their words to mean the very opposite of what they actually convey when they’re quoted in full or in context, what you have done is not just mischievous or… Read full post »
Returning from long travels and a week’s vacation abroad, I waded in to catch up on the Washington-Post-fires-Dave-Weigel tempest and was quickly swamped by the sheer volume of thoughtful commentary.
Way back in ancient times, a decade ago, I wrote a piece for Salon that mentioned the widely circulated anecdote about President George H.W. Bush (the elder) casting a wondering gaze at a supermarket scanner. The tale had legs during the 1992 election cycle because it echoed a sense in the… Read full post »
This New York Times piece Monday reflects a growing chorus of resentment among newspaper website managers against the “barroom brawl” atmosphere so many of them have ended up with in the comments sections on their sites.
They blame anonymity. If only they could make people “sign the… Read full post »