Eco­nomic Power in the Age of Abun­dance:

The obvi­ous reac­tion to this case, as with the Bel­gian one, is to mar­vel at the publisher’s nerve; after all, as we saw with the Bel­gians, Google is dri­ving traf­fic from which the pub­lish­ers profit. “Ganz im Gegen­teil!” say the pub­lish­ers. “Google would not exist with­out our con­tent.” And, at a very high level, I sup­pose that’s true, but it’s true in a way that doesn’t mat­ter, and under­stand­ing why it doesn’t mat­ter gets at the core rea­son why tra­di­tional jour­nal­is­tic insti­tu­tions are hav­ing so much trou­ble in the Inter­net era.

Vox is pub­lish­ing some of its sto­ries and the inter­views behind them in par­al­lel:

But the dif­fer­ence really isn’t Cho­rus. The dif­fer­ence is that Vox is open to exper­i­men­ta­tion, it demands rapid iter­a­tion, and it puts technology-shaping peo­ple on par with word-shaping peo­ple. The dif­fer­ence is that, in many tra­di­tional news­rooms, chang­ing the UI on a page like this one would have taken mul­ti­ple meet­ings where the tech side’s knowl­edge would likely have been under­val­ued. It’s a cor­po­rate ethos and a per­mis­sion struc­ture that means good ideas don’t have to get bot­tled up. It’s being the kind of place that would build Cho­rus in the first place. That is Vox’s edge, and you can’t buy that off the shelf.

The Sun on Sun­day lied about me last week. Have they learned nothing?

We are deal­ing with experts in pro­pa­ganda who will stop at noth­ing to see their ver­sion of events pre­vail, and on the rare occa­sions when the truth emerges, like a her­nia pop­ping through gorged corpse, they apol­o­gise dis­creetly for their igno­ble flat­u­lence in a mouse-sized font for hippo-sized lies.

Rus­sell Brand appears to be a lot more intel­li­gent than I pre­vi­ously gave him credit for.

Cargo Cult Ana­lyt­ics:

If the pace at which you receive new met­rics out­strips the pace at which you can change your newsroom’s pri­or­i­ties, then what’s the point?

Code with me: Portland

I’m really excited to be a men­tor for Code with me, a 2-day work­shop in all things HTML, CSS, and Javascript for jour­nal­ists with­out cod­ing expe­ri­ence. The event’s in Port­land on May 4th and 5th and costs just $85. That’s ridicu­lously afford­able for 2 full work­shop days and a stu­dent to men­tor ratio of 2 to 1.

Appli­ca­tions are due tomor­row, April 6th, at 9 pm Pacific. If you’re inter­ested you should apply now!

The Code with me site has an early out­line of what the sched­ule will be along with infor­ma­tion on the rest of the men­tors, spon­sors, and more.

Where did the content go?

NY Times ad

There are exper­i­ments and then there are…well…I’m not really sure what this is. It’s so off-putting I want to think it’s a mis­take. Unfor­tu­nately it’s likely the future, or something.