Deleting thousands of my own tweets

I've been having a lot of conversations about the difference between relevance and usefulness in terms of what the world will leave behind on the web for future generations to parse through. I thought I'd take a shot at deleting some of many tweets I've produced since joining Twitter, particularly because tweets no longer feels… Continue reading Deleting thousands of my own tweets

Does the Web need a new abstraction?

"I wonder whether we're approaching the next opportunity for an abstraction to slice through the complexity, to recategorize what we build in ways that make it easier to see what happens and why." – Simon St. Laurent (LinkedIn) Related reading:  Designing Themes with Gutenberg Blocks and Sketch (Theme Shaper) Universe, an Instagram for building mobile… Continue reading Does the Web need a new abstraction?

AP: Study finds false stories travel way faster than the truth

From the Associated Press: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at more than 126,000 stories tweeted millions of times between 2006 and the end of 2016 — before Donald Trump took office but during the combative presidential campaign. They found that “fake news” sped through Twitter “farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the… Continue reading AP: Study finds false stories travel way faster than the truth

Does A.G. Sulzberger Even Understand What a Public Editor Is?

“Why hadn’t I heard about what the Reader Center had been up to?”

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Last year The New York Times announced it was ending the public editor — a role created to help readers get accountability from the paper of record in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal in 2003 — and replacing it with the Reader Center.

Ever since, readers of the Times have lamented the loss whenever an article or op-ed comes out that draws consternation. The paper’s final public editor, Liz Spayd, was less than beloved, but her predecessor Margaret Sullivan, now a media columnist at The Washington Post, earned the respect not just of readers, but of those inside the Times newsroom.

A friend at the Times recently asked me what I thought of the Reader Center. I replied that I didn’t know it had been set up or even what it did. I’m a home delivery subscriber to the Times, a native New…

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