October 2009

Kottke Lampoons the FTC’s Disclosure Guidelines for Bloggers

Ostensibly about 20x200 funding, but really about this ridiculous news.

Oct. 21, 2009 blogging

More on the McSweeney’s Newspaper

The New York Times:

Called San Francisco Panorama, the editors say it is, in large part, homage to an institution that they feel, contrary to conventional wisdom, still has a lot of life in it. […]

As the name suggests, the focus will be local—the lead story is an investigative piece about the cost overruns on the reconstruction and retrofitting of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge—but correspondents are weighing in from as far away as Afghanistan and on cultural scenes as un-local as Nascar.

And McSweeney’s is using Spot.us to raise funds for the Bay Bridge story.

Oct. 15, 2009 journalism mcsweeneys publishing

JS Wars

Who needs Flash when you’ve got HTML5 and JavaScript? Mind-blowing stuff. (via Rands.)

Oct. 9, 2009 html5 javascript webdev

Epic Mickey

Stunning. Also see: leaked concept art. Commence drooling.

Oct. 9, 2009 videogames

Shya Scanlon’s Forecast 42 Project

Neat idea:

On July 16th, 2009, I began serializing my novel FORECAST (read a blurb; watch a promo) semiweekly (Mondays and Thursdays) across 42 web journals and blogs.

He recently found a publisher, too.

Oct. 7, 2009 books publishing

People Will Scroll

The myth of the page fold.

Oct. 7, 2009 design webdev


Roger Ebert, one of my very favorite writers, is now on Twitter.

(via Andy Ihnatko)

Oct. 5, 2009 rogerebert socialmedia twitter

Jack Shafer on Non-Profit Journalism

A worthwhile read, especially for this:

But before we get out the party hats and noise-makers to celebrate the rise of nonprofit journalism, here’s the bad news. In the current arrangement, we’re substituting one flawed business model for another. For-profit newspapers lose money accidentally. Nonprofit news operations lose money deliberately. No matter how good the nonprofit operation is, it always ends up sustaining itself with handouts, and handouts come with conditions.

Oct. 2, 2009 journalism

Journalist First, American Second?

Very tough ethical question. Don’t miss the videos.

Oct. 1, 2009 ethics journalism