‘The Martian’ is a digital media kind of movie

By Chris Meadows
October 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

I went out and saw The Martian yesterday, and wow, what a great movie. Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary writes that not only is it a great movie adaptation of a great book, it’s just as good a movie in its own right as The Martian is a good book. And it is. It’s that rare gem of an adaptation [...]

On-line advertising: Everyone passes the buck, but publishers should step up

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ad-blocking has suddenly become a contentious issue now that that Apple’s enabling it, hasn’t it? Maybe it’s going to “help content evolve,” as Joe Wilkert puts it, but a lot of people still don’t seem too pleased about it. Here’s a little round-up of a few stories that just caught my [...]

Offloading comment sections to social media means you can ignore them

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 4 Comments

David wrote last month about the arrogance of media outlets dropping their comment sections. Here’s Techdirt with another piece about how outlets continue to drop comment sections because they “just really value conversation,” linking to a Nieman Lab look at seven news sites who had gotten [...]

Smaller web encyclopedias can be more authoritative than Wikipedia

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Quartz has an article about a relatively small on-line encyclopedia of philosophy at Stanford that manages to accomplish the complete trinity of being authoritative, comprehensive, and up to date. Other on-line knowledge sources only manage to hit one or two of those. Wikipedia, for example, is [...]

France demands Google censor search results everywhere

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Google has been complying with the European Union’s inane “right to be forgotten” legislation and court decisions, removing offending information from its search engines that cover the affected territories. However, there’s just one little problem: the Internet is global. All someone in [...]

What do the Unabomber and Scientology have in common?

By Chris Meadows
September 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Would you believe it’s been twenty years since they tried to destroy technology? And by “they,” I mean two entirely separate causes. In my newsfeed tonight, within minutes of each other, I came across an Ars Technica article (linking to a Washington Post article) marking the 20th anniversary [...]

New Hampshire Public Library turns Tor relay back on

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Remember that New Hampshire public library which suspended its Tor relay after being approached by local law enforcement (who were tipped off by Homeland Security)? Well, after due consideration (and a vote by the library board), the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, NH has decided to turn the [...]

Internet trolls redux: Yes, they’re sadists in real life, too

By David Rothman
September 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Students of Internet trollogy will cherish this collection of troll-related videos that mia Monteiro spliced together for YouTube. It’s some months old, but still eminently watchable. Also of interest is Trolls just want to have fun, from Personality and Individual Differences: The Official [...]

Ad-blocking may not be so scary after all

By Chris Meadows
September 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

Remember that report we cited a couple of weeks back about how ad-blocking is proliferating? Not so fast, says Buzzfeed. The report claims that publishers will lose $21.8 billion this year due to ad-blocking, but Buzzfeed warns that figure is arrived at via potentially faulty methodology. Pagefair, [...]

Seattle ‘Super Wi-Fi’ may point the way to better Wi-Fi for everyone

By Chris Meadows
September 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

I visited Seattle and the Space Needle back in the early ‘90s, and got to go watch tiles fall off the Kingdome. But the Kingdome is long gone now, and other things about Seattle have changed as well—such as the new “Super Wi-Fi” in the shadow of the Space Needle at Seattle Center. GeekWire [...]

The ‘Audience Information Sheet’ and publishers’ new consumer focus

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

On the Idea Logical blog, Mike Shatzkin discusses a new marketing idea for books his company has originated, and why it was necessary. In the old days, he explains, books were sold strictly business-to-business, publisher to distributor to bookstore, and so reviewers and bookstore buyers needed a [...]

‘The lurkers support me in email’: An analysis of GamerGate in the media

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Whether you agree or disagree with its tenets, GamerGate has been an important part of the new digital media frontier over the last year or so. It’s one of the biggest demonstrations of the power of Internet media (including, in one instance, a self-published e-book) to organize and amplify the [...]

The Comcast Cable Guy catches the Windows 10 spirit

By David Rothman
August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ah, a preview of an Internet without a scintilla of  Neutrality? Early today, Google and Facebook were about the only Web sites I could reach at normal speeds. An overworked Net?  And yet some giant sites getting through anyway, with enough money and infrastructure. Never mind that the [...]

Amid proliferating ad-blocking, concerns of free content vanishing

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 6 Comments

Is web content about to experience an “adblockolypse” now? Those are the concerns expressed in this piece on the Columbia Journalism Review, which offers an overview of the phenomenon and some fairly alarming estimates regarding the number of people who are doing it. (One source suggests that [...]

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