Herewith, a random collection of realizations/thoughts/possible wrong turns that may or may not develop into fuller posts now that classes are done and I have time to think instead of merely react.

1. Once I accept that important information will find me (and once I’ve set up the requisite collection of tools/smart friends), the chances that an individual website will draw me with a headline-only RSS feed, no matter how authoritative the voice, drop pretty close to nil.

2. Living in a flow of information means that I often have enough of the context for a developing story to need only the first few grafs of the latest story — or someone’s Twitter post — to take what I need and move on.

3. If I were a newspaper publisher I would be very aware of the fact (and perhaps scared) that my competition is no longer coming from a single source but that the aggregate of uncoordinated people playing in niches of “my space” can do serious damage. Pecked to death by ducks (great book, BTW) comes to mind.

4. With every day, it seems I know less about newspaper journalism than I used to, which is okay because it seems that I’m not alone. Among the crowd are the dinosaurs, the trailblazers and the great confused middle. What a great voyage to be on.

5. What would happen if a newspaper website set up a place for users to play? Not games that “teach us” something, but sheer, for-the-hell-of-it play? SkyNews got hit with a number of Photoshopped user images (death comes to the marathon, etc.), which is rather harmless fun. Why not give the creatives a sandbox of their own at your site: here, takes these pictures, get creative, go nuts, publish. Yeah, I know it’s not journalism, but is there an advantage to have the playing at your place?


Tags: ,