In which the beleaguered author attempts to get caught up.

  • Special report: Operation Crooked Code. An EveryBlock special report that links a recent Chicago bribery case to locations mentioned in the criminal complaint. It seems to be an awkward way to present news, and while it does bring the big news down to the neighbourhood level, I wonder if it really is of that much interest. Still, Adrian Holavaty, who explains the special reports here, is smarter than I am, so…. Via
  • The Big Picture. Lots of link love for’s new photo blog, which combines short text posts with gorgeously huge photos. The concept is great, but can’t we get past the separation of “special” features (such as large photos and multimedia) from the rest of the news? Via A Photo a Day.
  • Is Google Making Us Stupid? Nick Carr, not surprisingly, is drawing a lot of flak for this piece in The Atlantic about the loss of “deep reading” in the internet age and What It All Might Mean. (Some pushback: Mathew Ingram, Blaise Alleyne, Scott Rosenberg; one who agrees with at least part of the argument, is Jon Udell.) I don’t find Carr’s argument particularly persuasive, but it’s a good, thought-provoking piece.
  • Friendfeed Can Disrupt Search and Reshape Advertising. Steve Rubel sees big things for Friendfeed, the latest Shiny Object, and how it will change journalism, PR and marketing. This is a series of articles, and it’s off to a good start.
  • Pro Publica. The “independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest” has launched its site. The combination of the reporting done by the Pro Publica team and its “breaking on the web” roundup of stories should make this a must-bookmark site, at least for Americans. This is part of the new, new publishing/journalism which bears watching.
  • Naked Media Episode 1 – Jay Rosen. Not what you think. Dorian Benkoil in the first episode of a new online video show, with guest Jay Rosen and the topic of business model for journalism (although the conversation is much wider-ranging that that). A lot of this will be familiar to Jay’s regular readers, but it’s still worth spending an hour with.