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Farewell to immersion

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:54:56 +0000

The young women in front of me was moving in sync with the rhythms from the stage, enjoying the live music and the uniqueness of sharing an experience with other people. Or so I thought. Suddenly her body froze, then she started fiddling in her pocket and found the smartphone, clearly oblivious now to the […]



Why quality journalism is winning

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:11:08 +0000

It was an epiphany: On the list of most read stories on nytimes.com during the last week of January, number one and three were thoroughly researched and expertly edited, and they were long — 5000+ words. These articles about how Apple’s remarkable success is tightly interwoven with the evolution of a global economy are examples […]



Do happy users want to pay?

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:42:00 +0000

By the end of the second quarter of 2011 the New York Times had acquired 224.000 paying subscribers to its digital services (plus 57.000 e-reader/e-edition subscribers). As Felix Salmon has pointed out, the NYT paywall model is different from other high-profile attempts such as the FT’s and the WSJ’s. The NYT does its best to […]



Riksarkivet på Flickr Commons

Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:12:51 +0000

Riksarkivet er blitt den tredje norske institusjonen til å legge ut fotohistorisk materiale på Flickr Commons. Dette prosjektet vokser støtt og stadig; nye arkiver, biblioteker og museer kommer til, og de som har vært med lengre legger ut nye bilder. For to år siden skrev jeg en artikkel i forbindelse med at Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek […]



Finding the source of an epidemic: Faster with open data?

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 18:11:00 +0000

German public health officials are working around the clock to find the source of the e.coli (EHEC) epidemic. Today as many as 365 new cases were confirmed, in all there are more than 1000 cases. So far at least 14 deaths have been registered. Germany is probably one of the countries in the world most […]



Remix culture

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:04:16 +0000

Right Wing Radio Duck, also on Open Culture’s 2010 Best of-list.



Fans of the permalink unite

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 12:37:06 +0000

Sometimes forgetting is useful and necessary, but in web publishing the default option should be “never forget”. Unfortunately lots of big and resourceful organizations such as newspapers and public sector agencies rate among the worst when it comes to allowing link rot. So I was glad to see that at least The Guardian knows the […]



Enjoy paragraph-level linking!

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 15:17:52 +0000

Inspired by Alexis Madrigal’s story on how nytimes.com has implemented paragraph-level linking on its articles, I decided to install Daniel Bachhuber’s WordPress plugin WinerLinks. And because WordPress now works so well, it took less than a minute to introduce this major innovation to my blog. Of course, it also means that all the old posts […]



From social realism to social media

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:54:42 +0000

In his European Intellectual History Since 1789, Roland N. Stromberg writes on p. 258: Among the curiosities of the 1930s “social realism” was the “Mass Observation poem” attempted in England, originating in those who wanted to be both surrealist and communist. Thousands of people all over the country were supposed to send in their literary […]



The Twin Towers in May 1973

Sat, 11 Sep 2010 14:16:31 +0000

Overlooking the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan, the Towers of the World Trade Center Soar Skyward to a Height of 1,350 Feet 05/1973, originally uploaded by The U.S. National Archives. (via indicommons).