Category Archives: Reading & publishing


cd-roms and ipads – analysis of publishing as a workflow and why iPad will not save glossy magazines. “For those of you blessed with senile amnesia or youth, CD-ROMs were the first wave of “interactive media” in the mid-eighties, and the great hope for publishing houses struggling to understand what they might be doing in the […]

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Argentine philosophy professor Horacio Potel faces criminal charges and a possible jail sentence for posting  translations of Jaques Derrida’s work to his website for his students. Via Boing Boing and More New Zealand scraps Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law which would have led to alleged copyright infringers being disconnected from the internet A major new report published by the Rowntree Trust on the database state via Open […]

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Newspapers: Seattle Post-Intelligencer ends printing. Staff cuts, continues as web-only publication iPod headphones aren´t DRMed, just controlled by a proprietary chip that you have to license Guardian Tech OFCOM sets out challenge of broadband Britain More James Boyle and ‘How extending copyright term in sound recordings actually works’ with link to PDF […]

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Clay Shirky on newspapers & journalism

“Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of […]

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Write to reply update

Something wonderful is happening around the Write to reply site. In addition to the WordPress plugin which allows people to comment on the Carter report Digital Britain, there is a a bunch of developer activity: Netvibes, different visualisations of the comment cloud, experiments with iPhone and ebook readers …  a whole ecosystem of democratic engagement […]

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Facebook, cancer, Daily Mail

How using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer The Daily Mail This is so bad I thought it was a parody, but I guess the Daily Mail’s science and medicine coverage is beyond parody. For example: “* Yes, loneliness is bad for your health – but only YOU can cure yourself * Drinking just […]

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Editors discuss the future of newspapers

Charlie Rose programme: discussion on future of newspapers Time cover story writer Walter Isaacson, the Daily News’ Mort Zuckerman and the WSJ’s Robert Thomson discuss the future of newspapers on the Charlie Rose programme. Watch video via link from Direct link to full programme 55 minutes. Newspaper piece starts at 28 minutes. Nicholas Carlson […]

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Nic Carr on newspapers

Nic Carr talking a lot of sense about the coming concentration of power in the hands of a few remaining players in the news industry. ‘Supply side adjustment’ means fewer jobs and fewer titles. Then ad revenue can recover and subscriptions become possible. News doesn’t want to be free. News wants to be paid for. […]

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Amazon: Kindle 2 on Feb 9

Version 2 of Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader will be announced on February 9th. New York Times has the story.

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Lecture flyer

A shameless self-publicist writes … The flyer for my Coventry Conversations lecture  After newspapers, what future for journalism? is out and available for download. The lecture is on Thursday 29th January and open to all. Pete Hnatushka has done a fine job of interpreting the brief for the graphic. The PDF is a 236Kb download.a_mackenzie_flyer

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