Are home pages dying? And what is the value of a shadow reader? - Although this post is a somewhat short response to an other post by Ezra Klein at Vox, I think it’s worth reading both, in part for Tyler Cowen’s identification of the “shadow reader,” or someone who can identify a site’s content with general accuracy based on the strength of the reputation of site’s contributors. It’s an interesting concept in regard to the question of whether the home page is still valid. This question has lately taken on more urgency, given the fact that the NY Times disclosed that it gets more readers via Huff Po than through its own site. Also, there’s this:
I would put it this way: the fewer people use RSS, the better content providers can allow RSS to be. There is less fear of cannibalization, and more hope that easy RSS access will help a post go viral through Facebook and other social media. –Marginal Revolution
Don’t Diss Cheap Smartphones. They’re About to Change Everything – Great piece that’s premised on a paradigm shift — not just in terms of cell phones and what’s possible at what price, but also, and more important, in terms of how those of us who have more expensive devices tend to see technology in a trickle-down pattern. Using WhatsApp as a vivid example, Mat Honan points out:
Clearly great features are trickling down. But what’s more interesting is how these cheap phones are going to trickle up. Put Internet-connected, app-capable smartphones running the same major operating systems the rest of us use and there will be all sorts of unforeseen ripple effects on us that we can’t even anticipate.
We tend to think of the ways our technology will affect them. That’s arrogant. We’re the minority. It’s incredibly likely that they’re going to have just as big an effect on us. –Wired
What Zadie Smith Taught Roxane Gay: Identity Is Drag – Roxane Gay on Zadie Smith — and herself. I’ve had this article open on my desktop for almost a week now, and finally got a chance to read it, and, consequently, to share it here. Although I wish it had been longer, it’s a wonderful meditation on the way in which writing is, in part, the trying out of voices, all of which belong to the speaker, and, simultaneously, none of which necessarily do. It’s a great meditation on authenticity, identity, and narrative authority.
I grappled with being black in America and being Haitian in black America and being black American in Haiti and being middle class when that was rarely considered a possibility for someone who looked like me. I was also trying to make sense of desire and sexuality and wanting so much for myself that felt forbidden. I was trying to figure out who I was and what might be possible for me. I was trying to write toward a space where I could reveal my most authentic self to the people who knew me but did not. –The Atlantic
Why Libraries Matter – Find ten minutes in your day to watch this incredible video on the New York Public Libraries. –Mental Floss
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