“A large universe of documents”

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“The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.” That’s how the Web first defined itself to the world. Today is apparently the 20th anniversary of the moment when Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues at CERN, the advanced physics lab in Geneva, made […]

Recent work: NY Times’ 9-year-old terror error; local news ethics; Wikipedia

Sometimes your labor on a bunch of projects comes to fruition all at once. Here are some links to recently published stuff: Corrections in the Web Age: The Case of the New York Times’ Terror Error — How did a 2002 error in the New York Times wreck a KQED interview in 2011 about John […]

Salon’s TableTalk shutdown: What we can learn from the story of a pioneering online community

Table Talk home page, circa 1999

Salon.com Wednesday announced plans to close Table Talk, the online discussion space and community that has operated continuously since Salon’s launch on Nov. 20, 1995. I was involved in Table Talk’s creation and management for its first several years, and when I read the news, I flashed back to my first day at Salon. As […]

The Web Parenthesis: Is the “open Web” closing?

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Heard of the “Gutenberg parenthesis”? This is the intriguing proposition that the era of mass consumption of text ushered in by the printing press four centuries ago was a mere interlude between the previous era of predominantly oral culture and a new digital-oral era on whose threshold we may now sit. That’s a fascinating debate […]