Three lies you’ll hear over and over when the market goes nuts: Valuation is reality. We will always put our users first! And: This time it’s different.
In which I share an online publishing lesson: why you’re better off keeping your back-end software transitions separate from your front-end design revamps.
One little article I wrote 15 years ago for Salon has been making the rounds again recently (probably because Andrew Leonard recently linked to it — thanks, Andrew!). This piece was notable because it introduced Salon’s readers to a new service with the unlikely name of Google. My enthusiastic endorsement was based entirely on my […]
Buried near the end of John Markoff’s front-page feature in the Times today about “deep learning”, neural-net-inspired software, this tidbit, which I think requires no further elaboration, but is worth noting, and noting again: One of the most striking aspects of the research led by Dr. [Geoffrey] Hinton is that it has taken place largely […]
If you look at my life, I’ve never gotten it right the first time. It always takes me twice. — Steve Jobs, in a 1992 Washington Post interview I first wrote about Steve Jobs as a digital auteur in January 1999, in a profile for Salon that tried, in the near-term aftermath of Jobs’ […]
Way back when I joined Facebook I was under the impression that it was the social network where people play themselves. On Facebook, you were supposed to be “real.” So I figured, OK, this is where I don’t friend everyone indiscriminately; this is where I only connect with people I really know. I stuck with […]
At Facebook last Wednesday night, a panel of four journalists — Laura McClure of Mother Jones, Katharine Zaleski of the Washington Post, Chris O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury News, and CNN tech writer Mark Milian — talked about how they use Facebook as a tool for journalism. What they said was smart. I’d probably […]
It’s hard to think of a more meaningful recent exchange in the tech-industry world than the moment onstage at Web 2.0 last night when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg turned to conference organizers John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly and told them, “Your map’s wrong.” (I was sorry not to be there in person! I went to the […]
At Open Web Foo I led a small discussion of what I called the “Social Web memory hole” — the way that social networks suck in our contributions and then tend to bury them or make them inaccessible to their authors. It was a treat to share my ideas with this crowd of super-smart tech […]
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 […]