"The choice of a single word involved separate deliberations in New York and the Washington bureau and demonstrated the linguistic minefields that journalists navigate every day in the quest to describe the world accurately and fairly.
Interesting piece from the Times Public Editor today about how important semantics can be, especially when dealing with issues like torture.
"When the developed world gets over its bias for "printing press–era cash technology" then complementary currencies will be commonplace here too, Rushkoff predicts. He sees a future that has people literally reprogramming their economic systems, using computer networks and handheld devices to administer new forms of grassroots cash. Those currencies could be almost anything: Cash we can use only at one local restaurant, cash cards for Wal-Mart or other chain stores, babysitting dollars we can trade in our neighborhoods."
Just when I think I’ve got a handle on Dylan’s vast catalog I stumble across a gem like this one that I’ve never heard. Fucking great track… classic Dylan:
Well I wandered alone, through a desert of stone, and I dreamt of my future wife. My sword’s in my hand, and I’m next in command, in this version of Death called Life. My plate and my cup, are right straight up, I took a rose from the hand of a child. When I kiss your lips, the honey drips, I’m gonna have to put you down for a while.
"For more than a century The Associated Press has been the apotheosis of the reuse and remix principles that drove the Web 2.0 movement. The A.P. has been an essential ingredient in the success of many Web sites. Indeed, if it didn’t exist, I imagine a lot of Internet companies would want to create a news-gathering cooperative of their own. What would be different is that a news association created today should be owned by all users of the information, not just newspapers as The A.P. is."
"In our opinion, the DiggBar takes Digg’s approach to news gathering and dissemination one step too far. By hijacking URLs, they complicate an end-user’s experience on our site, and from a publishing standpoint, we think it’s a step backwards to mask the content you’re visiting with shortened URLs from an unrelated site."
In the longterm, companies that think about balancing their own business needs with those of their customers win. Organizations that compromise that balance don’t. If Digg doesn’t evolve this offering, their new release will be a fad… just like their first act.