…and people have terrible ideas. Garbage in, garbage out.
Medium as Gentrifying Force
Just in case you thought people ran out of incendiary terms to use in their media criticism.
I, for one, welcome our chatbot overlords
Bloomberg on the bot revolution. Very necessary.
Poynter profile on Beta, the digital products arm of The New York Times
The team is tasked with taming the daily flow of content and reanimating the NYT’s vast archives.
“News is and will always be the heart of (our) service,” French said. “But for an organization that puts out 350 stories a day — the equivalent of a Harry Potter book a day — we do a lot more than just tell you what the news is. We tell you how to live a better life.”
Ev on Medium
Medium founder Ev Williams sits down with Ad Age to hash out the present and future of the platform (publisher? platisher?).
8chan and 4chan turn Microsoft chatbot Tay racist
A bot that learns from the Internet. What could go wrong?
Hulk Hogan Wins $115M Judgement Against Gawker
This case has everything: sex tapes, first amendment implications, Bubba the Love Sponge. Now that the trial is over, the appeal will begin.
Apple News Opens Up For All
In case you weren’t satisfied with Google’s AMP Project and Facebook Instant Articles, Apple News is now the nicest-designed walled garden for your content.
27 Ways to Think About Comments
I don’t have comments on this site. I generally think they are a bad idea and you should respond to articles in channels or platforms that you control. Fortunately for us all, Melody Kramer goes beyond my dogmatism and comes up with some good and useful ideas about website comments.
Publishers Feeling Platform Fatigue
Slate’s Keith Hernandez talks about having to pick and choose the walled gardens in which you play.
And: Paul Ford on how our multi-platform reality means we are all building in public.