For me, the best part of Thanksgiving is the pumpkin pie. I’ve already had a slice and will probably have to go to the store on Wednesday and buy another pie. This is not helping in my battle to drop some weight. I’m seriously thinking of Twittering my weight once a week in an effort to provide some external motivation. What do you think? Post it here @Teach_J. Now on to the low fat links. With even more holiday flavor.
1 – I’m not a regular reader or a fan of The Scobleizer (the man with a huge following on Twitter), but this link came via my Twitter feed and I agree with a lot of the premise. I’ve been lamenting this trend on this blog for some time – the blurring between the ad space and the content space. The loss of ethics and standards of journalistic conduct. And if those stories aren’t enough to crush your inner journalist, then watch this video of an LA Times reporter on Dancing With The Stars and wonder where is journalism heading?
2 – Is The Internet Dying? Or is it experiencing the same slowdown as the global economy? Here’s a slideshare that shows Internet traffic is down to a great many sites. The question is why? I’m wondering if it is due to mobile devices. I’m not sure that the google metrics the slideshow uses show mobile hits.
3 – I love guerrilla marketing. Anything different, outrageous or funny will get people’s attention. What makes it effective is if you make a point too. Here are some good examples, now I just want to know how we can take these ideas and translate them into good ideas to sell yearbooks.
4 – If you are like me, you spend a lot of hours in front of a screen both at work and at home. I really like this Lifehacker article about making your workstation ergonomic.
5 – Thanks to Viewfinder Blues for putting me onto the trail of this gem. You’ve got to love the pure ’80s schlock value. Funny, yet satisfying.
6 – The copyblogger has been one of my favorite blogs for a long time. Short, useful posts like this one are why – The Art of the Paragraph.
7 – Thanks to the wonderful Suzanne Yada for posting this interview with blogger and head TWIT Leo Laporte on the future of journalism.
8 – Copyblogger strikes again with this post about EMINEM and how he is a great storyteller. I don’t like his music, but there’s no disagreeing with his success as a rap artist, which comes mainly from connecting with his audience.
9 – This next link is just for fun – 8 Video Games that Feature Photographers. My favorite:
10 – Poynter Online has posted a site and a Twitter stream called 100 Things Journalists Should Never Do. Some of it is repetitive, but worth a look.
11 – Advancing The Story has a list of Five Don’ts for Multimedia journalists. Best take away – Don’t complain about carrying gear. There are hundreds of darn good reporters out there who are carrying resumes right now who would kill to be carrying gear.
12 – DigiDave thinks we can save the communication of information without “Big J Journalism.” I’m sorry, but I disagree. I think that without journalists backed with deep pockets, we lose the power of the press to big corporations. I agree that the current model is broken both at newspapers and broadcast. People bought the paper for the sports section or the crossword puzzle, the news came as a bonus. Same with TV, they watch CBS or NBC for the entertainment, but once or twice a day there is also news. It was good for our democracy. People were informed by happy coincidence. Under this new model of the future. Journalism will be smaller and only found by those looking for it. Well, as they say, most news is bad news. Most people would rather not. The uncoupling of news from everything else in a newspaper or an entertainment source like a TV network will hurt journalism. It will diminish both the quantity and quality of the news. The lack of profit will drive talented journalists into other businesses and those few who remain will produce less, thus less news. Business and government will not care. There are so many easy ways to spin their PR to the populace. And now there will be fewer journalists out there to ask the hard questions.
13 – I like this post from the Clever Sheep – Ten Trends for the Classroom of Tomorrow. But the first one needs to be getting rid of the Internet nannies in every school IT department. Otherwise, none of the great Web 2.0 tools will ever see the light of day in a classroom.
Sorry this took so long to get out this week. I’m on holiday time and that means everything is a little slower.