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Demand Media, once valued higher than the New York Times, is seeing a rapid decrease in profits because of Google changing its search algorithms. Does this mean the beginning of the end for "content farms"?
Museums build some pretty cool websites. To help people find them, use them, and give them props, the Museums and the Web conference has held an annual Best of the Web contest since 1997. This year's nominees are here
. Just a sample: the MOMA on Bauhaus
, the Center for New Media's Bracero History Archive
, the Textile Museum of Canada's In Touch:Connecting Cloth, Culture, and Art
, Perception Deception from The National Science and Technology Center of Australia, The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
from the Van Gogh Museum, the Smithsonian's Prehistoric Climate Change and Why it Matters Today
, and more . If that doesn't wash out the remainder of your Friday, you can always dig into the past nominees
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Newspaper Stand 2.0
John Gruber of Daring Fireball
"My friend Merlin Mann and I had a session at SXSW Interactive about two weeks ago. It certainly wasn’t a panel, and it wasn’t really a presentation. It was more like an hour-long duet rant, the main goal of which was to inspire anyone who wants to publish or write on the web to pursue their obsessions in a serious way.
We got the audio recording of the session from SXSW a few days ago, recorded short intro and outro segments, and Merlin spliced it together and has published it on his 43 Folders podcast. I encourage you to go ahead and listen to it."
Circuits are flipping on in the nation's attic
. A couple of weeks ago, 31 "digerati"
-- like Clay Shirky
, Chris Anderson
, and George Oates
-- dropped in to the Smithsonian Institution
for the invitation-only conference "Smithsonian 2.0: A Gathering to Re-imagine the Smithsonian in the Digital Age"
. Dan Cohen
of the Center for History and New Media
provides a great summary
(and continues to pose provocative questions) on his own blog. Those whose invitations were somehow lost in the mail can play fly-on-the-wall by watching the keynotes
, paging through the Flickr pool
of envymaking glimpses of their behind-the-scenes lab and collections tours, reading the blog
(where Bruce Wyman of the Denver Art Museum lays out a succinct road map
for museums using social media), and poking around in the SI's website gallery
. Want to cheer on the USA's favorite 163-year-old "Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge"
without taking the trip to DC? Thanks to their recent efforts, you can now follow the SI on Twitter
, listen to its podcasts
, watch its YouTube channel
, visit the Latino Virtual Museum in Second Life
, or use the FaceBook gifts page
to send your best friends their very own pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers
, Hope diamond
, Negro Leagues baseball
, or coelocanth
The recent passing of Studs Terkel
sparked a renewed interest in his interview projects, like Working
, and Hard Times
. But Studs was not just a broadcaster who liked people; he was a practitioner of oral history
, a method of gathering information about the past through preserving individual recollections. It's a subfield
of history, with its own ethics
, professional literature
, and limitations
. Learn how
to collect and share
oral histories yourself, from interviewing
and getting clearances
and disseminating. Oral histories have been preserved as text transcripts
for decades; now digital media isreinvigorating the form
, bringing new ease to recording and wider opportunities
for the public to see and hear the content
. Explore oral history projects on the web with stories of veterans
, jazz cats
, Nevada nuclear test site witnesses
, Basque Americans
, rodeo cowboys and cowgirls
, Katrina survivors
, ACT UP
activists, Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge
, Native Americans
, women whose lives were affected by the Pill
, survivors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
,women in World War II
, workers in Paterson, NJ
is a newly available, open-source web platform, bringing good-looking, functional online exhibitry within reach of smaller museums, libraries, and arts groups. From the Center for History and New Media
--drilling beneath the headlines. A new webmagazine, offering expert in-depth coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view. The site is built around major “digs,” led by authorities in their fields, who will drill down into contemporary topics and assemble packages of content... Robert Scheer
is editor in chief (you may know him from the SF Chronicle
). The current featured "dig" is on religion and homosexuality.
is a performance and video blog project by new media artist Chris Barr. It's about suicide. [MI]
is a global youth arts initiative (under 25s) that develops and profiles artists and their work across television, radio, in print and online. Requires Flash. [MI]
Web 2.0 overload
- "eHub is a constantly updated list of web applications, services, resources, blogs or sites with a focus on next generation web (web 2.0
), social software, blogging, Ajax, Ruby on Rails, location mapping, open source, folksonomy, design and digital media sharing." Tons of links to mashup apps like PervWatch
, etc, etc, etc...(note: a lot of these sites are in beta)
, a new tabloid style website aimed at the Drudgereport, is launched by Lockhart Steele
founder of Gawker Media, home of Gawker
. Looks a lot like the recently relaunched National Enquirer
(Will 'enquiring minds' accept The Equirer's move to New York and British editorial makeover?
Welcome to Ourmedia.org
We provide free storage and free bandwidth for your videos, audio files, photos, text or software. Forever. No catches.
The Human Nature Daily Review, SciTech Daily Review
, Arts & Letters Daily
, Business Daily Review
. The busier I get the more I value these sites that separate news signal from noise and present the results in a simple and almost standardized fashion. Are there other great newsfilters out there?
Four sites account for half of Web surfing
'Even more significantly, the number of companies controlling 60 percent of all U.S. surfing time plummeted from 110 to 14, according to Jupiter Media Metrix, which released the survey Monday.'
Journaux munis d'un blog
has a Weblog
, as does The Age
. Any other coelecanth media taking the plunge?