18 05 2009

It may not be exciting for other people, but being the novice blogger that I am, it was very exciting to see that someone I linked to in my last blog – Iain Mosher re. bad error messages – has commented on my page, and linked me back on his blog. Have a look at the comment – he mentions a couple of other good sites that list amusing error message.

How rad!

I feel validated. Hooray!

Also, check out my Blogwatch for an update on what’s happening on GrammarBlog.



1 04 2009

I just watched EPIC 2014 for the second time. It’s an interesting take on the world of journalism, both print and online. I found the doomsday tone of voice and the sombre music to be a little off-putting, but I suppose what Sloan and Thompson were trying to do was posit the world of journalism in a post-apocalyptic type setting, and to that end their presentation is quite effective.

I also found the newer version of this video here – named EPIC 2015. It’s been updated to include things like iPods and GPS positioning. It’s still pretty much the same premise, though.

As for the idea of EPIC itself, it doesn’t seem wildly far-fetched (perhaps just a smidge dramatic!). Such an information network is probably inevitable, it’s just that the effects of such a system don’t necessarily have to be as intense as portrayed here.

Judging from the past week, which brought the cessation of print runs for several long-running newspapers and magazines in favour of online versions, we’re heading towards tough times for print media. This means that the existing print media companies need to really focus on how to stay current in the digital age.

The idea of the New York Times being a newsletter for the elite and elderly is a little scary, but personally, I don’t think that such an iconic pillar of the media will be taken down so easily.

I also can’t imagine that an all-encompassing online world information system will necessarily phase out the existing (highly regarded) news services.  With no journalists, and the majority of the editing being done by computers, it seems that a system such as EPIC wouldn’t be a particularly reliable source of information. Much as Wikipedia’s content is user-based and not always fact, EPIC would struggle without proper research and editorial processes.

Sloan doesn’t think that this view of the future is a prophecy either, saying that all he was hoping to acheive with this presentation was “to illustrate the fact that the various monopolies of the large media organizations are currently being threatened by many of the new online services.” He adds that if there were to be such a “crazy integrated suite of Google services that will rule the world”, it wouldn’t be too big a deal.

Yesterday I posted a link to a blog about preparing for the onset of online news monopoly, by Patrick Kuras. I see EPIC 2014 as a similar sort of commentary, portentous for the purpose of making the news conglomerates aware that they have to diversify if they’re to ward off obsolescence.

Check out my Blogwatch for updates on GrammarBlog.

Away from the sunshine.

31 03 2009

Today has been a long day. Plenty of procrastination (oh what a clean bedroom I have!), eating, exercise, and a fair amount of internet trawling.

So, it looks like the Ann Arbor News will be following in the footsteps of Seattle’s Post-Intellegencer, and only publishing online, and there are others – Blender will now only be found online, and Maxim will be amalgamating its online and print versions.

Patrick Kuras has some interesting ideas about how we might approach publishing (particulary of newspapers) in his blog post ‘How to Save the Newspaper’. It’s not so much a guide to navigating the impending shift from print to digital, but the prompting of a discussion regarding how we can be best prepared for the change.

In other news, Hewlett Packard have started a web publishing venture called MagCloud, that allows consumers to publish their own magazines for 20c per page. HP are hoping that subverting the skyrocketing prices of bulk publishing will make this venture instantly successful. I can’t help but think, however, that in this age of blogging and self-publishing online, it might quickly lose its novelty value, and those who can write will do so for free online, and save themselves 20c a page.

Nelson Yee has also written an interesting blog post about our progression from web users to those who are used by the web, or use it in a new, more commercial sense. It’s a pretty interesting examination of how we’ve adapted to the web, and how the public perception of the web and its content has also altered.

Well, I think that’s it from me for now. I can see the backyard, and the sunshine, and it’s just too tempting. I’ll try to write more tomorrow, after finishing the readings. Have put a bit more on the Blogwatch page – have a look.

Til later!


11 03 2009

So, I’ve managed to finally get myself a blog. That deserves a pat on the back, I reckon.

I was going to call my blog Neville, but I found out that there was another Neville moonlighting on the blog circuit, so I abandoned that idea.


I’ve been looking at websites to talk about for my presentation, and I’ve decided to go with Arts Hub, because it’s one that I visit a bit and I’m a member of, and I think it’s pretty nifty and useful for people like us. You know, us – creative, literary, awesome.

So, if you’re in class today – check me out! Or don’t – I might get embarrassed.

Also, check out my pages for my Blogwatch of GrammarBlog, and the Group Project page for updates.