Internet geek humor

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Isn’t it about time to expose the hypocrites?

I’ve been away for a few days, but when I got back I caught up on some episodes I’d missed of the Daily Show and Colbert Report during the Republican convention. Jon Stewart hit it particularly well by comparing past and recent statements by folks like Karl Rove and Fox News TV pundit Bill O’Reilly….

The Palin baby rumor and journalistic ethics

So there’s this rumor starting to spread around the net: That GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin is not the mother of the infant Trig Palin as she claims; rather, the mother is actually her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol. It surfaced with this report on Daily Kos. (And there’s a follow-up with more “evidence.”) Andrew Sullivan has…

I wish Jon Stewart had done this interview

This morning, on NPR’s Morning Edition, host Steve Inskeep interviewed former New York mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani, who has been in Denver to offer an anti-Democratic presence to media gathered there for the Democratic convention. Guiliani made the suggestion that Hillary Clinton is helping Republican candidate John McCain, since in the primary…

Canned obits: Why bother anymore?

Steve Yelvington blog-mused: “Are obituaries obsolete?” He argues that newspapers should have “living documents” cataloging and documenting people’s lives on an ongoing basis, rather than an obituary published just at the person’s death. I want to take a slightly different angle. Many newspapers pre-write obituaries of notable people in their communities. Some staff journalist or…

Farewell, Online-News!

I’m going to partake of a little nostalgia here. Stop reading if you don’t care about the early days of interactive news. … Back in 1994, I started an e-mail discussion list called Online-News. It turned out to be the primary hangout for lots of the pioneers in the field of online news, and continued…

Yes, people will post news, but perhaps not when YOU ask

The concept of “citizen journalism” has been around for a while now, and early applications of the concept typically have involved creating a platform for people to share what they know. A classic example of this is CNN’s iReport website, where all of us are encouraged to put on our amateur reporter caps and share…

When Twitter beats local news outlets

There are a few things that local newspapers and other news outlets (TV, radio) don’t do well, and I’m always on the lookout for solutions. Here’s one that’s come up for me many times over the years: Something happens locally, like, say, a fire; there’s a lot of smoke in the distance, and I want…

Ads on Twitter … So?

On BusinessWeek.com, Ben Kunz writes about the trouble Twitter is having coming up with a business model. He suggests a bunch of possibilities, but finds problems with all of them. I don’t get it. It strikes me that the best model is incredibly simple, and powerful: Insert a “TwitterAd” entry every 50 entries or so….

The phone as GPS (and lots more)

I finally succumbed to iPhone fever and got an iPhone 3G the other day. While I’ve been thinking about the expanded mobile footprint in our lives for a while, having this thing in my hands really brings the future into focus. One big thing that the iPhone represents is the lessening of gadgets that we…

My blog for the iPhone age

Thanks to a cool plug-in for WordPress called WPtouch from BraveNewCode.com, this blog now has an iPhone version. That is, if you view steveouting.com on an iPhone, it will automatically pick up the mobile version. If you’re curious what it looks like and don’t have an iPhone or iTouch, there are some iPhone emulators out…

A print redesign that really is radical (I think)

I’m on record as not being impressed by the Orlando Sentinel print edition redesign. There’s the issue of where to put the reinvention resources, first; I believe the Sentinel should be focusing foremost on digital strategy, and not putting too much faith in a print redesign saving the company. But I also don’t think the…

Ender’s Game and the intelligent ‘nets’

I’ve been reading the classic science fiction novel Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, to my youngest daughter. It’s one of my favorite sci-fi books and I’m enjoying re-reading it. Here’s a quick synopsis from Wikipedia: “Ender’s Game (1985) is one of the best-known novels by Orson Scott Card. It is set in Earth’s future…

Don’t go backward, newspapers!

Earlier this afternoon I tossed off a Twitter post that needs more than 140 characters to explain what I’m thinking. … What raised my disgust was this memo posted on Romenesko by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s managing editor, explaining a new policy to stop posting “signature investigative reporting, enterprise, trend stories, news features, and reviews of…

I need your help writing an Open Letter to Google

Over on ReinventingClassifieds.com, I’ve just posted the beginnings of an “Open Letter to Google.” It’s in wiki format, and I’m asking your help in writing it. Read about it in more detail over there, but briefly it’s in response to Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt’s public fretting about the state of newspapers and investigative journalism,…