Dennis Haarsager's rolling environmental scan for electronic media. "Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us." --Jerry Garcia "Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." --Bob Seger
Liz Gannes reports on a study of 90 children age 3-12 in the U.S. and Israel by Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group of a wide variety of children's websites, including PBS Kids. The study concludes that, unlike adults, children are more app oriented than search oriented. Interesting reading. Link: GigaOM. --Dennis
I’ll not comment on it because I work at NPR, but Staci Kramer has a lengthy article describing the live launch today (9/8) of a local journalism effort among NPR and partner public radio stations built around content verticals. Check it out. Link: paidContent.org. --Dennis
Jerry Pournelle’s lengthy but always interesting “Chaos Manor” column in Byte was must reading for me when that magazine existed. So it’s been fun to see him as a guest on a couple of Leo LaPorte’s recent recent This Week in Tech videos, which I usually watch via Roku on laundry nights.
On the show I watched tonight, Pournelle repeated his “Iron Law of Bureaucracy,” which may be relevant to those of us in public broadcasting as we consider the challenges of maintaining a mission during changing patterns of media usage and the necessity to consider collaborations and mergers. Here’s how he stated it on the program:
Any organization has two kinds of people: those that are dedicated to what the organization is dedicated to and the other dedicated to the organization itself. The second always gets in control.
The Chaos Manor column continues online. I hope I’m that sharp at 77. --Dennis
Howard Kurtz, in a great column on the impact and importance of search on journalism, provides this as an outrageous fictional example of a headline designed to attract page views from search engines. Link: Washington Post.
Somehow it's OK, I guess, when Amazon shows me recommendations when I check in or by email based on what I've purchased in the past. But I'm now getting a couple of calls a month at the office from technology vendors who are monitoring hits to their web site to identify possible customers. A typical one starts out something like, "Hi, this is Joe Schmoe from Superduper Network Services and we've noticed that someone from there has been hitting our web site multiple times recently." I'm already innundated with vendor calls, so this seems one more semi-creepy excuse to pick up the phone. --Dennis