Category Archives: The Web

When A Pointless Flash Animation Is Just Right

We’re all familiar with pointless Flash animations that serve only as barriers to getting to useful web content. But I recently stumbled across an instructive exampe of a “pointless” Flash animation that works. It’s on the web site of the … Continue reading

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Digital Politics: An Interview With CivicSpace Founder Zack Rosen

Also on my O’Reilly blog: We may have the seductiveness of the amazon.com shopping cart to thank for CivicSpace, an enhanced content management system (CMS) that has spawned many of the leading political web sites, starting with that of the … Continue reading

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Digital Politics

From my O’Reilly blog: I’ve been doing more and more work in politics since the ’04 election (communications consulting and web production). I got involved at first out of a sense of civic obligation–and because my wife told me to … Continue reading

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My Tips From An E-Musician Article On Podcasting

Electronic Musican recently ran a comprehensive article on podcasting, written by David Battino. It includes some tips from me. A lot of what has stuck with me about communication over the years I first learned as a freelance writer-broadcaster for … Continue reading

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10 Journalism Tips For Bloggers, Podcasters & Other E-Publishers

Blogs, podcasts & e-newsletters make it easy for anyone to be a journalist. But just as the debut of desktop publishing led to some very ugly documents, these newer tools are spawning some very sloppy journalism, which does no good … Continue reading

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Shirky: “50 Years Of Chaos” Ahead In Digital Media

“I am predicting 50 years of chaos,” says digital media thinker Clay Shirky. He’s been speaking at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Global conference in Oxford, UK. Story here. Sounds about right, though I’d guess it could be 50 … Continue reading

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Bungee Jumping With Technology

“When we try a new technology, the technology changes us. This pattern apparently goes back to the invention of agriculture, which led us to start living in cities (to store & trade crops), to invent writing (for tracking transactions) and… … Continue reading

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How We Went From Nowhere To Track Of The Day On Garageband.com

“Last week, as an experiment, I uploaded to garageband.com a song by an independent country artist whose CD I produced. Given that there are thousands of artists on the site, I assumed that not much was likely to happen, but … Continue reading

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