Mental Links: Deconstructing news reportage, iPad meta-critiques, the cyborg brain…


How To Report The News, by Charlie Brooker… a very frank deconstruction.

  • iPad: Overhyped Flop or a case of Great Design Thinking?
    Media studies graduate student / thinker @VenessaMiemis provides a very thorough examination of the diverse perspectives to what Apple's iPad means for the future of computing.
  • Fraser Speirs on Future Shock
    “What you're seeing in the industry's reaction to the iPad is nothing less than future shock. For years we've all held to the belief that computing had to be made simpler for the 'average person'. I find it difficult to come to any conclusion other than that we have totally failed in this effort. Secretly, I suspect, we technologists quite liked the idea that Normals would be dependent on us for our technological shamanism.”
  • A Whole New Mind | Daniel Pink
    All the iPad discussions seem to point me back to Daniel Pink’s book. He observes that the future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. The era of “left brain” dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which “right brain” qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate.
  • Clive Thompson: "Garry Kasparov, cyborg"
    What if, instead of playing against one another, a computer and a human played together — as part of a team?
  • Project SIKULI
    Sikuli automates almost anything with screenshot ease, thanks to it's visual recognition technology. Works with any computing platform, including Mac, Windows, Linux! (via Lifehacker)
  • Panopticlick
    EFF asks: Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.
  • The Pinky Show: Structure, Power, & Agency
    Pinky's been thinking a lot about class treason lately: What does it mean that we do so many things in our lives 'automatically'? What can we really do to make this world better? And what will we have to give up or risk in order to achieve it?
  • Pictures + Stories = Pictory! And It's Pretty. // Current
    Pictures have never been more share-worthy than they are within Pictory, a new, community-driven, ongoing series of photos and the stories behind them. Get out your Kleenex… some of this stuff will truly tug at your heartstrings! The Internet can be so great.
  • List of Corporate Social Media Strategists, Corporate Community Managers in 2010 « Jeremiah Owyang
    There are very specific requirements for this list, please read before submitting: 1) You must have a public LinkedIn profile page that 2) indicates that social media is part of your full time career and job –not just for personal use, 3) You must work at an enterprise class corporation with more than 1000 employees.
  • Securing your iPhone's traffic | Macworld
    There are several firms that specialize in “rent-a-VPN” service for travelers who don’t have a corporate information technology department behind them handling VPN service. I'm thinking it's the easiest way to spoof your iPhone's IP as well.
  • Reboot These Sci-Fi Shows Next, Wired.com Readers Plead
    Brings back lots of memories… though sadly I watched them alone with no one to share stories with.
  • http://www.reallygoodthinking.com Ian Aspin

    Having worked as a TV news reporter I found Charlie's piece very amusing – some of us have long believed reporting like this is a rubbish way to do things!

    But even if a journalist wants to tell stories in a more authentic and engaging way, the constraints of the so-called “house style” in many news organisations make it difficult to achieve.

    What's needed is a massive culture shift and a complete re-think of what we understand quality broadcast news reporting is.

    And guess what? That's exactly what's happening, though you'd never believe it from what we're still mostly seeing on TV.

    Anyway, the new digital technologies, and shake up of “old school/old mainstream” journalism means new platforms and styles of “news” storytelling can now emerge.

    Let's hope fresh and appropriate ways of funding appear too, so we can kill off this dreadful formulaic reporting and delivery, and clear the way for more natural and interesting ways to treat stories and content.

    Much love,

    Ian Aspin. http://www.twitter.com/ianaspin

    • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin Lim

      Formulaic is the right word. It'll be interesting to see the new forms of storytelling the news industry would be willing to adopt.