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  • Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.

    — John Cleese
  • Subcompact Publishing

    Craig Mod does a much better job than I did a few posts back in articulating what is so special and revolutionary about Marco Arment’s The Magazine, which Mod cites as an exemplar of what he dubs Subcompact Publishing. The clarity of The Magazine is exciting. It’s doubly exciting because it’s precisely the sort of app at […]

  • Mobile surges for online purchases, but Android is slipping. Why?

    Horace Dediu has some interesting data today on the growth of mobile as a percentage of Black Friday online purchases. This year, mobile accounted for nearly one-quarter of all purchases. Use that datapoint this week when anyone tells you that a mobile-first approach to digital communications and commerce is still “too soon.” Digging deeper, though, […]

  • Tragedy of the commons?

    Even though Gallup’s complaint sounds an awful lot like newspapers decrying those darned aggregators & search engines, and Salon calls sour grapes and jealousy, there’s some truth here: If everyone were to adopt Nate Silver’s methodology there wouldn’t be original polling data to analyze in aggregate. Link.

  • How one geek just outdid the entire publishing industry

    Most of my friends and colleagues in journalism or the magazine world have never heard of Marco Arment. A few more may have actually used his offline article reader, Instapaper. But I’d be willing to bet that almost none of them realize that, earlier this month, Marco surprised everyone by simply doing a few things […]

  • Know your rights: Fair Use

    Though it’s tempting to make a meta-joke and simply copy/paste the entire study here, here’s a pointer toward an excellent study from American University released recently on journalists and the concept of Fair Use. It makes three important points: Overall, journalists have very little idea what Fair Use really is. Somehow, thought, many journalists intuitively […]

  • Did Craiglist just leave the door open a crack?

    Ben Brooks has a great post that gets straight to the point about a business that, suddenly, is wide-open with possibilities again: Local classified ads. I can’t be the only one that thinks Craigslist is ripe for a disruption, because there is so much wrong with it that goes beyond the hideous and user hostile […]