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

    — John Cleese
  • 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.

  • Newspaper’s woes: What a difference seven years doesn’t make

    This was going to be a comment on Alan Mutter’s post “What’s Next For Newspapers?” but The Newsosaur’s commenting system is in a cranky mood this morning. So, here you go, with some clips for context. — Alan Mutter says recent moves and rumblings in newspaperland point to a coalescing around three possible routes to […]

  • HuffPost opens up polling data through an API

    Awesome news for anyone who cares about deep, rich data, ready for sifting: Developers and election watchers take note: The Huffington Post just released a polling data API. The Huffpost Pollster API will allow anyone to dig into more than 13,000 opinion polls on the presidential election as well as U.S. House and Senate races. The data will be […]

  • Digging below the Surface

    I love that Microsoft seems to have awakened to the fact that it’s 2012 with the introduction of their Surface concept. Here’s hoping they can actually ship this and do so at a decent price. It’ll be good for the market and great as a prod to Apple to keep innovating further. Until then, Horace […]

  • Why all commenting systems should have a “like” button

    From a comment thread on the rebuttal by Ryan Chittum to Howard Owens’s rebuttal of David Simon’s paean to the paywall, Steve Buttry nails it: Chittum writes: “When it comes to paywalls, the question is settled.” Did I miss the news story about all those non-newspaper sites deciding to erect paywalls? Can’t direct-link, but it’s […]

  • We’re not special

    I wonder how much harrumphing filled the air as this sensible high school commencement address by teacher David McCullough, Jr. unspooled. Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter […]