Some things being said that interested me (and, hopefully, you) about editing, and media in general:
- The false zero-sum game of print vs. online: David Sullivan warns against trusting marketing folks, it seems to me, want change more than any idea of what that might look like. The key quote: “Don’t oppose changes, but common sense is not the same as opposition to change, even though you may be told it is.”
- The location-based, real-time Web: There’s the continued expansion of flawed-but-intriguing EveryBlock, and Facebook is working on its location-based efforts. I haven’t enacted Twitter’s yet — rarely do my posts need to say, “Hey, I’m in D.C.!”
- For the entrepreneurial editor, a good look at what’s what with location-based advertising, among other things.
- Rupert Murdoch’s British paywall savaged: Look, I like Murdoch, maybe because he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He, more or less, wants bold views backed by money — which is why his empire has a justified conservative image but a range of properties, products and executives’ ideological views. I like Jeff Jarvis, too, because he’s also bold. I always hit a wall with him, though, because I think he’s better that destroying than creating. That’s fine — most of us are. But while I generally agree with him here (and often), I think he’s ultimately not the answer to anything of tomorrow, just the guy closing the book on yesterday.
- Online Journalism Blog has more on the paywalls, plus readers’ questions answered by the Times (via Editors Weblog)
- Bad grammar will make you poor: Interesting take on the risk businesses take when they don’t bother to edit (or thinking before writing).
- Speaking of poor, newspapers’ ad sales are in full descent.
- Slash-and-burn editing has consequences: Headsup: The Blog takes a look at some chopping of an Associated Press obit of Fess Parker that removes the fun — and a lot of the sense-making.
- Trader Joe’s doesn’t just post signs — it tells a story: With pictures (!) from Fritinancy. Oh, a happy editing/writing link. That’s a good note to end on.