Content Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink

A stark look at tech journalism. However, I think that there are a number of options available to help stem this tide. I’ve read about a couple Mac sites that are cutting back on the number of their stories to focus on quality. I’ve also seen Macstories start publishing a “Reading List” of what their reading for the week (which might be construed as more linkbait, but I’d disagree with that). It allows for some perspective to persist. There’s also shawnblanc.net as another counter-example.

The other thing I’ve seen is more sponsoring of specific writers and their sites. Things like Splat-F and Ribbonfarm are functioning with a pseudo NPR model of free content backed up with voluntary sponsorships backed by bigger donors. I know there’s at least one other large blogger who has a sponsor-only podcast, but I’ve forgotten his name right now, which also highlights the ways that this could work out. But in general, I would agree with this article, and I’ve been a bit sheltered in a handpicked neighborhood of the Apple blogosphere.

parislemon:

This morning, I woke up and read Nick Bilton’s weekly New York Times’ column. Nick is a friend and one of the best bloggers/writers/journalists out there. But with today’s column, he was way off base. 

Having already said what I wanted to say about the Path situation, I debated if I should weigh in again. Then I read Nick’s column again. There’s a way to say what he wants to say, but he goes about it the complete wrong way. I felt like I had to respond. 

But before I could, my CrunchFund partner Michael Arrington wrote almost exactly what I would have written — but in a more effective way. As a dog owner/lover, Michael thought up a great analogy: “So the belly is shown.”

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No, I did not know that there were lyrics to this. Not at all. Not sure if I wanted to know that there were words to this either…

npr:

Did you know the Morning Edition theme song has lyrics?!! Well, it does and here they are for your sing-a-long pleasure! — Tanya

The Morning Edition Theme

Oh I hate to get up in the morning

Please don’t wake me up this morning

Let me stay in bed … and … sleep (I don’t like to daydream)

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The world can turn without me today

And if you wake me up I can say

That we will not be friends… for… long

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Remember when… we used to sleep forever?

Dreams… floating as light as feathers

When… will those delightful dreams

Come back again?

Tell me when!!!

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For crying out loud, please would you shut up

No news, no features, I’ve had enough …

But, say, who wrote your great … theme … song???

Lyrics ©1979 BJ Leiderman Music

“We see the library as not being in the book business, but being in the learning business and the exploration business and the expand-your-mind business…”