HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 13

HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.


Image by Folkert Gorter of superfamous.com

This week, over at Medium, I wrote about the challenge of staying mindful while browsing the internet – a challenge I face using Internet Palate Cleansers. I’m a work in progress, but it won’t stop me from doing what I can to improve.

Felix Salmon is one of the few lucky journalists in 2015 — widely read and fairly compensated, and it seems he receives his fair share of emails from students and other young up-and-comers trying to find a magic entrance into the news biz. His advice is both profound and vague: Doing journalism is a great idea, but you ought not count on it to pay the bills anytime soon.

Considering that it is such an integral part of our lives, it sure is hard to _find_ the internet. Handily enough, author and artist Ingrid Burrington has created a field guide to spotting the infrastructure that makes the internet feel as though it is one with the air we breathe.

The IRL legal system is taking increasing interest in online crimes, as highlighted by the recent trials of Ross Ulbricht and Andrew Auernheimer. GigaOm casts light on how prosecutors armed with archaic statues (perhaps inadvertently) make internet folk heros out of otherwise unsavory characters.

Updates from the Monday Note always demand close attention, especially those notes dealing with over-valued digital brands and the future of journalism. Frédéric Filloux calculates that the New York Times may be vastly underestimated, and makes a shrewd case that the Grey Lady “belongs to the tiny guild of legacy media that did almost everything right for their conversion to digital.”


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17. February 2015 by jamesfacts
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