Friday Reading #8

 by Martin Belam, 22 June 2012

Here’s edition eight of “Friday Reading” - a list of links to long reads and articles I found interesting on the web about technology, journalism and teenagers texting dirty words to each other. So, go fill up your Kindle, Instapaper or Pocket app and enjoy these over the weekend...

Friday reading

“What the rise of Depeche Mode teaches you about the rise of digital design” - Joe Stewart, Co.Design
“To me, this story echoes the dawn of digital design. Not that long ago, design was print and TV, and print and TV were dominated by big advertising agencies. Design hadn’t changed in decades, and unless you were one of a few elite designers at a big agency, it was almost impossible for your work to reach a mass audience. Designers craved something else; another channel through which they could express themselves. Street art was one of the ways: graffiti and wheat pasting emerged as the punk rock of the design world, but it was still just a rehash of painting and print. And then along came a new way to design and a brand new medium: digital.”
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“Hacked: Alec Empire interviews AnonyOps” - Dazed
“Atari Teenage Riot's Alec Empire interviews ‘AnonyOps’ from online hacktivist group Anonymous”
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“Knowledge work is broken - only you can fix it” - Oscar Berg, The Content Economy
“Why do we fear new opportunities when the room for improvement in knowledge work is so big?”
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“Falsehoods programmers believe about time” - Noah Sussman, Infinite Undo
“I have repeatedly been confounded to discover just how many mistakes in both test and application code stem from misunderstandings or misconceptions about time. By this I mean both the interesting way in which computers handle time, and the fundamental gotchas inherent in how we humans have constructed our calendar — daylight savings being just the tip of the iceberg.”
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“Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered.” - David Lowery, The Trichordist
I’m not convinced I agree with everything that David argues here, but this is a detailed examination of the economics of music consumption.
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“Sex, drugs, and SMS: A look inside teens’ texting habits” - Jolie O’Dell, VentureBeat Mobile
“On average, teens are sending around 65 messages each day. Speaking in solely mathematical terms, this means that the average teenager is sending around 77 sexually explicit messages and 39 drug-related messages each month, as well as more than 1,800 much more boring texts.”
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“Words matter: design, experience, the WSJ and the UXPA” - Jon Kolko, AC4D
“Collectively, we don’t know the relationships between design and outside disciplines, and we have a scary lack of knowledge about our own roots. I’ve never been much for learning history as facts, because I find it meaningless without understanding of the richness of people’s lives. I don’t mean to imply we should know who invented what, or in what year the iMac was released. I mean we have a poverty of a different sort of history – knowing the connective tissue of how our profession has arrived at where it is now.”
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“Sports Refresh: Dynamic Semantic Publishing” - Jem Rayfield, BBC Internet blog
“This blog post describes the technology strategy the BBC Future Media department is using to evolve from a relational content model and static publishing framework towards a fully dynamic semantic publishing (DSP) architecture. The DSP architectural approach underpins the recently re-launched and refreshed BBC Sports site and indeed the BBC's Olympics 2012 online content.”
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