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bookmarks for May 12th, 2011 through May 13th, 2011

  • Ben Fry on visualization future and data literacy – sense and senseability in data viz: it's rhetoric. "I think the real thing that's going to change is that we're going to start understanding that visualization isn't this sort of monolithic thing… I like to look at it a lot like writing. You have novels and poetry and haikus. You know there's lots of different types of writing and styles of writing — and I think the same thing happens in visualization… some things are tools for analysis and some things are purely for entertainment, and there's not so much a spectrum that there is different ways of addressing it." – (visualization )
  • Microstorytelling // Brevity is the soul of wit – Jennifer’s thesis blog – Jennifer Parker's micro-history of short form narrative et al. An interesting angle would be to look at what readers add to the narrative to make the story work. Do they elucidate? Do they create motivation? Do they re-create a micro-meaning? – (shortform twitter sms haiku #en3177 )
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bookmarks for January 28th, 2011 through February 3rd, 2011

  • Why The Daily Is So Yesterday – from tidBITS, good commentary on the yesterDaily. "The Daily has been compared to USA Today, which made a splash when it debuted in 1982 with its challenges to the traditional newspaper model." but it's lamer than USA Today because we now read from multiple sources. – (journalism thedeathly murdoch DOA )
  • Less Text, Please: Contemporary Reading Behaviors and Short Formats | I’d Rather Be Writing – Mid-length consideration from a tech writer on short form text reading. Reviews some of the more recent arguments, and tries to set a lower limit on brevity. with "The same people who clipped back my copious callouts into a few marketing bubbles would have also pruned this post from 2,000 words to 200. Would that make the text more valuable? Just as there’s a balance between simplicity and obscurity, there’s a balance between length and learning. More people might read a short text, but a longer text yields more learning. Is there no pleasure in learning anymore?" Tends to skip over the Clive Thompson notion that he mentions: "The torrent of short-form thinking is actually a catalyst for more long-form meditation." – (techwriting reading shortform brevity )
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bookmarks for November 1st, 2010 through November 2nd, 2010