Chris Hedges did.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and tech-pessimist, recently gave a lecture at the University of Mississippi about the decline of newspapers. Which, in his view, inevitably leads to the death of journalism, literacy, and even democracy. You can read or watch the lecture on the University’s blog.
Talk about a slippery slope. Yes, the medium, business model, and definition of “news” is changing rapidly, but I fail to see how this signals the journalistic apocalypse.
Some of his views seem to be based on misconceptions about the internet. Here are a few:
If you ask me, Mozilla couldn’t have picked a better name for their new experimental web-based IDE.
The idea behind Bespin is also pretty cool. Since most web projects don’t require a huge codebase, why not use a simple IDE in the cloud?
The project has a long way to go to be sure, but I’d say it’s off to a great start. Try it out for youreslf at bespin.mozilla.com.
I’ve been working on a new site design for the last couple months, and now it’s live.
Aesthetically, I was going for a look with bold typography, clear separation of content, and simple, easy to navigate layout. I mixed a tech theme (circuit board and sharp edges) with an arts & crafts feel (large type and cut-out borders) to reflect my work as a web developer, and my interest in all things creative. I decided on a green color scheme to stand out from the typical blog, and because I’m a fan of Kermit the Frog. Emphasis is still on the content, but I think the new theme gives the site the extra flavor I was looking for.
I’ll be using this personal blog to post quick thoughts, cool videos and links, and the occasional music or film review. Enjoy!