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On Twitter and Language

Ralph Fiennes asks, “Is Shakespeare relevant,” in an age of tweets and texts.  In response to Fiennes-as-Luddite, E.D. Kain launches into a virulent defense of new technology and language’s continuing evolution.  However, I think Kain misses something. Here’s Fiennes: “‘You only have to look on Twitter to see evidence of the fact that a lot…

New Media Playground

Even if you’re not a sports fan, GQ’s profile of Deadspin editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio is worth reading because it’s such a perfect distillation of the clash between old and new media cultures. Deadspin’s raison d’etre is remarkably similar to the founding rationales of many politically-driven blogs and news sites. It exists to provide an alternative…

On Blogging

Reading both Andrew’s comments on the Atlantic’s site re-design and Ta-Nehisi Coates, I am reminded again of the importance of creating something personal with new media, that blogging is not journalism exactly, and that bloggers themselves are more rightly the “brand” in question than the publications they write for (though, in all honesty, there is…

True/Slant ctd.

I think I made too strong a case in my True/Slant post yesterday.  I have this tendency to go further than I mean when laying out a critique.  It’s a tick.  What can I say? In any case, I decided to spend some more time over there, to better understand how the site works, and…

True/Slant

[UPDATE – In true, tail-between-legs fashion, I have walked back significantly from this post here.  I didn’t do my homework, and I overstated my case.] I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of True/Slant. Essentially it’s a massive group blog, or blog syndicate, or rather a big site with lots of and lots…