The case against Facebook

But Googlers can also make a strong case that Google makes valuable contributions to the information climate. I learn useful, real information via Google every day. And while web search is far from a perfect technology, Google really does usually surface accurate, reliable information on the topics you search for. Facebook’s imperative to maximize engagement,…

Small minds crippled South African democracy

I've been reading a couple more stories both anticipating and discussing yesterday's shameful vote to pass the Protection of State Information Bill in Parliament. There are some terrific quotes in these articles, all of which are worth reading: Times Live's article titled "The bitter triumph of small minds": If our parliament votes this bill into…

Why TechCentral's Google+ review is the worst I've read

Craig Wilson has written the worst Google+ review I have read so far. This isn't because the review is critical of Google+ or questions whether it has what it takes to compete with Facebook and Twitter, but because the review is factually inaccurate in some respects, misleading in others and reads a little like Wilson…

Explore Yad Vashem's collections online

I just noticed that Yad Vashem's collections are available online, with Google's help. If you are not familiar with Yad Vashem (I haven't had an opportunity to visit yet, myself), here is some background information:As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning…

The Daily Maverick: an example of how to do online journalism right

I just picked up on an article in Mail & Guardian titled "The site your mom warned you about" about The Daily Maverick (I got the link in today's First Thing newsletter, of course) and thought I'd throw in a few cents of my own. If you haven't read The Daily Maverick or receive the…
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