“The Daily will move to a portrait-only orientation – the mode in which the vast majority of its readers view content – though video will still be viewable in landscape mode.”—Peter Kafka, citing an interesting—if arcane—product change in the much larger business story, “Layoffs At Rupert Murdoch’s Daily Tablet Newspaper”
In 1979, singer Tom Waits appeared on The Don Lane Show in Australia. As you will soon be able to see (the action starts at 1:30), his appearance was the basis for Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight.
There was another serious technical limitation of 20th-century media: There was no way to go back to what was reported before. You could look at yesterday’s paper if you hadn’t thrown it out, or even go to the library and look up last year on microfilm. Similarly, there were radio and television archives. But it was so hard to rewind that most people never did.
Each story was meant to be viewed only once, on the day of its publication or broadcast. The news media were not, and could not be, reference media.
“If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” The answer is: Nothing will work, but everything might. Now is the time for experiments, lots and lots of experiments, each of which will seem as minor at launch as craigslist did, as Wikipedia did, as octavo volumes did.”—Clay Shirkey, “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable”
We will not prevent every tragedy. We cannot stop every maniac. But we certainly have done ourselves no good by allowing these particular weapons to be acquired freely by just about anyone.
I’ll say it plainly - if someone wants these weapons, they intend to use them. And if they are willing to force others to “pry it from my cold, dead hand”, then they are probably planning on using them on people.
“I realized recently that while I do these kinds of purges a lot in my so-called real life, I’ve never really thought about how I’ve let my digital life sprawl larger and messier. So I did what anyone does when things get messy: I cleaned up.”—BeatnikPad