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Long Weekend Links

It’s the Friday before memorial day and you’ve got better stuff to do than read what I’ve got to say, so here are some good links from the week for you to enjoy.

  • marktd: PSFK’s answer to Digg. While PSFK is on vacation marktd exists for everyone to get their trend fill (and it will continue to exist for that after they return).
  • “24-Hour Sweaty People”: A photographer friend of mine asked me recently what graveyard shift job I thought he should do a photo essay of. My answer was 24-hour gym workers. This New York Times article is all about spending one whole day (or actually one half of two days) in a New York City Gym.
  • “The Audience as Enemy (Reprise)”: A newspaper managing director said bloggers are losers (basically), Seamus McCauley of Virtual Economics responds “Newspaper readers are people. Bloggers are people. Often, astonishing though this apparently seems to many who should know better, they are the same people. If you’re going to hold your paying customers in contempt at least don’t stand up in a public forum and crack jokes about it. As I’ve said before and will surely say again…when your audience is your enemy, the game is already over.” So true.
  • “The Changing Media Business Model”: This post from Forrester analyst Charlene Li was actually going to be an entry on it’s own (and still may be). It’s a very well written “state of the media.” I especially like this explanation: “Media companies in the past derived their value from either: 1) their distribution channel; or 2) the content they created. I believe that in the future media companies will generate the bulk of their value from serving their ability to aggregate and serve audiences better than the competition.”
  • “Life in the Fast-Food Lane: Frank Bruni traveled cross-country eating fast food and writes about it for the New York Times. Don’t miss his top 10.
  • “Consumers are the New Medium”: Scott Karp sums it up quite nicely: “Consumers are the new medium for marketing 2.0 — they are the medium and the message.”
  • “Can We Please Kill This Meme Now”: Steven Johnson rails against the argument that the web is the end of browsing and thus the end of serendipity. A great read.

That’s it. Have a good Memorial Day. Do a little BBQing for me.

May 26, 2006