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Go Google, or Go to Hell

If there is a villain in my book Responsible Reporting: Field Guide for Bloggers, Journalists, and Other Online News Gatherers, Google is it. I fiercely criticize bad reporting practices perpetrated on behalf of the Google free economy, where a mighty monopoly extends incredible influence over advertising dollars and content distribution. Flip around to one of my other tomes, The Principles of Disruptive Design, and the search and information giant is praised for innovation that promises to usher in the “Star Trek”-era of touchless computing. So what? Is Google devil or savior?[Read more]

Yesterday I rented, and, with my wife and father-in-law, watched “Maidentrip“, an amazing and immersive documentary. I look in dismay at the film’s domestic showing, just $63,151 proceeds in theaters according to BoxOffice.

The film follows Laura Dekker‘s solo sailing around the globe, starting at age 14 and finishing about two years later. Her story is riveting, and the documentary’s best scenes are those she shot herself. Rent or buy this film. You won’t regret it. Solitude is dramatic.

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Aggregation is Plagiarism

On March 15, 2011, I started the post you now read with a headline left unanswered: “Is Aggregation Really Just Plagiarism?” Clearly, my answer—too long coming—is “Yes”. Unequivocally, news aggregation is plain, pure plagiarism.

Google enables, no encourages, content thieves, despite recent search engine penalizing strategies. Too often, the big G raps sites because of links to black-listed blogs. The problem is bigger: Mainstream blogs writing synopsis stories that include absolutely no original reporting but take away pageviews from the news site doing the real work.[Read more]

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‘Responsible Reporting’ Refreshes

Earlier this month, I chose to publish Responsible Reporting: Field Guide for Bloggers, Journalists, and Other News Gatherers rather than wait for new data. The book’s first section cites valuable social media stats provided by the Pew Research Journalism Project’s “State of the News Media 2013″ report. I knew the 2014 report would publish later in March.

The newer study is available, and I am now processing the data and updating the book, accordingly. There will be other freshups as well, including but on reconsideration not the Mozilla CEO incident addressed in posts “News Gatherers, don’t violate ‘The Prime Directive’” and “When Media Values Collide“. They’re enough.

When the update publishes, the $7.99 sale price ends, and the regular $9.99 kicks in. So grab Responsible Reporting quick and save two bucks. You will get the update either way, but why pay more for it? The book is available from AmazonGoogle Play, and Smashwords.