My ‘interesting reads’ roundup (weekly)

  • David Higgerson considers some of the (myriad) ways online comments cause difficulties, including giving those characters who prefer not to be held to account by journalists a way to avoid them….  “Unlike a residents association website, newspapers carry with them a reputation of providing news and information you can trust. They’ve traditionally provided a forum for discussion – the letters page – where the rules were simple: Keep it clean, keep it polite, and tell us who you are. Thanks to legal rulings around who is responsible for comments if a website pre-moderates them, the rules for commenting online are effectively non-existent: No obligation to keep it clean, no obligation to keep it polite, and, often, no presumption that real identities must be revealed.”
  • A robust (justified) dismantling of the ‘we don’t have the staff’ defence.
  • Nice bit of dogged determination to get a story out. The amount of times FOIs run into brick walls is very frustrating. 
    tags: FOI
  • Heather Champ talks about her time with Flickr in its early days, how the company instilled the Web 2.0 ethos in its employees, and what she thinks about the way things have changed. It’s a short Q&A that reveals a lot about the company and online users. ” I’m pretty horrified by the current state of life online when it comes to privacy, community, what we share, our photos, and how our images may be used now, or in the future. I would hope that companies would really take stock of the decisions that they’re making and what the long term implications are.”
  • ““Strategy lives in delivery – not in meetings” – Leisa Reichelt” This is from Martin Belam’s liveblog of Confab 2013. This point, by Leisa Reichelt, is one of the most strikingly memorable – and true – things I’ve come across for a while. For anyone who has ever said they want “a more strategic role” or to “become more involved with strategy making” this, more than anything, sums up what matters.  Crafting strategy is a pretty straightforward thing compared to the implementation of it. Delivering strategy in the Real World is one of the most challenging, difficult things, a manager can face. 
  • I found Erin Caton’s writings on Medium, and I think she’s great. This piece, about how to be a good member of the web community, is spot on “It’s like technology has become a shield that bars emotion from our interactions, allowing a person to passively sit by while the unspeakable happens”
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
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About Alison Gow

I'm a journalist, particularly interested in story-telling, networks and digital innovation.
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