Interesting reads (redux)

After my dismayed discovery that Diigo had decided not only to stop auto-posting my links to this blog on a weekly basis, but had done so without deigning to warn me the in advance the service was moving to paid-for, the Interesting Reads weekly round-up has dropped off.

But there are still so many interesting reads out there! And so I’m going back to posting them, but this time they are… hand-curated. Artisan, if you like. (That means they might also get a bit more editorial comment around them).

First episode of David Bowie’s Blackstar miniseries posted on Instagram | Guardian 

The threaded-story opportunities around Blackstar (actually, most Bowie albums except maybe, PinUps) are myriad and obviously I’m looking forward to what promises to be a beautiful, eerie series of 15 second clips. It’s not so much an interesting read as a thought-provoking piece of content – it makes me wonder: How should we be using Instagram with our audiences?

In Conversation: Miranda July & Jennifer Brandel | 
So, I am an ENORMOUS fan of Jennifer Brandel – I think Hearken is a really smart idea, and she is someone I’d really enjoy talking to about pushing new ways of audience engagement. The next best thing to that is listening in on her conversation with Miranda July. Really worth setting some time aside for, this.

Give me my goddamn echo chamber already | The Daily Dot

An oldie, but a goodie. From 2014, I rediscovered it when looking for something else in my Pocket saves, and re-read it. It is funny (both in the haha and peculiar senses) how some launches burn like magnesium – hot and white, and brief. Ello was one of those and Peach and Meerkat look like others. What I find interesting about this article is that it tackles a theme that’s becoming increasingly noticeable – open social networks aren’t the celebrated things they once were. People want conversations but not to have some random stranger come and start telling them why they’re wrong to hold whatever opinion they’ve voiced.

The Verge’s web sucks |

This is one of several thought-provoking reads (for me, working as I do in media and wanting people to actually read content, not just the social headline and jump BTL). The amount of anchors we attach to our content, that drag our web pages down, track users without their awareness and generally gobble data plans is – I think – an issue more pernicious than ad blockers and we have GOT to sort ourselves out on this one. This is a sobering read for website users; it should be equally concerning for senior execs in the media business, too.