Try to imagine a culture where no one has ever ‘looked up’ anything…
…In a primary oral culture, the expression ‘to look up something’ is an empty phrase: it would have no conceivable meaning. Without writing, words as such have no visual presence, even when the objects they represent are visual. There are sounds. You might ‘call’ them back – ‘recall’ them. But there is nowhere to ‘look’ for them. They have no focus and no trace.
Walter J. Ong, “Try to Imagine,” as quoted by James Gleik in The Information.
Today’s ponderable when (almost) everything is a quick search away.
A diverse staff should have a mix of racial backgrounds, sexual identities, and different genders. The team should come from different geographic locations and should have different economic, religious, and political backgrounds.
Melissa Bell, Co-Founder and Senior Product Manager/Executive Editor, Vox
Jezebel’s problem speaks to a larger failure in the concept of moderation: In order for a horrific comment to be removed from public view, a staffer has to see it first. Just deleting a vile comment or an abusive account from the internet—which is how Twitter, for example, currently deals with its worst users—doesn’t magically erase its effect on its target.
Amanda Hess, Slate
If you’re a New Yorker who likes to nerd out about maps, urbanism, and data visualization, a new app called Tunnel Vision will be like poetry to your eyes. But even if you’re not into any of those things, it might make dismal waits on subway platforms a little more fun.
The Journalism Diversity Project has relaunched!
Created by Emma Carew, Sharon Chan, Robert Hernandez (current ONA Board Member), Michelle Johnson, Doug Mitchell, Juana Summers (former ONA Board Member), and Benet Wilson (current ONA Board Member), the project is a resource for those “interested in diversifying your newsroom or making sure your event is calling on a diverse group of experts.”