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Here's a big think piece and proposal about "social journalism."
http://pando.com/2014/03/29/the-new-rules-of-social-journalism-a-proposal/

Wait, social journalism is now a Thing? Y'all are being defined! With Rules!

I kid -- there' some interesting threads here. 

The most important strikes me as publishers inviting the people formerly known as the audience to come onto their platforms to blog, comment, sharing pictures and video, and otherwise creating content of various kinds. Some may be journalism, some may be advertising, advocacy or marketing. Quite a bit will be somewhere, in sponsored posts or advertorial. 

Ed Sussman, who ran FastCompany.com and Inc.com. suggests some reasonable rules of the road. For folks who are experimenting with user-generated and sponsor-generated "native content" on their own online turf, do these make sense? Does the industry need such rules of the road?
My timing was not ideal. Last Thursday, Fortune reported that a number of guest contributors on Forbes.com, Seeking Alpha, Wall Street Cheat Sheet and other sites were allegedly paid by an investor...
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Worst use of hashtag ever: #killingkennedy
National Geographic hired young actors in period clothes to stand around issuing banalities in flat voices: "Did you hear the news?" "What a shame for the country." 
The equivalent for this generation would be newsstand in 2051 with the hashtag #killingnewyorkers. 
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Credit to WNET/Thirteen for this eye-catching campaign.
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I WANT.
 
My two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price

This week I gave five speeches while wearing it.
I passed through airports four times (two more in a couple of hours).
I let hundreds of people try my Google Glass.
I have barely taken it off since getting it other than to sleep.

Here's my review after having Google Glass for two weeks:

1. I will never live a day of my life from now on without it (or a competitor). It's that significant. 
2. The success of this totally depends on price. Each audience I asked at the end of my presentations "who would buy this?" As the price got down to $200 literally every hand went up. At $500 a few hands went up. This was consistent, whether talking with students, or more mainstream, older audiences.
3. Nearly everyone had an emotional outburst of "wow" or "amazing" or "that's crazy" or "stunning." 
4. At NextWeb 50 people surrounded me and wouldn't let me leave until they had a chance at trying them. I haven't seen that kind of product angst at a conference for a while. This happened to me all week long, it is just crazy.
5. Most of the privacy concerns I had before coming to Germany just didn't show up. I was shocked by how few negative reactions I got (only one, where an audience member said he wouldn't talk to me with them on). Funny, someone asked me to try them in a bathroom (I had them aimed up at that time and refused).
6. There is a total generational gap that I found. The older people said they would use them, probably, but were far more skeptical, or, at minimum, less passionate about the fact that these are the future, than the 13-21-year-olds I met.

So, let's cover the price, first of all. I bet that +Larry Page is considering two price points: something around $500, which would be very profitable. Or $200, which is about what the bill of materials costs. When you tear apart the glasses, like someone else did (I posted that to my Flipboard "Glasshole" magazine) you see a bunch of parts that aren't expensive. This has been designed for mass production. In other words, millions of units. The only way Google will get there is to price them under $300.

I wouldn't be shocked if Larry went very aggressive and priced them at $200. Why would Google do this? 

Easy: I'm now extremely addicted to Google services. My photos and videos automatically upload to Google+. Adding other services will soon be possible (I just got a Twitter photo app that is being developed by a third party) but turning on automatic uploads to other services will kill my batteries on both my phone and my glasses (which doesn't have much battery life anyway). So, I'm going to be resistant to adding Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Evernote, and Tumblr to my glasses. Especially when Google+ works darn well and is the default. 

Also, Google is forbidding advertising in apps. This is a HUGE shift for Google's business model. I believe Larry Page is moving Google from an advertising-based company to a commerce based company.

The first thing I tried that it failed on was "find me a Sushi restaurant." I'm sure that will get fixed soon and, Google could collect a micropayment anytime I complete a transaction like reserving a seat at a restaurant, or getting a book delivered to my house, or, telling something like Bloomingdales "get me these jeans." 

There is literally billions of dollars to be made with this new commerce-based system, rather than force us to sit and look at ads, the way Facebook and tons of other services do.

When you wear these glasses for two weeks you get the affordance is totally different and that having these on opens you up to a new commerce world. Why?

1. They are much more social than looking at a cell phone. Why? I don't need to look away from you to use Google, or get directions, or do other things. 
2. The voice works and works with nearly every one and in every situation. It's the first product that literally everyone could use it with voice. It's actually quite amazing, even though I know that the magic is that it expects to hear only a small number of things. "OK Glass, Take a Picture" works. "OK Glass, Take a Photo" doesn't. The Glass is forcing your voice commands to be a certain set of commands and no others will be considered. This makes accuracy crazy high, even if you have an accent.

I continue to be amazed with the camera. It totally changes photography and video. Why? I can capture moments. I counted how many seconds it takes to get my smartphone out of my pocket, open it up, find the camera app, wait for it to load, and then take a photo. Six to 12 seconds. With Google Glass? Less than one second. Every time. And I can use it without having hands free, like if I'm carrying groceries in from the car and my kids are doing something cute. 

I've been telling people that this reminds me of the Apple II, which I unboxed with my dad back in 1977. It was expensive. It didn't do much. But I knew my life had changed in a big way and would just get better and better. Already this week I've gotten a new RSS app, the New York Times App, and a Twitter app. With many more on the way.

This is the most interesting new product since the iPhone and I don't say that lightly.

Yeah, we could say the camera isn't good in low light. We could say it doesn't have enough utility. It looks dorky. It freaks some people out (it's new, that will go away once they are in the market). 

But I don't care. This has changed my life. I will never live a day without it on. 

It is that significant. 

Now, Larry, find a way to make it $200 and you'll have a major hit on your hands.

(Attached are dozens of photos I shot over the past two weeks with it).
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PBS Digital Studios launches a new series today, in which old radio interviews are animated and put online. The first one, with Larry King, really made me laugh.
 
Today we welcome the new web series "Blank on Blank," joining the PBS Digital Studios family! Check out the first video below:
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What would Jim Lehrer do? That’s Steve Goldbloom’s mantra in PBS Digital Studios’ latest creation, “Everything But the News” -- the show that gives you a real (or is it fake? No, it’s real. But wait, is it really?) behind-the-scenes look at the making of a PBS NewsHour segment. Continue reading →
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We're asking for your help in getting PBS, +PBS KIDS  and +PBS Digital Studios content added to the SXSW Interactive and Film Festival in March. Please take a look at our proposals for #SXSW , and consider voting for the ones you like!  Check out all our panel proposals at http://to.pbs.org/sxsw2014. (Voting ends tomorrow -- it just takes a minute. Thank you!)
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#Internet use is now so ubiquitous in the U.S. that not having access or online literacy can create major hurdles. As part of NewsHour's series on #broadband #technology and its effect on society, +Hari Sreenivasan explores the "digital divide" with Vicky Rideout of VJR Consulting and former #FCC official Karen Kornbluh. http://to.pbs.org/YymeWL
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