The Boston bombings, shootings, car chase, and manhunt found the ecosystem of information in a strange and unstable state: Twitter on the rise, cable TV in disarray, Internet vigilantes bleeding into the FBI’s staggeringly complex (and triumphant) crash program of forensic video analysis. If there ever was a dividing line between cyberspace and what we used to call the “real world,” it vanished last week.James Gleick on The Boston Manhunt and the Limited Wisdom of Crowd-Sourcing — New York Magazine (via thisistheverge)
Sebastian Junger tells Terry Gross about the day the late photographer Tim Hetherington started taking pictures of sleeping soldiers while the two were filming Restrepo:
It was a very hot day, boring day. We hadn’t been in a fire fight for at least a week, perhaps more, and the guys were just zoned out. … [S]oldiers kind of sleep as much as they can. One of them said to me, “You know, if you sleep half the time it’s only a six-month deployment,” and so they were sleeping in the middle of the day, sprawled on the ground in their little bunks … and the flies were buzzing around and Tim was scuttling around photographing them. I was like, “Tim, man, what are you doing?” For me it was the ultimate situation where nothing’s going on journalistically and you can just space out and he said, “Don’t you get it? All the photos you see of soldiers, they’re all geared up and they’ve got their weapons and they’re all tough-looking, but when they’re asleep they look like what they really are which are little boys.” And they did: they all looked like they’re about 10-years-old, so vulnerable, you know. And no nation wants to think that their soldiers are vulnerable, but of course they are and Tim saw that.
Nevalla, Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, 2008. © Tim Hetherington via the International Center for Photography
We wrote about Junger’s new film, about his friend and colleague Hetherington, this week—”an exceptionally talented photographer with true aspirations of not just making a difference with his photos, but trying to understand the people he was photographing and the reason he was there.”
Come to the Brooklyn Brewery on May 8 to hear from Junger and Steve Hindy. Proceeds benefit RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues).
Internet Archive will be accepting 52 people for week long tumblr residencies. We are looking for creators, hackers, educators, curators, tumblr kids and anyone else looking to play with some code and content.
Here’s how it works: You create a custom tumblr theme at a url we supply and post a week’s worth of stuff from the vast depths of the Internet Archive. You can sequence, combine and remix it any way you want. We’ll be here to help you along in your exploration.
When your week comes up, we’ll change our theme at this url to the one you coded and reblog your week’s worth of posts. After you’re featured, your residency will be archived at its original url…
This sounds pretty awesome. Do this! Do this!
Internet Archive is awesome! Check out their presentation from our Paley-Knight Next Big Thing in Digital News Series.
This morning AMC Networks President and CEO Josh Sapan discussed discovering Mad Men, new distribution models, and the economics of windowing Breaking Bad.
CHART OF THE DAY: The Difference Between What You Share And What People Want To Read
The stories people share aren’t necessarily the stories their friends want to read, according to data from 33Across, which tracks links for online publications.
It found that people are sharing science related content more often than other content category. However, science content is clicked on significantly less than the content that is less popular for sharing, like politics, news, or celebrity gossip.
There’s some rationale behind the split in what’s read and what’s shared. People will want to share science content because it makes them seem smart. People will click on celebrity content because no one will know.
Full Story: Business Insider
Lost this one in my drafts/queue shuffle awhile back, however it is still worth sharing.
Come to the Brooklyn Brewery on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 for the series kickoff of War Correspondents at the Brooklyn Brewery. The series will feature war reporters and photographers displaying their work and discussing some of their experience in the world’s most dangerous conflicts. All proceeds will go towards RISC to train field correspondents in first aid and other necessary lifesaving skills. Sebastian Junger and Brooklyn Brewery’s own Steve Hindy will be featured for the first installment.
Great venue and a great cause!