The Weekly Ketch-up
I’ve come across a few noteworthy articles this week. As it’s the weekend, I figure it’s the time to share them all in one easy to find and reference place. So…
Buzzfeed may long be a place for memes but its tech coverage is increasingly top-notch (and free of the back-slapping, PR machine sourced content often found in more Silicon Valley focused tech sites). This piece in particular envisions a future where embedding is the possible and likely norm. Rather essential reading for anyone who works in media and hasn’t considered this possibility yet.
Not another rose tinted view of the past as one music critic thought on twitter, this piece features writer Maria Bustillos talking about her love of music writer Lester Bangs work and the impact he had on her reading and writing. It’s a passionate thank you letter and a reminder that great criticism, like the sort practiced in the modern era by writers like John Doran, is about far more than just reviewing consumer goods.
A handy snapshot of developments in digital publishing over the past 20 years and the unforeseen social media boulder that fell in its path
Buzzfeed goes to Washington, aka an insightful look at Buzzfeed’s Washington bureau and how it’s looking to redefine political coverage by Harvard’s Nieman Labs.
A well-round look at Obama and hip hop’s increasingly tempestuous relationship. The focus on American foreign policy by many of the rappers in the piece does leave one wondering what so many solipsistic indie bands are busy doing.
And finally, the bees*
*thank you to Buzzfeed and Nieman labs for bringing this to my attention.