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9:50 AM ET, May 19, 2011


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Nick Bilton / Bits:
This Is Your Brain on Twitter  —  Updated Adding response from Bill Keller at the end.  —  In his latest column for The New York Times Magazine, Bill Keller, The Times's executive editor, likens clearing the way for his 13-year-old daughter to join Facebook to handing her “a pipe of crystal meth.”
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Twitter Trap  —  Last week my wife and I told our 13-year-old daughter she could join Facebook.  Within a few hours she had accumulated 171 friends, and I felt a little as if I had passed my child a pipe of crystal meth.  —  I don't mean to be a spoilsport, and I don't think I'm a Luddite.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
TwitterAllowsYouTo. discuss. … For someone so disdainful of the Internet, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller sure fits the textbook definition of a troll.  His anti-aggregation screed “All the Aggregation That's Fit to Aggregate” and today's Twitter-bait “The Twitter Trap” …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
New York Times Editor Is A Horrible Troll Who Doesn't Understand The Modern World
Discussion: GigaOM and Future of Journalism
Kevin / Strange Attractor:
Linking and journalism: The Workflow issue  —  There was an interesting discussion about linking and journalism amongst a number of journalists in North America.  Mathew Ingram of GigaOm and Alex Byers, a web producer for Politico in Washington, both collected the conversation using Storify.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOMGigaOM:
Why Is It Still So Hard to Get Some Media Outlets to Link?  —  You wouldn't think that in 2011, we would still be having debates about the value of linking to things, yet we are.  Blogging veteran Doc Searls of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society got the latest discussion …
Discussion: Future of Journalism and INMA, Thanks:sue_anne
Mathew /
Why Do We Link in News Stories? A Discussion
Discussion: Poynter
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Gingrich Spox Unloads On Political, Media Elite  —  NEW YORK — When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) sits down on âMeet the Pressâ this Sunday, he can expect to be asked about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich comparing his Medicare voucher plan to âright-wing social engineering.â
Steve Myers / Poynter:
What news organizations owe the fixers they rely on, leave behind in foreign countries  —  When four New York Times journalists were released by the Libyan government in March, many journalists knew their names: Stephen Farrell, Anthony Shadid, Lynsey Addario, Tyler Hicks.
Discussion: Felix
Bill Keller's blind spots
Discussion: Poynter
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Harsh Light on Two Men, but Glare Falls on Women  —  A flotilla of TV news trucks was stationed outside a Bronx apartment building this week, as photographers scrambled to get a shot of the hotel cleaning woman who accused the managing director of the International Monetary Fund of sexually assaulting her.
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
New Condé Nast NYC HQ Will Be High-Tech, Green and Ultra-Safe  —  One World Trade Center under construction, May 10, 2011.  Photo: Sam Gustin/  —  One World Trade Center, slated to become the new headquarters of Condé Nast, publisher of Vogue, The New Yorker …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast's Cohen on Baker Hiring: Nothing Inappropriate Happened  —  Says she was hired because she is a ‘rare talent’  —  Comcast EVP David Cohen says that the company hired FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker because she is a “rare talent,” in the telecom space; that both she and Comcast …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Celebrity 100: Social Media Over- and Under-Achievers  —  He may be Lil', but Wayne is big on Twitter.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Spending time on Twitter and Facebook may or may not make you dumber, but it can sure help your standing on the Forbes Celebrity 100, which factors …
Discussion: The Wire, Mediaite and The Copy Box
Glamour Looking for New Publisher  —  Glamour is hanging out the help-wanted sign.  Condé Nast executive vice president and publishing director Bill Wackermann has had oversight of the fashion juggernaut since 2004, but with his duties expanding, he's looking for a full-time publisher …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How To Sell an iTunes Subscription: Charge a Few Bucks a Month, Or Nothing  —  Article of faith for content companies: If they take stuff that's free on the Web and put it on a mobile gadget, they can get consumers to pay for it.  —  Sort of true, says Nielsen.
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
All About Jane at Pratt's Launch Party  —  Courtney Love, Michael Stipe and Jane Pratt  —  The Jane Hotel played host to a Nineties-gothic tableau vivant last night: Courtney Love, Michael Stipe and Jane Pratt scrunched together laughing on a bench in front of a roaring fireplace …
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