A free public library is a revolutionary notion, and when people don’t have free access to books, then communities are like radios without batteries. You cut people off from essential sources of information — mythical, practical, linguistic, political — and you break them. You render them helpless in the face of political oppression.
The wise and wonderful Anne Lamott, who turns 60 today, in Robert Dawson’s altogether fantastic photographic love letter to libraries.  (via explore-blog)

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The backlash against the all-male and mostly monochromatic composition of the new & hot news startups just keeps rolling.  This piece from Medium via rebekahmonson is the best I’ve read on it yet, particularly because it gets how Silicon Valley sexism is getting into the news business. 

rebekahmonson:

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A deeply excellent post from Zeynep Tufekci. 

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind is Pitch Interactive’s jaw-dropping, time-lapse animation of every American drone strike in Pakistan.  

Out of Sight, Out of Mind is Pitch Interactive’s jaw-dropping, time-lapse animation of every American drone strike in Pakistan.  

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Check it out — you can give $1 to support investigative journalism…without even opening your wallet!  Go to any story on ProPublica.org, look for the heart, and tweet or FB a link and a deserving newsroom will get a buck.  
YOU KNOW YOU WANNA! 

Check it out — you can give $1 to support investigative journalism…without even opening your wallet!  Go to any story on ProPublica.org, look for the heart, and tweet or FB a link and a deserving newsroom will get a buck.  

YOU KNOW YOU WANNA! 

dartthrowingchimp:

Screenshot from a CartoDB visualization of atrocities event data culled from GDELT using a “human in the loop” process described in this blog post of mine.

dartthrowingchimp:

Screenshot from a CartoDB visualization of atrocities event data culled from GDELT using a “human in the loop” process described in this blog post of mine.

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Visually based storytelling takes time and, relatively, a massive effort. We need to change that … by changing the machinery of our newsrooms so that these story forms can be produced quickly by teams that include reporters, visuals experts and technical experts. With practice, we can slash the time it takes. And we can make the work we’re doing now seem old-fashioned.
Larry Nista, iPad Editor at U-T San Diego, in Searching for a new Storyform. (via journalism-bites)

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The top one looks like KK from that video game…

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journolist:

If you are looking for a person, or want to update family and friends on your status if you live in the Boston area - Google has created the Boston Marathon Explosions Person Finder.

The source code for the Person Finder is open source.  You can browse it here.  

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