Thursday, December 5, 2013


Lighten Up
“In the digital age of communications, journalists need new metaphors. Shining a light works when information is scarce, and it still is, at times. But today news also can be abundant. When everything is already all lit up, a searchlight is just another thing you can’t see. Think of it: The Internet has become a perpetually open library of the human mind; social media, the new Messenger God of breaking news; more data produced every second than can be consumed in a lifetime. The glare is overwhelming. Truth hides in the open.”
—Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation and author of “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field notes from the digital age of journalism,” 2013 

• Editorial Comment: Stop! My brain is full.

War makes strange giant creatures out of us little routine men who inhabit the earth.
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