Four short links: 8 March 2010

Vigilantes, Yawn Digital, Interactivity Advice, eBook Design

  1. China’s Cyberposse (NY Times) — is vigilante justice ok if the cause is right? Is it okay if there wouldn’t be justice without it? Does the end justify the means? Many interesting questions raised by this large-scale Internet-based “human-flesh-search” in China. In the future we are all 4chan. (via waxy, who also recommended this article on the same subject)
  2. Questioning “Born Digital” (The Economist) — an interesting collection of healthy skepticism about how the “born digital” folks will change everything. […] many of his incoming students have only a superficial familiarity with the digital tools that they use regularly, especially when it comes to the tools’ social and political potential. Only a small fraction of students may count as true digital natives, in other words. The rest are no better or worse at using technology than the rest of the population.
  3. The Participatory Museum — a new book by the mighty museum mind, Nina Simon. The ideas are very usable outside of the museum world: raid this for social and engagement ideas for your own situation.
  4. Designing for Digital: What Print-Book Designers Should Know About Ebooks — course notes covering format choice, tools, and (yes) typesetting. (via liza on Twitter)
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  • Pete Warden

    So nice to see Vasilisk Gnedov getting some love at #3:

  • bowerbird

    the irony of #4 — “what print-book designers should know
    about e-books” — is that it serves best as a _bad_example_.

    anybody who serves up a .pdf, anchored at, in a
    tiny little view-window like on this site, should be laughed at.

    if you were gonna pick up a tweet from liza, it shoulda been this:

    she’s talking about _markdown_, which is a lot more hip than
    a reference to “typesetting” in this day and age, doncha think?


  • John G

    This is the way all businesses operate. When a new law (tax) is enacted each business then evaluates its’ position and mitigates the damage or enhances its’ position to fully maximize its profits. Now take a look at our federal government; how will these businesses react to a government that is spending way more than it takes in. finally to tonyr68 how many mom and pop, brick and mortar joints have an income generating program like Amazon does? They maximize their profits but also minimize your costs. I suspect with more and ever expansive taxing more businesses will be making unpopular decisions more often…unless they start asking for a taxpayer bail-out.

  • Edward

    It’s the fault of the Colorado associates as well…look at who they voted for

    “If you vote and you elect dishonest incompetent people and they get into office and screw everything up well you’re responsible for what they have
    done, you caused the problem, you voted them in, you have no right to complain. I, who did not vote, am in no way responsible for what
    these people have done and have every right to complain as loud as I want about the mess YOU created that I had nothing to do with”
    -George Carlin