“Having been through this it’s a bit easier for me to understand why TV people have such a hard time with the internet (and believe me, I ran into a few on the set): there’s something profoundly exciting and, yes, visceral about 1000 qualified professionals all quietly working for months to providing 3 hours of the best-crafted pop in the world, that makes it hard to believe that people would prefer passing 140 character messages around in mostly quiet rooms.”—stamen design | Kanye West is an a**hole and other Twitter moments from the MTV Video Music Awards
“What’s interesting about AA is that the program doesn’t directly attack many of the psychiatric or biochemical issues that researchers say are often at the core of why alcoholics drink. In fact, AA’s methods seem to sidestep scientific and medical findings altogether. What AA provides instead is a method for attacking the habits that surround alcohol use. AA, in essence, is a giant machine for changing the habits in peoples’ lives.”—Why Did Whitney Fail Rehab? Too Much Talent. - Charles Duhigg
“It’s a revolution. We’re really just getting under way. But the march of quantification, made possible by enormous new sources of data, will sweep through academia, business and government. There is no area that is going to be untouched.”—Gary King, director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, quoted in The New York Times
“Accepting data shaped by someone else’s choices is a tacit acceptance of their view of the world, their notion of what is interesting or important or valid. … If we are going to work intelligently with data we must remember that it can always be constructed some other way.”—(the teeming void): This is Data?
“We absolutely need breaks and distance from our routines to gain a new points of view and hopefully understand why it might come as a shock to your partner when you answer a work call at the dinner table. Yet, by conflating mobile media with a lack of meaningful connection and a distracted mind, they do a disservice to the wide range of ways we use our devices, many of which develop deep and meaningful relationships to the spaces we move through and the people we connect with.”—The Myth of the Disconnected Life by Jason Farman
“The word “hacker” has an unfairly negative connotation from being portrayed in the media as people who break into computers. In reality, hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done. Like most things, it can be used for good or bad, but the vast majority of hackers I’ve met tend to be idealistic people who want to have a positive impact on the world.”—Mark Zuckerberg’s Letter to Investors: ‘The Hacker Way’
Just a quick note to point out this awesome new (free!) tool launched by the Knight Digital Media Center. The prolific Scot Hacker and Len de Groot have built a way for even the most tech-unsavvy journalists to embed searchable databases right into a webpage or blog post. The dead-simple process uses a Google spreadsheet as the database and the Google Visualization API to make that data look good on your site. Nice work!