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Eric Kim’s Street Photography Blog

Eric Kim Street Photography Blog

I was reading a thread up on Flickr in the Ricoh GR Digital group on being Scared to take pictures on the street and one of the commenters recommended looking at Eric Kim’s blog. Wow, it’s a treasure trove of clear information.

I too could use some practice taking pictures of people on the street and I’m going to browse through Kim’s advice. Who knows, maybe take a workshop at some point.

By the way, the Ricoh GR is a perfect camera for street work: fast, simple, excellent wide lens, large sensor and the result is great image quality (when the photographer does his/her job).

Tools and attention spans

Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter

Blogs wane as young people figure out it takes work to keep them up, and even more work to read them. Facebook and Twitter lend themselves to shorter attention spans and more easily attained popularity.

Chicken-egg: Are tools like Facebook and Twitter the right tools at the right time for our (TV) shortened attention spans, or, has the use of these particular tools shortened our attention spans (even more than they were already)?

All of us involved in online social networking have experienced the shortening of our attention spans as we scan large amounts of information looking for interesting tidbits. The question is, what do we do with the tidbits when we find them if they’re the tip of a long form article iceberg?

I’m noticing many on Twitter will re-blog this stuff without reading it which is a shame because sometimes their quick executive summary is way off the mark. Couple this with the fact that many on Facebook and Twitter are tracking thousands of contacts (some think more contacts = more popular) and you have a recipe for the dumbing down of information or certainly, the telephoning of tidbits that many aren’t taking the time to dig into and understand.

So, two things are happening that are creating shorter attention spans: Tools like Facebook and Twitter are built for chatter rather than long form writing and reading, and the sheer amount of information that many are tracking is growing, much of it chatter that gets in the way of or interrupts long form reading and more nuanced understanding.

Broadcasting tweets is a great way to build a revolution (Egypt) but it may not be the best way to build a new government and society. For that you need long form thinking, writing, reading, and understanding.

Should Teachers Be Allowed to Hate Blog About Their Students?

Should Teachers Be Allowed to Hate Blog About Their Students?

Good has an interesting post about a teacher who posted her opinions about her students on her blog.

Natalie Munroe, a 30-year-old Philadelphia-area high school English teacher took her extremely candid commentary about students to her public blog—and of course a student discovered it. Munroe says she didn’t do anything wrong, and claims her blog entries are free speech, but last week the Central Bucks School District suspended her with pay and officials want to fire her.

My initial reaction is that she’s violated a trust, similar to attorney-client or psychologist-client although not a legal trust, a social trust. I asked my wife Anne who’s a teacher and she agrees that this teacher went over the line by publishing her opinions in a public place, even if she was naive about the fact that her students might someday read those opinions and figure out that she was talking about them.

Another aspect of this story is that many people involved with social media have no clue that publishing on the internet is not like venting at the local bar. Still, most who are clueless about this are young people, an adult, even one who may not be all that tech savvy should know better.

How bloggers wage war

John Gruber’s Daring Fireball Gets Comments (Whether He Likes It or Not)

The influential site Daring Fireball, John Gruber’s web site that covers all things Macintosh, iPhone, iPad and Apple in general is a weblog with the commenting feature turned off. On popular sites like DF moderating comment threads can be a full time job and Gruber has said he’d rather spend time thinking and writing than moderating and responding.

The problem is, Gruber doesn’t quite say it like that, he says it in an incredibly egotistical way and when questioned about it he calls people names like “jackass” and “douchebag.”

Gruber is an excellent writer and his coverage of Apple technology is first rate but his self-important attitude has bothered me for many years. I read him but I cringe at times.

It seems others feel this way as well and John Casasanta has built a web site that is going to allow them to express their feelings about all things Apple and Gruber: Daring Fireball with Comments.

While I share some of this feeling, reposting the content, look and feel of a site with the addition of comments is not a great way to express it; a quick look at the comments at the site supports exactly why Gruber decided not to allow them on his site.

No doubt John Gruber needs to be taken down a few pegs but this isn’t the way to do it.

[via Jon Moss]

Andrew Sullivan: Why I Blog

Andrew Sullivan has written a great pice for The Atlantic: Why I Blog.

Sullivan’s blog: The Daily Dish has become quite popular and not just because he’s a conservative for Obama, also because he’s smart and articulate.

The radio show OnPoint is doing a piece right now called Can Bloggers Save Journalism? which is fascinating. I recommend listening to this show, either through the link at the top of that page when the show is over in 10 minutes, or, through the iTunes Music Store.