Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Post: A Day Late and a Dollar Short.


The big news is 'The hyper media Daily,' which is a paperless newspaper.

This is a system of link following and reposting in a format that somewhat resembles the old newspaper, but which more closely mimics what our local paper has online. By setting up another Twitter account, and then following selected twitterers we get a very personalized newspaper, or 'world-class newsletter' delivered to our inbox at six a.m. 'daily.'

By using my hyper-media account to follow my own @louisbshalako account, I can put my own stuff in my own paper alongside sources whose credibility scintillates with the glister of hundred-carat cubic zirconiums under a dental surgeon's worklight. The funny thing is that there are moral considerations, in spite of the fact that I could post eighty links on facebook in a day and no one would remark upon it.

On #wjcht Wednesday night, @girljournalist noted, 'I know someone who had their entire twitterfeed plagiarized,' and while it's an interesting discussion point, there was this one time when I posted my credit card and pin number on and some asshole bought himself a whole truckload of A.K.'s.

So; I don't feel sorry for you at all, and you're not on the feed anyway! If you would like to be included, please follow @hyperlouis and then DM and in twenty-five words or less indicate exactly what it is that you are bringing to the table.

So far 'The hyper media Daily' has three subscribers, and @hyperlouis has eleven followers on Twitter.

Another consideration was 'attribution' and 'link rot,' also concerning attribution.

If you're in there, your name is on there.

The paper is automatically updated every 24 hours, and if a source does not repost in that time, the same story might appear twice.

(The paper is of course archived by the Library of Congress and a number of foreign and domestic intelligence agencies...right?)

As far as I'm concerned, it is an interesting experiment, especially in terms of what sort of reaction one might receive.

By adding and removing links, which takes a few minutes per day, we've invented a pretty good little personal news service--which is all it really amounts to.

It is the creative, aggressive, and disruptive use of the thing, and the potential political impact of the proper use of it, by someone who actually knows what he is doing, that is most disturbing to the bourgeoisie.

I could create ten or twenty targeted papers in a day, if I chose--that's disturbing to the pulp and paper industry. I have no doubts about that, ladies and gentlemen.

Most invalid criticisms stem from unaddressed social tensions, often working from the mid-strata down. It's largely a matter of misperceived social status.

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