Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #335

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see”.

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another: 

  • An Integrated Perspective On The Future Of Mobility – McKinsey – Bloomberg. “This big report from McKinsey is packed with data and speculation about what a mobile-first market looks like. Holy epic resource, Batman.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Media in the Age of Algorithms – Tim O’Reilly – Medium. “With pundits and pollsters licking their wounds, and Facebook on the defensive about fake news, everyone’s weighing in. In this piece, Tim O’Reilly discusses what algorithmic news may mean for the future. As another writer put it, ’ ave we ever decided personalized news is a good thing?’ And yet, personalization is the core of ad-tech, and targeting, and the economic underpinnings of the Internet. What have we wrought?” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Public In/Formation – Places Journal. “It’s been hard, this past week, for some of us to find things to be positive about. To find inspiration. Which is why this article was a little oasis for me. Humans have gone through some ups and downs over the centuries. But a constant has been libraries and librarians, who one way or another have maintained knowledge and access to knowledge. They continue to be guiding lights.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Titanpointe – The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight - The Intercept. “If librarians want you to know things about the world, the NSA wants to know things about you. Here’s where some of that knowing, apparently, happens.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Your Filter Bubble Is Destroying Democracy – Wired. “There are so many issues about the media that are colliding at once. We have filter bubbles, where people are only seeing information from those with shared values (or, like them). We are seeing the hollowing out of real journalism (see: collapse of the newspaper industry, etc…). We are seeing president-elects tweeting out information that is more opinion than fact, but expected to be taken by the general population as ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’. This article describes part of the problem. It’s a big problem. This is only a fraction of it. The world is fine for people like you, me and everybody reading this. The world is terrifying for those who don’t understand media, what’s happening to it and how bad it really is getting. We need journalism now more than ever. Even the media savvy folks (like all of us) are going to start to lose out, when we can no longer hunt for quality, because it does not exist.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Amazon’s Next Big Move: Take Over The Mall – MIT Technology Review. “Famed thinker, author, journalist and all-around big brain, Nicholas Carr, goes shopping at an Amazon store. So, can this retail giant actually make the physical experience something truly unique, inspiring and in-line with the big brand that they created online? Read on…” (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.