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, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, iambik, PressBooks, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so 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:
- What’s Left of the Left – New York Magazine. "After last week’s extraordinary events in the US — the shame of Obama being forced to prove the country of his birth, the shaming of Donald Trump, and the killing of Bin Laden with an immediate froth of blame, credit-taking, and hand-wringing — this New York Magazine article is timely. It’s a look at Economist, Paul Krugman, meaty, but well worth it." (Alistair for Hugh).
- The Wave – Ron Jones Website. "In 1991, a high school teacher turned a social experiment into a complete melt-down of the Palo Alto school where he taught. This should be read alongside Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, Milgram‘s tests of authority, and other examples of just how easily otherwise balanced societies can turn feral and corrupt. Now try to imagine a teacher pulling this off today, and the public outcry that would ensue." (Alistair for Mitch).
- Why don’t Americans believe in global warming? – The Economist. "I’ve long been fascinated by the difference between how ‘conservatives/right’ and ‘liberals/left’ see the world. There are few issues where this is more obvious than global warming: generally the left is worried about climate change and the right is not. Who’s right? Well, if you believe generally in the scientific method, and prudent risk management, you’re likely to be worried about global warming. But what do you believe if you don’t believe in global warming?" (Hugh for Alistair).
- What are some of the most mind-blowing facts? – Quora. "A mind-blowing list of mind-blowing facts (from users of Quora)." (Hugh for Mitch).
- Trying to Game Google on ‘Mother’s Day Flowers’ – The New York Times. "You would think that it’s pretty obvious where to buy flowers for your mother this coming Sunday, but it’s still a hyper-competitive bidding war for those who sell flowers to make sure they’re at the top of the search engines should someone be looking for them. This fascinating article could have been written over a decade ago. The point? Being in pole position at the top of a Google search page is still key for business… and it’s big business… and Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there." (Mitch for Alistair).
- Jay Rosen: What I Think I Know About Journalism – Boing Boing. "I love the way Jay Rosen thinks about Journalism. He’s not some bright-eyed and bushy-tailed recent graduate of Journalism. He’s been teaching and looking critically at the field for a long time. What technology has brought is many new definitions of Journalism and Rosen’s admission that we may not even know what Journalism is – in this day and age – paints a wonderful picture of news and how it gets transmitted to the world in our hyper-connected society." (Mitch for Hugh).
Now it’s your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.