"The nondescript meeting room in which Steve Jobs, Greg Christie, and others discussed the first iPhone prototypes."
It looks like they just put all the stuff on the table they wanted to jam into a single device. (via Ars Technica)
"The crewmembers used a 70mm camera to photograph this northeasterly looking view of the plume from the Kamchatka peninsula’s newly erupted volcano. The eruption was photographed from 115 nautical miles above Earth." (Via NASA)
- Vox ‘cards' are the lovechild of the Economist, Circa, and Wikipedia. They're great, but feel wrong perusing straight from the browser. Waiting for the app.
- The cards would be more interesting if they made their content accessible through an API. Other pubs could offload the backstory to Vox (and they would, given their current bandwidth) and drop in the explainer stack after the initial paragraphs covering the specific event being described.
- There is a huge opportunity for a defacto fact-checking resource online.
I think about Journalism as comprising three disciplines: reporting, narrative, and fact-checking. Reporting has been largely commodified by Twitter and the rest of social media. Narrative, which includes editing, is harder to commodify and will be limited to talented writers. But Narrative also doesn’t scale into a giant internet business. You grow by hiring good writers, one at a time.
But fact-checking is a business that could scale. It could be dominated by a couple of brands who build out the resources for other pubs to use, including background vetted information and a brand grown to inspire trust among readers. Lexis Nexis could have taken this path but they’re too expensive and inflexible. Also, their brand would need to be introduced to readers.
The last generation of Journalism saw all three of these jobs – reporting, narrative, and fact-checking – wrapped into the a single publication. But now, with reporting largely commodified, news organizations will need to experiment with new structures.
Vox, with its explanatory approach to news, could grow to be a very large business if it scales its authority and trust beyond its stable of writers. If cards are open to be used by all, the business could be a behemoth. Blogs don’t have the bandwidth to source quotes, research historical context, or other jobs which were previously paid by lucrative print subscriptions. But the joint budgets of a distributed news network could support several subscription services providing Vox-like content, authority, and trust.