Digitisation of Newspapers

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4051917129/ As someone who spent hours and hours in the Newspaper archives at Colindale, this is exceptionally good news. It's also interesting to see that the documents are not being scanned simply as electronic-paper, but there are plans to use that digital information to create an 'encyclopedia of memory', a 'national memory'. Interestingly, the project is being worked on by the people behind Genes Reunited (yes, the people behind Friends Reunited... my first social network!)... due…

It's Fight or Flight for Twitter

Dick Costolo was in full flow. The chief executive of Twitter – installed after a brief power struggle in the autumn of 2010 – was outlining his unifying vision for the company's product at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. "Our mission," he said, "is to instantly connect people everywhere to what's most meaningful to them." As mission statements go, it is up there with Microsoft's "PC on every desktop" and Google's "organise…

Everyman's Library of Failure

Among the flakier delusions spawned by digital technology is that everything it makes possible is exciting and virtuous. Thus, people who lack all aptitude for writing rejoice in their freedom to blog their obsessions, often illiterately, to tiny audiences. Some imagine that their habit confers upon them the title of "citizen journalist" and believe that they are partisans in a revolutionary movement. Unsurprisingly, the notion that self-expression, no matter how inane, should be shared has…

Docked Tales @timeshighered

With not only Bleak House but even Peter Rabbit seemingly too long for a texting, tweeting, attention-deficit generation, Valerie Sanders scans her shelves for a lightweight literary canon and asks: condensed or skimmed? When students have to pay higher tuition fees will they expect to read longer texts? This absurd, dreamy, Alice-in-Wonderland thought came to me in the middle of all our discussions recently about fee levels and student expectations, recalling a depressing memory of last year…
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