We led off with–come on, what else could we lead off with?–the iPad’s debut. Dave’s: “It’s a big iPhone.” And a closed platform, “pure Apple.” The duality has always been Jobs vs. Woz. The artist vs. the tinkerer.
Jay: “It’s sort of an attack on gatelessness.” And as I said on Twitter, “There’s one thing–and only one–I find interesting about the iPad so far: that it shifts back to ‘read only’ from the read write web.” Also see this compendium of similar reactions.
We sorted through Obama’s appearance before House Republicans as an instance of “the sources go direct.” Dave said he agreed with David Weinberger’s assessment. “More bad news for the media, ” said Weinberger, “The Republicans are better at questioning the President than you are.”
We went through Mark Coddington’s post, A quick guide to the Maxims of new media. Many of these maxims have been discussed in this podcast. Dave said he had a problem with “if the news is important it will find me.” We both had a problem with the way “information wants to be free” is deployed (ideologically.) Dave said he had a problem with “readers more than we do,” but also said he had to work out the reasons why. He’ll get back to us! Jay said that Winer’s maxim, “people come back to places that send them away” should be on the list. Dave added, “only steal from the best.”
We moved on to a fascinating story: AOL Tries To Seed SXSW With Coverage Of 2,000 Bands, via its new assignment desk system. (Link.) We both agreed that it was a brilliant experiment and highly relevant to the rebooted system of news, in part because it asks, “what would 100 percent coverage look like?” and actually tries to create it. It’s almost like the beginning of a wikipedia system for the indy music scene.
Dave: “It doesn’t stop when the event is over; in a way this becomes a coral reef for a rebooted music news system.” Jay: Studio 20 wants to create such a tool, so we’re looking for models and prototypes that might get us there. The key part is that when you select an assignment you get a set of instructions for doing a good piece, in addition to a task to complete.
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