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Welcome to MIXMÉDIAS Montreal on May 17th

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I am thrilled to personally invite you to the MIXMÉDIAS Conference that will be held in Montréal on May 17th, 2012. This will be one of the most exciting and lucrative professional days this spring and I am delighted that you will attend. But what is it exactly? When Michel Chioini asked me, just over […]

4 Ideas For Practicing A Journalism Of Collaboration

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Last Saturday, I have lead a conversation at MediaCamp Montreal. The title of the topic is the longest I have ever written: How to begin today doing Web journalism with your readers using just your blog until your publisher gives you the right tools. This theme was inspired in part by a report from the […]

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Transcript of the speech. bruno boutotMore Posts – Website Follow Me:

On Twitter and Writing

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

@GreatDismal William Gibson Twitter for me is a casual conversational form, largely offhand by nature. Unrehearsed speech as opposed to writing. @GreatDismal William Gibson “Writing”, for me, is a fundamentally different activity. I strongly suspect it’s different neurologically, physiologically. @GreatDismal William Gibson Writing formally is like improv all by yourself, in an empty room. bruno […]

I became that which watched broadcast television

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

I can remember seeing the emergence of broadcast television, but I can’t tell what it did to us because I became that which watched broadcast television. William Gibson the Paris Review 197 [1981] And somehow I knew that the notional space behind all the computer screens would be one single universe. idem In the cities, […]

The Displacive Fallacy: new media don’t replace old media

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

From a Tweet by @timoreilly: Lovely piece about how technologies don’t just replace one another. Search for 3rd occurrence of “Displacive Fallacy” In high-technology societies, like the United States, our enthusiasm for the new leads us to what I call the Displacive Fallacy. This is the belief that a new technology displaces the old, […]

Cathy Horyn tells how readers contribute to her blog

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

We read so often that readers’ comments are useless that it’s still worth highlighting when a journalist appreciates the contribution of her readers. “these are the kinds of comments and the kind of fashion writing we would love to have.” Cathy Horyn, photo by David Shankbone, via Wikimedia Commons In an interview in Harper’s Bazaar, […]

Jeff Jarvis on news media and collaboration

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Jeff Jarvis makes suggestions to news media: …the best thing they could do is to enable and protect the voice of the public. They could curate, train, promote, and collaborate with new people using new tools in new ways, for example. They could establish platforms that make that possible and networks that help make it […]


Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The punchline in XKCD’s comics appears most of the time in a mouseover text that I have made apparent here. View the original. bruno boutotMore Posts – Website Follow Me:

In abundance as in scarcity, news is about trust

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

It’s strange how the abundance of news shares some territory with the scarcity of news. Paolo Bacigalupi’s description of “news that you can trust” in a dictatorship parallels what’s happening with news in social media: who do you trust? With a new mix of Kulaap’s music from DJ Dao streaming over my stereo, I sit […]

Community: who is a member?

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Paco Blancas, about people he met while participating into Marian Abramovitch’ performance at the MoMA: I’ve met a lot of people and have made a lot of new friends, many of them artists, but really all sorts of people. I keep in touch with them and we e-mail constantly to talk about our experiences. It’s […]

Anonymity And Identity In News Media: What? Why? Who?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

A very timely conversation about anonymity and identity has been going on since Saturday. It started with a discussion on Twitter between Mathew Ingram and Howard Owens. Mathew has written a great post about it, then Steve Buttry added important points on his own blog. I say “timely” because suddenly a lot of people are […]

How Steve Buttry Is Building A New Newsmedia, Part I

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Steve Buttry has begun to recruit his staff. He is the new Director of Community Engagement at Allbritton Communications, preparing the launch of a new Web site in the DC area, one of the most expected new project of newsmedia on the Web. Steve Buttry has just be named last month Editor of the year […]

Harper’s and MetaFilter: magazines and communities

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Can the content produced by readers be a part of a magazine? This is crucial question that a lot of media are asking. Paul Ford, Web Editor of Harper’s Magazine, tells first in a conversation with journalist Choire published in Awl: What I wish I could do is take our tens of thousands of nice […]

media machina

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

I have begun to publish my work media machina, 10 years in the making: the quest for business models for news on the Web. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash […]

Twittering from inside the event horizon

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Part of my ongoing collection of (apparently) unrelated quotes: warrenellis I appear to gain more followers when I don’t actually post anything. I consider this to be a valuable lesson about the internet, and life. 7 minutes ago from web hrheingold 74% of the earth’s population are social media strategists 17 minutes ago from web […]

Clay Shirky’s hundred dollars bills

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Last summer, I was talking on the phone with Mitch Joel about an article I was writing and he kept telling me I should read Clay Shirky‘s book Here Comes Everybody. I told Mitch I had read all these excerpts and all Clay’s interviews in 999 blogs and that was enough for me. Did I […]

Intelligence augmentation

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Mark Pesce continues to publish installments of his next book the human network. I quote here a few sentences related to collective intelligence and collective knowledge tools from his last chapter: Crowdsource Yourself. The first problem in intelligence augmentation: how do you make a human being smarter? The answer: pair humans up with other humans. […]

New word, 70’s Boomers’ inititative: back-to-the-landism

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

back-to-the-landism. bruno boutotMore Posts – Website Follow Me:

Web 2.0 is just beginning

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Why are so many people suddenly entertaining the thought of the imminent death of Web 2.0? As I understand it, Web 2.0 is just beginning to be used by mass media and businesses: their managers are curious about it, they are giving contracts to explore how it could work for them. The light of dawn […]