Press : Publishers are charging more for digital content and offering less free
According to Press data, the average price of a monthly digital subscription is now $9.26 — up from $6.85 at the beginning of 2012. Publishers are also offering fewer articles for free before a user hits a paywall.
Absolutely spot-on. Here are two from the list:
7. Ideas are dead.
Just as discourse is dead on Facebook, along with that comes the sharing of ideas. I think Facebook belittles idea sharing. Big ideas are reduced to quote sharing (which I admit I do). Just as the consumption of video on the Internet has been reduced to 1-4 minutes max, just the same, the sharing of ideas on Facebook has been reduced to a sentence. This has turned my Facebook wall into a warped version of the Hallmark store.
Besides being added to groups that you’re not asked to be in, asked to use or install apps, or invited to too many events- the notifications in Facebook also requires too much management. To add to this, many people are still crossposting from their other social networks; I find that Facebook is cluttered, and not filled with much substance. Cross-posting from Twitter is a behavior that’s frustrating. If I just read your post on Twitter, seeing it on Facebook, belittles the share. And, just from observation, it looks lazy. I realize that you can change settings on Facebook, mute people’s posts and such, but that’s way too much management involved. It shouldn’t be this hard. Educators like Miguel Guhlin have started over completely- removing almost all of his friends, and asking you now to “Subscribe” to his posts. That’s certainly a strategy. Is that too much?
Let’s say you’re stuck on the F train, trying to ignore the person coughing on you, a screaming baby, and a someone staring creepily. (No, I’m not describing my morning). Wish you hadn’t forgotten a book? Here’s an interesting idea from a group of design students: using tech to bring you the first 10 pages of a popular book on your phone, and then telling you the nearest public library where you can go pick up the actual book. Nice way to possibly get more people back in libraries.
‘[In South Sudan], women are really defined by their ability to get married and have children.’ Report from HRW, with photos by Brent Stirton
Child Marriage: South Sudan
This visually stunning short film tells the story of child marriage in South Sudan. According to government statistics, close to half (48 percent) of South Sudanese girls between 15 and 19 are married, with some marrying as young as age 12.
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Thanks to feedback from my last post, I have modified the proposed description of patterns for students engaged in MOOCs. I also want to introduce a graphic to visually represent these patterns.• I have removed the language comparing passive…