Critical Linking: April 28, 2012

“Most newsgathering is still done in a very traditional way,” Lavrusik told me. “In too many places, it’s still ‘this is what’s happening’, not contextualising what’s happening. What needs to change is – there’s a lack of discovering why this is happening, the context.”

Is there anything, anything at all, that has to do with words that the internet hasn’t fundamentally changed?

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What was the best book you read as a student?

“Pride and Prejudice” (I even played Mr. Bennet, complete with mustache, in my high school play).

I would like to see Donald Sutherland play Madeleine Albright.

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For readers, though, a buzzy literary series presents a dilemma. Will newcomers who pick up the latest book without having read the first be able to follow the story? Should readers dutifully slog through a 560-page first volume before diving into the book that everyone is talking about?

Well, if you book requires dutiful slogging, I think the answer is a big, fat NO.

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“For $5, I’ll leave a five-star review of your Kindle ebook, purchase it (up to .99), ‘like’ it, and vote down negative reviews!”

Plagiarism is about the worst crime someone can commit as a writer. This might be the biggest crime someone can commit as a reader.

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