Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?
My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Rednod, GigaOM, Human 2.0, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, Bite-Sized Edits, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so the three of us are going to share one link for each other (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".
Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:
- Top Secret America - The Washington Post. "Put on your tinfoil hats: they really are out to get you! This Washington Post piece on Top Secret America includes an interactive exploration of the off-the-books US military spending, showing how much money goes where. Not only is it entertaining fodder for conspiracy theorists, but it's a great demonstration of how journalism can work well in the digital age: this isn't something that can be easily vacuumed up via an RSS feed and repurposed by someone else. This is part of a 2-year investigative project by the Post, nicely wrapped in interactive applications and videos." (Alistair for Hugh).
- What They Know - The Wall Street Journal. "As the world agonizes over privacy and anonymity, triggered in part by Google's CEO's assertions that we should just get used to no longer being anonymous, the Wall Street Journal put together a great illustration of the most prevalent invasion of privacy, tracking cookies. Cookies are a much-maligned scapegoat for cyber-crime; without them, we wouldn't have the dynamic web we enjoy today. But when cookies are used to share information across sites, they can be put to all kinds of nefarious uses. This interactive app puts tracking in plain sight. The surprise leader? Dictionary.com, which puts 159 cookies, 23 flash components, 41 beacons, and 11 first-party cookies - 168 of which don't let visitors opt out - into your web browser. Really? Why do I need over 200 cookies to find out what paranoid means, anyway?" (Alistair for Mitch).
- Why Parents Hate Parenting - The Last Psychiatrist. "There's been much talk about happiness and parenthood of late, with more studies showing that kids (supposedly) make you unhappy. I've come across the Last Psychiatrist blog a few times in the past couple of weeks, and each time come away thinking: reading time well spent. Here he cuts apart the premises upon which the happy/unhappy parent paradigm is built. Conclusion: ego overload." (Hugh for Alistair).
- Fresh Air Remembers Historian Tony Judt - NPR. "Mitch recently had to cancel a lunch with me because of a funeral. I've had two close friends (one real life, one online) die of cancer in the past three months. Death is a fact of our existence that we aren't good at coping with in Western culture. This is an interview with Tony Judt, the prolific British/Amercian historian, from a few months back, when he was suffering a quick decline from Lou Gehrig's disease, an affliction to which he succumbed this week. It's funny, and smart and moving." (Hugh for Mitch).
- The Data Bubble - Doc Seals Weblog. "It's sort of freaky that Alistair's recommended link for me was The Wall Street Journal's look at cookies and online privacy, considering I had this Blog post from Doc Searls (co-author of the magnificent business book, The Cluetrain Manifesto) pegged for him. While Doc does his usual role of breaking through the chaff really well, it's his own thoughts on the subject (and the amazing comments within the Blog post) that really makes this piece shine. Regardless of which side of the fence you're on about this topic, this Blog post made me love Blogs and everything the Internet has done for society even more because of the open conversation." (Mitch for Alistair).
- Books of the world, stand up and be counted! All 129,864,880 of you - Inside Google Books. "This story will either make you marvel at technology or leave you shaking your head and paranoid about the coming singularity. In this Blog post from the Google Books people, they attempt to define what, exactly, a 'book' is (a topic near and dear to Hugh's heart - if you've ever listened to our audio Podcast, Media Hacks), how to count/track the amount of books and - on top of that - how many books Google believes have been in the world (and - if you know anything about Google - it's an exact number). A pretty fascinating read about books, publishing and the future." (Mitch for Hugh).
Now, it's your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.