Talking to editors in a number of companies involved in the discussions (none of whom wanted to talk on the record) there is a sense of mildly suppressed panic about these deals: almost no-one wants to do them, but it is for many of them worse to not be involved in negotiations with the companies that now control the pathways to the audience. The principal attraction of agreeing to publish straight to Facebook is higher traffic, and potentially shared revenue. The drawbacks are higher degrees of dependency on systems over which publishers have no control and little insight.
Die talentierte Sarah Mühlberger hat mich zum TagesWoche-Projekt «Misstrauen gegen die Medien» befragt, das ich zusammen mit Kollege Oppliger im vergangenen Winter durchgeführt habe. Unter dem Titel «Beziehungskrise» entstand daraus (und Gesprächen mit anderen digital denkenden Journikollegen) ein toller Artikel, der das teils angespannte Verhältnis zwischen Journalisten und Lesern durchleuchtet.
I like to say that creative people are confident in only one thing: their own doubt. I think there’s a huge lack of self-confidence in a creative person because, by nature, the definition of a creative person is someone who is trying to make something new. They know, if they are professional creatives, that the likelihood of doing that—making something new and significant—is hugely unlikely, so they build within that city of doubt. From doubt, they get to iterate and work extremely hard, hoping to find something new; it’s all about hope.
To share a story is in part to take ownership of it, especially because you are often able to comment on a story that you are sharing on social media. If you can share a piece of information thats an absolute truth – whether thats how to uninstall apps on your phone, or what the NSA is really doing – you too become a truth teller. And that feels good. Just as good as it does to be the person who has the cutest cat picture on the Internet.
The past two years were a wild goose chase for answers. I read books, looked at art, listened to my heroes, and sketched out scratchy thoughts of my own to search for any sensible response to a question that had been lodged in my head for months.
What does it mean to natively design for screens?
Allein schon der Einstieg – was für ein grossartiges Essay darüber, welche fundamentalen Gedanken beim Design für Screens eine Rolle spielen!