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September 15, 2006

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Activate

By the way, do you guys subscribe to Activate? It’s a weekly world news filter from Flavorpill. I really really like it.

The newsletter very diligently ignores the conventional wisdom and consensus news judgment; its story choice is almost brazen in its divergence from the AP/NYT agenda.

Pretty great preamble to their mission statement, too:

News is personal. We think it always was.

Lately, though, that conviction has been lost in a sea of impersonal, politically correct news sources that have volume, but no point of view or larger context. We miss finding smart connections between front-page stories and the important — but often neglected — ones. Meanwhile, links to “1,339 related” articles on massive news sites don’t activate your mind, but rather, overload it.

I think that last line is actually quite profound. Mega-scale algorithms are great for searching, but horrible for meaning.

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Posted September 15, 2006 at 5:51 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Journalism

Comments

I've been a subscriber to flavorpill la for a couple years, and also LOVE activate. I pay quite a bit of attention to the news, but i find activate reminds me of some of the other smart stories. concise, which is the best thing about the best sites online. bravo!

Posted by: Jenny Cass on September 17, 2006 at 08:07 AM
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