Upcoming job titles?

This month from the Center for Sustainable Journalism comes an article about jobs that journalists might hold in the future. I have read through the job titles that the Center gathered from various sources. I'm surprised at my opinions about some of them.

Stirring the pot

Had a nice round of laughter this morning while reading the Phoenix Business Journal's "Morning Call" posts. Seems the chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission requested drug-sniffing dogs after the discovery of a "small amount" of marijuana in a private bathroom at commission headquarters. My laughter quickly transformed to a facepalm, and I allowed to resurface my considerations of risk management.

Anti-anti-privacy innovation ideas

I'm a Nobody. I have no money. I have no fans. I have no influence. There is no celebrity in my life. So I don't put much effort into managing privacy risks.

Crawling out

When I daydream, it's sometimes about answering this job interview question: "Tell me, what is your weakest personality trait?"

Upon reviewing my project-management career, I realize that my answer should be: "I believe people will do what they say they will do." Of course, real PMs never form such an assumption. That's why they produce unending meetings with infinite interrogations.

First, first, first!

Web first. Digital first. Crowd first. Well, someone has to go first. Or something has to come first. Blathering "x-first" borders on the banal, but probably hammers home the paradigm du jour.

Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine has posted some most excellent words on our inexorable turning away from printed paper to whatever it is that informs or entertains us in the digital-only (sigh, OK: digital-first) medium.

The role of The Snitch

The intent of this post originally was to complain in a long-winded fashion about the web site re-design of a particular trade journal. But -- despite that site's front-page affront of social media bugs and engagement links -- I homed in on the piece about vandals targeting a photojournalist at The Olympian newspaper.

Your attention, please...

I'm not convinced that the internet has further shortened our attention spans. If I tried hard enough, I might be able to argue the opposite.

I think that the inverted-pyramid writing style for newspaper journalism proves that Nicholas Carr -- whom I respect very much -- might be wrong. We put the salient facts at the top or our stories, because the reader won't make it to the bottom. Many readers can't carry a concept to the end of a prolix sentence.

Rooting => innovation?

The smartest sysadmin I ever worked with had a lovely accent: trilled r's, short vowels, and u's that sounded like o's, as in "This focking socks!".

But he was never so clear as when he expressed his dissatisfaction with my process-start implementation. He labeled it a security issue. He was right: if a root-owned process dropped, it might somehow allow superuser access in an unintended and undesired way.

Confession of an ex-pirate

We are not surprised that Netflix subscribers are now eating up a larger percentage of bandwidth than the blackguard Blackbeards who comprise peer-to-peer networks, are we? You know who I'm talking about: the bittorrent pirates who might spend hours trying to find a not-unbearably slow yet reliable source for movies, music videos, and even e-books.

Curation and relevancy

Eli Pariser has a terrific article published yesterday in Harvard Business Review. In it, he shows that human editors are still needed in order to determine how relevant information is for humans.

I agree with and find completely accurate his article. But I wonder if Eli is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Is it debatable whether the HBR story conflicts with his TED talk (embedded below)?

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