Real and Virtual Connections: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I was pleasantly surprised at the second half of Albert-Laszlo Barabasi’s book, Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life.

After struggling with heavy math concepts and complex formulas in the first nine chapters, the book’s contents become much clearer by the end.

While he is very good at explaining things, some of the material was too dense for the average reader. Yet it was very important to stick with it because, in the end, it proves to be an enormously enlightening text and one I will read over and over.
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Online Publishing: What works, What Doesn’t

Well, this is my final assignment for the class in Online Publishing, taught so well by Theresa Collington. She brought all her experience to us and walked us, albeit quickly, in a month, through some deep and useful material on how to make the most of the work we do on the Web by teaching us the key principles of good online journalism and ways to improve the odds that people will see it.

My classmates amplified Theresa’s lectures with their individual blogs on the course content. Here are the things I took away from this group of independent thinkers, each of whom brought something valuable to the table in their distinctive analyses.
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Thanks to Networks, It Really Is a Small World After All

In “Linked,” Albert-Laszlo Barabasi makes his book’s subtitle exquisitely clear: “How Everything is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life.”

It’s no surprise that everything is connected. It almost seems obvious. What is surprising is learning how everything is connected, what that means and why it matters.”
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Online Journalism: Using Traditional Values to Tell Stories a New Way

For journalists making the transition from print or broadcast or radio to multimedia storytelling online, there are important distinctions to learn.
Al Tompkins points this out in his book, Aim for the Heart: Write, Shoot, Report and Produce for TV and Multimedia.
Tompkins, senior faculty for broadcasting and online at the Poynter Institute, is a former news director at WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn., according to his bio on the Poynter site: “For 24 years, he worked as a photojournalist, reporter, producer, anchor, assistant news director, special projects/investigations director, documentary producer and news director.”
In other words, he knows his stuff, and he has a passion not only for passing on basic journalism skills but also the specific tools journalists need to do the new news.
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Weave A Tangled Web Site and Users Go Elsewhere

If you’ve ever been frustrated by a Web site, and who hasn’t, Steve Krug can help you understand why. In his book, Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, a whole lot about Web sites becomes clear.

Krug is writing for Web designers, basically explaining what works on a site, what doesn’t and why, yet we lowly users get just as much, if not more, out of this book. We finally understand that it is not our fault that we can’t figure out what a site is when we get there, can’t find our way around, can’t wait to go to another site that is more, well, user friendly.
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