Reviews of On-Line Sites and Bibliography
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Sims296a3: Digital Commerce Group
On-Line Article Reviews
Note: Many of the articles explored can be found by following the links
below and then browsing through the articles availble on these sites.
UC Berkeley Professor Hal Varian's excellent site about Digtial Commerce,
including links to in an electronic
WWW E-zine dedicated to the newest news about on-line content delivery.
ABC 20/20 Producer and Journalist Chistopher Harper's site including links
his articles about electronic publishing:
Extremely important site which includes the winners of the best Interactive
Newspapers '97 awards of February 1997. These are some of the sites
that were explored in the survey of available
on-line content deliveries.
Another extremely important site including articles from the American Journalism
Review. Makes for excellent surfing about many articles about on-line
publishing and on-line news delivery. Has a competing ranking
of on-line news sites.
Online Publishing: Threat or Menace?
by Laura Fillmore
Though Fillmore's article is not about news delivery per se, it is about
on-line publishing. Her article has value in that it shows us some
of the attitudes of the authors and reporters most content with regular
paper, though increasingly finding technology essential to their jobs be
it threat or menace.
Early in her article, Fillmore writes, "There's no substitute for
the sensual experience of reading a book." She writes about
her difficulties in her "collaboration with computers" and her
comfortability with the "Paper Age." She points out that
there is a general sense of fear that since computers make publishing easier,
since pushing can be nearly instant, there are new effects and new changes
that will occur; the world might change. But she does remind us that
there were concerns about paper similar to those about computers now as
far as the negative impact the technology would have on society.
No matter if it is positive or negative, she reminds us, "During the
past decade, it's as if an electric current has been laid beneath that
whole [publishing] process, and we've been jolted awake."
The Daily Me
By Christopher Harper
From AJR, April 1997
Harper's article describes some of the potential new forms for on-line
In various forms, the customized on-line newspaper takes users' preferences
and filters the available database of news stories, creating a page of
news stories that the user is likely to be most interested in. Most
of the time, this sort of customization is individual; it is possible to
create a different home page every day for each user. This sort of
on-line newspaper is often called the "Daily Me."
Harper also describes some on-line newspapers that essentially take votes
based on total accesses, changing the composition of the front page as
the day progresses and the readership's interests change. Harper
gives some specific information about the Chicago Tribune Internet Edition,
one of the first newspapers to have reporters dedicated to on-line newspaper
production. Many of the reporters for the on-line edition need to
carry around a wide variety of digital equipment: - digital cameras, digital
video cameras, audio recorders - in order to produce a technically sophisticated
on-line article. This method of production differs greatly from most
on-line newspapers which simply "shovel" the same articles to
the on-line users as the paper users.
As a whole, this site gives a good overview of many of the present forms
of journalistic digital news delivery. It concentrates on the future
of newspaper and news journalism, and does not delve into too much detail
about the converging news sources. It is also timely in many senses.
In particular, the article is dated April 29, 1997; it has just been released.
PUSH AS A PRACTICAL TOOL
An Interview with Michael Kolowich
by Christopher Harper, March 27, 1997
In his synopsis of his interview with Michael Kolowich, one of the first
developers and providers of push technology, Harper gives us some definitions
of push technology and how push technology is changing on-line news delivery.
Kolowich identified four areas of concern for on-line news delivery users:
filtering, searching, browsing, and communing. By the latter, he
means creating communities of users interested with a common interest.
Other than providing a few interesting definitions, the article is not
particularly useful. It does not provide any commentary or analysis,
even though it does label push technologies as the next "killer application"
for the Internet.
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