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Is Facebook Becoming a Publisher?

Facebook’s big play has been on user-generated content: get your users to do the hard work for you. So, I have to say that I’m a bit perplexed by one of the social media giant’s latest moves. It launched a page devoted to U.S. politics, which seems to be a mix of status updates, links to other sites and other quasi-random resources. What’s interesting is that the Facebook team picks up some of the burden of managing this … a distinct departure from its strategy so far.

I’m probably making too much of this, but if Facebook is planning to do more projects like this, it will be moving into the traditional publishing space. And let’s face it: traditional publishing is a pretty shitty place to be right now.

[Source: Mashable]

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Is News Dead? Um, Yeah

Everyone’s talking about the death of print. How about the death of news?I just saw that Rev. Wright is not writing a book about Obama. Seriously, is this fucking news?

Well, I’m not writing a book about Obama either. In fact, I don’t think I can improve upon the Rev’s statement. He put it so well that it has to be newsworthy:

“Nope. I’m not publishing anything. I’m not going on any book tours.”

Thanks for the words, Rev. I suspect the world will remain at ease, knowing that I’m not planning anything nefarious. You may now return your attention to Michael Phelps.