Links for 22nd August 2008

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. MI5 report challenges views on terrorism in Britain

    "It concludes that it is not possible to draw up a typical profile of the "British terrorist" as most are "demographically unremarkable" and simply reflect the communities in which they live. The "restricted" MI5 report takes apart many of the common stereotypes about those involved in British terrorism. They are mostly British nationals, not illegal immigrants and, far from being Islamist fundamentalists, most are religious novices. Nor, the analysis says, are they "mad and bad"."

    Tagged with: UKterrorismsurveillanceanalysissociologypsychologyanthropologyhoodathunkit

  2. Jeffrey Sachs: The digital war on poverty

    "The digital divide is ending not through a burst of civic responsibility, but mainly through market forces. Mobile phone technology is so powerful, and costs so little per unit of data transmission, that it has proved possible to sell mobile phone access to the poor. There are now more than 3.3 billion subscribers in the world, roughly one for every two people on the planet."

    Tagged with: povertydigitaldividetechnologymarketforceseconomics

  3. The passion of the semicolon

    "The semicolon does not force; it guides with clarity and logic through the thickets of prose — and in its way it guides the writer, too, for even a semicolon cannot link two entirely disparate points. Coherence comes as a side-effect. By insisting on shorter, quicker sentences with lots of periods, isn't fashion being prized over actual, rigorous thought? Are we not our MTV?"

    Tagged with: writinglanguagepunctuationsemicolon

  4. Are editors a luxury that we can do without?

    "When these reporters blog their beats – involving the community in suggesting and requesting stories, sometimes even in reporting, and certainly in correcting mistakes – then the community acts as the assignment desk, and the idea of editing every comma seems futile. My blog readers are my editors."

    Tagged with: internetjournalismnewspapersEditorswriting

  5. Creating stories that resonate

    "Start with the truth. Identify the worldview of the people you need to reach. Describe the truth through their worldview. That's your story. When you overreach, you always fail. Not today, but sooner or later, the truth wins out. Negative or positive, the challenge isn't just to tell the truth. It's to tell truth that resonates."

    Tagged with: marketingstoriesstorytellingpersuasionauthenticity

  6. Advice for writers about research

    "Allow the research to lead you in unexpected directions. If you find out something that conflicts with your plans, don’t view it as an obstacle, figure out how to use it."

    Tagged with: writingresearchbooks

  7. Short Fiction in the Age of the Ebook

    "There’s a potentially very positive aspect to ebooks in relation to short fiction I hadn’t previously considered. Publishers rarely produce collections of short fiction in meaningful numbers any more because they long ago ceased to be cost-effective; much of my early reading was done through the medium of collections by well-known sf authors that would be deemed financially unworthy in the modern age."

    Tagged with: ebookselectronicpublishingshortstoriesfictiongenreeconomics

  8. The dead zone of slick

    "I have no patience for the stuff in the dead zone, the items that are too slick to be real, but not slick enough to be a marvel."

    Tagged with: marketingcreativitycommunicationpresentationconsumerismdeadzoneslick

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