“Younger zinesters are more creative than ever – now, zines are artisanal objects, and design, aesthetics, and the overall experience of the object matter just as much as the text. Zine makers still gather at festivals and discuss their hobby online, on reddit, Facebook, and elsewhere.”— Alt.zines and Memories of a Media Transition (History of the Web)
” Technology is changing faster each year. Digital literacy can vary between ages but there are lots of ways different generations can work together and empower each as digital citizens.”— Empowering Generations of Digital Natives (WordPress.org)
Last week was Digital Citizenship Week and I had absolutely no idea that this was even a thing. (Oops.)
There were a few good posts published last week from Yvette Sonneveld, the marketing team rep for Make WordPress. They cover an intersection of WordPress and digital citizenship and are worth skimming, at the very least:
- Responsible participation in online communities
- Becoming better digital citizens through Open Source
- Empowering generations of digital natives
These community events — meetups, WordCamps, unconferences (sup PodCamp Toronto?) — are all facets of digital citizenship. They take the online offline, offering in-person experiences to complement what we do on the web.
“All this bookstagramming has led to a thriving space for book lovers on social media, and that’s been a good thing for independent bookstores too — because it plays to their key strength: creating community.”— Instagram is helping save the indie bookstore (Vox)
“Ultimately, the uniformity of visual pop culture is far too ominous to consider when planning a gathering, the announcement of a milestone, or a flat lay.— Home is where the photo booth is (The Ringer)
In an online environment where accounts live and die by engagement, modifying our households to be public facing, rather than personal, is rooted in the simple desire to look nice and be noticed.
A few shimmery streamers from Amazon, a $250 letter board, or a faux marble pattern will get you there, no matter how far from the reality of your living space.”
Not saying we considered this while renovating our kitchen… but we may have considered this while renovating our kitchen. 🤷♂️
“A swift path to profitability tends to come from brands that own, rather than rent, their audience. The majority of recent deals have involved highly-focused, subject-specific verticals. New acquisitions are quickly tucked into the margin-sensitive organization’s wider office space, ad-tech stacks and other back-office functions. Overlapping costs are largely stripped out, rather than continuing to operate the assets as separate, adjacent businesses.”— The age of the operator (Digiday)
Feels like digital companies, from SV-based startups to NY-based media brands, are coming ’round to practical business models. We’re finally seeing some sticker shock from “growth at all costs”.