Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The future of journalism is cats and Legos

There is a real research paper from a real university about cat instances in the New York Times:
This article critically examines the Times’ cat tales in the context of the cultural history of journalism and the academic study of human–animal relations, also known as anthrozoology.

Exciting! But behind a paywall so ...

If you're looking for recent cat news in the Times, go to the science section. Cats = science, so says the Gray Lady.

Just when you think things couldn't get more amazing in journalism-land, check out this college class that used Legos to teach constraints in data journalism. Maybe someone at SUNY New Paltz can visualize the data of the campus being No. 1 in the country for drug arrests per capita? It would make a good chart. Data journalism is awesome.

Almost as awesome is Lego sports journalism. And Lego Super Bowl commercials.

Everything is awesome.

The links:

Are you excited about the new Harper Lee book, not titled 'To Kill A Mockingbird: The Sequel That's Actually Kind Of A Prequel And It's Kind Of Fishy How It's Coming Out"? I might watch it if it's made into a movie. Made of Legos, of course.

This article about a Wikipedia editor is ~comprised of~ win.

If you always wanted to have a hidden Twitter meltdown, there's a way.


The Four:

* Dubious distinction or strict enforcement? SPOILER: BOTH.

* Farm to (school) table.

* Kingston’s future: The past.

* Schools are running out of snow days. There are no snow days at the Freeman.

One Lego cat:

One Google Glass photo: The future of Kingston.

Yesterday's Internet, Today! is not Lego cat journalism, but a digest in which I throw in a bunch of links I tweeted, faved or saw the day before or in the morning. You also get a cat and a Google Glass photo. I dare you to get it as a newsletter.