Before taking a little time off the grid . . .

I just got a bit too busy — at least to write here in any meaningful way — during what’s been a very productive week.

What I need more than anything is a bit of a break from the Web and will be posting lightly here over the next week. A number of freelance writing proposals, laying the groundwork for some sports media startups and the brainstorming needed to put everything in order will be my priorities.

In addition, I’m doing a little rethinking of this blog to go beyond career reinvention for displaced journalists. I’ve altered the blogroll already and soon will explain more fully the changing focus of what I want to examine here.

But I do want to pass along some good weekend reading links on media, the Web and digital life, as I try to do each Friday. Enjoy and as always, I do appreciate your feedback and comments:

For Families Today, Techology Is Morning’s First Priority: “This is morning in America in the Internet age. After six to eight hours of network deprivation — also known as sleep — people are increasingly waking up and lunging for cellphones and laptops, sometimes even before swinging their legs to the floor and tending to more biologically urgent activities.”

The Future of Work, It’s Data, Baby: “As suggested by Daniel Pink’s assertions on the rise of a right-brained working elite, the ability to extract stories from a world of increasing and abundant data will be increasingly critical to many industries. Indeed, the opening of U.S. federal government data at implies a new societal and cultural importance for data wranglers.”

Tim Berners-Lee: We No Longer Fully Understand the Web: “The brain is something very complicated we don’t understand — yet we rely on it. The web is very complicated too and, though we built it, we have no real data about the stability of the emergent systems that have cropped up on it.”

The Age of the Stream: “As it becomes the primary way we interact with content, streams threaten longer formats like TV shows, articles, albums or books. Over time, we will find we’re no longer a nation that eats media meals. Rather, we’re all-day content snackers — which means we become more source agnostic too.”

Disappearing in the Digital Age: “Mr Ratliff is truly testing the ability to just simply disappear in an age of 24/7 connectedness and digital clues that litter our lives. It’s an intriguing project that at its heart aims to find out ‘what does it take to up and disappear these days? Not to head off the grid for a few days, mind you, but to actually vanish from your life?’ “


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