The hottest Digital Media Substack posts right now

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Adjacent Possible • 102 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Deep dive conversations about craft in writing and research are now more accessible through platforms like podcasts and YouTube.
  2. Software tools like NotebookLM and techniques shared by authors like Tiago Forte can revolutionize the way we organize research material and notes.
  3. Integration of tools like ReadWise's 'Export to Docs' feature can enhance the ability to work with research material and create a 'second brain' for storing important ideas.
Discourse Blog • 3400 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. Legacy media is being replaced by something worse, with media-wide layoffs being a visible sign.
  2. Publications are struggling and dying due to financial issues, particularly affecting traditional print media.
  3. The future of journalism looks bleak, with the rise of individual-driven media leading to misinformation and lack of accountability.
Simon Owens's Media Newsletter • 823 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. Many worry about AI-generated content replicating and stealing audiences, but the impact on publishers is still largely hypothetical.
  2. AI is already degrading the user experience of the web, causing harm and making content resources useless.
  3. Platforms like Amazon, Google News, and ad tech are flooded with AI-generated content, harming users and eroding trust in the information served.
Platformer • 3537 implied HN points • 08 Aug 23
  1. It's important to approach coverage of Elon Musk with skepticism due to his history of broken promises and exaggerations.
  2. Journalists should be more skeptical and critical of Musk's statements, especially those that could impact markets or public perception.
  3. Musk's tendency to make bold announcements without following through highlights the need for increased scrutiny in media coverage of his statements.
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KURATION • 39 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. Kuration #289 Tech This Week provides a summary of top tech and media headlines from the past week.
  2. The newsletter covers a wide range of topics including developments in AI, layoffs in tech companies, and new product launches.
  3. Readers can stay updated on the latest tech news by subscribing to Kuration's email newsletter.
The Future, Now and Then • 73 implied HN points • 07 Dec 23
  1. Tech's center of gravity has shifted in the past 30 years in Silicon Valley, futurism, and WIRED.
  2. Tim Berners-Lee's effort to give users control over data faces challenges from established tech giants.
  3. WIRED is drawing boundary lines around the AI debate, embracing diverse perspectives and urging attention to the limitations of large language models.
Perspective Agents • 18 implied HN points • 17 Jan 24
  1. Perspective Agents book focuses on human and social implications of AI in the "autonomous age".
  2. The book encourages asking big questions about the impact of AI on crises, understanding key events, and fostering optimism.
  3. Prepare for major changes in media, like AI-powered answers, information flows, and the evolution of intelligence engines.
The Convivial Society • 2 HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. Apple's release of Vision Pro headset has sparked discussions on the implications of technology on our perception of time and attention.
  2. The debate around using Vision Pro in everyday scenarios raises questions about living as a 'creature' vs. living as a 'machine.'
  3. Embracing fullness of presence and depth of experience in everyday moments may lead to a renewed sense of connection and enchantment with the real world.
Kneeling Bus • 244 implied HN points • 04 Mar 23
  1. Internet platforms are becoming visually chaotic and cluttered with junk, impacting user experience.
  2. The messy aesthetics of the internet reveal a shift towards desperate monetization strategies.
  3. AI may help clean up the internet's clutter by automating processes and reducing visual chaos.
Perspective Agents • 18 implied HN points • 19 Oct 23
  1. Reality distortion fields can be created by charismatic leaders, media outlets, and technology to influence perceptions and beliefs.
  2. Misinformation and disinformation campaigns during conflicts like the Hamas-Israeli conflict illustrate the challenges in verifying reality and the impact of digital manipulation.
  3. The rise of automated agents and generative AI poses a threat to political persuasion and calls for critical thinking, media literacy, and diverse information sources to combat distorted realities.
Market Curve • 1 HN point • 29 Jan 24
  1. Successful media companies have 3 key qualities: distributed to the right people, trade attention for engagement, and leverage network effects.
  2. Media needs distribution to exist - from traditional channels to digital platforms, distribution is essential for media companies.
  3. Attention is the currency of media, engagement is its value. Successful media companies create authentic, entertaining, and relevant content while focusing on quality over quantity.
Helix • 0 implied HN points • 16 May 23
  1. Helix has introduced a new 'Notes' tab for sharing short updates, links, and more.
  2. Subscribers to Helix can access the Notes tab to view and engage with the shared content.
  3. Readers are encouraged to share their own notes and ideas in this space of interaction.
Barn Lab • 0 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. ASCII and ANSI codes are used to control text aspects like color and fonts on terminals.
  2. ASCII characters are different from Unicode characters and are easily accessible via the keyboard.
  3. Text-based ASCII and ANSI art forms continue to influence digital mediums despite the dominance of high-resolution images and videos.