Nora Caplan-Bricker, writing in The New Republic, provides a guide to the most effective and relevant citizen journalism in Syria. In some cases the content is coming directly from people ther, but she notes that some of the most significant journalism is curated from expatriates with excellent sources. She also identifies the less reliable outlets. Tom Fudge of KPBS San Diego interviews two Syrians on how to create a free-to-express journalism culture in Syria.
Amy Guth, writing for the Chicago Tribune, presents the 10 commandments of social media. Among them: don't steal, don't work too hard, don't be snarky, don't succumb to shiny new objects. It's a nice look at the social media culture.
Quentin Hardy, writing for the Bits blog at The New York Times, looks at the enormous challenge for Internet advertising. For one, people are increasingly enlisting ad-blocking software. But the bigger issue, he notes, is the format of ads themselves and how they are ineffective. Hardy notes the role ads are playing in arousing buyers is changing, and ads themselves may not be the most useful way to market products in this age.