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young Owen
Chicago and Evanston
Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy, Medill / Northwestern
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I do think it depends on what the definition of "favorite" might be..... According to iTunes, serving as the scorekeeper for all my iPods, the song I play the most is "Seventeen Come Sunday" as set by Percy quantitatively that might be it. As it happens, I've got a Grainger playlist going right now while I'm grading. Qualitatively, I dunno. The "Liebestod" from the end of Tristan und Isolde. Sentimentally? "Tryggare kan ingen vara," Lina Sandell. So you're right, hard to settle on one.....and in this case I did limit the field to "songs" with lyrics / words / text.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2014 on What is your favorite song? at Change of Subject
People seem to like my "iPhone, ergo sum" and "iPad, ergo sum" . . . at least given how many first-time recipients mention them. BTW, my voicemail message says, "I have inexplicably put down my iPhone. You can leave a message." Not that anyone ever calls me, after 20 years of steering everybody to email. ZORN REPLY -- I grant the humor exemption.
Nice to come across your blog, Bob. Hope you are well. What amazing things have happened. For me, as you might imagine, it's good to be at Northwestern. Owen Owen Youngman Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy Medill / Northwestern
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2011 on Breaks of the Bob Sanders at Sidebars
I read the review in the paper, obviously, but now you have motivated me to put it in my Amazon shopping cart. Thanks. O
Sure enough, I stopped using the NYT "Editors' Choice" app immediately in favor of the Web site, and in fact find myself using *more* on the iPad than I ever did on the desktop....I think it's a use case thing, the ability to take a spin through tomorrow's paper at midnight in bed. When asked by colleagues, like the dean of Medill, what apps showcase the promise of tablets the best right now, I take them straight to AtBat 2010. I'll check out some of your other recommendations. Thanks for the thoughtful piece. O
I might stop short of "vindicate." I sat in some of the pitches that CueCat made to Tribune, both the print and broadcast sides, and I think the fundamental failure at the time was a lack of what I have learned to call "human factors" testing: would people actually use the thing the way the inventors envisioned? The fact was, no. The CueCat was tethered to your PC -- to the 1990's equivalent of a USB port, only less friendly -- and as Eric notes, people were expected to bring their newspaper, magazine, or can of soup over to the newspaper to do the scanning. The TV application was even clunkier. Oh, and the software installation was unfriendly, too. (Still, the pitch was seductive enough that not only did Belo invest; the people at Wired magazine actually ran their bar codes for a few issues, and the CueCat I have on my office shelf is the one that Wired sent me. But Eric's underlying point is that the idea wasn't wrong. Look at the iPhone app Red Laser, a very accurate bar-code scanner. Think about how there are banks that let people deposit checks from home with their smart phones. Convenience trumps all. Many failed ideas of the '90s foundered on the rocks of inconvenience. Please note that I am not excusing the mistake of investing in such an inconvenient product, because it was indeed a big mistake to throw money at the CueCat back then.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. So congrats on soldiering through it all.
You're good at these what-ifs. I still treasure the what-if-Al-Dixon-had-behaved-during-the-Clarence-Thomas-hearings one, though I can't find it to link to it. ZORN REPLY --
Can't argue. When I'm on the road I can get by without the Journal, though at home it's still one of my four subscriptions. And while I pay for the Kindle versions of the NYT and Chicago Tribune too, I wouldn't consider it for the WSJ--and I never even think of checking it on my iPhone. Mark has nailed it.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2009 on Murdoch's Journal at Recovering Journalist
I guess this is just too pomo for me. (And maybe pomo is just another word for savage.)