Welcome to the sixth edition of The Three Things, brought to you by Michael Schechter, Gini Dietrich and myself.
Before we get started, everyone send well wishes to Shrek. Because
he’s in New York, he’s had to work from home all week, plus he’s
creating a big new writing project as part of NaNoWriMo. He’s a little busy, flustered, and probably a bit ADD from all the extra stimulation.
For those of you new to this series, The Three Things is ppublished every Sunday
so you have some extra time to spend perusing the obscure content we’ve
curated for you (and one another) before your week begins and
deadlines, meetings, and work takes over.
Squarespace: Sandy Updates
Michael on Dedication. This week has taken its toll
on many of us here on the east coast. While my family and I were more
than fortunate, there are many who have not been so lucky. Through all
of the stories of pain, there have also been tales of triumph. While
there are many to choose from, I’ve been particularly impressed with the
efforts that the team at Squarespace have taken to keep their service
up and running. If you want to see what doing right by your customers
and your service looks like, especially in the face of serious
logistical and emotional adversity, take some time to read through their
Disclaimer: Squarespace is a frequent sponsor of Michael’s podcast.
Fake Storm Reports
Howie on Citizen Journalists. I blog often about the
limits of social media due to the platform’s short comings. That any
tweet or Facebook post will be seen by maybe one to three percent of
your network, due to the high volume of posts and size of your network.
Typically, individual content never goes viral but topics do, such as
updates on Hurricane Sandy. This article covers the recent discussions
about whether speed is more important than accuracy and how often it
compromises the quality of reporting. Obviously this one tweet got lucky
that it was picked up by the right accounts and reshared. Even the Washington Post admits being duped and it cost someone his job.
When a Daughter Dies
Gini on Medical Care. I’m not going
to lie. This father’s story about his daughter’s 20 day battle with
cancer made me cry. Told on the Freakonomics blog, Steven Levitt’s dad
(who is a doctor) tells the story of how his 50 year old daughter had an
unsteady gait and went to the doctor only to discover she had brain
tumors. During the next 20 days, she goes from being healthy and active
to needing ice chips and morphine. While the blog post is written in
highly technical medical terms, I think it will affect you the same way
it did me. Near the end he says, “In this era of molecular biology, the
most valuable medication was morphine, a drug that has been available
for almost 200 years.” Amen, Dr. Levitt. Amen.
Now it’s your turn. Is there a podcast, video, or article you think we need to see?