Public Books: Gun Studies Syllabus.

Well, if we want to have a clear picture of all the issues, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place to start. Week 2 especially interests me. I've read most of these over time, but could sure use refreshing the old grey matter with this particular focus in mind.

Bookmark this one. You'll need it when the next mass shooting happens (and I'm terribly sad to have to say that).

PS Mag: 'Segregation's Constant Gardeners' - How White Women Kept Jim Crow Alive.

This bothers me. Brought up a memory I had not thought about for nearly a decade. I remember the mother of one of my 60's classmates exclaiming, after her child was touched by one of my black friends, "Don't touch, the black doesn't wash out." And this was in suburban New Jersey, not the deep South.

I hope that expression is never used again, ever.

TechCrunch: RSS is undead.

Another enormous challenge is discovery and curation. How exactly do you find good RSS feeds? Once you have found them, how do you group and prune them over time to maximize signal?

This is the weirdest article on RSS I've ever read. Dead? Hardly. Dead means *gone*. RSS has never been gone. Twitter and other social channels have the significant problem of meta-posts during crises, signal obscured by increasing noise, making it impossible to follow breaking stories. RSS, you can clear the hash fast and drill right down to the info. Has he ever actually USED an aggregator? And dear God, he wants to *brand* RSS feeds. That's the whole beauty. All signal, no noise. I used to curate over 1000 unfocused feeds, which I wisely chivvied down to 370 tightly focused ones (though I'm adding more at the moment, trying to range away from politics). I have no problems curating and culling, either in Newsblur or Reeder. Never had problems in NetNewsWire, either. You can categorize in Newsblur, and most news orgs allow you to use niche-focus RSS feeds, so you don't have to parse their firehoses. I get RSS subscriber stats in *Squarespace*, even. Any inaccuracies in subscriber counts are the fault of cloud services, as I understand it - not RSS itself.

Really, TC. Where did you find this guy? 

Later: Speaking of which, Anil had a bizarre tweet the other day, making it sound like the death of Google Reader threw people over to Facebook - if I understand his tweet properly. Anil is always dead-on, so this confused me. Just before Reader croaked, I asked compadres what I should switch to, and chose Newsblur. Exported my OPML from Google, imported into Newsblur, and didn't miss a beat. If some "media maker" people lost their access to RSS aggregation, I wonder about their ability to perform their jobs creditably. Sure, we had to pony up, but that's the way of the world these days. The cost is a pittance. And no, Facebook is NOT a replacement for RSS. It's not even a replacement for AOL (HAH). Twitter is not a replacement for RSS either, though news orgs are prioritizing their Tweets over RSS update frequencies (waiting for full articles or paragraphs to be written/edited/approved), so for immediacy during crises, it's good to check both Twitter and RSS interchangeably ... at least until the Twitter noise obscures any discernible facts.

Kickstarter: Relaunching Pitas.com, a 20-year old blogging community.

There's an effort to revive Pitas, for the 20th anniversary of 'my generation' of bloggers next year. I remember tapping quite a few well-written pieces there over the years. Having been on Manila at the time, Pitas was the second place I'd go look for content after the 'usual suspect' Blogger sites.

PVC: Sony to revive 3/4” U-Matic tape format at NAB 2018?

I sat with one of these on my desk for near ten years (the one at the top). Not five feet away, I have a stack of these tapes that contain all my portfolio materials from the '90's. I'm afraid to ever have them transcoded; I'll probably be horrified with what we were doing back then. Breaking every rule to get what video effects we could - it'll look like Playskool now.

naked cap: Why We Should Not Be Surprised Trump Could Do a Deal Over Nuclear Weapons with North Korea.

Rosenbaum opined: “if Trump gets his way with this, the way he does with other deals, it’s not inconceivable that history will look back on the Trump Plan’s acceptance as one of the few hopeful developments in the course of a miserable century.”

Some will lose their minds reading this. But you know my opinion. NK should not have been a football to pass from Administration to Administration. This has concerned me for a decade. Both sides of the aisle pushed it off as long as they could. If Trump's off-the-cuff strategy actually makes us safer, the left will just have to swallow it whole. Maybe we misread cultural cues, and a strong childish petulance is what was needed to deal with a bizarre authoritarian regime? Who knows. Historical scholars will sort this one out.