Vincent Laforet on visual web & future of news

Photographer and filmmaker Vincent Laforet has climbed to the top of the Empire State Building. He’s shot night aerials of New York City from 7,500 feet high. But when I talked with him earlier this year, he wondered, “Is there such thing as a real event?” You’d think the crazy winds at high altitudes might…

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Periscope, Snapchat, Meerkat: We’ll Do It Live

FastCompany: Periscope, Meerkat and Snapchat will change our relationship with television and the idea of Live TV. Even pay-per-view events are going to have to deal with this reality. Here is my latest column.

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On mobile, slow speeds kill

Google. Amazon. Walmart. Beyond a doubt, faster-loading pages increase the performance and use of a service. Sometimes even a perceived faster performance (such as in the early days of Instagram) can help boost usage and engagement. So it’s no surprise that Facebook is using speed to lure publishing companies to collaborate. Handing over the content and trying to optimize their own products to overcome the latency and other networking challenges are two different things. Facebook has used an argument that conflates the two issues. The biggest argument in favor of Facebook Instant Articles is the speed at which they will load from Facebook’s mobile app. In a press release,…

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Palette, Paper, Fifty Three

In 1855, Gustave Courbet, a well-known French painter and early exponent of the realist art movement, created his enormous (and said to be unfinished) masterpiece The Painter’s Studio: A Real Allegory Summing Up Seven Years of My Artistic and Moral Life. The painting was a visual representation of an artist’s life. On one end of the painting you…

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Gone Fishing

From his office, a banker stood and watched a lone fisherman sitting on the edge of a bridge, carefully taking his time and casting a line into the water below. A few minutes later he caught a trout. The banker went back to work. An hour later, he got up and saw that the fisherman was in the same place and had caught more fish. Every so often he would get up from his desk and walk to the window and see the same guy doing exactly the same thing. Mystified, he left his office, crossed the bridge and walked…

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