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The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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Secrets deciphered as ancient Maya script meets the modern Internet

Secrets deciphered as ancient Maya script meets the modern Internet | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the Internet is helping them finish the job and write the history of the enigmatic Mesoamerican civilization.

For centuries, scholars understood little about Maya script beyond its elegant astronomical calculations and calendar. The Maya dominated much of Central America and southern Mexico for 1,000 years before their civilization collapsed about 600 years before the Spaniards reached the New World.

The Maya script began to give up its secrets in the 1950s and ’60s, and progress accelerated in the 1970s. But much remains to be puzzled out from the immense body of carvings and inscriptions that has languished for centuries in jungle ruins and museum closets.

Enter University of Texas archaeologist David Stuart, one of the world’s leading experts on Maya script.

“I had all these boxes of notes and papers in my office, and I was never going to publish every little observation,” he said. “But I thought that if I had a blog, I could talk about new things and bring out some old stuff from my dusty files.”

So five years ago, Stuart started up Maya Decipherment, a blog for scholars and amateurs to post new inscriptions, refine translations and debate the subtleties of Maya language, all in an effort to fill out the history of the civilization.

The work will take years, but with the help of the Internet, the pace is quicker than it has ever been


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claudia patino's curator insight, January 16, 2014 9:02 PM

Its is amazing how the internet can help us solve ancient history. if we in the modern day are able to learn whto read Maya language then we would be able to identify some of there struggles and find out about there successe.

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Romance and pornography : Popular Romance Project

Romance and pornography : Popular Romance Project | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

I teach an undergraduate seminar on “Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture” with a unit on the romance genre. This year, for the first time ever, the class consists entirely of women. Also new this year is an exercise we invented of an online, collaborative romance narrative. One question that came up in our writing experiment was how, when, and why to include sex scenes. We talked a lot about depictions of sexuality in romance fiction, as well as in the sex-saturated corridors of popular culture. How are the love scenes in romance different from those in pornography or erotica?

 

...I’m interested in the notion that a feminist is a woman who writes—a woman who dares explore ideas and fantasies that run contrary to patriarchal scripts for feminine docility, submissiveness, and sexual passivity. These scripts are still alive in the impossible contradictions and double standards my students report: be sexy but also pure, demands the culture. If guys sleep around it’s a sign of mastery and control, but if you do it you’re a slut.

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Burn Your Letters?

Burn Your Letters? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Why is it that, when an author says very explicitly that she does not want her work published, we publish it?

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Earl Kemp Flashbacks – Silent Porn Star

Earl Kemp Flashbacks – Silent Porn Star | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

This week’s flashback is a round-up of all my Earl Kemp interviews:

IntroductionsEarl Kemp On Science FictionEarl Kemp On Censorship & PoliticsEarl Kemp On Reading & WritingEarl Kemp On FamdomEarl Kemp On… Canvas?

See also, Earl Kemp: Acres of Nubile Flesh.


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A look back at a Golden Age in publishing - and the dark side of censorship. (As the site name implies, this site is NWS.)

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain?

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

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Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:21 AM

The act of writing is in of itself a reflective and creative journey.

Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:22 PM

Great information! Thanks to Elvira for telling me about it. :)
I've always said that keeping a journal is cheap therapy! 

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:24 PM

Massage your brain....

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How to Use Content Curation as a Business Model - CURATE CONTENT

How to Use Content Curation as a Business Model - CURATE CONTENT | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The internet is awash with crap. What if you could cut through all that, giving your readers links to the resources they crave – and at the same time make a business out of it?You can. It’s called content curation .

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Tumblr Panic | The Marketing Whore

Tumblr Panic | The Marketing Whore | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

For adult webmasters and bloggers, the real ruckus started when Tumblr prepared itself for a Yahoo buy-out by appearing to purge itself of adult content. The micro-blogging site did this quite effectively when it dealt a dirty blow to Tumblr users by using robots.txt to exclude the search engines from indexing sites labeled as “adult”. This was reported in accurate detail by Bacchus at the long-respected ErosBlog. (it must be noted that Tumblr does not seem to be using the Robots Meta Tag. Do you know about robots.txt files and Robots Meta Tags?)

 

This was reported by Bacchus before anyone even had an idea that Yahoo & Tumblr were in talks. Just days later, Bacchus again discussed issues for adult bloggers at Tumblr, i.e. how difficult it became to even search your own Tumblr blog & how to back-up your Tumblr site. By this time, the rumors had become official news: Yahoo had purchased Tumblr.


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, May 23, 2013 4:31 PM

But that's just the beginning... Probably.

Laura Brown's comment, May 24, 2013 11:02 PM
I noticed the difference on Tumblr early on. Links on other sites were leading to missing sites, or sites that just would not load. Where will the adult bloggers go next? Tumblr was a nice, simple place for them the past few years. I don't think they can move to WordPress.com as was suggested for other Tumblr bloggers who don't want to wait for Yahoo to drop.
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Kindle Fire extends to 170 countries | The Bookseller

Kindle Fire extends to 170 countries | The Bookseller | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Book Publishing Industry News. Regular news updates from The Bookseller's news desk. The latest press reports about the publishing sector and updates from the City

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 27, 2013 2:13 AM

Wonder if Malaysia is among them?  Hope so because we are FED UP of being ignored!

BogDan Wrzesinski's curator insight, May 27, 2013 9:38 PM

#FulfillingTheNeed @godsent247

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Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history?

Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
We are used to thinking of a “mass media” market made up of large newspapers and TV networks as the normal state of affairs in media, but what if that was just a historical anomaly?

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:11 PM

Interesting post by Mathew Ingram. It reminds me of a similar observation Mick Jagger made about recorded music. He noted that artists only made money from records from roughly 1970 to 1997: in the 60's and before, mass consumption hadn't developed enough for artists to get enough leverage against their record labels while after 1997, piracy and digital music dramtically change the whole recorded music model.


For all Content Industries including Music, Movies and Media, the anormal situation might therefore not as much be what technology did in the last few years than what it did a century ago.


When it comes to media content, technology improvements have known 2 distinct eras, one of which very recent:


- from the invention of writing until the Web 2.0, progresses have primarily focused on offering greater and greater distribution : the book, the printing press, the rotary printing press, radio, TV and event the Web 1.0 all gave access to a wider audience to a small group of content creators;


- but from the social Web's beginning, we started to talk about user-generated content and everyone could potentially become a publisher: with blogs and social media, content creation and then even content curation itself are being democratized.


So I don't know if I agree with Ingram's point that historically mass media didn't exist (if the Bible isn't mass media, what is?) but we're certainly not coming back to a 1-to-many broadcast model.

Digital Gloss's curator insight, May 12, 2013 4:42 AM

Most of what Ingram describes makes good sense: the era of "mass media" as a historical anomaly; the notion that writers in the 18th and 19th centuries who shared their journals or commonplace books were bloggers of sorts. Standage's point of view is a little less intriguing -- that we will get our news from social media, which are the modern taverns and coffeehouses. In my opinion, when large journalistic enterprises are undermined and can no longer afford to pay trained journalists and fact-checkers who generate the content so many bloggers use as food for thought, we will no longer be able to keep up with what's going on in the world -- to our detriment.

Martin Debattista's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:34 PM

Social media, personal as it is, still depends on global companies doing business on a global level. Facebook with its almost 1,000 million users? Twitter? Google? Aren't they in the field to make a profit?

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The New Flickr: What it Means for Flickr Pro Users

The New Flickr: What it Means for Flickr Pro Users | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Flickr made some big changes to its service; what do they mean for Flickr Pro users?

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Laura Brown's curator insight, May 22, 2013 3:47 AM

 I've been a Flickr Pro user for years. I started paying so I could have unlimited uploads and storage, or at least enough for what I wanted. I also liked having the tag "Pro" on my name on the site. It was a small thing but something to know I was paying for what I was using and supporting the site. I would notice other "pro" users and tend to think of them as more serious and trust worthy when it came to sharing locations for urbex photos. This is one thing which Flickr is removing now that Pro users are being hustled off. I do feel we are being hustled. All the years I paid for my account, what was that for if they could have offered it all for free as they have done now? I'm not impressed. I have stood by and supported Flickr to friends and others who thought it was ruined by Yahoo or full of absent users. In my opinion, having my money back for a few months out of all the years I have paid is nothing. Pro users stood behind Flickr, supported the site and now we are nobody. Instead of paying for Flickr I could have spent that money on a new camera! I'm pretty disappointed.

Gracie Passette's curator insight, May 23, 2013 4:14 AM

Never paid for the service; even less likely to do so now.

Laura Brown's comment, May 24, 2013 11:04 PM
You don't need to pay for it now. They are not even taking payments for anyone to pay for a new account. But, they will let those who currently have paid accounts to keep paying. Mainly just to not see ads and have stats for the photos posted.
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Misery for e-books! Stephen King to release his new novel in paper format only

Misery for e-books! Stephen King to release his new novel in paper format only | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The best selling writer has refused to allow his latest book Joyland to be published in digital format. He hopes to give a boost to many booksellers worldwide.
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Scoop.it Pros: Laura Brown on curation and the display of information

Scoop.it Pros: Laura Brown on curation and the display of information | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Being a content curator is all about displaying information. We don't create the content, we display it. We share it - and people read it. But, first you have to display it. There are several skills involved in displaying content.

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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, May 14, 2013 6:02 PM
Congrats, dear Laura :)
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The History of Typography - Animated Short

A paper-letter animation about the history of fonts and typography. 291 Paper Letters. 2,454 Photographs. 140 hours of work. Created by Ben Barrett-Forrest ©...

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Forget Searching For Content - Content Is About To Start Searching For You

Forget Searching For Content - Content Is About To Start Searching For You | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
In the near future of search, you won't be looking for Internet content anymore - it will be looking for you.

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Is Google the Killer of Newspaper Print Ad Sales?

Is Google the Killer of Newspaper Print Ad Sales? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The U.S. newspaper industry has lost more than $40 billion in ad revenue in the past decade — over half of that in the last four years alone — and Google’s ad revenues are now more than twice what the industry pulls in.

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jalp Internet Consulting Services's comment, April 19, 2013 7:25 AM
Google transformed advs and made them accesible to SME's. So low budget marketing departments can act more easily, even if they run their campain through agances.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, April 22, 2013 11:33 AM
@Jalp: good point and an essential reason that drove this change. Not just attention but lowering the barrier to entry. Thanks!
Kitty A. Smith's comment, May 6, 2013 2:37 PM
People are always looking to place fault. Things change when something better comes along. Just because newspapers were first doesn't mean they are best. Tobacco knows time is limited, that would explain why they bought Kraft Foods!
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Barcodes for the Book Industry


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Jane Steen's curator insight, April 16, 2013 6:18 PM

This is the clearest explanation of the relationship between ISBNs, book pricing and barcodes I've found.

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PrairiePrincess: Scoop It Is Like Clipping Newspaper Articles!

PrairiePrincess: Scoop It Is Like Clipping Newspaper Articles! | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
I am really enjoying the program, Scoop It. It reminds me of the old habit I used to have of keeping scrapbooks. Very fun!

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Ally Greer's curator insight, April 9, 2013 2:02 PM

This is a fun, nostalgic article by Sharilee comparing her Scoop.it experience to the "old school" experience of clipping newspaper articles! 


Sharing things we find interesting has always been a fun pastime, even way back before the Internet with scrapbooks and newspaper clippings!


Thanks again, Sharilee, we're happy to be your latest "thing."

Sharilee Swaity's comment, April 17, 2013 11:42 PM
Ally, thank you so much for re-scooping this!
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Coney Island Story, 1964 by Eva Fuka (Fuková)

Coney Island Story, 1964 by Eva Fuka (Fuková) | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
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Had days lik this... Oh, yeah.

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WordPress › Signature Watermark « WordPress Plugins

This plugin allows you to watermark your uploaded images using a PNG image file with transparency as well as text signature.
The user friendly settings page allows for control over the appearance of your watermark.
You can set your watermarks to always be a specific percentage of the target image.

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I was actually looking for just this plugin! Thanks!

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Laura Brown's comment, April 11, 2013 8:13 AM
Glad to help!
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26 Things To Consider Before Developing Your Website

26 Things To Consider Before Developing Your Website | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
This infographic lists 26 things you should consider before developing your website. These are things to think about before you actually start the process.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 7, 2013 12:38 AM

Help for sex workers with the mighty web.

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You are not a curator, you just have a tumblr account.

You are not a curator, you just have a tumblr account. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
more at: lab.ftofani.com
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Spotting this nearly made me choke on my Diet Coke!

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The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon

The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
A small fraction of Americans buy the vast majority of books in this country. Goodreads gives Jeff Bezos & Co. a direct line into their thoughts and habits.

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Sara Rosett's curator insight, April 2, 2013 3:49 PM

Amazon + Goodreads = ? (Hopefully, better navigation at Goodreads for a start.) 

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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Ebook Parts

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Ebook Parts | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

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Jane Steen's curator insight, April 2, 2013 4:02 PM

A pretty good approach to e-book content by one of self-pubbing's stars.

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Tumblr now has 100 million blogs!

Tumblr now has 100 million blogs! | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Tumblr announced on Thursday that it now hosts 100 million blogs.

A landmark in the history of blogging!

The company also released an infographic to celebrate the event.

Via Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com
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I have very mixed reactions to this. The most negative reaction being how Tumblr in general is about the regurgitation of content (primarily images) without context or even proper credit. The fact that this is so popular is also a sad commentary on media consumers.

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Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com's curator insight, March 28, 2013 11:26 PM

Congratulations, Tumblr!

Huang Yahong's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:44 PM

100 million blogs is very big numbers, which means our life has been changed by internet.

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How to build a $37 million online cat empire

How to build a $37 million online cat empire | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
It's hard to believe that a blog about cute cats with funny captions can attract funding of more than $37 million.

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Webgrrl's curator insight, March 28, 2013 12:06 AM

One of his advice which is true for me too, i LOVE what i do : 
You don't need work/life balance.
"You just need the balance that you want. I work all the time," he says. "People look at me and say: 'You don't have work/life balance'. I get annoyed with this because why should you impose your concept of work/life balance on me? I love what I do!"

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