5. is anything missing from your news consumption pattern now or in the tools/sites that you use? anything you wish you had?

there is still so much to do. i think almost every major news site is dropping the ball on community, allowing all kinds of misbehavior and animosity in their comments while doing little or nothing to encourage the formation of real communities of interest. in blogs, i see a lot of stagnation and complacency as formerly great bloggers pour their ideas into abbreviated messages on social networks that they don’t own, instead of investing in creating content that will have a long, meaningful life which inspires conversations.

the tools are still primitive — we don’t enable sharing by default in contexts where it *could* be useful. while i love (and happily paid for) pinboard, i also like the delicious model where sharing bookmarks is something social. i think the transition of many users from flickr to instagram is costing us a lot in terms of a shared and relatively open context for connecting around photos. at the same time, mislabeled efforts like facebook’s “frictionless sharing” (which actually *adds* a lot of friction to sharing) are complicating the simple experience of sharing web links, by polluting it with the installation of unnecessary apps. that’s going to yield terrible long-term effects on the willingness and interest that people have in exploring new content on the web.

in short, the tools need to be more social, but in an authentic and open, uncontrolled way. we’ve traded gatekeepers that sell us irresponsible news (like broadcast tv news) for gatekeepers that sell us to advertisers while allowing community to degenerate to the lowest common denominator (as with facebook or youtube). i think there can be a better way, and i’m hoping news.me and others play a part in it.

- anil dash on getting the news [a news.me series] |via soupsoup

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