Posts Tagged ‘publishing’
Fortnight Journal is a fantastic project that’s picked up steam this year and looks set to keep impressing with its array of talented contributors. Taking precocious ‘millennial generation’ individuals and showcasing their work and funneling them through 14 different discipline areas, Fortnight is a verifiable attempt to skip the top-down patronage of specialist hierarchy and invest instead in provocative, cross-germinated ideas from the first generation to not know what life is like without internet: ‘as social media helps topple autocracies around the world, our millennial contributors collaborate across borders. Only on Fortnight will a young Venetian video artist be set aside a young Vietnamese-American tribunal lawyer–the original work of both informed by ancient Rome. Staying multi-disciplinary allows Fortnight to nurture new networks around timeless affinities’.
It’s not enjoyable to see established, profitable publishers shut-down, context notwithstanding. But I’m delighted that the baying crowd has given itself a yardstick by which to measure its own ethical performance. Let me qualify: it’s not the appalling details of the hacking scandals so much as the general extent to which News Corporation employees were prepared to put their reputation on the line, which merits such extended analysis. Those decisions, taken in order to stay ahead of their competition, are what have exposed the ethical cost of prioritizing cash revenue so defiantly. Organizations like ProPublica and Spot.Us are leading the way for non-profit Journalism by putting their content first and developing communities around what they produce. But are there quality and impact benefits to feeling ‘coroporate’ as a publisher, that we’re in danger of leaving to algorithm-run social media sites and bloggers that mostly operate without any legally refined code of conduct?