👓 The year we step back from the platform | Nieman Journalism Lab | Ernie Smith

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"Let's replace the shadows that Twitter and Facebook and Google have been on the media with some business-model fundamentals. As 2018 has shown, they've offered us a lot more heartache than it feels like they're actually worth."

This is a very staid and sober statement about the ills of social media platforms (aka silos) and a proposed way forward for 2019. His argument is tremendously bolstered by the fact that he’s actually got his own website where he’s hosting and distributing his own content.

Ernie, should you see this, I’d welcome you to come join a rapidly growing group of creators who have been doing almost exactly what you’ve prescribed. We’re amassing a wealth of knowledge, tools, code, and examples at Indieweb.org to help you and others on their journey to better owning and controlling their online identities in almost the exact way in which you’re talking about in your article. Both individually and together we’re trying to build web websites that allow all the functionality of the platforms, but in a way that is both easy and beautiful for everyone to manage and use. Given the outlet for your piece, I’ll also mention that there’s a specific page for IndieWeb and Journalism.

I’d invite you to join the online chat and add yourself as an example to any of the appropriate pages, including perhaps for Craft. Also feel free to discuss your future plans and ask for any help or support you’d like to see for improving your own website. Together I hope we can all make your prediction for 2019 a reality.

 

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But what if, in 2019, we take a step back and decide not to let the platform decide how to run the show?¬†¬†‚Ěß

The IndieWeb has already made some solid strides.

January 09, 2019 at 07:55AM

I‚Äôve been working on a redesign of my site recently, using a more robust CMS, and the advantages of controlling the structure of the platform soup-to-nuts are obvious, even if it requires more upfront work.¬†¬†‚Ěß

January 09, 2019 at 07:57AM

2019 is the year when publishers ‚ÄĒ whether big ones like Axios or the Los Angeles Times or tiny ones like mine or Judd Legum‚Äôs Popular Information ‚ÄĒ move away from letting someone else call all the shots. Or, at least, they should.¬†¬†‚Ěß

There’s already some work and movement in the IndieWeb with respect to journalism.

January 09, 2019 at 08:01AM

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