lakoliwye diary

04 décembre 2009

Over 60, and Proud to Join the Digerati

IN the summer of 2008, just before I turned 61, I went to work at FLYP, an online digital publication that combines text with Flash animation, motion graphics and streaming audio and video to tell stories. It’s part of a larger effort to explore new forms of multimedia journalism.

FLYP’s founder, Alan Stoga, is several years younger than I am. The other people on the staff are decades younger than either of us. Most of them, I suspect, have body piercings or tattoos of some sort. You can say 60 is the new 40 all you want. Where I work, even 40 is pretty old.

I used to be the top editor of Time, Life and People magazines (back when print was king). On my first day at FLYP, I was introduced to the staff as someone who “has forgotten more about magazines than any of us has ever known.” This comported nicely with my self-image. I thought that by this time in my life, kids coming out of college would be lucky to work with me, pleased to learn from the experience that I’ve worked so hard (and proudly) to achieve.

It hasn’t turned out that way. The young digerati at FLYP are ambitious, smart, thoughtful and hard-working, and in fact, I feel lucky to be working with them.

Staff members have been very patient about helping me understand things like video codecs and MySQL databases. So much so that I learn more than I teach most days, which is both humbling and thrilling.

But here’s a paradox: I’m also a boss, and the age difference further emphasizes that distinction. More clearly now, life in the office resembles my fate as a parent at home, particularly as my children grow older: My job is to sustain, to provide and sometimes to teach, not necessarily to be a friend. I think I might be happier as a colleague, but age makes the phrase “collegial boss” ever more oxymoronic, like “cool parent” — there’s something suspicious about it.

Given this distance between us, I wasn’t sure what my employees thought of me until I started writing this column, and I finally decided to ask them. 安全工程师考试 安全工程师考试试题 安全工程师考试报名 安全工程师考试时间 安全工程师考试内容 安全工程师考试试题 安全工程师考试成绩查询法律知识:法律知识热点 安全工程师法律知识热点 法律知识热点辅导 法律知识热点问题法律知识试题 安全工程师法律知识试题 法律知识试题及答案 法律知识试题下载 历年安全工程师法律知识试题 法律知识模拟试题 法律知识模拟试卷管理知识: 管理知识测试安全工程师管理知识 安全工程师管理知识试题安全工程师试题 安全工程师题及答案 安全工程师试题下载安全工程师模拟题 安全工程师模拟试卷生产技术:安全工程师生产技术指导 安全工程师生产技术技巧生产技术试题 安全工程师生产技术试题 安全工程师生产技术真题及答案生产技术模拟试题 安全工程师生产技术模拟题案例: 安全工程师案例 案例成绩查询案例试题 安全工程师案例试题 安全工程师案例试题及答案 安全工程师案例经验技巧安全工程师案例模拟试题

“I don’t ever think about Jim’s age until someone in the office brings it up,” one employee said, “usually referencing one of his digital gaffes — like forgetting to push ‘play’on a YouTube video and then wondering why the video’s ‘broken.’ ” (Ouch!)

Another comment, a bit painful, too, but quite true: “We’re a small team where we can’t get hung up on who is guiding whom. New media isn’t about who has the longest résumé. It’s about who has the best ideas and who can implement them the most creatively. That’s something that age can’t really teach you.”

This was my favorite: “Seeing someone like Jim find what we’re doing exciting has made me see it in a new way, sort of like when I started out. His enthusiasm for it reminds me why I went this way.”

A fine young man. Going places, that boy.

But let’s be clear: My enthusiasm is not like theirs. One big difference between the FLYP staff and me is how strongly they react to things. At my age, the passion of youth looks a little tiring.

At times, when someone becomes anguished over an interview that didn’t pan out, or a favorite sentence that was cut, I want to put out a hand and say, “Hey, really, it’s going to be all right.” Other times, when a story goes well and one of them is feeling all manic and high-fivey, I want to say, “Hey, really, things aren’t as great as they look.”

In a way, the extremes of youthful emotion remind me of media commentary these days. Some pundits are in dark despair over the decline of reading and print, convinced that we’re becoming a nation of addled multitaskers who stare at screens all day. Another set seems to takes great delight in the slow, painful death of “dead-tree media.” To both sides, I want to say: Get over it!

Yes, the world of print publishing is going through a fundamental disruption brought about by the Internet. People are being laid off left and right, newspapers and magazines are folding, the book business is floundering.阴道炎症状 如何治阴道炎 怎么治疗阴道炎 什么是念珠菌性阴炎 念珠菌性外阴阴道炎如何治 念珠菌性外阴阴道炎怎么治 念珠菌性外阴阴道炎要如何治疗 念珠菌性的外阴阴道炎怎么治 治疗念珠菌有哪些药物 治疗念珠菌性阴道炎方法 怎么预防念珠菌性阴道炎 如何预防念珠菌阴道炎 珠菌性阴道炎发病原因 念珠菌性阴道炎是什么 念珠菌性阴道炎的常见症状是什么 如何治疗念珠菌性阴道炎 什么是念珠菌性外阴阴道炎 阴道炎治疗方法 念珠菌阴道炎的症状 细菌性的阴道炎诊断 细菌性阴道炎药茶 细菌性阴道炎中药 细菌性阴道炎的病因 细菌性阴道炎症状 细菌性阴道炎要怎样治疗 什么是细菌性阴道炎 细菌性阴道炎的治疗 化脓性阴道炎 细菌性阴道炎治疗方法 什么是细菌性阴道病 什么是化脓性阴道炎 非特异性阴道炎的治疗方法 非特异性阴道炎吃什么药 非特异性阴道炎怎么治疗 非特异性阴道炎的治疗 非特异性阴道炎的症状 非特异性阴道炎的病因 什么叫非特异性阴道炎 什么是非特异性阴道炎 非淋菌性阴道炎症的治疗 什么是阿米巴性阴道炎 阿米巴性阴道炎有哪些症状 阿米巴性阴道炎 老年性阴道炎治疗方法 什么是老年性阴道炎 老年性阴道炎如何治疗 老年性阴道炎治疗药物 治疗老年性阴道炎的方法 老年人阴道炎症 老年阴道炎症的治疗 治疗老年阴道炎的偏方 宫颈糜烂 什么是宫颈糜烂 什么是宫颈糜烂 宫颈糜烂是怎么回事 怎么样防治宫颈糜烂 中度宫颈糜烂怎治疗? 宫颈糜烂的治疗 宫颈糜烂为何久治不愈 宫颈糜烂的治疗方法 宫颈糜烂怎么治疗 轻度宫颈糜烂 子宫颈糜烂 宫颈糜烂怀孕 微波治疗宫颈糜烂 leep刀治疗宫颈糜烂 重度宫颈糜烂 重度宫颈糜烂治疗方法 宫颈糜烂的原因 宫颈糜烂与不孕 宫颈糜烂与性生活 宫颈糜烂会不孕吗 宫颈糜烂会不会不孕 宫颈癌与性行为 宫颈糜烂二度图片 中度宫颈糜烂症状的图片 重度宫颈糜烂症状的图片 宫颈糜烂的症状 宫颈糜烂有什么症状 宫颈糜烂是怎么引起的 微波治疗宫颈糜烂会不会影响生育 宫颈糜烂治疗时间 宫颈糜烂的治疗费用 宫颈糜烂治疗 宫颈糜烂症状 轻度宫颈糜烂药物治疗 中度宫颈糜烂药物治疗 重度宫颈糜烂药物治疗 宫颈糜烂中医疗法 宫颈白斑 宫颈白斑诊断 什么是宫颈白斑 宫颈白斑症状 宫颈白斑的治疗 宫颈抹片查什么 子宫颈白斑 宫颈肥大 子宫颈肥大 怎样治疗宫颈肥大 宫颈肥大能怀孕吗 宫颈肥大的治疗方法 宫颈肥大怎么治疗 宫颈肥大的症状 宫颈肥大的原因 什么是宫颈肥大 宫颈肥大怎么办 宫颈肥大如何治疗 宫颈肥大的病因 宫颈肥大可以治疗吗 宫颈肥大的物理疗法 宫颈肥大的病因 什么是宫颈肥大 子宫肥大症 宫颈肥大是如何发生的? 宫颈息肉 什么是宫颈息肉 什么是子宫颈息肉 宫颈息肉与慢性炎症 宫颈息肉与宫颈糜烂 宫颈息肉有何症状 子宫颈息肉的症状 怎样治疗宫颈息肉 子宫颈息肉 宫颈息肉的治疗 宫颈息肉有何症状 宫颈息肉的症状 如何治疗宫颈息肉 宫颈息肉手术价格 宫颈息肉手术费用 宫颈息肉的治疗方法 宫颈息肉怀孕 宫颈息肉术后 宫颈息肉治疗 宫颈息肉症状 宫颈息肉手术

n the digital world, though, social networks are now bigger than most national populations, more people are consuming more news and information than ever before, and an archive of all the world’s knowledge is being built and streamed to your favorite device. This new world brings with it as much promise as pain. It’s like youth that way.

MEDIA will change as radically as technology allows, and right now the Internet is moving over the media landscape like a tsunami. But the job I learned to love when young was to tell stories, and the story has lost nothing in this transition. It is as elemental and as riveting as ever.

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Everybody’s worried about the device. Could Microsoft’s Courier be the answer, or the iTablet? Good question, but not the most important one. It’s less the device than the devices — the crafts and the art of storytelling — that need updating most urgently for the digital world.

The young people I work with now will be the settlers of that frontier, and I can’t think of anything I would rather do than help them get there.

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