A NewMediaLiteracy.org classic, The Daily Headhunt is a wordhunt game that requires the player to decipher headlines from real-time news feeds, offering a new way to encounter online information: with the deliberation and attention to detail required to solve the puzzle. During the game, you are given the source of a headline and the lead paragraph of the article. Can you reconstruct the headline's straight, slanted, clever, playful, or just plain enigmatic language?
Most heavy Internet-users by habit engage in a kind of passive media "consumption" wherein we simply try to stay on top of the daily deluge of information fed to us by Web sites, search engines, and news feeds. When taking in the news, we probably don't spend much time scrutinizing editorial choices. We may not even realize that editorial choices are being made.
The Daily Headhunt offers a fresh way to encounter online news information and suggests that media consumption need not be the passive, mind-pickling activity we're accustomed to. [Learn more]
In this week's New Yorker ("Remember This?" May 28, 2007), Alec Wilkinson trails Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell's effort to build a personal archive encompassing all the minutiae of his life, his "lifebits." The practice is dubbed "lifelogging," something most of us do to a greater or lesser extent, depending on how infected we are by that natural impulse to horde.
As I collect and read news from the Internet, much of which flows through the purifying sieve of the Associated Press (AP) — who in its eagerness to make the news more readable sifts out important facts and contexts — I'm not surprised that the Web-enabled public now believes itself a better journalist, en masse, than real journalists.
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