Afternoon reading: March 14, 2012
You'll want to know about these stories before the day ends:
- The New York Times pay structure "rewards performance that destroys value," says Jeffrey Goldfarb at Slate.
- Knowledge -- like encyclopedias and journalism -- are better when they're open, says Mathew Ingram of the demise of Britannica in print. For example, "errors that appeared in the Britannica’s print edition would linger there not just for hours or weeks as Wikipedia entries do, but for years or even decades. How is that a better approach for distributing knowledge?" (GigaOm)
- "Why should anyone care about the demographic breakdown of a bunch of semi-professional badge-wearers? South by Southwest isn’t just an excuse to Instagram breakfast tacos or jockey for party spots on the corporate dime; it’s also one of the few places for technology, film, music and activism to converge in one place. 'This is where people come to see the emerging talents. The A-listers at SouthBy will be the real A-Listers in a couple of years,' said festival regular Rachel Sklar." (Irin Carmon/Salon)
- Michael Calderone hears from New York Times editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal about how the paper vetted the op-ed by departing Goldman Sachs exec Greg Smith. (Huffington Post)
- Widow of Oregonian editorial page editor apologizes for the circumstances of his death (the 63-year-old man was sexually engaged with a 23-year-old woman when he had a heart attack). "We love him unconditionally," said Lora Cuykendall. (Mark Memmott/NPR)
Correction: Irin Carmon's piece appears in Salon, not Slate as this post originally stated.