The New York Times will no longer be using the term Op-Ed the Opinion articles it publishes. The term, introduced 50 years ago, basically described the location of such articles. They were literally published opposite the editorial. But when most readers have moved online, the term has simply lost its meaning:
In the digital world, in which millions of Times readers absorb the paper’s journalism online, there is no geographical “Op-Ed,” just as there is no geographical “Ed” for Op-Ed to be opposite to. It is a relic of an older age and an older print newspaper design.
What is the difference between getting an education and learning? Seth Godin has some ideas on that and on how online learning is changing education so much we might even speak of a revolution. He should know after running successive online courses for half a decade.
In the town of Chancy, in the canton of Geneva, you are close to the border between Switzerland and France. This is a boundary between two countries, the westernmost point of the country I live in.
Have you ever wondered what a border is? Is it an end, a beginning of country? Where does a country end, where does it begin? I was there and took this photo. Yet I neither felt close to an end or beginning.
“The first rule of good communication is understanding that brevity, while useful, is not the same as clarity,” writes Harriet Minter in her new book WFH (Working from Home) which I’ve enjoyed reading.
She goes on to add a definition of clarity in communication: “Clear communication is the right information given at the right time, in the right way.”
This is a useful definition. Whether the first rule of good communication is about clarity is is something we will leave for another post.