The human search engine

March 29th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m working my way through danah boyd’s recent book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and really enjoy it.  It describes the Internet in a way that feels like it actually is, situated somewhere between our worst fears, and highest aspirations for technology.  Framing youth through their use of social media also serves to […]


Crowdsourced usage help and observations for data visualizations

October 7th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is my pitch for the Media Ideation Fellowship. Project Description This project would provide a platform for user-contributed usage instructions (“move the slider to the right to see the data for different years” or observations (“wow, DC has so many charter schools”) for web and print-based data visualizations. The project would help make data […]


Free, Link Economies and Moving From Politics to Emotion

October 18th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This was originally posted on the Local Fourth blog as part of my participation in a community media innovation project at the Medill School of Journalism. One aspect of spending so much time working on this project in Evanston is eating at a lot of Evanston restaurants. Today, the project coders went to Bat 17, […]


Whose line is it?

August 6th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 5 Comments

Over the last few weeks I’ve spoken to a number of reporters about reporting outside of their neighborhoods or experience.  One common theme that I’ve heard is the importance of using people’s own language to describe places and institutions in their communities.  Patrick Barry, a senior scribe working with LISC/Chicago, said journalists documenting community development […]


Media overload

June 30th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

Someone, presumably who knows who I am because of Defiance, Ohio asked me what I thought a good strategy to stay informed and conscious about what’s happening in the world without being inundated with biased or incorrect information. This question was strangely aligned with things I had been thinking about and speakers and readings in […]


Social media and neighborhood voice on the web

December 14th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

While those looking to discover neighborhoods across racial blind spots would certainly benefit from a broader set of geographically discoverable neighborhood social media, it is ultimately up to individual neighborhoods to decide if they benefit from voicing neighborhood identity and experience on the web.


Open affiliate program framework

November 16th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I don’t really like the idea of sites that I contribute content to having a ton of banner ads.  However, I’ll often mention a book or a record, something that, even if I’m not pushing it for a sale, I would feel pretty good about people buying.  It would be nice, if they buy it […]


Re: Your Music

March 17th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Someone e-mailed Defiance, Ohio with some questions for a school project that produced this brain dump on the Britney Spears, the band, digital distribution, and media-based economies. They wrote: I know that big artists (for example Britney Spears??) are angry because of course they want the money, but I was wondering, do you think it’s […]


Allied Media Conference 2009 Session Proposals are open!

February 15th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

The Allied Media Conference just released their website for the 2009 conference and opened up their session proposals.  If you have a great idea for a session for the 2009 conference, you can share it on their Submit Sessions page.


U.S. “legal” immigration explained in flowchart

September 25th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

It’s dangerous to oversimplify what are ultimately complicated policy issues, like immigration, not to mention the huge variety of experience that immigrants face, but most of the public debate on this, and many other issues, seems founded on information, that, even at a basic level is pretty misinformed.  This diagram about different pathways to legal […]


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