The Future of the House of Mouse

Disney is gearing up to compete with Netflix (and its peers) by launching its own streaming service. The new service is crucial to the company’s future, especially as cord cutting and increased options are eating into the cash cow, ESPN. ReDef writers postulate what the new service will be, how it will be priced and who will buy it. More importantly, the project how “the service will transform both Disney and the industry overall.” Worth a read!

Facebook’s Update is Just Plain Dumb

Facebook is making changes to its news feed and is asking its readers to rank publications on trustworthiness. Mark Zuckerberg writes:

“Today I’m sharing our second major update this year: to make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality.”

To that, Gizmodo in characteristic, colorful manner points out,

If people cannot tell truth from bullshit, why are those same people being used to rank publications on a scale of trustworthiness?

I don’t want to spoil it for you, so might as well go and read this piece and decide for yourself.

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John Gruber on Dean Allen

Dean Allen (RIP) introduced me to John, and we have become a good sounding board for each other since then.

Textism was such an achingly-good thing — an utterly personal website of exquisite writing and beautiful design. Unlike most who came from the print world — and Dean was a mightily talented print designer — Dean loved and truly got the web. He knew it wasn’t an ersatz throwaway stand-in for people too cheap to pay for the print edition of a magazine or newspaper. He knew the web was a wonderful new medium of its own, a glorious playground ripe for anything. Textism was well-paced.

Dean strove for perfection and often achieved it.


On the indie web of the early 2000s, Dean Allen was the man. There’s just no other way to put it. He did it better than anyone, week after week, post after post. And then he just walked away from it. For a while, the long-dormant home page of was replaced by a single word: “Retooling.” The thought that Textism might someday spring back to life made me downright giddy.