Links for the Week of October 11

The federal government in the U.S. is shut down, possibly signaling that the end of the world is nigh... but hey, at least you've got some great reads waiting for you.

  • Google may be organizing the world's information, but Wikipedia has played a big role in that. Now, the company behind Wikipedia wants to take the next step: an underlying data layer that would allow data sets to talk to each other, and not just humans.

  • In 2007 (and many times since), the pageview has been declared dead. What does that really mean, though? OpenNews Fellow Brian Abelson explores.

  • Yes, I know: our attention spans and their relation to the internet has been talked to death. However, 1) there's a reason for that (it's one of the defining issues of our time), and 2) it's never been done by Tom Chatfield.

  • Web designer Rian van der Merwe recently made a trip to, of all places, Iran, for a week of training and consulting. He wrote about his experience when he returned. Even if you're not a designer, this is a very interesting piece, if only for the description of Tehran's surprisingly bustling tech sector and the cultural misconceptions overturned.

  • Few subjects are as near and dear to me as the future of storytelling. As Kim Gaskins tells it, that future is about to get pretty wild.

  • When we hear of digital killing print, we often think of newspapers and books. Print magazines are still holding on, though, largely because their value proposition has proven hard to replicate. So why, exactly, are tablet magazines a failure?

As always, these articles are available as a Readlist, should you want to download them to your iOS, Android, or Kindle device. Happy reading, all.