Wednesday, January 3, 2007

2006: An Adirondack Look At Last Year, And Next

From behind the blue line of the Adirondacks, the rest of the world sometimes seems amazing, and at other times, well, just strange. So continuing our new, New Year tradition of Lists to just one more, we decided to post a little tour of 2006 by way of the of the amazing and weird from the internets, Adirondack and otherwise, and include some of the best lists of 2006.

Prepare to be amazed hearty reader for the 2006 tour via internet link awaits!

You could start with the Wikipedia 2006 (year of the dog) page – but be prepared to spend some time. Definitely check out the 2006 Deaths, and while you are at it, the much smaller 2006 Births. Now that many local Adirondack newspapers have begun charging for obituary listings, maybe 2007 could emerge as the year of the public wikibituary.

Or, 2006 could be the “Year of the Wiki” more generally. The serious debate on top 2006 search engine terms notwithstanding, wiki and Wikipedia were one of Google’s top searches for the Year. This year we’ve seen all kinds of new wiki possibilities, including wikis for mixed drinks, food, and the TV show Lost. It’s become standard to look up almost anything using “[search term] wiki” – all that said, have you contributed to the Adirondack Mountain Wikipedia entry lately? The page on the Execution of Saddam Hussein is a remarkable example of how wikis can work – in a single day it was a lengthy piece on collective scholarship / reportage.

Locally, Adirondack Base Camp has offered an interesting look at business blogging, which he says will “Likely… be a major theme for Adirondack Base Camp in 2007.” Some of that “business blogging” is bound to be nasty – take for example the Albany Eye, once a notable regional blog from the state capital, but now apparently (after at least three changes in editor) taken over by a local media company. Perhaps it’s true, blogging will peak in the coming year.

Even if 2007 doesn’t emerge as the year the mainstream old media figures out Web 2.0, one thing for sure – media will be increasingly central to the Adirondack experience. During the next 12 months, according to Jeff Haig, from the University of Vermont, “Americans are projected to average more than 9 1/2 hours a day with the media.” While you are at it, check out Jeff’s recent pieces on the death of the American newspaper (1, 2). According to Forbes Magazine, the best papers will learn to be online.

Also for your linky enjoyment:

General
The New York Times Top Ten Top Ten
BBC’s 100 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year

Science
The Top Science Stories of 2006
Top Ten Astronomy Images of 2006
The Top US Traffic Headaches of 2006
Top Ten Photos of 2006 From National Geographic News
Top Ten Animal Stories of 2006 From National Geographic News

Media / Internet
Top Google News Searches
Top 100 Internet Newspaper Sites
LifeHacker’s Top Ten Non-Google Map Innovations
Top Ten Urban / Internet Myths and Scams of 2006
Top Social Networks of 2006
PC World’s 20 Most Innovative Products of 2006
ProBlogger’s Hundreds of Submitted Reviews and Predictions
Top Ten Online Media Stories of 2006

From May of this year, PC World’s Top 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time – AOL (America Online) deserves its number one ranking for sure, but they’ve also got WebTV, Iomega Zip Drives, Internet Explorer, and products from Disney, Priceline, Macintosh, Gateway, Compaq, IBM, and more. If you still use one of these products, you should consider just giving up on the whole tech thing and just go back to snail-mail.

Food
Wine Spectator’s 100 Best Wines of 2006

Politics
Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top Ten Missed Stories of 2006
The Nation’s 2006: The Year of Living Dangerously
A Look Back From the Year 2017

AlterNet spent a lot of time on 2006:
The Most Popular Top 10 Lists of 2006
The Top Ten Most Popular AlterNet Articles of the Year
Most Outrageous Right Wing Comments of 2006
Top Ten Iraq Myths for 2006
The 2006 You Didn’t Hear About
Top 10 Sex and Relationships Stories of 2006

And finally,

2006: United Nations International Year of Deserts and Desertification

Oh yeah.. and Slog’s Best Songs of 1996

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.




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