David Bauer

Journalist. Digital strategist. Chef de Cuisine at www.weeklyfilet.com.


2000, the Year Formerly Known as the Future

For decades, the year 2000 had been the embodiment of «the future». As early as a hundred years before, people imagined what the world would…


The size of Texas — the case for micropersonalisation

I’ve been thinking a lot about personalisation in journalism lately. Here’s another discussion starter:

I’ve already argued why serving content based on who the user is might not be the smartest idea and why publishers should rather think about the different contexts their users are in when accessing their content.


Personalisation should be about context, not so much about person


Tinder for News


It’s a bit of a running gag that a lot of startups pitch themselves as «[already successful startup] for [some other context]». Then again, it’s a perfectly valid way to explore new ideas. So how about Tinder for news?

I think you can derive an interesting navigation concept for news from Tinder. Today, the way news is presented to you is usually a list to…


What we don’t know


Breaking news unfolding in real-time on the web is the new normal. Within minutes after the attack on Charlie Hebdo had happened, my Twitter timeline filled with dozens of…


To compete with the web’s giants, news organisations need to become better at sending people away


Hardly a week goes by without a major article scrutinising the dominant role Facebook plays in defining how people consume journalism (the latest came from the NYT). It’s an important issue, but the focus shouldn’t so much be on Facebook’s algorithm. This should be about something…


Introducing Dystopia Tracker

How many times, in those past twelve months since May 2013, have you read about or heard the names Edward Snowden and George Orwell right alongside? The massive…


Use that f***ing retweet button


It gets worse every time a major news story breaks. My Twitter timeline becomes virtually useless, because every bloody person has to share that same news with their very own tweet that says exactly the same as everyone else’s. BREAKING this, BREAKING that, brigade breaking is breaking Twitter.


2000, the Year Formerly Known as the Future

For decades, the year 2000 had been the embodiment of «the future». As early as a hundred years before, people imagined what the world would…


How to Get Rid of a Record Collection (and Fail Miserably)


I meant to kill my record collection a few times already. I never followed it through, and I can’t understand why.

Let’s have a look at the facts:

1. I own something north of 500 records, CDs to be precise.
2. I bought and collected them because they allowed me to listen to whatever music I…


The Day I Forgot How to Use a Book


I was shocked at what I had just done, so I laughed out loud. I was there, in a house in the Swiss mountains, lying comfortably on a sofa. I was reading Canetti's «Crowds and Power», a solid 400-page book. And then, as my eyes were approaching the end of yet another page, I swiped upwards. My index finger, quite naturally, swiped upwards on the paper, in…