Felix Salmon, the Reuters blogger, wants readers' help in a piece he's been commissioned by Newsweek.com on little-noticed turning points of the past decade. Felix pulled the short straw, poor bugger, and got Bill Clinton's 2000 signing of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act. A couple of unfamiliar terms popped out from Salmon's plea for inspiration (I wish I could help):
listicle, n. A list, usually of the "Top 10" variety, as a standalone item or a sidebar embellishing a newspaper, magazine or online feature. Writes Salmon: "Newsweek.com is doing a big month-long series on the end of the decade, and, inevitably, it’s going to feature lots of listicles."
crowdsource, v. To solicit information from a large group of people other than the usual suspects, the oft-quoted academics, NGO officials, think-tank thumbsuckers, et al. "Newsweek has given me full freedom to crowdsource this, so if you ever thought you might have a CFMA blog entry in you somewhere, now’s the time to write the thing, or just leave a comment here. Thanks!"
I really and truly wish I had a CFMA blog entry in me. As you've seen from the many hat tips to Felix on this site, I owe him big time. If only he could use a post on the CFHA (Canadian Foodservice & Hospitality Assn.)...