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Adam Greenfield is a New York City-based writer and urbanist.
by Adam Greenfield • Aug 18 2009
Yesterday's reports of MSNBC's acquisition of Adrian Holovaty's Everyblock have generally treated the latter as a "hyperlocal news service." And to be sure, this is abetted by some of the language Everyblock itself uses to frame and describe what it offers: a "news feed for your block" which can help you "find news nearby." But for whatever it's worth, I've never understood Everyblock's fundamental proposition in quite this way, and here's why I think understanding what it offers as "news" is giving it short shrift