With the passing of David Carr on February 13, the world has lost one of its great voices.
So much has already been written about him in the past week, but I wanted to note a few interesting things for your consideration.
In his March 9, 2014 Media column for the NY Times, Barely Keeping Up in TVs New Golden Age, he captured my own feelings about the struggle to ‘keep up’, and says this about books (that he’s not necessarily getting to) in this age of info and media overload:
“I have a hierarchy: books I’d like to read, books I should read, books I should read by friends of mine and books I should read by friends of mine whom I am likely to bump into.”
He recently joined the communications faculty at Boston University and taught an amazing class called “Press Play”. I refer you to the brilliant syllabus to this course, published on the blogging platform Medium. As noted in the February 15 Media column in the Times, David Carr’s Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students, the syllabus is, “perhaps David’s most succinct prescription for how to thrive in the digital age. It is also David in his purest form — at once blunt, funny, haughty, humble, demanding, endearing and unique.”
And here are just a couple of other links to remember David Carr.
An obituary from the Huffington Post
David Carr, book critic by Carlos Lozada
Reading David Carr – Colleagues reveling in the work of the beloved NY Times media columnist.