Here’s the deal. One of these days, I need to find an employer who values higher education so I can go back to school for my master’s and doctorate. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of how the Internet has the ability to form and strengthen communities, bring people together, and allow us to interact in ways we would have never dreamed of a few years ago.
Even more of a work in progress than Warhol’s Phone, more of a dumping ground for some of my thoughts and ideas. I’ll be looking at a lot of ideas stemming from The Cluetrain Manifesto, Web 2.0, JoHo and all things related. It will be a strange journey, but we’ll see where it goes.
Things won’t be thought out, I may post things with very little explanation. It will be my own little sandbox to flesh out some ideas, even without the guidance of direction. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but I’m excited.
The title comes from one of my favorite books, Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show. One of the ideas in the novel is how the world can be manipulated and changed, and how that power is dealt with by seemingly ordinary people. It's the first book of a trilogy that was never finished, but I still have hope he'll write the third book yet. Very fitting all around.
Apparently, The New York Times is no longer getting approval for quotes.
I agree, I did not know that previously they got approval. And I can see how that could easily create an endless loop of revision between Journalists and those in PR.
And I can appreciate from the PR side of things, having to get quotes approved. But more importantly, I can appreciate the journalists not having to get approval, so they can actually report what they are told, not a fabricated, dishonest PR-speak quote.
Google has blocked access to the inflammatory video that has sparked riots and protests throughout the middle east, to the middle east.
They did acknowledge that it does not necessarily fit the companies definition of hate speech, but their hope is to help quell the violence in the middle east.
It's a tough line, and of course, made even more so by country borders: there is guaranteed free speech (with some exceptions of course) the U.S. The video was made in America, uploaded to an American website, but publicly available around the world.
I do have to applaud Google, and of course, they are following their own company protocol. although granted, once something is outon the Internet, I don't know how successful they will be denying all access to it.
An interesting article about the continuation of the digitization of our society and how businesses sometimes lump all consumers together as 'users' instead of actually listening to them.
The momentum of technological growth is too strong for us to prevent it from defining our future. Like it or not, our future world will largely be digital.
The Stranger has a cool article about the Chicago Manual of Style. I'm more prone to use AP, since that's what I was trained in, in both college and professional experience. But it's still fun to see writers write about the style guides they use.
So, here's what's going on with SOPA/PIPA, from the PR Breakfast Club:
Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who heads the House Judiciary Committee, expects his panel to resume consideration of the House bill in February. Even President Barack Obama has not exactly killed it.
Rep. Smith will most likely adjust the House bill so it can get an consensus. The same will be done in the Senate. And since President Obama has received campaign donations from Hollywood and the internet industries, according to the Washington Post, he will try to find a way to satisfy both sides of the coin.
Jotting down a quick note, let's see if I can explain this.
The power of the web comes from the hyperlink, connecting ideas and people. The second iteration of the web was focused on user-created content. I've been trying to figure out what will classify the next iteration of the web, thinking about how we would interact with the infrastructure of the Internet.
But maybe it's not how we interact with it, not how we will use it for fun and pleasure, but instead, how we will use it for true information gathering.
Using this structure only because of the commonality of "Web 2.0"
- Web 1.0: The hyperlink
- Web 2.0: The upload
- Web 3.0: The tag
Just a thought, that's not well written, but just a thought for now.
Joho once again comments, the Net is a place. Not just a medium, or a space, but a place:
It is a weird place in which proximity is determined by interest, rather than a space in which interests are kept apart by distances. It is a place in which nearness defeats distance. It is a place, not just a space, because spaces are empty but places are saturated with meaning: Place is space that has been made to matter to us. The Internet is a place.
eBooks are becoming more expensive, which, I hope will reverse itself soon. I think it may take some time, as the author suggests, but I think it will become more of a gap between prices for e-versions and printed version of the same book.
The second point, is about reading more on a tablet. On my hacked tablet (Nook Color running Cyanogen Mod 7), I love reading larger pieces, especially Slate and articles from the Post Gazette. I'm hoping the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will allow me to install a couple other sources as well.
Either way, check it out here.
An art installation "sees" you walking down the street, scans your face, and pulls up what may be your Facebook and Twitter feeds, photos and even talks to you in what it thinks your voice will sound like. All of this from information we freely put online.