Archive for ‘Technology’

April 19, 2007

The (Bio) DaVersity Code

That we as a society are now aware of our interconnectedness with the environment (the “tipping point” being Al Gore’s Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth”) goes hand in hand with the rise of video. Young “boomers” raised on television began the environmental movement; “generation next” holds the promise of fulfilling it.

April 1, 2007

The Return of the Commons

This is the first post in a new category, “the return of the commons.” What this phrase exactly is intended to mean, I am not yet sure. I use it to point to the global cultural transformation that started with the advent of electronic media (a tip of the cap to Marshall McLuhan) and has been exploding with the penetration of ever less expensive, mobile, networked, and easy to use personal computers.

Some signs of the times visible to boomers – The Open Source software movement. The Creative Commons intellectual property movement. Web 2.0 and social media.

Along with this come changes in the structures of the self and personal and public identity. What looks to me like foolish personal exposure (not to say overexposure) is more common than commonplace on MySpace, etc.

One example in the realm of public identity: In response to the advice to be careful because employers research candidates on Google, etc., I have heard college students remark that they wouldn’t want to work for someone who couldn’t tolerate their MySpace lives. One part an arrogance of youth, two parts the new generation gap.

“The return of the commons” is very much a work in progress. More later. For now I close with an acknowledgment (should I say, “shout out?”) to Guillermo Wechsler whose passionate speaking about Open Source triggered me to explore and now to wonder at what is befalling the world.

March 20, 2007

The youTube age of politics has now officially begun

If you haven’t seen the video remix/mashup of Apple’s famous 1984 commercial into a prescient, even brilliant, satire of Hilary Clinton, you can watch it here. For some initial punditry from techPresident, click here. The games have begun.

March 15, 2007

Web 2.0 Goes Mainstream

I take title of this post from the title of Tim O’Reilly’s post quoted and linked below.

Web 2.0 is about harnessing network effects to build applications and platforms that get better the more people use them. So many companies think that means figuring out how to get users to work for them, but it’s actually the other way around: figuring out how to make your products work better for your users, giving them more control over the direction of your product and your organization, and harnessing technology to ride that wave without wiping out.

Worth a read to check in on the current state of the transformation that web technology is bringing to business. Click here for the post.

March 12, 2007

Stumbling upon Naturally 7

In exploring the wonderful world of Web 2.0 (where the new generation gap can be seen and the opportunity to reflect upon your age can hardly be ignored) I found StumbleUpon which proclaims

Channel surf the internet with StumbleUpon to find great websites, videos, photos and more based on your interests. StumbleUpon learns what you like and makes better recommendations.

So I joined and started stumbling. Their algorithms work for me. I’ve found some interesting sites I almost certainly wouldn’t have otherwise come across. My favorite find so far is not a site, but a video I stumbled upon when I landed on a page at Fun house. So, now, from them to me to you, presenting live from the Paris Subway…Naturally 7! Too cool (in the traditional meaning). Enjoy the ride.