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Dan Gillmor has a terrific piece that looks at what’s worrisome about the iPad and its fawning embrace by the very media that hope to be saved by it.
So, Nestle made a Facebook page. Commenters angry at Nestle’s time-honored disregard for the planet, exploited labor, and nursing mothers (and I’m sure I’m leaving some groups out) made their ire manifest on the page. Nestle took it like a Modern Multinational until some commenters use...
I came back yesterday from a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia. I didn’t blog about it beforehand because I didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize the chances of my getting a visa, which arrived on the morning of the day I left. Now I’m back and I’m suffering from a type of cognitive d...
Karrie Karahalios is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk entitled “Text and Tie Strength.” Karrie is a Berkman Fellow from the Univ. of Illinois. Her group looked at FB and wondered how to map FB parameters to tie strength. They set up a set of questions with continua, e.g., “How strong...
Pew Internet has published the results of an important survey on how we’re getting our news today. I haven’t read the whole thing but one little point leaps out already: Among those who get news online, 75% get news forwarded through email or posts on social networking sites...
Charlie Leadbeater has a terrific post on the threats posed by the fact that The Cloud (as in “cloud computing”) too often actually is a recentralizing of the Net by profit-seeking companies. The easiest example cited by Charlie is Google Books, which provides a tremendous service ...
Joe Karaganis, of the Social Science Research Council, is giving a talk at the Berkman Center on a six-country study on media (music, film and software) piracy. The study began in 2004 and should be available in March. Three areas of research: Pricing: The persistence of high and...
Jos Schuurmans usefully coins “Amplification is the new circulation.” And then he usefully worries about how to handle the fact that with each amplification, the link to the source becomes more tenuous. The problem is that the amplification metaphor only captures part of the phenomenon...
Kevin Fitchard at TelephonyOnline reports that Google's Vint Cerf is pushing for open spectrum among mobile operators. Vint Cerf, Google's chief Internet evangelist, is advocating a policy of spectrum sharing among operators. At the Open Mobile Summit, Cerf said that new modulatio...
There are reports of a new type of cloud, one that is not currently in the official International Cloud Atlas. Or, possibly, it is a formation that's been around forever, but the scattered reports are only now coalescing thanks to the Net. According to Amazon's review of Richard Ham...
She asks: You're playing, but are you playing jazz? [Tags: social_media marketing cluetrain business web_2.0]
Doc blogs about the unfairness of Craigslist becoming an adjective attached to "killer." Yes, it's unfair. It's what the tabloid press does. And increasingly, that just means "the press." That's the sort of catchy name that sells papers. But, as Craig points out in his blog, Craigslist...
David Blaine Card Magic It worked on me. My question/speculation is in the first comment... [Tags: magic david_blaine card_trick ]
I've been reading John Hodgman's More Knowledge than You Require and The Areas of My Expertise. They are laugh-out-loud funny. I know this because I've been laughing out loud. They make me wonder if Hodgman knows he is Robert Benchley born into the Internet Age. And I mean that as h...
After giving a talk to folks from the National Archives, they gave me a book — Your Land, Our Land, edited by Monroe Dodd and Brian Burnes, on the staff of the National Archives — of photos from the regional archives. Beautiful stuff in it. Here are some samples. (I ...
I really like the fact that when Left 4 Dead (the great cooperative zombie killing game) introduced a new type of gameplay, one of the developers explained the math behind the balancing of the waves of incoming undead.[Tags: games left_4_dead zombies transparency blogging expertise ]
Dan Gillmor is giving a Berkman lunch on media literacy. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people's ...
Adrienne Redd uses her research into the expectations of nation-states since WWII to analyze the language in Obama's town hall talk in Strasbourg a couple of weeks ago. She finds evidence of an understanding that the fate of sovereign nations are nonetheless intertwined...[Tags: obama...
Tim O'Reilly explains why we should be excited by Obama's choice of Aneesh Chopra as national CTO. Tim makes a compelling case. I'm excited.[Tags: aneesh_chopra obama cto federal_cto e-gov egovernment egov ]
JZ has a terrific post on the new participatory governance announced by Facebook. I found myself nodding as I read it, and sometimes even rubbing my chin thoughtfully. It is a fascinating experiment.[Tags: facebook governance ]
I've once again made it into the list of winners at the Daily Show's anagram contest. The headline to be anagrammed was: Gay Rights Groups Celebrate Victories in Marriage Push My answer was: Man hitches goat? Girl buggers strap? I praise every curio! But I actually preferred Dha...
Ann Blair sent me an illustration she showed during her fascinating talk on the history of the book: Click on image to download large version The cabinet was designed by Vincentius Placcius. It had 3,000 hooks for topics, each with places where you could hang scraps of paper with...
I went first. I talked about exceptionalism, responding to Eli Noam's challenge at the beginning of the conference that if we're going to think the Net is going to bring about substantial changes, we have to be able to point to characteristics of it that are different from other techno...
Andres Hervas-Drane Begins by noting the long tail in the market share of products. There's empirical evidence that this is happening online. Why there? Standard answer: Supply side. But he wants to look at factors on the demand side that can affect this distribution. He sets up a ...
NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people's ideas and words. You are warned, people. Scott McDonald ...
The appellate court has decided, on narrow grounds, that the judge in the Tennenbaum RIAA case was wrong to allow an upcoming hearing to be webast. ZDNet has a helpful article.[Tags: riaa tennenbaum charles_nesson copyright copyleft ]
NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Over-emphasizing small points. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people's ideas and words. You are hereby warned. John Horrigan of Pew Internet and American Life, gives a ...
Dan Hunter of NY Law School begins with an informal talk called "UGC: From Threat He disagrees with Eli Noam that the end game will be commercialization. [Ah, the exceptionalist battle is joined!] He thinks about UGC as amateur media, focusing on the motivation of the users. His questi...
Russ Neuman begins with a Firesign ref: Everything you know is wrong. If you project from current media to its future, you'll be wrong. We always have been (he says). E.g., our early vision of the telephone viewed it as a broadcast medium that would lend itself to demagoguery. [NOTE: ....
I'm at Columbia U's conference/seminar on "UGC 3.0" (user-generated content). It's a mix of academics and businesspeople, which I find appealing. (I don't find the phrase or slant of "ugc" appealing, however. It often focuses on the stuff rather than on the social participation.) There...
Seb Schmoller went to a webinar put on by Stephen Wolfram about the upcoming WolframAlpha search engine (well, answering engine) and came away impressed...[Tags: wolfram wolframalpha google search ]
Pew Internet has a new report out about the role of the Internet in the recent presidential campaign. It confirms that more than half of us went online for info, and many of us were quite active. In fact, here's one nugget from the report: Due to demographic differences between the ...
We now have the second iconic moment of the Bush presidency. This is how he'll be remembered, if only because shoes seem to be so psychologically powerful: Khrushchev is remembered in this country for pounding his shoe on the UN's lectern, and Adlai Stevenson is remembered for the hole...
Do I care just because I am a Google fanboy? Not exactly, although that does amp up my excitement. With an open platform for development for mobiles, plus Google's conquest of Jaiku for its mobile/presence capabilities - I am a big fan of Jyri Engestrom, the founder of Jaiku, a smart a...
I've used systems before that provide multiple desktops. It's such a sensible idea. Yet they've never become a part of my usual work environment. It turns out that the problem may have been something as simple as providing a visual transition from one desktop to another. With Leopard, ...
There's a really interesting (free) article by Amol Sharma in the Wall Street Journal about Google's expected cellphone software, and whether Google will be able to do the necessary deals with the mobile carriers. In addition to providing core Google apps (search, maps, YouTube, etc.),...