the web lets us see what the other weird folks are doing, pushing us to get weirder still.
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The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.
^ straight outta buzzton: Tolstoi via John Naughton
The Kodak/Instagram comparison comes up over and over again, and it’s moronic. It makes no sense.
The fact that Instagram only employed a few people and Kodak employed a lot says nothing about the impact of technology on modern society or the economic status of the middle class. Even if we take the ridiculous leap and pretend that the two companies are somehow equivalents (and they’re not even close), you could just as easily point out that Instagram created a lot more value for people than Kodak did. First off, it didn’t involve toxic chemicals that create massive amounts of waste and pollution. Second, because people don’t have to buy expensive rolls of film to take pictures any more, they get to save money and put it to better use. Third, because we no longer have to worry about the expense of each photo, people are free to take many more photos and capture more memories and generally enjoy photography more. Fourth, because instagram makes the sharing of photos much easier, it enables much greater communication among family and friends, building stronger community bonds. I mean, you could go on and on and on.
Information is in a hurry to flow, and if someone comes up with a better, more direct, faster and cheaper way for information to get from one place to another, they will eliminate your reason for being.
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Finally, and most importantly, the focus needs to remain on promoting the progress of science and the useful arts. It’s not about “protecting” any industry or any class. It’s about what most helps to promote overall progress. Each proposal should be judged on that standard.
Mike Masnick mit einem Framework For Copyright Reform
In so einer historischen Situation ist es mitunter gut, sich heftig herauszuzoomen, förmlich vom Detailschlamassel zu dissoziieren um aus gehörigem Abstand mit genügend Popcorn und Neugier versorgt aus Bekanntem, Unbekanntem und 3 Schnurrhaaren ein unaufgeregtes, aber aufregendes Bild von allem zu machen.
We are waking up inside a world that is waking up to find us waking up inside of it.
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heute vor 7 Jahren
Alle mir bekannten Web 2.0 Anwendungen, Blogs oder sonstigen Internetschrebergärten versuchen nicht das Aufmerksamkeitsproblem zu lösen, sondern für sich zu entscheiden. Was ein riesiger Unterschied ist und die weitere Entwicklung des Gebrauchswertes des Netzes sehr behindert.
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Once, publishers paid people to write stuff that mattered. Now, they pay people to create memes.
- How long you spent on it.
- How hard it was to implement.
- How clean your architecture is.
- How extensible it is.
(ist natürlich eine variation von godin’s motiv, dass die innensicht eines systems anderen systemen leidlich egal ist, die interessieren sich für ihre eigene innensicht, ausser es handelt sich um pu und pferkl usw.)
Doing your will is a hassle, collecting passwords is a pain in the ass. I know, I get it. But so is going to the dentist, changing the oil in your car, and getting an annual mammogram. And, we manage to do that stuff anyway.
So, Get Your Shit Together was born. Out of scribbles in notebooks, hours and hours making phone calls and tracking stuff down. There was an unbelievable amount of help from friends. Not to mention numerous messy late nights, some very dark thoughts, and more than a handful of moments too unbearable to repeat. I (mostly) have my shit together.
It’s easy, for example, to defend high-priced famous colleges if you focus on the ideal situation. The ideal student, getting instruction from the ideal professor and making ideal progress. No one can argue with this.
On the other hand, when we see the outlier (the person who is manipulating the system, or the one who is being harmed by it) it’s easy to generalize in precisely the other direction, deciding that the entire system isn’t worth saving.
And finally, it’s tempting to rely on the average, to boil down populations of people into simple numbers. The problem with this, of course, is that if one foot is in a bucket of ice water and the other is being scalded, on average, you should be comfortable.
Today, the answer is clear. The purpose of the magazine is to make as much money as possible. Everything else is in service of that goal.
Being clear about what we’re doing and why is the first step in doing it better. If you’re not happy about the honest answer to this question, make substantial changes until you are.
seth godin im haque mode.
(das prob. dabei ist natürlich, dass gerade die unternehmen, behörden und organisationen, die davon tatsächlich am meisten profitieren (und andere profitieren lassen) könnten, sich selbst ohnehin eine glasur verpassen, die die optik einer ebensolchen ‘vision’ oder ‘mission’ simuliert und gerade dadurch die phase des tacheles redens verdrängt)
So naturally the sociopaths are outraged that their control is being taken away. Newspapers, book publishers, television companies, ad agencies – their businesses are all failing, while Google’s is on the rise.
The thing that’s hard for the sociopaths to get their head around is that this isn’t because one of their rivals has outsmarted them – it’s just the march of technology.
In the era of so-called ‘Big Data’ even your Network identity is a pattern. You aren’t you, you’re someone ‘like’ you.
endlich wieder echovar: The Uncanny Valley of News