Eine weitere nicht nur pragmatisch nützliche Unterscheidung kommt schon wieder von Seth Godin und unterscheidet 2 Arten von Problemen: welche, die man mit Geld beheben kann, und andere, die sich nicht mit Geld beheben lassen.

The third, of course, are problems that appear that they can be solved with money, but can’t. They range from the mythical man-month to the relationship that uses resources as a false proxy for other things yet to be discussed. Culture, process and expectations are tempting targets, but the resources spent often make the problem worse in the long run.

If a problem can be fixed with money or other resources, and you can afford it, you should do so, quickly, efficiently and without breaking a sweat. For the other kind of problems, resist that shortcut and get to the heart of the matter instead.

Durch den offensichtlichen Unernst einer solchen Rede kann man sich der Kritik entziehen; denn man sagt zugleich, daß man nicht meint, was man sagt, sagt aber nicht, was man meint, wenn man sagt, daß man nicht meint, was man sagt.

Niklas Luhmann via Differentia

Der Ausnahmezustand setzt eine innere Disziplin voraus, im Belagerungszustand hingegen fehlt die innere Disziplin, hier wird ein unerträglicher Druck von aussen kommuniziert, um die Machtstrukturen in Form halten zu können. Der Ausnahmezustand ist schrill und vergänglich, der Belagerungszustand dumpf und auf Dauer ausgelegt.

enthalten und ausgeführt hier

The little boy cried wolf, and the villagers didn’t come.

But the media often does.

^ keine schlechte beschreibung der funktionslogik der medien.

By delegitimizing democracy, by undermining global political order, by discrediting the idea that the real economy should have true autonomy, not just the power of progress, but power over its own progress, Davos cripples and ruins its very own noble aspirations to a better future. It is the Frat Party at the End of the World  –  one celebrating the decline of global order, while the globe marches backwards in history right back towards prehistory.

bubblegen über davos

flat

bonusquote:

..that’s one of the most bizarre tools you can get is a labeler..
there is something mystical happening to your life when you start to label your files..

david allen

What precisely is a selfie? First and foremost, a selfie is a photographic object that initiates the transmission of human feeling in the form of a relationship (between photographer and photographed, between image and filtering software, between viewer and viewed, between individuals circulating images, between users and social software architectures, etc.). A selfie is also a practice – a gesture that can send (and is often intended to send) different messages to different individuals, communities, and audiences. This gesture may be dampened, amplified, or modified by social media censorship, social censure, misreading of the sender’s original intent, or adding additional gestures to the mix, such as likes, comments, and remixes.

Although the selfie signifies a sense of human agency (i.e., it is a photograph one knowingly takes of oneself, often shown to other humans), selfies are created, displayed, distributed, tracked, and monetized through an assemblage of nonhuman agents. The politics of this assemblage renders the selfie – generally considered merely a quotidian gesture of immediacy and co-presence – into a constant reminder that once anything enters digital space, it instantly becomes part of the infrastructure of the digital superpublic, outliving the time and place in which it was original produced, viewed, or circulated. It is perhaps for this reason that selfies function both as a practice of everyday life and as the object of politicizing discourses about how people ought to represent, document, and share their behaviors.

senft und baym via nathanjurgenson viavia michischmid

(ich glaube das absolut unnötigste, über das ich in letzter zeit gestolpert bin, aber ein schönes beispiel für die konzeptionelle irrelevanz von cultural studies; nichts davon ist falsch, aber nichts davon trifft nicht auch auf alles andere zu und dieses im grunde seit 40 jahren fast wortgleiche bedeutungsschwangere konstatieren, dass es praxis und semiotische und technokulturelle verhältnisse gibt, erzeugt echt gänsehaut)

If the [French regulator’s] proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world’s least free place.

Google via Techdirt (als antwort auf das nachsetzen der französischen datenschutzbehörde, dass das löschen von sucheinträgen im rahmen vom vergissmirecht doch bitte weltweit vorgenommen wird)


^ umair haque mit einer art miniserie über eu vs. griechenland.

update: hier auch noch in blogform: seven greek myths

Dass es niemanden zu geben scheint im ganzen Apparat des Bundespräsidialamtes, der etwas von Kunst versteht oder zumindest ahnt, dass man bei mangelnder Eigenkompetenz jemanden zu Rate ziehen sollte, der dies tut.

blitzkunst via wirres (über das portrait auf blauem pferd, das joachim gauck der queen als erinnerung an den besuch geschenkt hat)

(ich seh das eher in der tradition der cucumber sandwiches, aber ansonsten beschränkt sich dieses phänomen natürlich nicht nur auf symbolische staatsorgane, das kommt auch in den technokratischsten unternehmen im valley vor – auch im gesamten google hat zb. niemand larry page gesteckt, dass google+ die soziale version wirklich schlechter kunst ist, siehe den absatz ‘lack of leadership’ in googleheimer)

Let’s reclaim technology from the appholes.

Irgendwie freut es mich ja, dass auch Umair Haque noch einen gewissen Überlebenswillen hat: The Servitude Bubble

a generation of young people are furiously chasing desperate dreams of winning this half-baked thinly-veiled ponzi scheme. But what they are not doing is creating stuff that actually matters, endures, counts, resonates. That changes the world, transforms lives, means anything. They are wasting their lives on the trivial, the futile, the meaningless. On diminishing people’s potential, by limiting them to be neo-servants  –  not expanding it, by enhancing their capability to be their truest, best selves.

(insgesamt ein an seine alte form erinnerndes feuerwerk an teilweise extrem präzisen verdichtungen; enthält aber auch einen schuss kontrafaktischen solutionismus à la wenn nur alle nur noch sinnvolles, menschenfreundliches und wert erzeugendes machen würden, dann wäre die welt doch besser)

Edward Snowden zieht in der NYT nach 2 Jahren ein optimistisches Ré­su­mé:

Two years on, the difference is profound. In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the courts and disowned by Congress. After a White House-appointed oversight board investigation found that this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack, even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated.

The World Says No to Surveillance

Daring Fireball pages load fast, but the pages I link to often don’t. I worry that the inherent slowness of the web and ill-considered trend toward over-produced web design is going to start hurting traffic to DF.

daring fireball via quirksmode

^ so weit ist es jetzt anscheinend schon gekommen, dass sich sogar blogger um ihren traffic und einnahmen sorgen machen, weil die seiten, die sie verlinken und kommentieren, so langsam ausgeliefert werden, viel langsamer und unmoderner als die instant articles von facebook.

(nicht nur wegen dem impliziten und fast schon skurrilen zynismus von gruber interessant, der artikel von quirksmode ist unabhängig davon ein netter appell an mehr minimalismus)

I generally do not connect to web sites from my own machine, aside from a few sites I have some special relationship with. I usually fetch web pages from other sites by sending mail to a program (see git://git.gnu.org/womb/hacks.git) that fetches them, much like wget, and then mails them back to me. Then I look at them using a web browser, unless it is easy to see the text in the HTML page directly. I usually try lynx first, then a graphical browser if the page needs it (using konqueror, which won’t fetch from other sites in such a situation).

Richard Stallman via Kottke

(ihr lacht jetzt, aber den letzten lacher hat er vl. im grab, wenn dann niemand – zumindest mit absoluter sicherheit – rekonstruieren kann, welche webseiten er sich angeschaut hat)

One of the driving factors in setting prices is understanding the issue of substitutes. If there are four kinds of bottled water and one is half the price of the others, guess which will generate all the sales? They are quite close to perfect substitutes, so take the cheap one.
Even though all the movies at the multiplex cost $12 a seat, you can’t often substitute one for another to save money. You don’t go to Mall Cop merely because it’s $2 less.

Your job then, isn’t to merely set your price low enough to keep people from seeking substitutes. It’s to create a product or service unique or connected or noteworthy enough that the other choices are ever more imperfect.

enthalten und angedacht hier.

Apple has been using its considerable power in the music industry to stop the music labels from renewing Spotify’s license to stream music through its free tier. Spotify currently has 60 million listeners, but only 15 million of them are paid users. Getting the music labels to kill the freemium tiers from Spotify and others could put Apple in prime position to grab a large swath of new users when it launches its own streaming service, which is widely expected to feature a considerable amount of exclusive content. “All the way up to Tim Cook, these guys are cutthroat,” one music industry source said.

the verge via techdirt

Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.

David Ogilvy via Boing Boing

(abt. no noes)

One of the moral failings of the techno-rich, in the city with the richest of the rich, is that they’ve operated as though the city and the world around them has no relationship to them. They take no interest in the diversity of the city, the schools, the parks, no interest in the arts or culture, no interest local politics (except when it comes to tax breaks).

^ Echovar über den zunehmend sichtbar werdenden Einfluss, den ‘neureiches’ Technogeld auf städtische Strukturen ausübt.

The circus doesn’t work that way. They don’t wait to be called. They show up. They show up and sell tickets.
When you transform the order of things, the power shifts.

enthalten und angedacht hier.

(granularity kills the cat)

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