Thoughts on 4/20/06 NYT

April 20, 2008

The New York Times OpEd contributor Frank Rich is one of the few in the MSM that I respect. His articles have links to reference the events, comments, and/or stats on which he bases his opinions, a refreshing change from what is usually found in MSM. His article “Shoddy! Tawdry! A Televised Train Wreck!” in today’s paper is good perspective on the disconnect between the top down driven traditional media vs. the reality of the bottom up driven engaged citizenry.

Not to plug the NYT to overtly, but the Sunday Magazine is devoted to Green issues. There are articles under the headings of Act, Eat, Invent, Learn, Live, Move and Build.

On that Green Theme – there is a lot going on in DC on the National Mall for Earth Day this Tuesday, April 22, between 12 and 6pm.

Chris Anderson interviewed on Second Life

April 20, 2008

Chris was interviewed on 10/13/06 by Hamlet Au of Millions of Us on Second Life. His synopsis of The Long Tail takes less than 3 minutes, including the ‘book signing’ segment. Lots of arm flailing then sparkle dust when he signs a book.  Just too odd…

The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

April 20, 2008

James summarizes his book in 2 minutes. He gives example of how it applies to Real Estate: tap intelligence of your industry as well as your customers with goal of more info = better decisions.

Wikinomics by Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams

April 20, 2008

Don is interviewed at Google headquarters in CA as part of the Authors@Google series. Very interesting, original web vs. web 2.0.

Search by John Battelle

April 20, 2008

John speaks to Google NYC about his book “Search”, he suggests reading his SearchBlog. Interesting but sound quality is not that great. Posted on The Official Google Channel on YouTube as part of their Authors@Google series.

The Long Tail – Chris Anderson

April 19, 2008

Chris speaking at TED in 2004 and how Wired predicts and tracks tech trends. Four stages of Tech: Critical price, Critical mass, Displace another tech, Become nearly free. Talks about 10 examples from antiviral meds to hybrid cars to VOIP. You can see he was already working on his new book “Free”.

TED talk on YouTube: Chris Anderson: Technology’s Long Tail

Naked Conversations by Robert Scoble & Shel Israel

April 19, 2008

Shel talks about the power of blogging and how PR can incorporate new ideas but only if they learn to listen.

YouTube: PR People “Need Deprogramming” Says Shel Israel

Naked Conversations by Robert Scoble & Shel Israel

April 19, 2008

Scoble loves Twitter and from this clip I would guess almost as much as he loves his his caffeine. In addition to talking about the importance of various new tools he plugs book he’s reading “Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies” by Charlene Li, Josh Bernoff.

YouTube: Scoble & Rumford Discuss Social Media & Brands

We the Media, Grassroots Journalism for the People by Dan Gillmor

April 19, 2008

Dan speaks at UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science in December of 2007. This YouTube clip is just under an hour – I wish they had not stopped it just at the point where he was taking questions.

Testing…, 1…, 2… Is this thing on?

January 27, 2008

27 January 2008 – Sunday

Great news for those who support Barak Obama – in addition to his huge win in South Carolina on Saturday, Caroline Kennedy has endorsed his candidacy . Today in her NYT OpEd A President Like My Father she speaks eloquently about the similar qualities she sees in Obama. This is no small endorsement as it is her first ever in a presidential race.

Also on Sunday it was announced that Ted Kennedy endorsing Obama at a rally with Obama being held at American University on Monday 28 January. Sen. Kennedy will not just endorse Obama but has said he intends to campaign for him to help with the 22 states that will vote on February 5th, Super Tuesday.

What will be interesting to watch is how Billary will spin these two hefty endorsements in light of Robert Kennedy, Jr. endorsement of Hillary in late November 2007. My prediction is that Billary will not play up the RFK Jr. endorsement and promote a divide in the Kennedy clan.

But I’m much more pragmatic about these things than the Clinton’s…