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Two posts I really relate to: the first defines 10 books to know all about culture, the other is about the new ‘Net!

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I found both posts via Twitter, which sort of  proves Nova Spivak’s point that Twitter is all about notifications. The first is about all you need to know about Western Culture and the other is about a suggested evolution of Twitter in relation to Facebook and Google Plus.

I will get back to this post with more comments in the next few days.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/20 at 16:15

The Internet today

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Ben Hammersley, at FT.com, gives this capsule description of the Internet profile today:

The internet has come a long way since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, turned on the first web server in Geneva on Christmas day 1990. Today, 2bn people are online; 800m of them are on Facebook. Every minute, 24 hours worth of video is uploaded to YouTube. Google, a company founded only 15 years ago, has a market capitalisation just short of $200bn and a mission statement that it intends “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – something no one thinks unlikely or even remarkable. We now bank, shop, communicate, work and date through the internet. The internet has come of age. It is as defining an achievement for humanity as the Enlightenment or the industrial revolution.

This article includes a review of three books that are longer reports on the state of the Internet, or SOI.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/01/28 at 15:16

If you are very famous you will be spoofed

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From the Borowitz Report:

In Controversial Decision, Time Magazine Calls Mark Zuckerberg a Person

Thousands Protest Designation

In my mind this headline doesn’t sound too farfetched!

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Discovery this morning: I like Zadie Smith’s way of thinking and writing

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In NY Review of Books she essays about the Facebook monster and its mentor Mark Zuckerberg. And it’s kind great writing and thinking about this everywhere phenomenon, to wit:

When a human being becomes a set of data on a website like Facebook, he or she is reduced. Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships. Language. Sensibility. In a way it’s a transcendent experience: we lose our bodies, our messy feelings, our desires, our fears. It reminds me that those of us who turn in disgust from what we consider an overinflated liberal-bourgeois sense of self should be careful what we wish for: our denuded networked selves don’t look more free, they just look more owned.

With Facebook, Zuckerberg seems to be trying to create something like a Noosphere, an Internet with one mind, a uniform environment in which it genuinely doesn’t matter who you are, as long as you make “choices” (which means, finally, purchases). If the aim is to be liked by more and more people, whatever is unusual about a person gets flattened out. One nation under a format. To ourselves, we are special people, documented in wonderful photos, and it also happens that we sometimes buy things. This latter fact is an incidental matter, to us. However, the advertising money that will rain down on Facebook—if and when Zuckerberg succeeds in encouraging 500 million people to take their Facebook identities onto the Internet at large—this money thinks of us the other way around. To the advertisers, we are our capacity to buy, attached to a few personal, irrelevant photos.

I wish I could write like that!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/04 at 15:17

David Pogue, he of NY Times tech fame

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Did a review of a book about Facebook. Here’s a quote:

But according to David Kirkpatrick, who for many years was a technology editor at Fortune, Facebook is more than big. It’s a “platform for people to get more out of their lives,” a “technological powerhouse with unprecedented influence across modern life” and an “entirely new form of communication.”

This has abosolutely nothing to do with the Facebook I know and use. Who is David K? Where the hell does he live on the Web? Sounds like investor fantasy to me!!!! I still exchange emails with most intelligent people that I know. But I guess that’s me and I’m not what Facebook is about!!!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/04 at 02:26

A bit late for Earth Day, but here is a

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Earth class Waste Allocation Load Lifter via Facebook:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/04/27 at 20:56

What it means to me to be able to work around Web constraints

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To begin with before finding the solution to web constraints here, posting to this blog was long and zemanta-less. Since I have regained use of Twitter I realize that there is a network of tech articles that were becoming invisible to me without access to Twitter. Then there was the easy contact with my Facebook contacts.

This all may seem a bit esoteric to readers of this blog, but my life, in its current “retired from active employment” state, has become more and more connected with reading what’s going on in the wider world and adding my own “two cents” about that. In that the vital part of my life this blog has become.

Web constraints make for a weblife that is dull, less animated, and alienating.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/04/11 at 16:42