Communicating OnlineNewsgroup

I'm collecting links for my senior thesis that will look at communication through internet technologies and the potential avenues of participation that they open.

Audiences Don't Pay for Content

The Huffington Post Mar 22, 2010

Andrew Spittle said: Audiences have never and will never pay for content. What they will pay for is the effective and rapid distribution of that content.

Media & Journalism, content, advertising, audiences, Micro-payments

The Social Media Bubble

Harvard Business Review Mar 23, 2010

Andrew Spittle said: Umair Haque gives a well-reasoned rebuttal to the types of relationships created by social media.

The social isn't about beauty contests and popularity contests. They're a distortion, a caricature of the real thing. It's about trust, connection, and community. That's what there's too little of in today's mediascape, despite all the hoopla surrounding social tools. The promise of the Internet wasn't merely to inflate relationships, without adding depth, resonance, and meaning. It was to fundamentally rewire people, communities, civil society, business, and the state - through thicker, stronger, more meaningful relationships. That's where the future of media lies.

Business, Internet, social media, relationships, trust economy

Dense and Thick

The Human Network Feb 19, 2010

Andrew Spittle said: We need another web revolution to transform into a world-as-a-database.

Something should be keeping track of this. Something that can watch and record and use that recording to build a model. Something that can connect the real world of objects with the intangible set of goals that I have for myself. Something that could do that would be exceptionally desirable. It would be as seductive as the Web.

Technology, semantic web, mosaic, data silos, personal data locker

Driveby culture and the endless search for wow

Seth Godin Mar 16, 2010

Andrew Spittle said: What are we losing in the endless search for wow and how can we addresses this?

Culture has been getting faster and shallower for hundreds of years, and I'm not the first crusty pundit to decry the demise of thoughtful inquiry and deep experiences. The interesting question here, though, is not how fast is too fast, but what works? What works to change mindsets, to spread important ideas and to create an audience for work that matters? What's worth your effort and investment as a marketer or creator?

Business, Seth Godin, mass consumption, Media, publishers, artists, general public

Techno-utopian fail

The National Dec 31, 2009

Andrew Spittle said: A critical perspective on the role of technology in political movements.

Technology, World, evgeny morozov, Iran, Iran elections, twitter

The case for context: my opening statement for SXSW Mar 10, 2010

Daniel Bachhuber said: Systemic knowledge makes the episodic much more valuable.

Journalism, hacking journalism, contextual journalism, sxsw, Jay Rosen, Tristan Harris

This is bullshit

BuzzMachine Mar 8, 2010

Andrew Spittle said: Jeff Jarvis rails against traditional models of education and media. A brilliant critique.

So we need to move students up the education chain. They don’t always know what they need to know, but why don’t we start by finding out? Instead of giving tests to find out what they’ve learned, we should test to find out what they don’t know. Their wrong answers aren’t failures, they are needs and opportunities. But the problem is that we start at the end, at what we think students should learn, prescribing and preordaining the outcome: We have the list of right answers. We tell them our answers before they’ve asked the questions. We drill them and test them and tell them they’ve failed if they don’t regurgitate back our lectures as lessons learned. That is a system built for the industrial age, for the assembly line, stamping out everything the same: students as widgets, all the same.

Education, Media, Journalism, Jeff Jarvis, TEDxNYed

One-Third of U.S. Without Broadband Mar 1, 2010

Andrew Spittle said: The headline from a recent NY Times article about broadband use in the U.S. is a bit misleading. Turns out many in that 1/3 are without broadband by choice.

A more accurate headline might be “One-Third of U.S. Without Computers, Mostly By Choice.” This is fascinating and worthy of discussion in our industry. Collectively, we’ve screwed up. Badly. What can we do to make computers attractive to the third of our country who don’t use any of our stuff?

Technology, U.S., internet access, broadband, FCC, computer use

Ones Guild


Andrew Spittle said: Stewart Brand with a short but very clear and to the point statement about what the internet means for him.

Thanks to my guild's Internet-mediated conversation, my neuronal thinking is enhanced immeasurably by our digital thinking.

Technology, Stewart Brand, edge, Internet

Is Google Good for History?

Dan Cohen Jan 7, 2010

Andrew Spittle said: Very well thought out and well put piece concerning the concerns over the Google Books project. Well worth reading.

But then we historians, like other humanities scholars, are natural-born critics. We can find fault with virtually anything. And this disposition is unsurprisingly exacerbated when a large company, consisting mostly of better-paid graduates from the other side of campus, muscles into our turf. Had Google spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build the Widener Library at Harvard, surely we would have complained about all those steps up to the front entrance.

Technology, google, google books, Libraries, books, book digitization