Nicholas Carr, amongst the most incisive and profound critic of information technology, will be in Silicon Valley tonight (7.00 pm), at Campbell's Barnes and Noble bookstore in conversation with ZDNet honcho Dan Farber, Edgeio co-founder/CEO Keith Teare, and Gillmor Gang ringleader & Podtech exec Steve Gillmor, and me.
The Great Seduction
How to innovate? That was both the spoken and unspoken question on everyone's minds at the Wall Street Journal's memorable D Conference this week in Carlsbad. How can we radically improve the experience and value of interacting with one's digital device? What is the next chapter in the evolution of information and entertainment technology?
How effective is democracy on the Internet?A few weeks ago, I challenged Jeff Jarvis, one of Web 2.
So Eric Schmidt, the Chauncey Gardiner of Silicon Valley, is at it again. This time, the wise old fool wants to organize my daily life.
The San Francisco Chronicle has just announced a 25% cut in its editorial team. Will that mean 25% less news in the already hard news deprived Chronicle?
So there I was, on the BART train, reading the newspaper-that-Rupert-is-lusting-after. I'd just finished Mossberg's piece of hot air on the Helio (yawn). Then my eye caught the photograph in the center of the page. It was the latest pin-up for alter-kucker media.
Are Yahoo and Microsoft finished as Internet companies? Can they rebound? Of course they can. In contrast with the majority of Web 2.0 entrepreneurs, both Microsoft and Yahoo have innovation in the blood. They are still the future of the Internet.
On Hollywood is getting weirder by the panel. First there was golden girl Arianna and her colonialization of the media universe. Then I wandered into a panel ominously entitled "What's in store for Virtual Worlds?"
It takes a golden woman to get me out of bed at 5.00 am. And Arianna Huffington is golden, very golden. I caught the 6.30 shuttle this morning down to Burbank, to catch the golden girl live -- speaking at On Hollywood. She didn't disappoint. Dressed in a gold top, the golden haired Arianna glowed this morning in Hollywood.
Business 2.0 dedicates it's May 2007 issue to purveyors of unconventional business wisdom. But what happens when every entrepreneur is seeking to be a contrarian?
Look out -- social networking is leaving the confines of the computer. MySpace is boring enough. But now the craze of self-broadcasting is colonizing mobile devices. Life is about to become really really boring. Want to know what I'm doing now?
A report today says that the F-word is more popular than the word "China" on the blogosphere. What is behind bloggers use of such crude language? What the f**k is wrong with citizen journalism?
Anyone listen to Terry Gross' interview with Jimmy Wales last week on Fresh Air? Was it just my wishful thinking, or was the normally all-too-tolerant Terry really appalled by Jimmy and his Wikipedia menagerie of idiot editors and idiotic information?
Wired has just announced its 2007 rave awards to "heroes of the wired world". So, the Great Seduction has its come out with an award of its own -- the Old Fart award -- to those visionaries opposed to innovation, instigation and investment.
"Welcome to 1984, folks. It's been a bit delayed, but we're getting there." So said John Naughton, a British journalist writing about Google's gigantic new data farms. But Naughton is wrong. 1984 hasn't been delayed. It's already available from AT&T -- and it only costs $9.99 a month.