December 20th, 2009 • Posted in General Observations
“Never make forecasts, especially about the future.” Wise advice from Samuel Goldwyn. Which I am now about to ignore at my peril. Here’s my take on what to expect in 2010.
1. The Dawn of Ambient Awareness & Networked Consciousness
What happens when real-time status updates and news feeds are combined with GPS location data and context-aware computing? You may experience a new kind of awareness that leverages the perceptions and commentary of other people. You might call it collective intelligence. And it will make you smarter. Continue Reading
June 14th, 2009 • Posted in General Observations
During the past 24 hours the Iranian government has attempted to shut down mainstream media, confiscating TV cameras from ABC and other news organizations, in an effort to supress coverage of the aftermath of a disputed Presidential election. Major media has been unable to cover the ongoing demonstrations, street protests and increasingly violent clashes. CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon has been reduced to pulling news from Twitter.
Yes, Twitter is being featured as a primary source in CNN coverage. CNN is also dependent upon their iReporter feature and other social media sources from around the web. Is this the triumph of two-way media over traditional broadcast media? See this post from the BBC for a long list of examples that illustrate how a variety of web sites are providing real-time coverage. For authoritarian governments, Continue Reading
October 21st, 2008 • Posted in General Observations
Those who’ve heard my public speeches know that I am passionate about the leveraging digital networks to multiply the creative power of individual people. Two or more people working on the same problem can achieve great results, even if they are geographically dispersed. Beginning November 2008, I will get an incredible opportunity to apply this concept on a big scale. I’ve joined the Oprah Winfrey Network as the President of Digital Media. Continue Reading