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April 1, 2009

I’m actually a little behind on these, but hopefully my recent auto-post add will remedy that.

  • “In the Motherhood,” which debuted on ABC last week, is the first show to have been created on the Web and then translated to TV. In the process, however, it loses the whole gimmick which made it popular in the first place: the WGA is preventing writers from using ideas submitted by viewers. Interesting concept; possibly an interesting precedent as well.
  • “From now on, when people ask me what we’re doing. . . . We’re looking for the mouse. We’re going to look at every place that a reader or a listener or a viewer or a user has been locked out, has been served up passive or a fixed or a canned experience, and ask ourselves, “If we carve out a little bit of the cognitive surplus and deploy it here, could we make a good thing happen?” And I’m betting the answer is yes.”
  • It’s like Couch-to-5k, but it’s… um… Stiff-to-Pretzel! This is a 12-week program (at the very reasonable price of $5 per week) combining video tutorials, audio podcasts, printable pose charts and an interactive community to help people of all levels of skill get started and get more out of their yoga practice. Not bad.
  • “Another outcome of the social nervous system is that we see the shift away from privacy as an inalienable right to an individual responsibility. In a social nervous system there will be increasing pressure to be connected 24/7 to the hive mind that is Facebook, Twitter and so on. Those who do not connect, share and collaborate will have a hard time in business and in social life. Older generations expect that digital natives will one day wish to erase all their indiscreet photos online. But I don’t believe this nonstop exposure will go away as the digital natives mature. Our lives are increasingly being logged on the Internet. It is part of the trade. Given the complexity and precarious position of the modern world, getting people to genuinely reach out and touch their neighbors is a good thing but it will come at the price of reshaping our identities as part of a larger, interconnected whole.” From preoccupations.org, via Euan (Twitter)
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