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The Great Man-Machine Debate
By Philip E. Auerswald
Author and Associate Professor at the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
George Mason University
economics  future 
august 2017 by kkennedy
The Virtual Property Problem
subtitle: What property rights in virtual resources might look like, how they might work, and why they are a bad idea
virtualworlds  economics  future  followup  4ff 
august 2009 by kkennedy
National Public Radio's Digital Makeover
FTA: 'This is an organization that's in transformation into becoming a fully functional news content organization, not just a radio company. As part of that, we've been training our journalists to become multiplatform journalists, not only radio—not that radio is not important to our core.'
internet  future  news  journalism  economics  media 
july 2009 by kkennedy
Circulation Revenue Only Thing Growing at Newspapers : CJR
This is a good 3-part article (link to part 1). I don't agree with everything Ryan is saying, but it's very much worth discussing.
media  news  newspaper  journalism  future  followup  4ff 
july 2009 by kkennedy
Bruce Sterling - reboot 11 closing talk - reboot video
Best version yet that I've seen of Bruce's "simply your life" talk
future  brucesterling  futurism  howto  video 
july 2009 by kkennedy
PressThink: "Where's the Business Model for News, People?"
FTA: 'It’s worth going back to the first business model in reportage: the merchants, traders, and other “men of affairs” in early modern Europe who employed letter-writers in cities where the man of affairs did not happen to be located. These letters—the most famous example is the Fugger Letters from the latter 16th century—conveyed much the same news that a trader would want today: prices, conditions for trade and transport, what the local authorities were up to, rumors of war, court news and gossip, natural disasters, and anything the people were seriously buzzed about.'
history  journalism  future  media  news  advertising  blogging  economics  culture  internet 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Quote: Sony Pictures CEO on the value of the internet | Boing Boing Gadgets
FTA: '"I'm a guy who doesn't see anything good having come from the Internet," said Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive officer Michael Lynton. "Period." -- I'm tracking it down (hopefully the whole panel discussion) for context, but it does appear that it was intended as read. (albeit primarily with a copyright maximalist frame of reference). Wow.
future  media 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Xark!: Axioms for 21st Century Media
Good summary, though actually from another article by Dan (that linked to this one): 'Semi-structured information, created in the process of reporting what we traditionally think of as news and stored in ways that make both facts and contexts easy to retrieve, represents my best candidate for a robust new revenue stream that could support quality, sustainable journalism well into the future. My dictum: Donate the stories, sell the data.'
media  future  journalism  database  danconover  foss  datamining 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Wikipedia Grappling with Deletion of - Thomas Crampton
FTA: 'Wikipedia - one of the highest traffic websites on the Internet - makes reference to a large number of IHT stories, but those links are now all dead. They need to delete them all and find new references or use another solution.' -- Nicely done, NYT
future  media  deadmedia  nyt  curation 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Mediactive: A Users’ Guide to Media in a Networked Age.
FTA: 'My goal is to help people become active and informed users of media, as consumers and as creators. We are in a media-saturated age, more so all the time, and we need to find ways to use media to our — and our society’s — best advantage.'
media  future  news  internet  journalism  followup  4blogpost 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Mediactive: Why media consumers, not just creators, need to be active users | Berkman Center
Dan's talk is already up as portable and hires video, plus mp3. Sweet! Fast work, Berkman!
video  audio  media  future  journalism  dangillmor  followup 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Wrong Tomorrow - time vs. pundits
FTA: 'When someone makes a prediction, people post it to the site along with a brief description and a URL. We monitor it and change its status to true or false when appropriate.'
predictions  future  history 
april 2009 by kkennedy
A Revolution in de novo Protein Engineering
FTA: 'In a recent Nature article, researchers describe the design of a peptide foldamer device (a.k.a. “protein”) that binds and releases oxygen in a way that resembles the heme protein, neuroglobin — and they focus more on the design process than on the design product. They advocate an engineering approach that explicitly rejects aspects of the biological model.'
nanotechnology  future 
april 2009 by kkennedy
One Model for a New World Economy
FTA: 'Resilience Economics: The trigger was a phrase we'd all become sick of: "Too Big to Fail." The phrase had moved quickly from sarcasm to cliché, but ended up as the pole star for what to avoid. Any economy that enabled the creation of institutions that were too big to fail -- that is, whose failure would threaten to collapse the system -- could never be thought of as resilient.'
economics  future  postcapitalism  jamaiscascio  transparency 
march 2009 by kkennedy
Drug War Doublespeak
FTA: 'Drug-war doublespeak pervades and defines the U.S.-Mexico relationship today. The discourse aims not to win the war on drugs, but to assure funding and public support for the military model of combating illegal drug trafficking, despite the losses and overwhelming evidence that current strategies are not working. '
drugpol  economics  future  crime 
march 2009 by kkennedy
Time to end the multigenerational Ponzi scheme
FTA: 'We have persistently ignored and devalued the future—as if our actions are not creating that future for our children, as if things never change. But everything evolves. With a catastrophe bearing down on us, we need to evolve at nearly revolutionary speed. So some study of what could improve and replace our society’s current structure and systems is in order. If we don’t take such steps, the consequences will be intolerable. On the other hand, successfully dealing with this situation could lead to a sustainable civilization that would be truly exciting in its human potential.' -- Kim Stanley Robinson
economics  future  sustainability  postcapitalism  climate 
march 2009 by kkennedy
Bruce Katz, Mark Muro and Jennifer Bradley for Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
(free reg required) FTA: 'Though our economic development policies don’t reflect it, America doesn’t really possess a national economy, or even a collection of 50 state economies. Instead, America’s long-term prosperity stands or falls on the more local prosperity of its 363 distinct, varied, clustered, and interlinked metropolitan economies, dominated by the 100 largest metros–many of which cross county and state jurisdictions and incorporate multiple city centers, suburbs, exurbs, and downtowns in a way that the old hub-and-spoke model of urban geography never did.'
future  demographics  economics 
march 2009 by kkennedy
In Baltimore, No One Left to Press the Police
This is a good article, but I think David Simon may misinterpret some of the "new media" spin. Clay Shirky's recent "Thinking The Unthinkable" essay is recommended reading. We're not dancing on the grave of journalism; we're standing at the bedside of newspaper reporting, because...well, it's dying. As Shirky notes, the relationship between journalism and print newspapers is real, but accidental. One is dying, and we need to keep the other. And no, no one knows exactly how that's going to work yet. But the dying is going to happen regardless, so we might as well start trying to figure it out.
media  future  journalism  washingtonpost 
march 2009 by kkennedy
The High Priests of IT — And the Heretics
Cory rocking, as usual. +1 on the virtualization angle. FTA: 'The fact is that the most dreadful violators of corporate policy ... are also the most enthusiastic users of technology, the ones most apt to come up with the next out-of-left-field efficiency for the firm. There has to be a way to bring those people inside the church, rather than going to war against them. I suspect the answer is in modern virtualization tools, which allow users to have a "clean" OS and environment that they use for in-compliance processing and work, and a "wild" sandbox where anything goes, each on separate network segments.'
IT  future  corydoctorow 
march 2009 by kkennedy
The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind - James Boyle []
Yeah! epub, mobi, etc. versions of Boyle's new book (legal, under his CC BY-NC-SA license)
ebook  copyright  future 
february 2009 by kkennedy
Joss Whedon's Plan to Monetize Internet Content (Watch Out, Hollywood)
FTA: (Whedon) 'I'm not a business man. I'm also not a techie. My ideas on how to monetize the Internet for independent productions are ideas that other people have already had. But I am in a position to try to take advantage of them in such a way that we get a toehold in this medium and [establish] a system of creating some original content before the giant companies sweep in and fence it all off.'
future  media  internet 
february 2009 by kkennedy
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