I wrote this a few days before I read the very revealing article on Laura Poitras in the NYT. Journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Michael Miranda, being detained for 9 hours at London’s Heathrow airport a few days ago is even more shocking. While this post is not a direct response to these recent articles… Continue reading The Intended Banality of American Surveillance
There are two op-eds in this weeks New York Times that seem to compliment each other by two authors of complete opposite spectrum and intent. The Romantic Advantage by David Brooks http://nyti.ms/18CtSpD The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’ by Julian Assange http://nyti.ms/ZBsL93 Brooks writes about how American companies excel at branding to create the impressions… Continue reading Repression rebranded
A year and a half ago I wrote about my desire to self-host in Your Own Personal Cloud. Terry Madley got me wanting to write about this again when I saw his trackback when he reblogged my original post. I think we started on some interesting discussion. The Cloud is even more pervasive now. I admit, in many aspects of my digital life, I have been engulfed. Where to even begin?
I’d written a post nearly a year ago about a mistrust I had of the cloud. By sprinkling one’s data across various provider’s cloud networks it breeds a lack of responsibility for one’s data. It makes it disposable (some argue this is good, why hold on to crap?). I still believe this to be true.… Continue reading The unavoidable cloud (a ramble)
Of all the top social networks Facebook most successfully satisfies our vanity. We’ve all gone online. We want our existence reinforced. Facebook has claimed a monopoly on our actual personal networks. Twitter, Google+ and Diaspora are biased to connecting outwardly, helping us forge new networks. While this is a more noble premise if you believe… Continue reading Facebook knows (us) best
(This is my response to the ReadWriteWeb Article Is SoundCloud The Next YouTube? [Interview] which I posted in the Disqus forum of the post and is duplicated here). It’s curious that something like SoundCloud didn’t rise at the same time as YouTube. Sound could have even become a feature of Youtube but perhaps they already… Continue reading The Future of SoundCloud
Diaspora was introduced to most as an idea that was to be the open source, privacy focused alternative to Facebook via Kickstarter in 2010. That’s how I learned of it and originally that’s what I expected it to be. Now that the dream is in alpha reality and I have joined the network I can… Continue reading The Promise of Diaspora: The Future of Social Networks
It is disingenuous to request people to Like or Tweet something before they’ve had a chance to actually experience it. This is a perversion of social media.