Category: musings


https://wiki.mozilla.org/Labs/Ubiquity/Latest_Ubiquity_User_Tutorial

“Ubiquity is an experimental Firefox extension that gives you a powerful new way to interact with the Web. Ubiquity commands can do nearly anything. Ubiquity comes with a set of commands that make common Web tasks faster and easier. In this tutorial we’ll teach you how to use some of them. By the end of this tutorial you’ll be able to perform quick Wikipedia, Google, definition, and Yelp searches; add maps to your email; and translate a snippet of a web page, highlight a word, and then email it to a friend.”

The most radical shift to media in recent years is that we now have a central real-time hub that serves to enhance every other content platform on the web. Sure, we could always use RSS for blogs, and sign up to follow a person’s activity on a video or photo sharing site, but used correctly, Twitternow provides a one-stop, real-time service for all of a person’s content. It allows us something that in the past only huge corporations could have: our own broadcasting network. If you’re on Twitter, and to a certain extent Facebook, you are in the broadcasting business.

via How Twitter is Changing the Face of Media.

Social Media seems to be having an interesting side effect of empowering the people who speak the truth about an idea or product. Its not so much about how much money you throw at something to get the word out. The customers have so much more power to approve or disapprove a product or service. Its more important for companies to maintain an aura of community interest with the consumer cause that is who is doing the most to sell great products. With bloggers able to be their own bosses and maintain a safe distance from corporate politics they dont have to compromise their values or reputation to sell something to keep a job. Now its merely having the street credit and some good writing skills to be respected and listened to that can sell or doom a product or service.

The biggest issue I see concerning the human race’s future is our ability to adapt to our tools and change our style of educating our youth. How do we teach them to keep an emotional distance from many of the things they will read or watch? How do we teach them to question authority and think for themselves without opening a proverbial pandoras box? How do we remove the desire of those who wish to use knowledge and information to control others for their own selfish desires? How can the human race attain the level of social and technological development we see in the Star Trek fiction? A society that values the advancement of the human race, true kinship with all cultures possible.