Participatory TV


The Third Wave, The Fourth Screen, The Fifth Power, And Beyond

links for 2009-06-23

  • This is a pretty brilliant idea – before we get lost in a technophilic fog about Twitter, let's remember that revolutions, uprisings and the like have lots of methods of organising and communicating, and that tech changes and moulds around these methods. The scope and scale and viralness of these methods is now global and instant due to tech, but what we need to examine is whether/how methods of organising are changing because of these – not debating whether Twitter is the best thing in the world, EVER, and anyone who says different is a fool and a Canute.
  • "State security services lag behind Silicon Valley in digital innovation but they are capable of it when the pressure is on. Other regimes will learn lessons from the Iran debacle and are likely to be better prepared for the next twitterised revolution."
  • Adam Curtis is increasingly using the internet as his primary medium. I hesitate to call him the Chris Marker of our time, but maybe that's what he could be. I'm looking forward to following the journey, anyhow. Interesting that the time of the tinkerers seemed to be past, and here it is again, facilitated by the BBC's blogs…
  • Here's the full text of that speech. And an extract: "No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true."
  • "Remembering I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." Steve Jobs…
  • Excellent, brief and pointed article from Bobbie Johnson about the need for more scrutiny of the role of technology companies in facilitating (and sometimes actively promoting) repressive technologies. Here's a quote he takes from a recent WaPo article: "Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), a joint venture between the Finnish cell-phone giant Nokia and German powerhouse Siemens, delivered what is known as a monitoring center to Irantelecom, Iran's state-owned telephone company. A spokesman for NSN said the servers were sold for "lawful intercept functionality," a technical term used by the cell-phone industry to refer to law enforcement's ability to tap phones, read e-mails and surveil electronic data on communications networks." I'd predict a knock at the door of the Global Network Initiative. And doesn't Siemens have a little bit of form in this area?

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