Wikipedia blackout

Censored - Wikipedia

Now that SOPA and PIPA are effectively dead (okay, shelved but not actually dead), it is worth circling back and looking at what the world would look like without some of the sites that have transformed the Internet.  For example, YouTube announced yesterday that it is streaming over four billion videos a day – a figure that is up 25% from just eight months ago.   Continue reading

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Stop SOPA and PIPA

Internet on strike

I’m not going to rehash what is already getting a tremendous amount of press today, but as of midnight several of the leading Internet services and destinations have “gone on strike” to protest the proposed Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).   Continue reading

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

Cognitive Surplus book coverThe author of the breakout hit Here Comes Everybody reveals how new technology is changing us for the better. 

In his bestselling Here Comes Everybody, Internet guru Clay Shirky provided readers with a much-needed primer for the digital age. Now, with Cognitive Surplus, he reveals how new digital technology is unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world. Continue reading

Is blogging on the way out?

Is blogging on the way out? – “Bloggers quitting what they call a demanding task with few rewards” http://ht.ly/3FU2p

I have to admit that on occasion I have considered giving up writing this blog but it is the note reading “hey, thanks for posting that article” or “I never thought of _____ in that way before” that keeps me plugging away.  That said I do empathize with those people trying to make a living knocking out micro-articles for The Huffington Post or other aggregators.  That is an extremely tough way to make a dollar and an even harder way to keep a roof over your head.  I’m not trying to kill the dream but just realize that there are literally millions of people doing the very same thing, so keep your focus very narrow and specialized or you risk being the static and not the signal.

Best wishes.