Thursday, April 17, 2003
what's hot what's not
The Next Big Thing
Doc Searls and I get together about once a year around events rather than at them as I don't go to meetings. We catch up and share the potential of the web in personal terms. Prior to this I have made no mention of the substance of these conversations as they are none of your business. This year I was able to share that my half-brother whom I had never met contacted me. He found me on the web. Doc had been in contact with his son Allen, who had been out of touch for some time.
What makes this significant is that the web has opened the floodgates of knowledge, information and opinions. From personal websites, to elaborate commercial enterprises specifically designed to separate you from your money in traditional and shabby methods that the web is making extinct as you read this. The web with email and chat, has created a vast system of personal communication that is part library, part fantasy, part salesmanship, part hucksterism, part ego, and with a bit of common sense, entertaining far beyond previous social systems.
Blogs and blogging software opened up the ability of a large number of folks to communicate ideas and information without knowing any of the underlying tags, protocols, and nuts and bolts of traditional website creation. I have spent 6 years building websites for a living and it is not an easy road to follow. This is their true power.
The conversations around blogs as journalism are semantic exercises of small import, promulgated by folks whose day jobs are under increasing pressure by folks who can do their own reporting on events and offer opinions unfiltered by marketing, editorial, or sales departments. The true crime here is that the anti-blogger journalism folks point out errors and fallacies, but offer no guidance on how reporting is done, nor share effective writing techniques. They still believe the emperor's new clothes are stunning.
Information without education is the old way of communication. Blind faith in the acceptance of news by organizations whose principles are being bent by ratings, marketshare, and advertising, are being examined and pointed out with increasing regularity by simple folks whose eyes are being opened to the potential of communication and discourse in near real time.
Real time communication with folks who have information to share, expertise to offer, and are willing to do so on a one to one basis is going to revolutionize the way folks can use information to improve their lives, their business, and their society. Globe Alive is the next big thing.
Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02
One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.
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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.
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