Archive for October, 2005

Trick or Treat

Monday, October 31st, 2005

(Three girls at the door.)

“What are you?”

“A Minnie Mouse.”

“And you?”

“A cat, but I lost my ears.”



Monday, October 31st, 2005

A while ago, Dee Hock wrote:

Leader presumes follower. Follower presumes choice. One who is coerced to the purposes, objectives, or preferences of another is not a follower in any true sense of the word, but an object of manipulation. Nor is the relationship materially altered if both parties accept dominance and coercion. True leading and following presume perpetual liberty of both leader and follower to sever the relationship and pursue another path. A true leader cannot be bound to lead. A true follower cannot be bound to follow. The moment they are bound, they are no longer leader or follower. The terms leader and follower imply the freedom and independent judgment of both.


The Best of California

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

From The California Report:

From its inviting climate and agricultural bounty to its geographic and cultural diversity, California is many things to many people. What is California to you?


Tag & Catalog

Friday, October 28th, 2005

From Drunk Dream:



Participatory Media in the Wired News

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Xeni wrote this article on the Wired News:

Spam, scams and scatterbrains — the same problems that plagued the old internet are cropping up again in a new wave of technologies known collectively as Web 2.0.

But this time around, proponents say Web 2.0 has been better engineered to withstand the troubles that wrecked Usenet, BBSes and free e-mail.

The cycle is so predictable, it’s almost a natural law: Every new internet movement popular enough to generate buzz also generates a backlash.

This time, the debate revolves around the cracks that are starting to appear in Web 2.0, a term coined by O’Reilly Media Vice President Dale Dougherty to describe a post-dot-com generation of sites and services that use the web as a platform — things like Flickr, BitTorrent, tagging and RSS syndication.


Reason and Democracy

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

How does reason justify itself? ……If we believe in the importance of the universal human impulse to communicate, we have to believe in reason.

Habermas presupposes reason, although it is merely the product of imperfect human Auseinandersetzung, critical and discussion debate, and believes that reasoned communication can weaken prejudices, increase the scope and power of the public sphere and strengthen democracy.


Yahoo in action

Monday, October 17th, 2005


Some 750,000 blogs and other user-generated content will soon show up on Yahoo! (nasdaq: YHOO – news – people ) News search pages, presented right alongside news from mainstream media. But is Yahoo! taking another big step in the blurring of lines between professional media and grassroots journalism?

The company is testing a new search tool that includes results from thousands of mainstream media outlets, and a separate results column for blogs, its new My Web social search and pictures posted to the company’s Flickr photo service.

L’Homme dépaysé

Friday, October 14th, 2005



BBC and participatory media

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Richard Sambrook explains how participatory media strengthens the BBC’s core values; the BBC’s role shifting from broadcaster and mediator to facilitator, enabler and teacher; and forthcoming projects such as the Creative Archive, the Global Conversation and the BBC College of Journalism.

“2005 could be the year that the BBC emerges as the world leader in participatory media and citizen journalism. ”


Peace in Notting Hill

Friday, October 7th, 2005

A song
A book
A poster

And a pack of cigarets
(No WiFi)