Tag: communication

A dearth of innovation, or the beginning of the end of rich communication?

Moshe Y. Vardi opines that while communication “advances” such as texting and social media may seem wondrous, they may not be the leaps the world really needs…

Recently, however, several people have been questioning this techno-optimism. In a commencement address at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, U.S. Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke compared life today to his life as a young boy in 1963, and his grandparents’ lives in 1913. He argued that the period from 1913 to 1963 saw a dramatic improvement in the quality of daily life, driven by automobilization, electrification, sanitation, air travel, and mass communication. In contrast, life today does not seem that different than life in 1963, other than the fact we talk less to each other, and communicate more via email, text, and social postings.

Worth a full read.

General disdain for Ben Bernanke notwithstanding, I find the last quoted remark above a little disheartening, and yet wholeheartedly accurate. It will be sad to see the day when smartphone functionality is embedded within everyday wear, giving mankind the ability to replace every face-to-face or voice modal interaction with a 140 character quip, regardless of whether they are fiercely clutching a device.

MG signing off (thankful that my circle would still rather pick up the phone and dial)

Conversations Need to Yield Actions Measured in Dollars

Jonathan Salem Baskin:

At some point, doesn’t this need to communicate everything anywhere need to translate into doing something somewhere?

You’d sure think so.

UPDATE: Apple seems to have found the formula, particularly with the iPhone – keep everything a secret until the last minute and let everyone else do the conversing.

MORE: And Zappos, which seems to be everywhere (while their CEO is all over the social web space, the company also/even sponsors the darn personal item buckets in the airport security line).

Net neutrality debate may not matter

With all the talk of net neutrality, government snooping, and telco conspiracies, you’d think that web companies would be worried sick. Yet, nobody is running around like a chicken with their head cut off. Techdirt Mike thinks government meddling is going to increase the use of encryption technologies, and I could not agree more. I also believe that is exactly why those slaughtered chicken imitators are so scarce. Internet buffs (and drooling entrepreneurs) know something the bureaucrats can’t ever figure out – like life itself, technology always seems “to find a way.”

Get ready for open, cheap, hardcore stealth communications of the likes you may have never dreamed about (unless you are Kevin Mitnick or Bruce Schneier or Phil Zimmerman). It will be here sooner than you think.

PS: to add to the mess and the potential for distraction: as EmailBattles notes, more data is stolen from governments via burglary than hacking. The government should be worrying more about lock and key, security door, and window bar manufacturers, which in all their intelligence and glory they will probably move to regulate forthwith.

Outside the US, email is no chatterbox

A recent article from Slate outlines the differences between European and American’s use of email. There are some interesting insights within.

Creative Juices Compete with Proper Planning

Creative endeavors, whether it be painting, writing a novel, or assembling slick website code for a new-fangled ecommerce business, have been responsible for an enormous amount of value creation. Entrepreneurs know this well – they start with an idea, build internal passion for it, extend that enthusiasm to others through communication, and then rally the troops for execution. But the need for due diligence sometimes stands in the way. How does one balance these driving forces?