The future of advertising: Many, lightweight interactions over time
Tags: advertising, interactions, design
Paul Adams works with Facebook. He has some interesting thoughts on how advertising should think many sustained interactions rather than traditional “big splash” type advertising. Strangely I have been thinking something along the same lines with my own job in UX&D at the BBC. We tend to design for finite interactions manifest as “grand narratives”. Users come to the site, perform a number of tasks – usually in sequence – in order to complete some sort of goal. I think reality is often much more fragmented, as people jump between tabs, screens, experiences, content etc., over both long and short periods of time. We should be designing for this sort of non-linear and undirected interaction – which probably also involves taking a long hard look at our toolsets – user journeys, scamps, etc. Non of this is fully formed in my mind yet – and some may turn out to be supplemental to what we have now, rather than an actual paradigm shift. But it is none the less interesting. Now stop listening to me pontificate and go read Paul Adam´s thing.
Tags: the quantifiable self, data, prevention, health
The most compelling case for personal data tracking /the “quantifiable self” type activity I have read, as Dan Hon takes you through his experience with Diabetes and data. It’s personal and real – and hints at the sheer awesomeness of what this could mean for treatment and prevention. Both for individuals and for society as a whole. Also, a passionate plea against data silos, wether intentional or not.
Mail Supremacy – the newspaper that rules Britain
Tags: daily mail, everything that is wrong with the world, news, media
I have a healthy loathing of the Daily Mail (Quick! See that disclaimer about opinions being my own and not my employers, please) and I believe that they pander specifically to everything that is wrong and low in human beings. I also have a healthy respect for them – you have to be pretty tight with your operation to exceed the New York Times in web visits which Mail Online did in January this year. This is a good read from The New Yorker on The Daily Mail, Mail Online, Editor Paul Dacre (who is a bizarre character upon himself) and everything in between. Must read.
Technology, art, and why the future of branding is nonfiction
Tags: future of some more stuff, branding, art, technology
A short but thought provoking read where Douglas Rushkoff amongst other things talks about the reversal of roles between artists and technologists. It’s the good five minute read to set you up for a good long ponder.
Valve: How I Got Here, What It’s Like, and What I’m Doing
Tags: organization, management, games
A peak into what it’s like working for Valve (creators of gaming greats like Half-Life and Portal amongst others). No hierarchies, do what you think is most valuable for the company, no managers and so on – a completely new form of corporate management. Or rather, lack there of. I have a bit of a fascination about this for several reasons – partly because I instinctively – and ideologically – believe in this form of non-organized organization, partly because I think it might be a emerging business paradigm that people need to take seriously. Related to this – check Paul Thomas, the “BBC Business Doctor” who operates along the same lines. There is a documentary here, which I admittedly haven’t watched. However, having seen him speak I am pretty sure it’s worth a watch.
The liberal betrayal of Bradley Manning
Tags: Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, whistleblower, liberals, hypocrisy
Bradley Manning is the young soldier who leaked classified details of the Irak war to Wikileaks, exposing everything from the killing of Iraqi civilians to complicity in torture. To my mind, he did his civil duty – to blow the whistle when something is going on that needs to be in the eye of the public. Although much of what Manning revealed went on during the Bush years, it is the Obama administration that has imprisoned him, detained him for almost two years without trial under circumstances that are questionable at best and Obama himself has even proclaimed his guilt without proper trial. This article deals with liberal double standards and why Manning isn’t, paradoxically, a national hero in line with Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.
Hacks of Valor – Why Anonymous Is Not a Threat to National Security
Tags: Anonymous, civil disobedience, internets,
Yay Anonymous! This quote should cover it “That is power — a species of soft power that allows millions of people, often in different countries, each of whom is individually weak, to surge in opposition to a given program or project enough to shape the outcome. In this sense, Anonymous has become a potent symbol of popular dissatisfaction with the concentration of political and corporate power in fewer and fewer hands.” Good read.
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
Tags: NSA, secrets, crypto
The NSA will break all your codes and listen to everything you say. It’s like Cold War surveillance, turned inward… and outward. Actually toward everybody. Also they use words like yottabytes.
Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? -Full Post
Tags: music industry, copyright, technology, artists
I love banging on about the music industry and Hollywood. This article is, however, a defense of the music industry – and a somewhat compelling one at that. Personally, I dont think it justifies the business models of old, but I do think it makes a strong argument for looking at the business models of now with a bit more criticism – and especially at Amazon, Apple, Google etc., who arent doing a great job of reinvesting in the content makers whose content they build their distribution systems on. Also I think this reveals something which I think is becoming more and more apparent – which is basically, that our new corporate tech overlords are quickly evolving into just as shitty a deal as what we had before. Shame on you!
Crossed – wish you were here
Tags: just plain ol’ weird
I like web comics. I read a ton of them. This one opens with a man shagging a dolphin through it’s blowhole – and then goes on to describe a post-apocalyptic Britain where people have run amok in a sex-crazed kill frenzy, while a small bunch of survivors seek refuge on an island of the coast of Scotland (I think). What’s not to like? BTW I am aware that reading web comics makes you an instant geek. Obviously I stand proud by my geekery.