Why TED Is a Recipe for Civilizational Disaster (video)

Benjamin Bratton TEDx talk (text of video here)

“I think TED actually stands for: middlebrow megachurch infotainment,” says the noted cultural theorist.



Press Forward

Press Forward

PressForward is an experiment (organized by the Center for History and New Media) in new methods for capturing and highlighting presently orphaned or underappreciated scholarship—including “gray literature” such as conference papers, white papers, reports, scholarly blogs, and digital projects—in ways that are useful to scholarly communities. We are researching and evaluating existing methods as well as developing new types of publications. In addition, we are developing open-source plugins for the WordPress platform to enable scholarly communities and organizations to create their own trusted, high-value streams of relevant content.

The web beyond academia has had to develop mechanisms for sifting through quantity, on sites such as Techmeme and MetaFilter; the academy has honed the peer review process to filter for quality. PressForward aims to marry these old and new methods to expose and disseminate the very best in online scholarship.


December 6, 2013 · by  · in 

As 2013 rolls to an end and magazines and newspapers begin to reflect on the past year, we thought we’d take a look at the last twelve months in 

WikiHow & other Wiki sites


About WikHow

and their unique hybrid business organization

WikiHow WordPress Plugin

Lots to learn here… Jack Herrick, it’s founder, also started then sold eHow Quotes from article on why WikiHow is better than Content Farms

One of the big issues with content farm articles performing so well in search is that they often appear over the real expert stuff – a case we made using a brain cancer example in a previous article. We asked Herrick whether wikiHow content should be surfaced for how-tos over results from experts in any given field. “When wikiHow works best, our articles actually are started or edited by true experts in the field,” he says. “That is the magic of wikis actually. Many ‘experts’ don’t maintain blogs and spend hours writing detailed posts. But they might stumble on a wikiHow or Wikipedia article and spend just a few minutes improving it. Open wiki editing enables us to capture the knowledge of thousands of experts, who aren’t otherwise spending their time pumping out blog posts.”

transcribed Mixergy interview here

Wikipedia     WikiNews  WikiPortals  Wiki Software (Media Wiki)  

Wiki Portals

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Reddit co-founder plans ‘Internet 2012’ bus tour


By Doug Gross, CNN updated 4:17 PM EDT, Fri August 24, 2012 | Filed under: Web

(CNN) — The economy has been front and center during this presidential race, followed by issues such as national security, abortion and taxes.

But are the candidates talking enough about the Internet?

Some big-time Web players don’t think so and plan to launch a nationwide bus tour to see if they can change that.

Start-up guru Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of social sharing site Reddit, is raising funds for the Internet 2012 Bus Tour.

“From taxes, to health care, to immigration — Democrats and Republicans can’t seem to agree on anything,” reads the text onthe project’s IndieGoGo fund-raising campaign. “But there’s one thing no one’s really talking about that both sides should be championing: The Open Internet.”

Ohanian, who also founded travel site Hipmunk and philanthropic geek-merchandise vendor Breadpig, was active in this year’s fight to derail the Stop Online Piracy Act. That bill and related legislation were designed to crack down on illegal sharing of copyrighted material, but critics attacked it as an overreaching assault on Web freedoms.

Ohanian said that the success of Reddit, which was launched in 2005 with just $12,000 in funding, speaks to the importance ...

Google’s Big Problem: It Ain’t What You Think

By Om Malik    Comments here

Google’s Consumer Future

As it looks at its future, Google needs to realize that it has a “user experience” problem and its simplicity — the elegant search box — isn’t enough, especially as it starts to compete with rivals whose entire existence revolves around easy, consumer experiences. To me, user experience isn’t about making things pretty and using pretty icons. Instead it’s about making simple, beautiful, usable and user-friendly interfaces.

No one can argue with Google’s ability to engineer great software — they’ve done so in the past — but that simply isn’t good enough in the new worlds they are trying to conquer. Televisions, phones, productivity applications and even Google’s own local pages are less about search and more about engagement: something not core to the company’s corporate DNA. Here are three major challenges Google needs to surmount:

Make software usable by tens of millions of people on a disparate array of products. Overcome its history of only using data to define its future. Figure out how to keep people in their playground, rather than helping people find the information they were looking for and sending them elsewhere: a radical new approach to business.


Those problems ...