Minnesota seems to be all over my tumblr dashboard and I can’t resist a good MN reblog. I’m not sure if it’s a ‘MN letter writing thing’ or if letter writing is a topic enforced in elementary school, but I remember writing a letter to George Bush (Sr.) to help save the rain forest when I was in 5th grade. Still waiting for a response on that one…
Worst scenario this far? ”Leaving” drinks with friend in Hong Kong on Thursday night involving Tequila; followed up by a hung-over Friday morning review session with my manager and then an 18 hour flight back to NYC. I’d do it again, although, without the Tequila.
For the media, this is a Tom Sawyer moment. “Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?” he says to his friends, and sure enough, they are soon lined up for the privilege of doing his chores. That’s a bit like how social networks get built. (Just imagine if Tom had also schooled them in the networking opportunities of the user-generated endeavor: “You’re not just painting a fence. You’re building an audience around your personal brand.”)
“The technology of a lot of these sites is very seductive, and it lulls you into contributing,” said Anthony De Rosa, a product manager at Reuters. “We are being played for suckers to feed the beast, to create content that ends up creating value for others.”
Last month, Mr. De Rosa wrote — on Tumblr, naturally — about how audiences became publishers, essentially painting the fence for the people who own the various platforms.
“We live in a world of Digital Feudalism,” he wrote. “The land many live on is owned by someone else, be it Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr, or some other service that offers up free land and the content provided by the renter of that land essentially becomes owned by the platform that owns the land.”
Just thinking about this yesterday, strangely enough.
“Actually, I did the easiest thing, which was writing. At the end of the day, it was about the power of the people.”— Google Executive Wael Ghonim, in his first international interview, admitting he was behind the Facebook page that sparked Egypt’s revolt. (via cheatsheet)