The real juggernaut of change today is not technology alone. It’s the explosively scalable processes and monetized learning of orchestrated networks.

I first wrote about Sanjeet a couple of years ago – and recommended you buy his book last year. Nothing has changed – except now his work is beginning to move into the mainstream.

The Next Big Thing Might Be Missed If We Aren’t Careful …

[ Source : Forbes ]

As a reader of this blog – you might know that I follow and agree with Dave Winer (who I do not know) .. a lot. In fact, a quick search on Beyond Bridges posts reveals 12 separate posts mentioning his name alone.

A couple of weeks ago he posted this on his blog, where he was celebrating the return of Robert Scoble to the world of blogging and RSS.

I had already been looking at this when Robert first announced it, commenting to him through Twitter that since I don’t use Facebook, I couldn’t comment on his blog. A short flurry of exchanges ensued, including being followed by the man himself. Honored, though I suspect that I might need to work hard to have him be a regular listener !
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But back to that post by Dave. I popped over to Twitter to share this with Dave – and lo – I discovered he had blocked me. Blocked mind you. Not muted, but blocked.

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In light of another one of his posts, I was a little surprised. He concluded his post thus:

I’d of course add my favorite (that doesn’t actually exist) — mute-with-timeout, which would allow me to turn off messages from people who might have a reason right now to be angry, but who I’d like to automatically give another chance to communicate with me, after having a chance to cool down.

This suggests that I had obviously done something really really bad.

Sorry Dave. Maybe I ‘@ called you’ a little too much on Twitter, maybe I said something that upset you. My mistake. Apologies. And don’t worry, no need to unblock me, I have other accounts if I really want to see what you are saying on Twitter, but I don’t. Most of my interest in your work lies on Scripting.com anyway, which I still receive through my RSS feed in Feedly – I just won’t @ Call you anymore, because that is the only reason I can come up with as to why I am blocked.

Yours
A Confused Fan

 

I recently posted this link to a group I belong to. It is about a robot that calls telemarketers and wastes their time. Until then, I had never heard of Jim Florentine, who is “human and wicked” … so much harder to scale – but well worth a couple of click throughs. Five of them in all. Thanks ‘Doc’.

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They are pouring their hope into uncertain vessels, and surely know it. Bernie Sanders is an actual radical: He would fundamentally change an economic system that imperfectly but for two centuries made America the wealthiest country in the history of the world. In the young his support is understandable: They have never been taught anything good about capitalism and in their lifetimes have seen it do nothing—nothing—to protect its own reputation.

[ Source : Peggy Noonan – WSJ ]

BTW – I know he might want to do that … but …. we all know that without ‘we the people’ fully supporting him  (not just through the election, but after the election), without The Senate, without Congress … well just how much power will he have – and what exactly will he be able to do ?

I found this an interesting read. Not for the headline;

Apple’s Cook is second most favorable tech CEO in poll of registered voters

… but rather for some of the comments in the body …

  • “About four out of 10 respondents (39 percent) said they view the Apple leader favorably. Most of the rest (44 percent) said they hadn’t heard of him or have no opinion.” (love to know the detail of that split.)
  • “12 percent said they hadn’t heard much about the Apple controversy, and another 12 percent said they’d heard nothing about it.
  • “when respondents saw some of Apple’s arguments laid out before them, they grew more likely to support the tech giant’s position in the debate.”

Bottom line – ask people who know nothing about a case what they think and you get the answer you would expect. George Orwell’s Groupthink comes to mind.

 

I like Scott Galloway, when he sticks to what he knows.

On brand, he knows a lot. And he is all about brand. So much so that he of all people should know what it means to stick to your brand. He didn’t. Not on this occasion.

This was his podcast on the 23rd of this month. The caption reads :

Why is Apple a loser? L2 Founder and NYU Stern Professor Scott Galloway calls Tim Cook’s concern about consumers’ privacy disingenuous.

I am not going to waste my time rekeying what he said. It’s not worth my time. Its not even worth my time to relisten to what he said. He is wrong. He is not just wrong because I disagree with him, he is wrong because of the massive over simplification he is making about the situation. He also weakens his argument by introduces a totally unconnected piece of crap at the end of the piece (but that is a different story.)

I heard it and was going to ignore it, but then two days later he produced this …

https://www.l2inc.com/scott-galloway-on-apple-vs-fbi-sorry-not-sorry/2016/blog

Turn out that his listeners – at a ratio of 10 to 1 agreed with me. And so, he responded. Don’t worry. It’s just more rambling, ill-informed, spurious crap.

I will go back to listening to him when he gets back to brand, or learns about the issues he rambles on about.

Meanwhile – some thoughts on why he is wrong (just from this site you are on now!)

Pandora |
Our Security … Ours |
What Moral Authority |
Why This Argument Is Important |

 

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Breathe deep the gathering gloom,
Watch lights fade from every room.
Bedsitter people look back and lament,
Another day’s useless energy spent.
Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
Lonely man cries for love and has none.
New mother picks up and suckles her son,
Senior citizens wish they were young.
Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colours from our sight.
Red is grey and yellow white.
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?