It’s sad that this should happen to Snopes – but if ever there was a lesson to be had about controlling your own digital presence – this has to be close to number one.

We had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the vendor will not relinquish the site’s hosting to our control, so we cannot modify the site, develop it, or — most crucially — place advertising on it. The vendor continues to insert their own ads and has been withholding the advertising revenue from us.

I don’t’ know exactly what is going on – (though the Atlantic has a great read on it) but to me it bottoms out to the fact that the Snopes team did not have a secure way to handle the admin access to their site and the people that do have it are not handing it over. Legal arguments aside, if they still controlled their own DNS – they wouldn’t be in this position …. would they? Continue reading

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“Nowhere in the history of business has there been an industry like disk drives,” Christensen writes, which makes it a very odd choice for an investigation designed to create a model for understanding other industries.

If you like that line – you are going to LOVE this article by Jill Lepore. In this ‘New Yorker’ article she systematically deconstructs Clayton M Christens‘s book ‘The Innovators Dilemma“.

And on why we might have stretched the disrupt or die analogy a little too far….

People aren’t disk drives. Public schools, colleges and universities, churches, museums, and many hospitals, all of which have been subjected to disruptive innovation, have revenues and expenses and infrastructures, but they aren’t industries in the same way that manufacturers of hard-disk drives or truck engines or drygoods are industries.

In other words – we have to leave room for our humanity … we are people first !

[ Source : The New Yorker via Stowe Boyd ]

            <blockquote>Now that<a href="" data-omni-click="r'article',r'link',r'5',r'401114'"> more than half</a> of American adults under 35 use mobile phones as their only phones, the intrinsic unreliability of the cellular network has become internalized as a property of telephony. Even if you might have a landline on your office desk, the cellular infrastructure has conditioned us to think of phone calls as fundamentally unpredictable affairs.</blockquote>

… I am well over that age – and have a massive disposition to never use my phone to call. This just might explain it. Then again – is ‘ruined the right word ?

[ Source : The Atlantic ]