It can wait.

Ich habe eben die halbe Stunde damit verbracht, diesen Film anzuschauen und wünsche mir, dass jeder der diesen Text liest, das auch tut.

Ja, mir ist bewußt, dass der Film ganz genau extra so gemacht ist, dass er unter die Haut geht. Das ist aber kein Argument, die Aussage des Filmes in irgendeiner Weise in Frage zu stellen.

Und wer jemals geliebt hat, oder jemanden, den er geliebt hat verloren hat, der weiß, was das bedeutet. Und dass nichts auf der Welt wichtiger sein kann, als die um sich haben zu können, die man liebt.

Do you really care about the effects of the web economy?

“Hiding workers behind web forms and APIs,” write Irani and Silberman, “helps employers see themselves as builders of innovative technologies, rather than employers unconcerned with working conditions.”

Here’s another quote from the article. This is from Fancy Hands founder:

Roden did acknowledge that so far, “the Internet hasn’t been some amazing equalizer that we thought it would all be.”

Read the article over on Salon.com

Startups: Innovation Through Inferiority!

I know I write this too often, but I’ve been thinking exactly what this article puts into the right words. Disruption is all fine and dandy, but what does it really do for a society and especially the middle class?

What this means is that Silicon Valley venture-backed startup companies generally make worse, not better products. Their main advantage is that they are cheaper and therefore more accessible to the average person, which enables populist-sounding marketing. So Airbnb is cheaper but worse than a hotel; blogs are cheaper but worse than newspapers; user-generated content in general is free but worse than professionally produced content.

Startups: Innovation Through Inferiority!.

Internet, media, marketing and honesty

Over the past 15 years of using the internet, one of the memes that always comes up is that of “connecting people” and that of getting to the bottom of things, the “spreading of knowledge”.

My experience is a different one: it used to be this way. I remember when researching about my canoo trip in northern Canada, I found lots of really useful pages of people who had done these trips before or who lived in the area and took pleasure in informing. This sort of research has pretty much disappeared from my life, because it’s almost impossible to find valuable information. SEO and bland content farming created a worthless web of information (pardon the pun).

Going hand in hand with this is the delusion of democratizing relationships because you can now directly “connect with your fans”. As this latest story on Mashable about George Takei’s ghostwriter shows, it’s the same as it used to be: the audience is falling for manufactured publicity from professional media creators, only now it’s even harder to recognize and the audience is actively helping to promote it.

I’m sorry, but this doesn’t strike me as a free thinking society but more of a blatant display of how sheepish humans can be and how important it is to be alert and observant.

American ambassador Chris Stevens killed in Libya protest over anti-Islamic movie ridiculing Muhammad

WARNING: the picture linked to below and in the article is very disturbing. Do not click the link to the picture, if you’re easily disturbed. I clicked it and it forced me to write this little article.

I usually try to stay away from world politics and the gruesome pictures and stories that float around. But I do have to get some thoughts out of my mind concerning this picture of ambassador Chris Stevens.

It’s terrible enough, that we have to see pictures of murdered people by mob violence, but what makes this particular picture so incredibly telling is the mobile phone stuck in the persons mouth carrying the ambassador to what I can only assume his last beating to death. Usually when we see pictures of injured human beings they are being helped by the people around them. But in this case the mobile phone stuck in the persons mouth doesn’t speak: “I’m helping this human” it speaks “let’s carry him around a little where there’s better lighting and where we can document our victory over this person”.

I am so disgusted and appalled by this, it’s hard for me to put it into words. And I wish we could educate more people towards staying away from forming mobs to attack individuals. It’s a horrible thing and we as humanity have the opportunity and the awareness to change this. But I have a feeling in order for that to happen, we have to get rid religion as a means to create a sense of identity. We have to get back to just seeing that we’re humans, that we have children and parents that we love more than anything else in the world. And that our neighbor feels the same way about their children and parents. If we can instill that sort of respect and compassion for one another then I feel we could possibly base our actions around achieving a greater goal of freedom together instead of against each other. In short, this is the concept of freedom that Kant was talking about.

But of course those ideals have to be embraced by everyone. Group think will prohibit this way of life.

American ambassador Chris Stevens killed in Libya protest over anti-Islamic movie ridiculing Muhammad.

TED censors Presentation About Why Rich People Aren’t Job Creators

There are some really powerful and interesting TED talks that I really appreciated over the years. I even thought about making it a longer term goal to save up and go to one of the conferences. Who knows, maybe it’ll happen.

But reading this article I became very frustrated. How can it be that an organization dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading” censors a talk that focuses so clearly on the core of the social problems created by a disappearing middle class?

I’m glad, that the text of Nick Hanauers talk is available here and I urge all of you to read it!

For me the central message here is the fact, that every human being depends on the next human being both as a consumer and as a creator. Especially in the media business we need to find a way to re-establish this respectful relationship. It has been damaged for the past 13 years by technological development driving a wedge between citizens on both ends of the spectrum.

We’ve had it backward for the last 30 years. Rich businesspeople like me don’t create jobs. Rather they are a consequence of an eco-systemic  feedback loop animated by middle-class consumers, and when they thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit. That’s why taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich.

Nick Hanauer TED Presentation About Why Rich People Aren’t Job Creators – Business Insider.

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A quick thrown together TED talk:

It’s not nose picking. You also means keeping your back straight et cetera, et cetera. But most importantly, you need the brain to always think straight. I’ll give you an illustration of this: In the middle of the world lies all the knowledge and wisdom we need. I would like to remind you of French intellectuals ridiculing these things. And – admittedly – when you look at the middle of it all, you could see the situation running the same way that a downward spiral would. It makes you yearn for coffee – you know it will be wonderful. I’ll give you some related data of the United States health situation. Compare this to French phrases such as “et cetera, et cetera”. But I should be more specific when referring to a milky weak coffee which makes you both happy and excited. How many of you would prefer that to tea? I think it’s just like when the middle of the world lies all the knowledge and wisdom we need.

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