This blog has been quiet on content for the last month or so. I’ll try and change that in the coming week.
Anyway, things I’ve read in the last week include
Jeff Jarvis argues that news sites should evolve into community-based collections, where articles are continually updated and evolving (as in Wikipedia). Doc Searls disagrees, arguing that the structure of the web isn’t conducive to a single source of information. Two very intelligent thinkers.
Kevin Kelly has written some great articles around the singularity (the moment where artificial intelligence becomes self-aware and has the ability to evolve almost instantaneously) but this is my favourite. He diebunks this singular moment of universal clarity as “thinkism” due to this only producing theory. For true progression, we need empirical evidence and time-series data (e.g. the Large Hadron Collider)
Poll of students technology ownership at Amherst College indicates that, among other things, 99% have Facebook accounts but only 1% have landlines (Collision Detection)
12 tips for psychological selling – another punchy and insightful post from Copyblogger
Of Montreal discuss the packaging for their new album. I like the idea that something physical accompanies a digital download – whether a tote bag, a paper lantern or some other decoration or item (Pitchfork)
There appears to be little consensus on how much web drama the BBC can produce with their £1.3m budget (Futurescape)
10 creative advertising ideas from students (Advertnews) – I like these – the PSP ad is my favourite
Brand Jury is a new website that allows you to rate and comments on ads. Personally, I can’t see this working. Ads may go viral, but I can’t see many people actively seeking out and rating varying qualities of commercial
50 things that every comic collection truly needs – a fairly exhaustive list, though I’m surprised that 2000AD wasn’t included in the main list (Comics Reporter)
Terrible superhero merchandise – self explanatory. I was once a gullible 8 year old too (Dark Roasted Blend)
The Collins Dictionary has run a PR piece of words they may expunge from their dictionary. I’ll bite (Times Online)