Social Change

Get ready for a Second Life

I’ve just been in Second Life with ACS colleagues. We were at a Future Salon meeting and then got together at the Relay For Life site. I understand we’ll have another Relay event there this summer. The last Relay there netted $6,000. Hey, that’s pretty good for a start. Hopefully we’ll have a permanent presence there, a "virtual" unit. I’ve ...

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Convergence and its discontents

Here’s an article from the NT Times about the disruption going on in the media industry as, suddenly, the long-discussed idea of "convergence" is actually happening. Large-screen TV, digital video, iPod video, iTunes, mobile phone video and music, Internet video, etc, etc, are coming together in a big mashup. Devices of all kinds are not only displaying stuff in many ...

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Self-organizing action

The American Cancer Society did a huge amount of work helping cancer patients get back on track with treatment in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (Hear my podcast with a staff in Mid-South not long after the storm.) Devastated clinics, lost records, and many other problems were deterrents to the continuity badly needed by people under treatment. That’s an ongoing ...

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Blog comments or not

The current conversation about the Washington Post’s decision to pull comments off a blog on its web site includes a CNet story saying the Post will now try to publish some of the comments sans the ones with offensive language. Editor Jim Brady says the Post tried to monitor the site, but it took too many people to keep up ...

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