Great (and simple) video exploiting pretty much every optical illusion and means for creating cognitive dissonance out there.
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Archive for August, 2007
In response to Richard Sambrook’s call for questions for Andrew Keen, author of: The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy:
I will start off by stating that I have not (yet) read this book. However, the the book’s title, summary and multiple online discussions about the book’s central theme (this example is particularly informative) have given me a fair enough idea of the book’s polemic theme.
If (as the book’s title suggests) he feels that giving a voice to the masses is such an assault on our cultural values, does he therefore, feel the same way about the concept of democracy, or the free market for that matter? Isn’t the economy, that he would appear to fear for, largely successful because of the free market, and it’s inherent exchange of ideas?
To the (to me at least) deliberately provocative title: how exactly do you kill a culture, and who exactly, should be entrusted with it’s safekeeping? Isn’t a culture an organic, evolving representation of the individuals that inhabit it? Doesn’t it exist because, not in spite of, those that occupy it?
Regardless of copyright issues (which are more of a legal than a cultural challenge) isn’t the propogation, discussion and resultant filtering of memes and ideas ultimately a good thing for a culture?
What exactly is it about the loss of centralised power and authority that concerns him so, and who does he feel has a rightful claim to it? Can authority derived from expertise not emerge naturally from within a marketplace of ideas and discussion?
Hundreds of scripts to enhance the functionality of iTunes and process files within it.
37 leaders in the world of SEO vote for the key factors that they consider to influence Google’s ranking algorithm.
Aaron Wall’s highly regarded eBook on the art & science of SEO.
Given my despair at the closing of Fopp, this seems like good news. I am though, concerned about whether the (remaining) stores continue to offer the same range of products at attractive prices, or slowly degenerate into HMV sale shops. Fingers crossed!
Wow! Simply awesome performance by Stevie Wonder on the Talk Box. I want one (and his skills).