Daily Digest for 2009-04-29

twitter (feed #3) 12:28pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

Finally, flu context reporting: Regular flu has killed 13,000 in U.S. since January vs. one from H1N1. Remain calm. http://bit.ly/11gNiK
twitter (feed #3) 12:56pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@Heretic1010 Let’s do the math . 1 U.S. death in 91 cases. To match seasonal flu, 3.2M cases at current mort. rate: 16x flu hospitalizations
twitter (feed #3) 1:21pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@timoreilly Tim, you may first this useful, Books: Entering the Age of Glosses http://bit.ly/11TVtf

Daily Digest for 2009-04-28

twitter (feed #3) 11:40am admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

38% of commercial electricity use is used for lighitng, a huge opp for saving. DOE graph: http://bit.ly/KvtMm Report: http://bit.ly/TWWnY
lastfm (feed #8) 12:09pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

lastfm (feed #8) 12:21pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

lastfm (feed #8) 12:34pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

lastfm (feed #8) 12:41pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

lastfm (feed #8) 12:46pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

twitter (feed #3) 6:45pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

Anyone doubting the Democrats won by moving center, see Specter’s record. He used to be the far-right of the Republican Party.
twitter (feed #3) 7:41pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@agahran amazingly,some countries are banning U.S. pork using precisely that fear of contamination from meat.

Daily Digest for 2009-04-27

twitter (feed #3) 11:27am admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

investing idea: with a "pandemic" scare (hope it is just a scare) comes surge in web meetings. Long CSCO, CTXS.
lastfm (feed #8) 11:31am admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

twitter (feed #3) 11:32am admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@howardgr I’d also be interested in why people decided not to buy, a particular car or not to buy at all. We can help one another save, too.
lastfm (feed #8) 11:40am admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

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twitter (feed #3) 11:53am admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

Fascinating Nature article on nested ecosystems, minimizing competition (sustainability) and measuring nestedness. http://bit.ly/ghi2S
twitter (feed #3) 3:05pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@howardgr FB can’t be trusted with that — no ad-model co. can — the data is personal in ways that need more protection from marketing
twitter (feed #3) 7:22pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

Excerpt from my book on the future of books. I’d love to hear your ideas in comments: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ratcliffe/?p=403
twitter (feed #3) 7:41pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@mkapor Maybe both. Twitter lets the paranoid be popular, a remarkable human breakthrough.
twitter (feed #3) 7:57pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@mkapor We may skirt swine flu in SL, but we’ll get all the fear of swine flu there nonetheless.

Daily Digest for 2009-04-24

twitter (feed #3) 12:02pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

reading books about books from Google Books. incredible resource, badly produced (a little editing, please), but often startlingly useful
twitter (feed #3) 12:47pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@egebhardt It was recorded, but I haven’t seen the video go online yet. about 25 students. good session
twitter (feed #3) 2:53pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

The novel combination of human, avian and swine flu dna makes me wonder: Is this an engineered virus? http://bit.ly/QTBrz

Daily Digest for 2009-04-21

lastfm (feed #8) 2:44pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

lastfm (feed #8) 2:46pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

lastfm (feed #8) 2:48pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

lastfm (feed #8) 2:54pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

lastfm (feed #8) 2:57pm admin scrobbled a song on My Ears.

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twitter (feed #3) 6:05pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

Seattle Mariners playing a new kind of game, "Wakball." Some definitions: http://bit.ly/NDyP0
twitter (feed #3) 6:06pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@kevin_weiner Thanks for the kind words about my Twitter/Tea article the other day.
twitter (feed #3) 8:18pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

Cool: Steve Capps (who led the Mac Finder and Newton teams) has a 25th Anniversary of classic game, Alice, for iPhone http://bit.ly/131PBt

Daily Digest for 2009-04-17

blog (feed #1) 3:10pm Mockeries of culture and patriotism
twitter (feed #3) 3:19pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

Twitter’s and "social media’s" high water mark. Celebrity spammers, tea parodies of patriotism. All downhill from here http://bit.ly/LPJGz
twitter (feed #3) 3:22pm admin posted a tweet on My Twitter Feed.

@oprah I will not be following anyone who is a celebrity bot seeking to claw some of my attention away for themselves. http://bit.ly/LPJGz

Mockeries of culture and patriotism

This week, “tax protesters” gathered across America to dump bagged tea into symbolic bodies of non-potable water and Ashton Kutcher challenged CNN to a Twitter follower showdown. I admire anyone who takes to the streets for their ideas and recognize the power of media, even when it is lowered to the level of counting masses of followers. Oprah followed me today. I have no idea why she did, other than to get followers, and that demonstrates a profound lack of understanding about social media.

First, the “teabaggers.” These folks are protesting taxes in the nation with the lowest taxes in the developed world. They are mimicking the actions of their forebears, who were protesting taxation without representation—less than six months after the most participated-in election in at least a generation. They are not idealists, nor do they have any idea what they are talking about, but talk away they should so that someone might engage them in discourse and collectively we learn something.

Ultimately, it costs more money to reinvest in a developed economy than in a growing first-generation industrial economy. That’s why we have taxes. The problem with our taxes is that, for the past 30 years they have been invested in the wealthy, which is why the United States and Great Britain, the forebears of Reagan-Thatcher top-down economic planning now suffer the largest wealth differentials between the average citizen and the richest one-percent of the population of any developed countries in the world. Instead of protesting taxes, these people should be protesting the indifference toward the middle class of the past 30 years and demanding even greater investment in schools, basic science and other seedings of future prosperity than the Obama Administration has imagined. That doesn’t mean lots more taxes—we could do the same by simply cutting wasteful stupid spending or returning half-way to the old top-income taxes of the past—it only means the priority becomes investment in the people, not a class that will save the people.

As for Mr. Kutcher, he seems like a nice enough guy. As a celebrity, he strikes me as the perfect attention zombie, stumbling through our screens to eat our brains. But the fact a television news network even bothered to compete with a B-grade actor over their popularity is a sign of how low we will stoop to conquer anything that can be defined as “high ground.” Now, with Oprah glomming on to Twitter, we are seeing spamming by celebrities desperate to retain their mass-media reputations. Oprah touts more than 100,000 followers in less than a day because so many people auto-follow, whether using a program to do so or simply because they are flattered by Oprah’s follow—that’s a spammer strategy.

In both cases, teabaggers and Twitter follower races, we’re seeing the aping of past behaviors, the Boston Tea Party and the popularity contests of high school and Entertainment Tonight!, turned into events that supposedly enact meaning, but are merely empty gestures. Tea baggers aren’t patriots, they are people convinced they are paying too much in taxes (just about the only obligation this country asks of its citizens), when the debate should be about how taxes are spent, what to cut and, if more money is needed to make the world a better place for our children, who among the current beneficiaries of that system should pay higher taxes.

As for Oprah, Ashton and Ev (Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter), I will not be following anyone who for all intents and purposes is a celebrity bot seeking to claw some of my attention away for themselves. I am sure that today marks Twitter’s high-water mark. Oprah’s endorsement is like being on the cover of Fortune, which, surely, Twitter and Mr. Williams will soon be. The utility of a social ecosystem is destroyed by false followers and other aggressive species that suck the air away from the genuine exchanges of ideas and information by individual members.