Hey I just wanna thank you for the"Help the Philippines thing". I would like to thank your support in helping us out in our current situation. Even the smallest mentions are really appreciated and having people aware of the disaster here is very much heart warming. Thank you so much in helping. I hope good things happen to you people :) "Salamat sa inyo! Mahal ka namin!"
I hope you and your loved ones are ok! Of course we at Tumblr wanted to help in some small way, but can only imagine the magnitude of what is left to do. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!
“1) Vision (I learn something, I’m inspired);
2) Validation (I’m accepted or justified);
3) Vindication (I’m right, cleared);
4) Vulnerability (I’m open); and
5) Vanity (Not egotism, but accidental narcissism. I’m important)”—These 5 Vs - summarizing our current social media engagement value system, according to Brian Solis - are pretty spot-on. (This So-Called Digital Life: Re-Evaluating the Value of Social Media)
The sharing economy is refashioning work, offering people new opportunities to earn money or to have access to goods and services.
This great op-ed opens with a celebration of the makerspace that my (little) sister runs in Somerville, MA. Here’s to Molly - and to the shift from employment to livelihood that her organization helps people achieve in these tough times!
“Steal their Seoul in South Korea, make Antarctica cry Uncle,
From the Red Sea to Greenland they’ll be singing the blues,
Well they never Arkansas her steal the Mekong from the jungle…”—Last night I remembered why I know so much random geography. (And that I know all the lyrics of all of Rockapella’s songs. Anyone?)
He’d once told me that the art of getting ahead in New York was based on learning how to express dissatisfaction in an interesting way. The air was full of rage and complaint. People had no tolerance for your particular hardship unless you knew how to entertain them with it….
[But he also said] “We’re suffering from brain fade…. The flow [of information] is constant. Words, pictures, numbers, facts, graphics, statistics, specs, waves, particles, motes. Only a catastrophe gets our attention. We want them, we need them, we depend on them. As long as they happen somewhere else.
This is where California comes in. Mud slides, brush fires, coastal erosion, earthquakes, mass killings, et cetera. We can relax and enjoy these disasters because in our hearts we feel that California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.”
I first read White Noise when I was a life-long New Yorker. Now I’m also a Californian. But this passage still rings as true as that classic New Yorker cover…
“At the end of the interview, he suggested that he and Mr. Scalfari meet again to discuss “the role of women in the church,” noting that in the Italian language, “the church is feminine.”—Once again, an interview w Pope Francis gave me chills. (The good kind.) via NYT http://nyti.ms/171ZrGY
“But the pleasant autumn weather disguises a government teetering on the brink. Because, at midnight Monday night, the government of this intensely proud and nationalistic people will shut down, a drastic sign of political dysfunction in this moribund republic.”—
“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”—The antidote to a short attention span, according to John Cage (via stn-to-stn)
“Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process.”—@JesseMAngelo invokes E.B. White to explain why the Post doesn’t shed light on its process for generating those (in)famous headlines. At Tumblr’s Speakr Series.
As we head toward renewed battles over the debt ceiling, sequester, and government funding, it’s important to understand why Republicans are disciplined and Democrats aren’t.
Well it’s not technically a throwback because Bob Reich published this post today BUT this idea feels very old-school to me. When I was first getting involved in politics about 10 years ago this was a common refrain - especially after Bush won reelection. Why, many liberals asked, can’t we get our sh*t together and rally around a unified/consistent message like the they do? If evangelicals and big-business fiscal conservatives can play nice with each other and fall into line, why can’t the greenies and labor and socially liberal hedge fund managers do the same?
But a lot has changed in 10 years. Frank Luntz (the originator of the term “death panel,” and a brilliant and bizarre communicator with whom I have had the eye-opening experience of working closely) no longer dictates messaging for the Republican party, via Karl Rove. And the Tea Party - which can hardly be described as authoritarian (or at least not monolithic) in nature - has caused serious, and public, rifts in the GOP. In fact, when it comes to communications, the “Growth and Opportunity Party” (hello, rebranding), is trying to catch up with Dems. Perhaps most importantly, social media didn’t really exist 10 years ago. Social media, it turns out, doesn’t lend itself to super-disciplined, corporate-style, authoritarian communications. It is a lot messier, and a bit more authentic. And, at least when it comes to Presidential politics, the Dems have excelled at this, while the GOP has failed.
The significance of this shift is up for debate - while the Dems have the Presidency, they have lost the other 2 branches of the federal government, and they certainly don’t shine at getting things done in Washington. But I wonder if this dichotomy between corporate/authoritarian and/disciplined and networked/decentralized/anti-authoritarian communications is still relevant. And, to the extent that it is, which one actually translates to substantive advantage in the politics of today.