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Cluetrain crashes, casualties widespread

“The community of discourse is the market. Companies that do not belong to a community of discourse will die.” —The Cluetrain Manifesto, 1999 Alexander Jutkowitz wears a couple of hats. He’s the chief strategist at the public-relations giant Hill & Knowlton, and he … Continue reading

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Stationary and Solitary

Mobile and Social. Mobile and Social. For many years now, those have been the two polestars of personal computing, the twin icons that software, hardware, and web designers worship through their work. So strong has been their pull that I … Continue reading

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You are an intimate data bundle

In case you thought I was kidding about Facebook’s forthcoming Oculus Networked Mood Ring, the BBC reports on the demonstration, at a big advertising fest in France, of a “smart bracelet that can read your emotions,” designed by Studio XO in … Continue reading

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The platform is the conversation

“Prior to the Internet, the last technology that had any real effect on the way people sat down and talked together was the table,” observed Clay Shirky in a 2003 speech. One thing you can say about a table, as … Continue reading

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Impure thoughts

Alan Jacobs points to a wonderful passage in Claude Levi-Strauss’s Triste Tropiques: In Martinique, I had visited rustic and neglected rum-distilleries where the equipment and the methods used had not changed since the eighteenth century. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, … Continue reading

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I feel measurably less emotional now

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, responds to the uproar about the company’s clandestine psychological experiment on its members: “This was part of ongoing research companies do to test different products, and that was what it was; it was poorly communicated. And for … Continue reading

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The quarter-of-a-second rule

Mother Jones excerpts my brief essay on the malleability of our sense of time, “The Patience Deficit,” from the anthology What Should We Be Worried About? Here’s the essay’s first paragraph: I’m concerned about time — the way we’re warping it and … Continue reading

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