Things that have caught my eye

I have published a newsletter intermittently for a number of years now but the problem is – they have become increasingly intermittent!

So, I have decided to cancel the newsletter and in its place do a weekly post, every Sunday, here on my blog, of things that have caught my eye. These could be blog posts from other people, articles, Tweets or images.

I am hoping that at least some of the people who have been loyal subscribers to my newsletter will sign up to follow my blog posts, either by email or RSS, and certainly encourage everyone to pitch in on comments or contact me directly if you think of stories or news that would interest me and that I could share.

So, here are a few of the things that have caught my eye this week:

FROM ENLIGHTENMENT TO ENTANGLEMENT

I have often written about the scale of change that we are facing, in part driven by our networked technologies, and the fact that our institutions are not keeping up. This great post from my friend Harold Jarche lays out the challenges and some ideas of what to do about them.

STUDY SAYS YOUTUBE ‘ACTIVELY DISCOURAGES’ RADICALISM

In our post truth world it is all to easy to be buffeted from one extreme to another, and there is rightly a lot of concern about the place that our social media platforms play in that process. But often the stories about those platforms are themselves examples of “post truth” and push a particular angle on their roles. This research shows that, certainly in the case of YouTube, our assumptions may not always be correct.

CAN THE USAGE OF ARTICLE GENERATORS NULLIFY CONTENT WRITERS?

Artificial intelligence is another subject that I have written about in the past and again, it is easy to make assumptions about what it is and what it is capable of. What is clear is that the next wave of automation is likely to affect what have traditionally been seen as white collar, knowledge work roles – including writing. This article lists examples of where AI is already being used to create content but also goes into the reasons why it may never be as good as humans!

Moving into a new home

I have decided to refocus on my blogging rather than the distractions of Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. I have been missing the slower, more considered pace of writing and reading blog posts and so, although I will retain my social media accounts, I will not be spending so much time in there.

I have moved my blog a few times for various reasons. I started out on Blogger, then Typad, then WordPress and for the longest time Squarespace. I am moving back to WordPress because I am going to want more control of what the blog looks like and how it works and WordPress makes this easier. Although my very first posts were lost all those years ago in move from Blogger I have managed to migrate the others, all the way back to December 2001, through each of my moves.

My original blog changed my life. The simple of act of noticing and writing done day after day, led to me being involved in Knowledge Management, meeting everyone from Tim Berners Lee to Vint Cerf, becoming a freelance writer and speaker, having a book published, and traveling around the world.

Although the world of blogging is much changed since those early days, and I may as a consequence of this decision disappear from public sight, who knows what might come from a renewed focus on noticing and writing day after day.

I’m with Jeneane on this one

The blogroll said: this is who i like to read, who do you like to read? Oh Cool! I see you–Do you see me? Oh Cool! I will check out who you like to read. Why don’t you check out who I like to read? Oh cool! I will add that person from yours and you from mine and his from hers and theirs from theirs. Along with our posts, blogolls were streetsigns to regular coversation spots.

Then new people started writing online.

Then we added them to our blogrolls.

THEN WE ADDED THEM TO OUR BLOGROLLS.

I’m glad I still do that.

We need to keep doing that.

Otherwise it’s just another silly pyramid scheme.

an ode to blogrolls