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!

Chump change

One of the things that is hardest about my new line of work as an agency driver is that I am constantly working with a wide range of businesses in a variety of different sectors, many of them for the first time. This means that I am forever having to establish new relationships and trust, learn new processes, grasp “how things are done around here” quickly, and not feel like a chump in the process. This can be very stressful.

But I am also learning so much, not just about the world of logistics and driving, but also about myself. How I relate to people, how I come across to them, how I feel about feeling stupid, how I deal with unpredictability and lack of control.

Paradoxically one of the main things I am learning is that I find all of this much more interesting, and frankly fun, than getting stuck in the same place, with the same office politics, doing the same thing, day after day.