Yet another fascinating story of Apple lore. I find it kind of hilarious that Jobs said he hated “iMac” or “MiniMac” and preferred “MacMan”. I suspect he wasn’t exactly the visionary he’s portrayed as. If I did a film about him, I think I’d make it a comedy: from acid trips to his extreme behaviors and practices he managed to build an empire and become who he wanted to be. But, I don’t think he was that person all along as legend has it. -Waveybrain
Wow! This is a lot to take in, but there is a lot of great insight about what the future will require from us. This idea of being agile and constantly willing to alter your career path, along with keeping pace with seemingly impossibly fast technological advancements is a bit daunting to me. Though, I think there is a more relaxed way to look at confronting chaos-or waves as I like to look at it. This article is also the first time I’ve read about “Generation Flux”. It’s a good read! -Waveybrain
Frontier Of Business The future of business is pure chaos. Here’s how you can survive—and perhaps even thrive.
Members of Generation Flux can be any age and in any industry: From left, Raina Kumra, Bob Greenberg, Danah Boyd, DJ Patil, Pete Cashmore, Beth Comstock, and Baratunde Thurston.
I’m sure this would be a cool place to visit…”members only”-surprise, surprise.
Meet The Designer Behind David Lynch’s New Nightclub (Yes, Nightclub)
Very interesting! But, you know I don’t think the fight over which companies will dominate distribution is as interesting as all the prospects that should result for small content providers-“boutique studios” or “boutique networks”-really small-micro independent artists and content providers. I wonder how they (we) are going to get a foothold and eventually supplant the studio and network paradigms. It’s bound to happen. I look everywhere and am amazed by the quality of the work produced essentially out of ”garages”. And, that’s thanks to cheaper, faster, and better software and hardware. So, how are artists going to get in on the action? All those people who are providing invaluable Youtube, Vimeo viral videos for free-how are they going to capitalize? Unfortunately, whatever has already been “released” is probably owned by YouTube in the fine print, or has been passed around enough to diminish the market value. Hopefully, those “content providers” have already figured out ways to benefit from their original content. So, when I look far down the line and independents are competing and trying to create original content for profit, I think there will be more stringent laws passed about “gorilla productions” shooting without permits or proper licenses. That’s about the only front the larger content providers can attempt to control. That and the inevitable frivolous suits about copyright infringements toward content that’s too close to home. So, be sure to copyright, patent, trademark-whatever you can do to protect your rights, because you KNOW large companies are going to attack competition! Today, I was listening to a conversation on the radio about “online etiquette and changing social mores revolving around technology changes with a columnist, Farhad Manjoo of Slate and Fast Company (http://www.npr.org/2011/11/03/141976518/the-war-between-google-amazon-facebook-apple). He raised some interesting points that went against my more traditional grain. But, they were valid arguments about what are now minority positions. One of the puzzling questions he tackled on Slate was whether or not it’s right to post pictures of your own child online (at a party for example) that also contained background children in the image? He said the trend today is that people are increasingly posting such images regardless. And, that it should be expected that people would do that putting the onus on the parent who is trying protect their privacy. That sounded twisted, but also logical. It’s the kind of argument that wins, as opposed to my personal view that proper etiquette would be to ask parental permission first. But, extrapolate that viewpoint to when a vast majority of independent film makers shoot in public spaces, and I think it would be hard to insist on permitting in “public spaces”. In any case, I think the really interesting thing happening between this war of distribution among telecoms, and tech companies is how it will change the studio system and networks who have traditionally had a lock on distribution and profit making. It does seem Google is ramping up their capabilities in anticipation of something Apple has up it’s sleeve.
This is exactly what Google should try to do. But how it should and whether it can or not succeed or not depends. I wouldn’t say its current approach was/is/will be the way to do it.
Definitely don’t underestimate the carriers, who were smart enough to understand the opportunity and position to invest in internet infrastructure in the first place
Google wants to get into the cable TV business, according to Sam Schechner and Amir Efrati of The Wall Street Journal. If Google thought Google TV was a nightmare, wait until they try to do this…
That said, good for them. Cable television is basically a monopoly business in this country. One service provider usually owns all the access in any given area and as such, can charge whatever they want. It’s bullshit, and no one has done anything about it for decades. Google is apparently going to try to shake things up from the other side.
And while I think they’ll find it to be a nightmare, it does make some sense. Google is now basically an advertising company. And where is the most money in advertising still? Television.
If they won’t partner with you, kick them in the nuts and steal their business. Or die trying.
An interesting synopsis of “Who Will Win”. I think it’s clear: As much as I love Apple and what they have done, let’s face it: Jobs and Wozniak are Apple. And, they are both gone. [EDIT: Here’s an interesting interview with Wozniak and he also felt that Apple products embodied Jobs: (http://realdanlyons.com/blog/2011/10/11/a-conversation-with-woz/]) Facebook? Zuckerberg is hard to like and un-trustworthy. Amazon??? Is Amazon a contender? I love Amazon too, but Bezos simply isn’t as smart as the rest (could be wrong though…Amazon is my wildcard of the grouping). That leaves Google which like Apple, is it’s founders (who are young and healthy). They are associated with “Do no evil”: Google will win. Unless, someone new comes along who’s a trustworthy and principled founder as Steve Jobs was (arguably, I concede).