Quotes of the week
There are a great many bad people in the world, and if you are not offending them, you must be bad yourself.
More information does not make a more informed population.
Articles of the week
- Cory Doctorow: A Whip to Beat Us With
Author and digital rights activist Cory Doctorow sheds light on the twisted logic connecting publishers, e-books, DRM and certain platforms’ nasty habit of locking users in. For related material, see Charlie Stross’ related article on Amazon’s e-book strategy and its consequences.
- Wired UK: Ikea’s “Uppleva” integrates TVs and sound systems into furniture
Ikea is a great example of a company that knows how to extend their range of products. Their latest endeavor: making their own HD TVs. And it seems that they’ve done well on the product, too. This will be interesting to watch. On a grander scale, the company is also planning the construction of an entire neighborhood in East London.
- The Boston Globe: How democracies clamped down on the Internet
The openness of the Internet is threatened – unfortunately not only by nations and regimes that we expect to go against freedom, but also by democracies. This article is a good reminder that we can’t take the net for granted.
- Mashable: Meme Management: Meet the man who reps internet stars
In times when user-generated content can become more successful on the internet then professional productions, it probably shouldn’t be surprising that at some point they also get professionalized. Still, “meme manager” is a job title not many would have anticipated, and yet it is very much an expression of the zeitgeist.
- danah boyd: Getting the News
danah boyd, internet researcher, tells News.me how and where she gets her news fix every day. She discusses the importance of finding points of view as different as possible from one’s own, and what it means to be well informed.
Additionally, should you like to catch up on our series of articles on our social media strategy framework, the collection is now complete.