Browsing articles from "October, 2011"

Steve Jobs Tweets

Oct 7, 2011   //   by Michael   //   Blog, Posts  //  Comments Off on Steve Jobs Tweets

I find it astounding that Steve Jobs-related tweets accounted for nearly 16% of all tweets around 5pm on Wednesday:

Steve Jobs

Oct 5, 2011   //   by Michael   //   Blog, Posts  //  Comments Off on Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was certainly a genius. Like Einstein, Newton and Galileo before him, Jobs challenged assumptions and shattered the status quo by leading us to a better way of being, thinking and living. However, I would say that his most lasting legacy is not Apple. It is the culture of innovation that he has infused, marinated and stewed into our society. And it is the future innovators that he has enabled, empowered and emboldened. Not only the crazy ones, the misfits and the rebels. But also the honors students, the future scientists and the children selling lemonade at the street corner. I relish the opportunity to show my son videos of Steve Jobs’s amazing product demonstrations and to tell him: Stay hungry and stay foolish. Never settle. Love what you do and rock the world.

Captive on the Carousel of Facebook Timeline

Oct 1, 2011   //   by Michael   //   Blog, Posts  //  Comments Off on Captive on the Carousel of Facebook Timeline

Facebook Timeline is the digital equivalent of the old-fashioned slide carousel: Packed with emotional impact. It reminds me of the famous slide carousel scene at the end of the first season of “Mad Men” in how it evokes emotions, revives memories and stokes nostalgia for long-passed and fleeting moments of our online and offline lives:

In Don Draper’s words:

“Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards…it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It let’s us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.”

It is also the prophetic progenitor of Spielberg’s AI: Artificial Intelligence or Pixar’s Wall-E: Imagine future generations of your family stumbling across your Facebook Timeline, disengaged from the real you by many years. Their glimpse of your visual scrapbook will be the only perspective they have of you: Your milestones, your conversations, your interactions with your Facebook friends. A very biased view, to be sure, because many critical pieces will be missing. But very convincing for somebody in the future, who may have no other reference back to your life.

Source article: I Love Facebook Timeline


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