This Blog Sits at the: The problem of partial ethnography

Whenever I blog like 5 posts of another blog in a row, it means I’ve discovered an interesting new one: “I met a guy last Saturday night and he asked for my phone number and, like, things were going well at the bar, so I give him my phone number and he puts me right into his phone and was like, hey, that’s ,that’s, that’s pretty quick and then he asked me if I wanted his number and I was like yeah do you want to put it down on a business card or something. I mean I’m a lady! Who thinks of jumping right into my phone. I got to take this as a process. If we call, if we have some sort of thing going.”

[The ad shows the Nokia 8801 and the line:] Nokia: It’s your life in there

“It’s like my cell phone is precious, it’s precious territory.”

This Blog Sits at the: Bloggers vs. the old media (are they panicking yet?)

This Blog Sits at the: Bloggers vs. the old media (are they panicking yet?): “In the early days of regime transition, the incumbent (aka New York Times, Wall Street Journal) treats the new challenger (aka bloggers) with a certain high handed indifference. If acknowledgment occurs at all, it comes with a patronizing pat on the head, as in “Hey, aren’t the newcomers charmingly amateur? Welcome to the party. Now, run along and get me a drink.” More often, bloggers are not acknowledged. They just don’t matter.”

Which is exactly what I felt at WeMedia last week, although there are also the ones that *do* get it and they are entusiastic and willing.

This Blog Sits at the:: “The Marketing Science Institute meetings on ethnography are
now over.”

Some good insights in ethnography in a business setting.

“But as it stands, almost all the b-school academics who care to teach this stuff were in the room [John Sherry (Notre Dame), Eric Arnould, Linda Price (Arizona), Lisa Penaloza (Colorado), Craig Thompson (Wisconsin) and Rob Kozinets (York and MIT)] and this is not a good sign.”

And this one: “One of the real challenges that remains stands at the border between outward research and inward process. Some corporate cultures have a hard time bringing the ethnographic insight fully in-house.”

Now Go read the whole thing.

Architectures of Control in Design » An astounding quote on the Mosquito

Architectures of Control in Design » An astounding quote on the Mosquito: “Marketing Director Simon Morris said: “The noise has been tested extensively on dogs and cats who are totally unaffected by it.
“The device has a small range and it takes at least 10 minutes for the annoying nature of the noise to take effect.
“People have a right to assemble with others in a peaceful way – without violence or threat of violence.
“We do not consider that this right includes the right of teenagers to congregate for no specific purpose.â€?

I guess that includes MySpace, right? You can’t make this stuff up! (You could, perhaps, then you’d have V for Vendetta).

Issues of control and information architecture

I was having a conversation with a startup around social software the other day, and those conversations almost always end up being around issues of control. I was trying to explain them that mechanisms of control don’t necessarily need to be mechanisms of all-out restriction, but are often social mechanisms of setting examples, social control, deciding what content to surface and such.

So today I am happy to find this excellent blog: Architectures of Control in Design

Starting with the homepage is the fast lane to politico-hell

Column Two: Full site redesign? Start by addressing the home page. I have a lot of respect for James, but that’s the WORST advice ever. Starting with the homepage is a direct road to political hell in any company. I usually do my best to keep the homepage out of discussions until we’ve done other parts of the site. These days, I’m doing the same with the main nav – it all comes out of working on the rest of the site. James, this one’s just wrong, I find it hard to imagine you won’t go straight to politicohell (don’t pass by START).

Technorati Search: wemedia

So just to be clear: it’s been, overall, a very dissapointing conference. I wouldn’t go next time. Part of that are the way the discussion is structured, and the moderators. There are very few real stories, and few people really speak their minds.

The buzz with us token bloggers is one of dissapointment.

I am a terrorist

I am a terrorist.

One pretty cool thing happened in London at WeMedia – I met 2 terrorists. The first day, one of the bloggers stood up and said he’d rather not be called an “assassin”, he preferred the term “terrorist”. The whole first day made me so angry. It was nothing but cluelessness. Today seems better.

The second day, I met a lady who was actually a convicted terrorist in 3 countries. She was with the AIF (or something, the african something), and according to a laywer she met in Canada who helped draft the legislation there, that organization was retroactively classified as a “terrorist” organisation, hence, she is a terrorist.

And that reminded me of the movie V for Vendetta. At the end of the movie, crowds of people stand up and put on the terrorist mask. Hey, my terrorist is your freedom fighter. And now in 1 weekend, 2 people tell me proudly they are terrorists. I see a movement born there.

The word terrorist has been abused by the Bush governement enough, time to take it back.

I am a terrorist now. How about you? If you are, tag yourself with iamaterrorist.

wemedia, iamaterrorist.

I’m a token blogger at WeMedia

So I’m at the WeMedia conference in London, it’s this big BBC/Reuters thing about journalism, media and stuff, and it’s pretty global – they have a guy from Al Jazeera talking and such. They just finished the opening notes.

It’s not that large it seems, a tv studio, a few hundred people, lotta journalists, some famous people, who all get to “ask questions” (Richard Dryfuss is into information? Who knew!). It feels like a BigMedia thing, it’s structured almost as a TV show (I guess they couldn’t help themselves – I’m almost surprised there’s no-one doing audience warmup), and at the end 2 business people (from Nokia and something else I didn’t get) got to push their products (The Nokia guy: “Our revolutionary technology that empowers blablablablabla”). Come on! So yeah, I was a bit annoyed with the talk about opening media and every single person who got to speak was famous or something (Jeff Jarvis? That’s their idea of a blogger?). Oh, I know, famous or rich, because either you speak or you pay like, I’m not sure, 800$ to get in. But all the bitching apart, it’s sounding pretty cool and interesting all in all.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to some of the panels and meeting some people, hearing some stories. I had to get up at 4:30am so I’m kinda grumpy. And also, I don’t have a plug for this weird UK electricity system so I’m not sure I’ll be able to charge the laptop. And I’m typing this in Notepad, I haven’t been able to connect yet. I’m making some movies too, but I won’t be able to upload them until later.

Oh and I noticed Adam Curry didn’t pick up his badge yet, he’ll be late then :) Damn famous conference people! Unconference it is not.

Update: no converter available today it seems, so not sure about the blogging.

I’ll just make notes until my laptop runs outta power.

Next session (second one, day 1).

Let’s play social media buzzword bingo!

“This age of transformation.”
“The global challenges we’ll be facing.”
“The developing world.”
“Bottom up.”


The Niti gentleman (from the UN) is talking now:
“I sensed there was something missing: relevance.”
“When we speak of media, it’s not just internet/… Don’t forget SMS, radio (in Africa!), television, …”

ps: I wonder if the video will be available online?

Back to mr. Niti:

“Economic power is shifting to the developing countries. India and China, and many others will become media powers.”

ps: everyone around me is connected, my laptop doesn’t wanna connect. darn.

“Street protest work very well for regime change. Armed protests haven’t worked much. Perhaps because it is far easier for the media to cover street protest. Maybe armed conflict doesn’t make as good theater … this emergence of transnational networks of activists, united around issues/policies …”

Sigh, can’t connect. Arg. Damn windows!

There’s some bloggers sitting around me (we got like the backseats ;) It’s like being black in the 40s in the USA, I really feel like we’re the token bloggers here. Man that’s dumb.

Movies coming soon, I did some vlogging.


(Hey, I got connected at Reuters today!)

Myspace Comedy – Brought to you by Sierra Mist!!

Mmm. Pages with nothing but ads? I’m not sure. I’m getting the feeling Myspace is losing it. The only thing that can save them is if they continue to watch the numbers of what’s being used more closely than the numbers of what’s generating income. But then, they might continue to go strong for decades to come, who knows. It’s just hard to imagine.

The search box pays more than for IE7’s development

New Microsoft browser raises Google’s hackles – page 2 | CNET

It seems that the little search box in your browser is where a large part of the search wars will be fought. That’s why Mozilla’s income depends on that little box. “Google estimates that the boxes, when available, are the starting point for 30 percent to 50 percent of a user’s searches”. With 80% marketshare, a quick calculation, that means Microsoft, with IE8 and its new searchbox, would get 80% of 80% of 40% is about 20% of the search market handed out to itself when they launch and dissiminate IE7.

Which means that that little box, defaulted to MS Search, must more than pay for IE7’s development. (And I’m not even counting the pain it inflicts on Google with this.)