TITLE: Favorite Passages from Today's Reading AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: December 18, 2013 3:31 PM DESC: ----- BODY: From The End of the Facebook Era:
This is why social networks [like Google+] are struggling even more than Facebook to get a foothold in the future of social networking. They are betting on last year's fashion -- they're fighting Facebook for the last available room on the Titanic when they should be looking at all of the other ships leaving the marina.
A lot of people and organizations in this world are fighting over the last available room on their sector's version of the Titanic. Universities may well be among them. Who is leaving the marina? From We Need to Talk About TED:
Astrophysics run on the model of American Idol is a recipe for civilizational disaster. ... TED's version [of deep technocultural shift] has too much faith in technology, and not nearly enough commitment to technology. It is placebo technoradicalism, toying with risk so as to re-affirm the comfortable.
I like TED talks as much as the next person, but I often wonder how much change they cause in the world, as opposed to serving merely as chic entertainment for the comfortable First World set. -----