Monday, March 20, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
We Are A Conversation ....
No, and ...yes. The difference is that a website is interactive and lets users participate in that sense - but this is not an interaction between power equals. Notice the word "user".
Looking at the instruments being used for interaction between of bloggers - it's the blog tool - on all sides. A blogger assumes the role of a visitor, of a commentator and again of a blogger. We all participate in the others'
publications - in that way blogging certainly is interactive but it's more. It is interaction between participants.
Leuc Le Meur's version in regards to blogs is:
Traditional media send messages
Blogs start discussions
Found via Fredrik Wackå's corporateblogging
Mark Morford's columns
I know now how to work for some East German person who is younger than me and prove myself as a flexible, adaptive co-worker:
Shut-up, work, do not ask any questions, never talk to any one outside the department, or better - never talk to anyone but your superior, pretend to not be able to speak English whenever possible. And work hard at finding former East-Germans totally exciting, astonishing, hip and noteworthy. And endure petty hurtful personal stabs, irrational accusations and hysterical screeching with a smile.
The problem was that the shock of 9/11 and the mourning and the sadness and the not being able to talk to people near me, in whose country I had been living happily for over 10 years, and bearing the triumphant schadenfreude of my superior was such a difficult task - in addition to working, that I must have appeared somewhat c l u m s y . Which then again inspired intense disdain in my immediate surroundings consisting of German co-workers who strongly believed in giving the East German person a break - as long as I - not them - was paying the price. Indulging a former East German in this way hence was the expedient, the politically correct thing to do - the poor thing had been Coming in From the Cold after all.
Which is why the strange and tortured humour of UC Berkeley alumni and Hearst - SF Gate contributor Mark Morford arriving in my email box in the form of a column every day was medicine, no dope for me.
It's all about retail, just like Jesus would have wanted . . . read Mark's column here
East + German
Gore is Vital
is most likely the real reason I decided to leave Berkeley. Or better his State of the Nation speech at the UC Berkeley Auditorium. Unlike Berkeley underdoggism - which means barking up at anything to do with power - Gore Vidal's eloquent and funny speech revealed the lives of the rich, famous and infamous from the inside out - meaning from peer to peer. Gore was born into an American upperclass family, well-connected in terms of politics and money. His revelations are void of envy, cloaking itself as political correctness. His conclusions are that power happens as randomly as anything - there is no higher wisdom bestowing power and influence on those deemed worthy. Thus he suggests that an attitude of irreverence towards the extremely powerful together with deep, humourous compassion for humankind are the way to go.
At the panel discussion after his speech, some established leftist Berkeley journalist writer simply said, Gore you are full of shit - meaning of course - easy for you to talk like that - you come from money. Well I just had heard enough of the whiny, pol cor investigative journalism in Berkeley to know that this was envy screeching at eloquence.
This dude Gore, I felt, was on to something. And that something was not to be found in Berkeley anymore for me. Later that evening I met Gore Vidal at Amy Wallace's house (daughter of Irving). Then, in response to a "fan" letter I had sent him, he came back with correcting my commas.
Gore Vidal is living in Ravello, Italy, Mainland Europe.
Gisela Strauss, Munich, Germany, Mainland Europe
The American German Business Club Munich
The American German Business Club Munich with Patrtick Brennan presiding.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Blogging for Memory and Community
Blogging in my view is a tool to cope with information overload. Information which moves me to blog about seems relevant, note-worthy. That's a filtering criteria right there. The moment I post about some news, my own thoughts, another blogger's post, a tool, a method, it receives some surrounding con-text, which helps me to log it in my memory (internal linking) but also provides a sur-face, an inter-face to weave it together with other information - in my own blog or in other's (external linking). Linking to content in my own blog creates a local neural network, linking to others' ties my microcontent into the global neural network. Linear information gathering is hence obsolete - since it has become impossible.
Mary Hodder put it succinctly:
For many bloggers the relevant sphere of influence is not overall popularity, as those indexes [technorati, Google, GS] express. It's influence and connection within a community. And the relevant measure of connection isn't the number of connections -- it's the depth and impact of those connections. This is about celebrating the niche, and measuring engagement over time.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Munich Book Blogs?
From Feb. 19th 2005:
I am surprised. Munich is the European hub of book publishing.
It is dubbed the Isar Valley because of its role in technology.
And yet and yet: no German language book blog of repute coming out of Munich.
Check it out for yourself with the blog search engine www.technorati.com recently redesigned featuring its own Book category.
Or just click on this link which takes you to a technorati screen with the search keyword "verlag" already entered and view results.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Dave Davies said they *liked* it
I believe that. This interview is worth listening to.
Why do I believe that? Because I have witnessed the vulgarity and stubborness of Nazi conviction and the craftiness in both putting it forth and hiding it. The complete and utter absence of shame. I wonder, after listening to this, if the sweeping social engineering measures administered by the Allies to defeated German women and men and their offspring later (I am an offspring), has truly achieved the hoped-for results. Because it was based on the assumption of
emancipating hapless masses who had been manipulated by the Goebbels propaganda machine and needed only to be *rewired*. I am not sure.... Certainly that is the script the postwar generations has accepted. And handed down to us, the next generation. But then for someone growing up in the midst of this there always appeared to be holes in this story. Because for one . . .
Why was this war generation always so mean, and envious of our innocence?
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Gosfordian to the Max -
Cute, · T E C H N O R A T I · awwwww.
Someone help me out with this - Banksy and his, Please-mom-I-want-to-be-like-Andy-Warhol-when-I'm-6-campaign:
Is it embarassing with it's desperate and deliberate aping of Andy Warhol and a little bit of Basquiat thrown in?
Imitation Andy Warhol and Basquiat squashed into one British person named Banksy can only mean one thing: continuous self-buggery begging for Bankable Attention, payable in pounds, please.
The New York art scene elite is extremely taken aback - but too snobbish to ever let it show, even in the politest, faintest, remotest manner.
Oh c'mon Banksy, you're better than Warhol, you get a straight
A for your work - you are the Ahole.
Wait was that an ever so faint . . . giggle coming from that N.Y. loft space converted into an artistic-intellectual enclave over there? Oh look - Bansky clings to the window with suction cups - evidently begging Whoopy Goldberg to be let in. Cliffhangingly inventive - isn't he. Awwww. Soapy tho the max.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Andrew Blau on Motion Media
Telling Important Stories to Growing Audiences
Independent Media a Definition:
Quite simply, video and film conceived and produced independent of the traditionally corporate sponsors for media and made for a wide range of purposes beyond purely commercial considerations. The work could be personal essays, documentaries, media or video art, feature style narratives, or a combination of these.
To avoid trying the subject too much to the physical properties of film or video, to acknowledge the new digital media that will be neither film or videotape, and to distinguish the media we're referring to from media primarily composed of still graphics, text or audio, we sometimes use the term "motion media" as a substitute.
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Evidence of growth and decline, opportunity and threat, is no contradiction but different parts of the same story. The field is reorganizing, and the flow of resources and attention is reorganizing with it.
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It may not be an economic opportunity immediately or directly, but am opportunity to make and move work in unprecedented ways with unprecedented flexibility.
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The resulting output will overrun the institutions and strategies created to organize and navigate an era of great scarcity of media equipment and products.
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The internet will be the home of coming generations of media makers and viewers. For them, the Internet is neither new nor special, just the thing that connects most of their media choices.
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When work can be made cheaply, cheap becomes the new normal.
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The majors aren't set up to make money on artists selling small number of albums, but that's not a reflection of the commercial viability of the artists. It's a reflection of the economics of running a huge record company. Small independent labels are breaking even and turning profits with sales figures that the majors would take as losses and an excuse to dump the artist, and a small but growing number of artists are taking advantage of the new economics to put out their own records.
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and more stuff
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