V For Vendetta wasn’t an actual protest, it was a pastiche of a protest, as presented by a bestselling comic book and blockbuster movie. Similarly, by adopting the “V” mask, Anonymous risks appearing less as a genuine grass-roots movement than a parody of one — a carbon copy of something that some kids saw in a movie and decided to mimic because it looked cool. A meme.
Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but the politicians who contrived the city’s Chinatown subway project must have left their brains somewhere else. The subway is a case study in government incompetence and wasted taxpayer money.
Transportation experts say the subway’s design is seriously flawed.
Commuters will have to travel eight stories underground to catch the train and walk nearly a quarter of a mile to connect to the Market Street light-rail lines—after riding the subway for only a half mile.
The city’s metro system, which is already running $150 million operating deficits, isn’t likely to have the money to keep the subway running in any case.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life… Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—Steve Jobs | ThinkExist.com
Califano claims that kids are engaging in more risky behavior because they see photos of kids getting drunk and using drugs on the site. He adds, “Continuing to provide the electronic vehicle for transmitting such images constitutes electronic child abuse.”
And from the comments:
"Sure the kids smoke and drink on Facebook. But now that MySpace is over, where are they going to have sex?"
“The graying of social networking sites continues, but the oldest users are still far less likely to be making regular use of these tools,” said Mary Madden, Senior Research Specialist and co-author of the report. “While seniors are testing the waters, many Baby Boomers are beginning to make a trip to the social media pool part of their daily routine.”
With 13.4 million users in the U.S., Tumblr still lags far behind WordPress’ 44 million users and Google-owned Blogger’s 64 million users. But its page views are much higher. In July, Tumblr had 3.8 billion U.S. page views, while WordPress had 282 million and Blogger had 718 million.
Public Enemy frontman Chuck D has a pessimistic scenario about the future of technology. The politically active rapper tweeted last night, “2013 we will see the end of SocialNetworks. 2012 every phone is a tracking device & keeping you locked in CRIB.”
All I’m saying is: when the man that wrote “Fight the Power” turns on you, it might be a good idea to reevaluate what you’re trying to do. People like Chuck D could be the beginning of the mainstreaming of privacy concerns.
“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”—Steve Jobs | Money Quotes, Steve Jobs-Style | Wired.com
Today, we are living in a world that’s about taking short-term decisions: CEOs who pray to at the altar of the devil called quarterly earnings, companies that react to rivals, politicians who are only worried about the coming election cycle and leaders who are in for the near-term gain.
And then there are Steve and Apple: a leader and a company not afraid to take the long view, patiently building the way to the future envisioned for the company.
“Control+F [is] “the single most important thing you can teach someone about search.” And because I think search is the single most important function of our networked computers today (word processing being a close second), Control+F is the most important computing skill.”—Alexis Madrigal | Why Using Control+F May Be the Most Important Computing Skill
“The number of Facebook users in the US will increase 13.4% this year, eMarketer estimates, after 38.6% growth in 2010 and a whopping 90.3% rise the year before. The rate of adult Twitter user adoption has similarly begun to plateau, dropping from 293.1% growth in 2009 to 26.3% this year and still slowing.”—What Changing Social Media Usage Means for Marketers - eMarketer
"I do these field studies and I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve sat in somebody’s house as they’ve read through a long document trying to find the result they’re looking for. At the end I’ll say to them, ‘Let me show one little trick here,’ and very often people will say, 'I can't believe I've been wasting my life!'”
“When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms.” Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular.
“PCs are going to be like trucks,” Jobs said. “They are still going to be around.” However, he said, only “one out of x people will need them.”
“The average American undertakes approximately 170 rituals a day—from shaking hands to picking up their cup of Starbucks. And even though no one gives them a thought, these rituals add up and shape our daily lives. What’s interesting is that the number is steadily increasing. People have added, on average, six new rituals to their portfolio over the past four years. The more stress we feel, the more rituals we carry out.”—What Apple Babies Reveal About Our Tech Routines — Fast Company
As part of an experiment for my forthcoming book Brandwashed, I lined up 20 babies between the ages of 14 and 20 months. I then handed each one a BlackBerry. No sooner had their soft chubby fists reached out to take the phone from me than they touched the screen expecting it to light up. When nothing happened, a few stuck it in their mouths whilst others moved on to something more interesting.
These babies, all under two years old, have already been converted to the Apple brand.