Snapchat and applications like it represent a coming sea change in social media, one not necessarily defined by shared or public interactions. These services present an antidote to mainstream services that are meant to capture life moments so they can be shared, liked and commented on. Snapchat’s appeal lies largely in the lack of permanence. — Rejecting Billions, Snapchat Expects a Better Offer
Facebook and Twitter have quantified your social status, turning social interaction into a game that can be measured, and “won”. As with any well-structured game, competition, engagement, and stress ensue. There will always be losers.
Snapchat is not a competition. It’s an outlet from the competitive nature of modern content sharing. You choose a select group of people to see your low-fi picture, and you don’t feel pressured to create a masterpiece. Everyone is a winner. Everyone can have fun. — Am I Going Insane? Snapchat is Intrinsically Worthless
It is digital literacy that may produce the real separation between the haves and the have-nots. I’m not talking about knowing how to use a computer or a phone. I’m talking about being able to navigate the bullshit and misinformation that dominates these social networks and news platforms. — The New Digital Divide: Privilege and Misinformation in Modern Media | Betabeat
The new digital divide–along the lines of the book–is not about access but about people who have the time, energy and skills to develop new media literacy and those who don’t.
Consider the analogous divide in health and nutrition–and its deadly consequences. Part of society, with disposable income and access to healthy foods, can avoid the perils of an industrial food culture designed to addict people to the things that are making them fat and sick. (Or they can hire personal trainers to mitigate the effects). The other part–stuck in food deserts with kids to feed before they start their evening shift–eats what’s cheap and convenient…
A portion of the population will be stuffed with hormone-injected garbage (Huffington Post slideshows, Facebook linkbait and other Cheetos-like information) while the other portion lives in its own reality of tailor-made, high quality information that makes them increasingly wealthy and utterly detached. One side will be able to influence, direct and exploit the other side because one controls the media while the other is at its mercy. — The New Digital Divide: Privilege and Misinformation in Modern Media | Betabeat
Think about this for a second: Anyone can create something that everyone can see. It sounds simple, but it’s actually a profound change in the way people communicate. — Google’s Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora Says It’s Time to Invent What’s Next
Today, 2.5 billion people are online. It sounds like a lot. But really, that’s a little more than a third of everyone on Earth. By 2025, that number will have more than doubled to nearly 6 billion, or 80 percent of the world’s population, who will primarily connect to the world through mobile devices and digital platforms. — Google’s Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora Says It’s Time to Invent What’s Next
America has more prisoners than high school teachers or engineers
Work is the thing you admire, labor is the thing you have to do. — Mike Rowe
When did it make sense to say one size fits everybody? … Of the roughly three million jobs that companies are struggling to fill, only 8 to 12 percent require a college degree.
That’s not me saying don’t go to college. I’m saying, to start your life [$150,000] in the hole, [$80,000] in the hole with your art history major…that’s why you’ve got a trillion dollars in debt. These kids can’t find a job that they’ve been trained for, and the expectation is, it should be waiting for me. It ain’t. — Mike Rowe on How Many Are Following the ‘Worst Advice in the History of the World’
[I am challenging] the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. We’re lending money we don’t have, to kids who will never be able to pay it back, for jobs that no longer exist. That’s crazy, right? That’s what we’ve been doing for the last forty years. — Mike Rowe on How Many Are Following the ‘Worst Advice in the History of the World’
News in general doesn’t matter most of the time, and most people would be far better off if they spent their time consuming less news and more ideas that have more lasting import. — Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams
This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships.
(via @andrewrawnsley, @NMMGreenwich)
Twitter might have a retention problem: Of the 80 million Twitter accounts registered in the last three months, only 3 million turned into daily active tweeters, says PeerReach. Of all the accounts registered in July, 56% did not post a single tweet and only 8% tweeted more than 50 times.
Technology to me does two things: it increases the velocity of communication and increases the number of people who can participate. That’s it. That’s really all technology for our entire history has ever done. — Jack Dorsey (via PandoDaily)
Can You Get Rich by Investing $1,000 During an Internet IPO? (h/t jeremyjohnstone)