Hephaestus' Favorite Stories Of The Week
from the favorites-of-the-week dept
This week’s post on favorite stories comes from regular commenter Hephaestus
In human history, we have people who stand out. These are the people that believe in community, that fight oppression, that innovate, that create the next big thing sometimes with out even knowing it. That’s who I’ve chosen to highlight in Techdirt posts from the past week.
The people around you and the community you build is important. Community Is About Enabling People To Be Heard. Everyone wants to be a part of something larger, something greater than themselves. Unless you have a huge ego and just want to be worshipped.
For standing up to those who wish to oppress, I give serious Kudos To Twitter For Not Just Rolling Over When The US Gov’t Asked For Info. Some of what Twitter did comes from doing what is right and just and maintaining trust. And some of it comes from the fear of financial loss. In the world of business on the internet, they are related. People now talk at the speed of light, so if you break the trust everyone knows almost immediately. This brings me to three givens for internet community, if you lose the trust, you fail to innovate, or if you get bought up by Rupert Murdoch, you lose the community.
Small innovations that occur as part of a larger trend are often overlooked by incumbent businesses. One such trend is the rise of low cost, high quality digital cameras. While the iPhone is does not have the best video quality, a Korean Director Shot a Movie With Just iPhones. The movie is 30 minutes long and seems to be more of a publicity stunt targeted at iWhatever fanbois than a serious attempt at film making. This puts the fact that films and TV shows can be made on a cellphone in the public mind. Combine that with YouTube extending the length of allowable videos and you have a serious disruption waiting to happen. It is only a matter of time before someone does a TV series about a robot on an Android, just for the publicity it will generate.
I have great hope for the next couple of years. Slowly we are seeing things change, sometime for the worse — sometimes for the better. On one side, we see the incumbents in several industries fighting the changes that are occuring with lawsuits, and laws designed to stop the advancements being made. On the other side, we see small incremental changes being made in reaction to these laws and lawsuits. Information technology, open source, online communities like Facebook and Linkedin, changes in the way we find information, all marching forward at a very rapid and predictable rate. We see existing disruptive trends accelerating, and new ones occuring all the time. None of which can be stopped, just slowed down a little.
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