B is for Big, Business & Bloomberg

Lately I have been tuning into Bloomberg News. This is not a station that I frequent very much, but I am finding it interesting. I have been watching it via Apple TV. There is live material as well as reports from the previous hours and days chopped up and served for easy consumption.

There are a few things that I have noticed so far. The first is that the news is not that extensive. I should explain that what I have seen so far on Bloomberg News has not been the standard news reporting like the kind  with a news anchor at a desk and reporters live on location. Instead, it has been like some odd amalgam of the TV show The View (but without a live studio audience) and The Charlie Rose TV show. Maybe they are going for a causal seriousness?

Second, most of the reporters (moderators, actually) speak VERY LOUDLY. I haven’t figured out why they do this. Maybe it’s due to a/v trouble? Hearing problems? They think yelling will make them sound more legitimate? It is curious.

While the content isn’t that deep, I has provided me with a few sketch comedy ideas. Maybe Bloomberg News is meant to be background noise. It certainly could be a go-to source for the latest buzz words. I’ll need to do more research.

Overall, what connects all of the news topics is that they all have to do with very large companies dealing with big decisions that involve big money. I have yet to hear anything about small businesses and I do not suspect that I will.

Writing Write Now

Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now
The prompt: Write a post entirely in the present tense.
Posted by michelle w.
Free-flow here and now.
Folded legs.
Facing up.
Typing these words on my hand computer phone (iPhone).
I’m all thumbs when it comes to typing like this.
Bound to make a typo writing like this.
To fall asleep writing like this….

It is nearly day’s end.
A daze end at the day’s end.
It’s the end of the day and my body needs to recharge, wash the brain, dream a wee dream. The day needs to recharge; well at lest this part of the day needs to rest and ready itself for the next of itself.

I am determined to post every day this year. But what if all that I end up writing is a blog of crapola? (If this all ends up being a load of crapola, then I guess I’ll have to give my blog a proper title.)

The refrigerator hums away; it’s a veritable built-in “white noise” machine. It’s a sleepy noise. Now it is silent. Slight murmurs from different dwellings work their way through the building. There is too much bass coming from some television speakers floors away. It sounds like a heartbeat.

Laying on the couch.
Yawning to stay awake.
Bleary eyed.
Time to go.

Douglas Rushkoff

Third author: Douglas Rushkoff

His blog.

His books. (15 as of this post)

Most recent book: PRESENT SHOCK: When Everything Happens Now

The Rushkoff book that I first read: Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age

Rushkoff’s perspective of the digital revolution complements those of Scott Burken and Frank Rose. Each author’s work informs the others’ works. Multiple readings are recommended. With respect to that, it’s time for me to revisit all three of their works. It will be interesting to discover new facets that time will reveal as it has been over year since I first read them.

Scott Berkun

I am a fan of Scott Berkun. He is an author who writes about “creativity, leadership, philosophy and speaking.” Check out his blog on his website where you can learn more about the five books he has written plus a lot more.

I first encountered Berkun’s work a couple of summers ago. I was looking for some books that explored how individual people and societies are being affected by the Internet, WWW, portable digital devices and social networks. With respect to the digital tools, I was curious about where we are, how we got here and where we are headed. To put it another way, I was wondering who was picking up from where McLuhan left off. I discovered four new books on my search.

The first book that I read was Berkun’s The Myths of Innovation. If anyone enjoyed reading the biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and was fascinated by the history of the technology as well as Jobs, then The Myths of Innovation is a must read.

The above video is of Berkun speaking at Ignite Seattle 7 December 2010. He provides commentary as the audience watches a time-lapse video of Berkun’s computer screen while he writes 1000 words. The video is in his blog post titled How to Write 1000 Words.



Face-to-Face vs. Interface

I started a new category called Blog Ore. Blog ore is a naturally occurring clump of thoughts from which intelligent and coherent ideas can be successfully extracted. Instead of the term rough drafts, posts like this one will be filed under Blog Ore. Then I can visit them later to smelt them down.

Now, on with the latest blog ore…

Yesterday I started to kvell about blogging and how it is the richest form of social networking (compared to the  mainstream social networks). In my year-long blogging adventure, complete with further integration and use of social networks, I am beginning to notice the early indications of a pattern of how digital interfacing with people is affecting me. Questions come to mind.

Why do people blog?
Why do people use social networks?
How often do people blog and use social networks?
Which social skills strengthen and which atrophy with consistent use of blogs and social networks?
Do people see less of each other because of blogs and social networks?

Direct interaction is the most powerful means of communication among people. I am wondering how more and more interfacing affects the face-to-face interactions.

I know that what I’m writing about here is not new in the scope of human sociology and anthropology. (Remember this is blog ore.) But it is new to me with respect to my increasing acts of blogging.


Blogging is the Real Thing

I really need to explore this idea further, but I’ll start it off with this bit of writing first.

All students from middle school through college should have their own blog. All teachers and school administrators should blog. Blogging should be as common in all educational institutions as paper and pencil, computer screens, black boards, white boards, lunch and recess.

The only way to understand blogging is to blog. The act of publishing a post about something trivial or profound involves the same process: choosing an idea to share; composing; editing and publishing. The real fun begins post posting. Eventually, people will begin to interact with the blog posts. And in response, more posts are made.

Blogging is the richest form of social networking. For anyone who does not blog and would like to better understanding the cultures of the social networks such as Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr and others networks, then