Monday Maps: Google’s College Basketball Tournament 2011

Written by Tammy Oler. Filed under Digital Culture, Nerd Stuff. Tagged . No comments.
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We’re big infographics nerds here at Zeitgeist, and we love interactive maps so much we’re going to feature them on a weekly basis.  Welcome to Monday Maps! For this first installment, I wanted to showcase … Read More

The Kids are Alright (Without These 5 Obsolete Technologies)

Written by Freyja Gallagher. Filed under Digital Culture, Meta Zeitgeist, Pop Culture. No comments.
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My husband is easily moved by objects such as the blue translucent Motorola pager he used to stay connected back when he first moved to Brooklyn in the early 90s.  He saves it, along with … Read More

We Like Students for Free Culture

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Here’s a shout out to the Students for Free Culture Conference taking place this weekend in New York City.  They’ve got a great line-up with panels on remix culture, music, and the arts, open education/open … Read More

Last Minute Picks for #smwnyc

Written by Freyja Gallagher. Filed under Digital Culture, Events, Innovation and Ideas. Tagged . No comments.
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We’re psyched for SMWNY here at Zeitgeist, even if the term “social media” is beginning to make everyone break out in hives…   For one thing, I’ll be helping to facilitate a sort of gigantic … Read More

NYC BigApps: Rethinking Data and the Public/Private Divide

Written by Tammy Oler. Filed under Digital Culture, Global Problem Solving, Innovation and Ideas. No comments.
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It’s impossible for us not to be excited by the NYC BigApps competition.  The initiative itself is great – a competition that rewards creative, meaningful, and effective development of applications using the City of New … Read More

Zeitgeist Panel — Human/Machine Interaction

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Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our second event last Tuesday evening! Big ups to our panelists, Irwin Chen (@irwin), Ian Spalter (@ianspalter), Jill Nussbaum, and Dan Paluska (@thesixmill), for some fascinating … Read More

From Ben Franklin to Jetpacks: Highlights from All Day Buffet’s Feast On Good

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To quote Eric Zimmerman, “If the last era was summed up by cinema, the next one will be summed up by gaming because it’s participatory.” We can extend that — if the 20th century was about creating and selling more consumer goods, the 21st century is about unlocking human potential and solving social problems, and in order to understand this, we need a new kind of economics that can create value from human flourishing.

Interviews with Smart People: David Dufresne of Bandzoogle and Backfed

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David Dufresne, Bandzoogle and Backfed

“Lots of people say that the Internet has devalued music. I disagree. I think it has devalued the traditional music product: packaged recorded music (CDs, mp3s). But the Internet opens up so many ways for artists to build a narrative around their creative output, communicate it to their fans and prospective fans, and then create contexts where that music can be enjoyed and where it actually gains value. The challenge is to find ways to earn a living from creating those “contexts.”"

Poetry in the Digital Age: Update & Fine Linkage

Written by Tammy Oler. Filed under Digital Culture, Innovation and Ideas, Meta Zeitgeist, Nerd Stuff. Tagged , , , , . No comments.
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Earlier this month, we published two posts on poetry in the digital age: the first focused on technological challenges and opportunities for poetry, and the second focused on how to approach the publishing model.  The … Read More

Interviews with Smart People: Frank Speiser, Co-Founder of Social Flow

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“Technological evolution will make it easier to listen and harder to hide, and will make it possible to isolate people based on what they believe. If we allow ourselves to be broken down into factions and played off one another, then that’s what we’ll get.

On the flip side, technology makes it easier to distribute your thoughts and ideas. It’s a lot harder to stop you from reaching 1,000 people now than it was just 15 years ago. The cost of acquiring an audience of hundreds of thousands of people is pretty much the opportunity cost of your time. We can find ways to co-operate now that have not been possible in the course of human history until now. Hopefully the more capable of us choose to go that route.

I predict that eventually we’ll have a P2P barter system, a competing set of social currencies, and new derivatives based on social receptivity. It might take a while, but that’s coming. We’ll probably also pick up a whole new set of jerks that attempt to abuse all of the above. That’s just life.”