Category Archives: Digital Culture

Monday Maps are on Thursday: Click Through Rates by State (FB Ads)

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Tweet This week on Monday Maps, we’ve learned that when it comes to clicking on Facebook ads, North Dakotans have an itchy trigger finger, while Hawaiians and New Yorkers can scarcely be bothered. We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that Bay […]

Monday Maps: Google’s College Basketball Tournament 2011

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Tweet 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 a map about another of my big loves: March […]

Interviews with Smart People: Paul Fugelsang, Psychotherapist

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“You’re communicating with one another through a glowing screen and practicing the craft in ways that were unthinkable a short time ago. Every client I’ve seen online seems to agree, however, that the initial awkwardness fades away quickly as the therapeutic relationship takes center stage. I practice a mindfulness-based type of therapy so throughout a session I ask my clients to be curious about their experience in the moment and share that curiosity with me. Working together through our computers provides a different element of phenomena to explore, which in turn provides its own richness.”

The Kids are Alright (Without These 5 Obsolete Technologies)

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Tweet 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 Walkmen, Diskmen and other paperweights, in a clear plastic […]

We Like Students for Free Culture

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Tweet 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 access, fashion and free culture, and keynotes from Greg […]

Last Minute Picks for #smwnyc

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Tweet 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 ideation session sponsored by my friends at Luminary Labs […]

NYC BigApps: Rethinking Data and the Public/Private Divide

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Tweet 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 York’s NYC.gov Data Mine – but what it represents […]

Zeitgeist Panel — Human/Machine Interaction

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Tweet 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 presentations and scintillating discussion, and a huge thank you […]

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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“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.””