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.””

Poetry in the Digital Age: Update & Fine Linkage

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Tweet 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. […]

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.”

The Cost of Poetry in the Digital Age

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Tweet Yesterday we posted the first in a two-part discussion about poetry in the digital age.  In that post, I explored some of the technological issues related to poetry.  In today’s guest blog, Jonathan Farmer, […]

Poetry in the Digital Age

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Tweet An ongoing project of Zeigeist is to identify innovation gaps, places where technology falls short or doesn’t address problems at all. We place a premium on real-world issues, but we want to make sure […]

Interviews with Smart People: Mozilla’s Brian Crowder

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Tweet Developers are the unsung heroes of any Web project, but they’re really the heart and soul of Mozilla, the ambitious open source software project behind the ever-extensible Firefox browser.  The Mozilla goal is both […]

The Future of the Human/Machine Interface: A Zeitgeist Panel Discussion

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Tweet We’ve got a panel discussion! The Future of the Human/Machine Interface Tuesday, October 19th, 7-9 pm Hive at 55, 55 Broad Street, 13F, NY NY 10004 RSVP here. Panelists: Irwin Chen, Jill Nussbaum, Dan […]

Interviews with Smart People: Carla Thompson of Sharp Skirts

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Tweet We’re kicking off a new feature here on the blog: Interviews with Smart People.  We think it’s important to hear from all sorts of digital builders, thinkers, and dreamers – not just the same […]

Innovation Gaps: Healthcare and the No-Fly List

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Tweet Earlier this week, Sanofi-Aventis announced the impending arrival of the IBGStar, a nifty little device that plugs in to an iPhone  and will allow diabetics to upload information from their blood glucose tests (a […]

An IT Director, a Developer, and a Social Media Strategist Walked into a Bar…

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Tweet … and met up a whole bunch of other digital people at the Zeitgeist Social… Thanks to everyone for coming out to our first New York event last week!  Drinks were consumed, new contacts […]