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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Thursday Top 5+1







Coraline trailer and two behind-the-scenes clips
Velms, this opens this weekend. Let’s go see it!



“The Obama Moment”
Next Agenda’s Peter Leyden gives a TED-style talk about the dramatic historical, technological, and demographic changes that are occurring in our lifetime, and how he believes they are affecting the current (and future) political landscape. It’s an hour long, but very interesting. My favorite quote, when he’s talking about how we are armed today with all the knowledge and technology needed to solve the world’s problems: “If you would have told Franklin Roosevelt or Churchill...that we’re going to give you a machine that you put in not just your desk, but your hand, and you can ask it any question in the world and get back all the world’s related information in a second, they would have said, ‘That’s magic!’. And we just call it Google.” The most appalling thing I learned: According to Leyden, Generation X (sadly, that includes me) is politically more conservative than the Boomers. Ugh, I think I may go barf.



“Blame Us”
San Francisco magazine asked a round-table of Bay Area progressive political figures to comment on the impact of the high tech and outside-the-Beltway influences on the Obama campaign. As usual from this publication, it’s perhaps a bit over the top in its self-importance, but an interesting article nonetheless. Those quoted include Craigslist’s Craig Newmark, DailyKos’s Markos Moulitsas, MoveOn founders Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, and Salon.com founder David Talbot.



Songsmith
Microsoft is um, going for what market here? Bad singers? [via Jason]



Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” remixed through Microsoft Songsmith
So. Very. Bad. There are a ton of these on YouTube if you really want to torture yourself.

The Future of News: How to Survive the New Media Shift
“News organizations cannot continue to ignore the global shift from institutionally controlled media to user controlled media. They have to redefine their processes and face the obvious question: Do we still need old media for news?...”

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Anonymous OKThisTime said...

Interesting blog. Relevant to your comments about GenX/Boom...as many nationally influential voices have repeatedly noted, Barack and Michelle Obama are part of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and Generation X. Google Generation Jones, and you'll see it’s gotten a lot of media attention, and many top commentators from many top publications and networks (Washington Post, Time magazine, NBC, Newsweek, ABC, etc.) specifically use this term to describe Obama.

Great op-ed on exactly this topic in USA TODAY last week:
http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/01/stuck-in-the-mi.html

2/09/2009 08:24:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This perpetually lost person thanks you for adding the arrows so that I can match the descriptors to the videos. Yay for arrows!

Kathy

2/11/2009 10:13:00 PM

 

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