Drama’s Roundup - August 13, 2007

Posted on August 13, 2007
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Since First Life has never been busier for me and it’s impossible to knock out high-quality posts in as much volume and as rapidly as I would like, I’m starting a new series called Drama’s Roundup where I link to interesting articles I come across on the Internet (or that are forwarded to me by my trusted network of brilliant individuals). Some might serve as starting points for future posts.

A House That’s Just Unreal
Why It’s Interesting: The comment from the person who sent this to me says it all: “Talk about social interactions gone awry.” I never thought I’d ever read about a virtual naked conga line in the NY Times so this seems not only like an accurate assessment, but perhaps an understatement.

Nokia’s Global Design Sense
Why It’s Interesting: Businesses often fail to consider cultural issues when designing products, interacting with foreign entities, etc. Universal assumptions are made and these aren’t always accurate, localization is often equated with translation, etc. A glimpse inside Nokia’s design process, which incorporates the work of anthropologists and psychologists, shows that the world of product design is a lot more complex than we often think. Success and failure can hinge upon taking into account considerably more factors than often acknowledged.

The mandarins of money
Why It’s Interesting: Although not directly related to technology, the increasing amount of influence emerging economies wield in the global economy is something that I hinted at in a previous post and will have far-reaching consequences for all businesses.

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