I’ve picked on Robert Scoble quite a bit because I think he embodies all that is wrong with Web 2.0. Not only does he epitomize the “technology for technology’s sake” philosophy so prevalent in Web 2.0, he’s simply out of touch with reality as a whole.
Up until now, this has been good for some amusement.
But through a trackback from the MarCom Writer Blog, I stumbled upon a Scoble post that contained something really disturbing.
In response to an email asking him why he wastes so much time with Web 2.0 services and technology gadets, Scoble wrote:
Back in January, I argued that “Politics 2.0 is politics as usual” and stated:
In my opinion, Web 2.0 has become little more than the technological equivalent of the candidate-holds-a-baby photo opportunity. It looks great that politicians are answering questions from Internet users, making themselves appear more accessible and encouraging grassroots campaigns, but it’s really little more than marketing fodder. I don’t see any evidence that politicians are going to change the way they do business.
Drama 2.0 says:
The best measure of the value of time is not money but waste. Having more of the former does not guarantee less of the latter.
For obvious reasons, Nick Carr’s article entitled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” in this month’s edition of The Atlantic struck a cord with me.
After all, I often point out the negative consequences of our technology-obsessed society. From an increase in narcissism to a decrease in meaningful social interaction, I have argued that our favorite technologies aren’t always beneficial.
Carr’s argument goes a step further and suggests that the Internet has conditioned us to become “mere decoders of information,” in the process rewiring our brains.
Drama 2.0 says:
Great nations exist only so long as the many are willing to sacrifice for the profit of the few.
I really can’t help it. I prefer to avoid any appearance that I’m “picking on” somebody, but Robert Scoble happens to be the best provider of great material for blog posts highlighting the absurdity and stupidity present in Web 2.0.
He provided yet more material when he described his experience in an Apple Store this past Monday.
Unable to contain himself, he couldn’t muster up the will-power to disconnect from the Internet and apparently felt compelled to follow his favorite websites to find out what was going on with Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
What did he learn? Something extremely important:
Yahoo as we knew it died today when it announced that talks with Microsoft about some sort of acquisition have formally been ended and that it was instead entering into a search advertising deal with rival Google.
Here is my summary and analysis of the news.
After Microsoft’s initial offer to acquire Yahoo was rebuffed, the company entered into a second round of discussions.
The Redmond software company reportedly informed Yahoo that it had no interest in discussing a full acquisition, even at the previous offer price.
I find wisdom in the words of great thinkers. Philosophers such as Confucius, St. Augustine and Bertrand Russell. The world today is desperately in need of great thinkers in the same mold so I’ve decided to try my hand with the introduction of a new series, The Wisdom of Drama.
In it, I’ll share classic sayings that will one day be cited in philosophy eBooks that students around the world read on their Kindles. Or not.
So without further ado, Drama 2.0 says:
Whoever said honesty doesn’t pay wasn’t being honest enough.
Yesterday was a special day for geeks around the world. They finally had something besides Twitter to write about.
Yes, that can only mean one thing: Apple released a new iPhone.
Blogs like Engadget and TechCrunch dedicated a chunk of their daily “coverage” to the iPhone and the mainstream press was equally guilty of indulging in the hype.
Given that I’m not easily amused by technology gadgets and am not particularly fond of cell phones (I value both my and my ), I always get amused when I see throngs of geeks - mostly male - lining up to see what Apple is going to release.
In my opinion, the technology blogosphere has become little more than a circle jerk. Apparently it’s turning “research” into a circle jerk as well.
I’ve been engaging in an interesting “conversation” with Dell’s Richard Binhammer that was sparked by on the problems with “conversational marketing.”
Dell and Binhammer by social media proponent Shel Israel for their use of social media. I questioned just how great an impact social media has made for Dell, noting that for all the good work Dell has done in the blogosphere, the University of Michigan’s American Customer Satisfaction Index didn’t rank Dell very highly and observed a drop in Dell’s satisfaction rating last year.« go back — keep looking »