Monthly Archives: June 2005

The Factor of Four: Preparing Yourself for Economic Meltdown

The cover story of this month’s Atlantic is editor James Fallows’ Countdown to a Meltdown, a look at the implications of reckless Bush-Greenspan economic policies for the next generation. The only thing that isn’t entirely credible to any student of … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works | 7 Comments

I Don’t Think You Get My Point: The 5 Hurdles to Effective Communication

“The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.” — George Bernard Shaw If Shaw is right, what can we do about it? We spend over half of our working life, and a considerable portion of all … Continue reading

Posted in Our Culture / Ourselves | 5 Comments

What Should Your Corporate Policy Be On Blogs?

Many corporations, prodded by magazines like BusinessWeek talking up blogs as an important and enduring phenomenon, and by cases where companies have been embarrassed by employee blogs and responded by firing the employee, have been rushing to decide what, if … Continue reading

Posted in Using Weblogs and Technology, Working Smarter | 2 Comments

Finds of the Week

What Makes a Group Collaborative?: We need a few hundred more responses to this survey before we can derive some meaningful results. If you have a few moments, please participate. Thanks! Young People Changing the World: A group of young … Continue reading

Posted in Our Culture / Ourselves | 2 Comments

Increased Bird Aggressiveness: Is There Something Ominous Going On?

Perhaps it’s just because I’m paying closer attention, but in the past few months I have observed an alarming number of instances of groups of small birds savagely and relentlessly pursuing and attacking larger birds. The first time I noticed … Continue reading

Posted in Preparing for Civilization's End | 19 Comments

Rescuing Social Networking

Recent reports of the demise of Social Networking Applications (SNAs), voted “technology of the year” by Business 2.0 just two years ago, are increasing. Most recently C|Net’s Molly Wood reported on Five Reasons Social Networking Doesn’t Work. While LinkedIn and … Continue reading

Posted in Using Weblogs and Technology | 4 Comments

How Bloggers Can Help Defeat Anti-Intellectualism

In this era of anti-intellectualism and learned helplessness, the media, and we in the alternative media, have a responsibility to inform and engage the public on matters that are important and on vanguard thinking about these matters, even if they’re … Continue reading

Posted in Our Culture / Ourselves | 10 Comments

Four Ideas for Getting Great Little-Known Blogs Discovered

Most bloggers are part of the Long Tail, the 600-foot long gap in the chart above that collectively gets 80% of the roughly 700,000 hours of total blogosphere readership each day, but which individually get miniscule attention. What if you … Continue reading

Posted in Using Weblogs and Technology | 22 Comments

The Importance of Place

Place, the place we call home, the place we belong to, defines us. When we have lost our sense of place, we have lost our soul. Last Christmas I wrote a piece about homelessness, and suggested that the homeless and … Continue reading

Posted in Preparing for Civilization's End | 9 Comments

Fighting Factory Farms

Several readers were sufficiently shocked by the picture and story of what goes on in Western factory farms to ask “What can we do about it?” Here are some thoughts, and a bunch of useful links to more information: Become … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works | 8 Comments