Epic – the MUST See Movie for Public Relations Professionals

EpicthemovieEPIC The Movie and the EPIC Movie update 2015 from the blog (hint: EPIC = Evolving Personalised Information Construct)

This article in the guardian on EPIC includes the text of the movie EPIC which predicts the complete reshuffling of media empires.  For the complete movie, this is the latest link I found but please do double check me on the mirrors.  From the movie text:

The year is 2014, and people have access to a breadth and depth of information unimaginable in an earlier age.

Everyone contributes in some way. Everyone takes part to create a living, breathing mediascape. However, the press, as you knew it, has ceased to exist. Twentieth century news organisations are an afterthought, a lonely remnant of a not too distant past.

The road to 2014 began in the previous century. In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist at the Cern particle physics laboratory in Switzerland, invents the world wide web. In 1994, Amazon.com is founded. Its young creator dreams of a store that sells everything. Amazon’s model, which will set the standard for internet sales, is built on automated personalised recommendations: a store that can make suggestions.

For those in the public relations field, EPIC is a MUST view movie.  Both the 2014 and 2015 versions.

Clay Shirky Highlights from Etech 2006 in San Diego

These are my five favorite quotes from Clay Shirky’s talk at eTech 2006.  These are small snippets from the O’Reilly Radar Post.

The problem that Slashdot faces is the tragedy of the commons. The aggregate attention of the users is the commons. Everyone has an incentive to see that maintained for Slashdot to thrive. Every poster has an incentive to defect, to get attention for them selves.

Treat readers and writers different. By making distinction, slashdot can figure out how to defend readers from writers.

Defensive Defaults. Social software is the land of unintended consequences. Who will guard the guardians? Once one group of users passes judgment on others, I have to defend against abuse.

1. Don’t make features 2. Make comments central 3. Make login optional

Social software is the experimental wing of political philosophy, a discipline that doesn’t realize it has an experimental wing. We are literally encoding the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression in our tools.

Clay is one bald serious talking dude.  He has influenced my thinking on spam (the point is it is PART of the system so do not be surprised!).  I encourage everyone interested in social software to read his article on Group as User: Flaming and the Design of Social Software.

Linda Stone Highlights from Etech 2006 in San Diego

These are my five favorite quotes from Linda Stone’s talk at eTech 2006.  These are small snippets from the O’Reilly Radar Post.

Continuous partial attention is neither good nor bad, it just is.

The sweet spot of opportunity for us is the meeting of human desire and technology advance.

Connect, connect, connect has brought us to a place where we feel overwhelmed, over-stimulated and unfulfilled.

Wikis are better for brainstorming. I.M. is better for making a plan. Telephones and IM may be better for crisis management.

The new mantra, the new differentiator, the new opportunity for all of us is: improves quality of life. Does this product, service, feature, message — enhance and improve our quality of life?

Etech continues to offer mind bending quality speakers who speak clearly.  Not easily done.  Thanks O’Reilly!

David Geilhufe at the NetSquared Houston Meeting – Tomorrow Night (Tuesday)

The Houston NetSquared Meetup Group, associated with NetSquared in San Fran, has an event tomorrow in Houston.   Here are the details:

What: The Houston NetSquared March Meetup
When: Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00PM

Rockfish Grill
11805 Westheimer Rd
Houston TX 77042 (map)

David Geilhufe joining us from Beaumont, TX to speak with the NetSquared Houston group for our first meeting.  This will be the very first Meetup for The Houston NetSquared Meetup Group!

David will speak to us about his experience helping Hurricane Katrina evacuees unite with family and friends with The Katrina People Finder project (www.katrinalist.net). 

View David’s bio here on the NetSquared site:
See who’s coming or update your RSVP:

I had to put a portion of David’s bio here as well.  It is pretty unbelievable!

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, David Geilhufe has been a Senior Program Officer with the Beaumont Foundation of America
responsible for a $10m grant portfolio of more than 200 sites, a Senior
Product Manager for the Accel Partners-funded enterprise software
start-up DigiGroups, and the founder and Director of the Eastmont
Computing Center in Oakland, CA.

David was also instrumental in the
development and launch of the KatrinaList.net, which connected loved ones with missing persons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

started his career in International Development in Africa and Russia
working for USAID, the World Bank and the OECD. He holds a Masters in
International Development and Applied Economics from American
University and a Bachelors from the University of California, Santa

David is also the person who pointed me towards the People Finder Interchange Format.  With Katrina evacuees in Houston, we *needed* some RSS format for people and this looks like a good fit!  For more on PFIF, view the PFIF specification docs here.