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Fragments for 2009-03-16

  • Einen Kommilitonen verschlägt es ins sonnige München. Ihr wisst nicht zufällig von einer freien Wohnung? #
  • @Oliverheil Nope, das betroffene München liegt tatsächlich vor den Alpen und nicht hinter dem Taunus 🙂 #
  • @metaman Viel Spass im Süden 🙂 Vertritt unser Paper gut! #

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Bits and pieces from last week 2009/11

Klaus-Peter Schöppner: „Partei der Mitte“: Der Chancentod der CDU
An interesting analysis of the state of things for the CDU before the German election campaign 2009.

Henry Farrell: Political scientists in public debate
This is a nice conversation starter about the roles political scientists should play in the public discourse about politics.

Joshua-Michele Ross: The Rise Of The Social Nervous System
Tim O’Reilly: The Social Nervous System Has More Than One Sense
Joshua-Michele Ross gets the ball rolling by talking about the real-life consequences of the use of social media by large groups of interconnected people. Messages send through internet services to a large community of interest become signals that in turn influence behavior. Tim O’Reilly then picks it up and plays with the possibilities when internet services go beyond text messages. What information will be send by our devices and what signals will be picked up by our community of interest?

Quinn Norton: Etech liveblogging: Mobile Phones Reveal the Behaviors of Places and People (Tony Jebara)
Robert Kaye: ETech: Mobile Phones Reveal the Behaviors of Places and People
Two accounts of an interesting presentation at this years Etech where Tony Jebara talked about Mobile Phones Reveal the Behavior of Places and People. These are interesting examples on how to infer social context from seemingly unrelated data. Also a reminder for all those who search for the ultimate social graph on the net, that they have to include offline social behavior in their analyses.

Clay Shirky: Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable
Clay Shirky once again comments on the future-of-newspaper debate. His take is: we are living through a transition, we don’t know what will work, we therefor have to experiment – a lot. Sounds like just the time for rapid prototyping. His point is, that we have to phrase the question differently. Not, how can we save newspapers. But, how can we provide the functions newspaper provided for society in this new emerging environment.

Paul Starr: Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)
Yochai Benkler: A New Era of Corruption?
Benkler answers to Starr’s original essay on the public goods that will be lost with the death-of-newspapers. He does not share Starr’s pessimistic outlook.

Steven Berlin Johnson: Old Growth Media and the Future of News
This is the transcript of a speech Steven Berlin Johnson at the SXSW09. What makes his take on the death-of-newspaper-story interesting is his vision of locally relevant news that can be reported and distributed through social media and his idea of traditional media outlets as filters to a plethora of news.

Fragments for 2009-03-14

  • @Stecki Vielleicht interessant in dem Kontext: Paul Starr – Goodbye to the Age of the newspaper #
  • @Stecki Gerne. Bin mal gespannt wie sich die Diskussion entwickelt. Shirky ist mir etwas zu unkritisch in seiner Einschätzung… #

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Fragments for 2009-03-13

  • Time for the last edits on my paper on political leadership #mpsa No Verdi this morning. Instead listening to Mozart’s Figaro. #

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Fragments for 2009-03-12

  • Writing my paper for #MPSA while listening to Verdi: Only way for me to connect to his melodrama is by having my faculties blocked by a cold #
  • OK, finally Dies Irae. This is more like it! #

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Fragments for 2009-03-11

  • Finally I am in the clutches of an obligatory spring cold. Working an half-speed. #

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Fragments for 2009-03-10

  • It’s getting early once again. Time for the piano sonatas by the good old Ludwig van: starting with Waldstein. No surprise there, I guess. #
  • Just received a little parcel from @FieldNotesBrand. Finally a workday alternative to moleskine notebooks. #
  • RT @teamdeutschland das teAM wird auch auf dem sein. Es sind noch Plätze frei (#sh) #

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Fragments for 2009-03-09

  • Just booked my flight to Chicago in April #MPSA #

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Bits and pieces from last week 2009/10

Adam Rogers: Legendary Comics Writer Alan Moore on Superheroes, The League, and Making Magic
In all the Watchmen-Hype that is thrown our way, this is a welcome piece of reflective commentary on comics, superheroes, and some extraordinary gentlemen. Wired interviews the author of Watchmen, Alan Moore.

Bruce Sterling: What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09
Sterling’s take on the nature of Web 2.0 and the coming transition makes for great reading for all the self-declared social-media-specialists. Read it. Then read it again, slowly.

Alexander Schellong: Facebook, data and the demographic
A rough guess on the growth of Facebook in terms of server space. Quite a lot of space assuming of course Facebook is still around in 2060.

Stephanie Condon: Obama’s CIO wants more citizen activity on Web
Johnson: The Vivek Kundra Opportunity
Tim O’Brien: Vivek Kundra: Federal CIO in His Own Words
These three articles illustrate why the pol-tech-data-crowd is quite happy with Vivek Kundra. At least this is a discussion on politics/government that doesn’t involve the marketing folks. So I am happy, too.
[via Nancy Scola: Kundra Lays Out “Wholistic View” for Government IT]

James Duncan Davidson: Dear Speakers
And finally some always welcome advice for all public speakers out there.
[via Cory Doctorow: Excellent public speaking advice]

Fragments for 2009-03-06

  • Inzwischen ist es mindestens 1 Jahr her, dass ich ein Suhrkamp Buch gelesen habe. Mal sehen ob das Buch den Trend dreht: Jeffersons Erben. #
  • Jetzt erst einmal Kaffee und Alabama 3, dann wieder an’s Korrekturlesen. #

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