I hate ads but I love this one .. ultrachloraseptic

I hate ads but I love this one .. ultrachloraseptic

I actually paused it to get the name of this product
Is this guy for real!

enjoy!

Is Wikileaks (releasing the source information and allowing us to make the analysis) the future of journalism?

On a day when Julian Assange is arrested, it is interesting to think beyond the arrest and to the wider issues it represents

Firstly, would we need wikileaks if our ‘journalists’ did a good job in the first place?

Here are some thoughts:

1) If we break down ‘news’ – News involves
- Acquire the content
- Editing the content
- Providing independent analysis
- Packaging

The source needs authority to be accepted.

2) Now, we don’t need journalists to acquire news. There are many alternate sources. Most of my ‘latest news’ I get from Twitter. We don’t need journalists or newspapers to edit the story and provide analysis (and add their bias!). As readers, we want to make our own decisions. The packaging is done by the Web(for free). News is designed often to ‘sell newspapers’. We (as readers) don’t have any desire to support the coffers of media companies.

3) This leaves the case of ‘authority’. Is CNN authoritative? yes and no. How can they (and other sources) be ‘independent’ if they are ‘embedded in military assignments’ like in Iraq? How ‘unbiased’ can newspapers be when the likes of Rupert Murdoch ‘direct’ their newspapers to support political parties in the UK . So, we got a very tame, watered down and consistent view from ALL the traditional media

4) Wikileaks gives us the SOURCE and then leaves US(or in many cases the Old media journalists) analysing it which leads us to the curious position of the mainstream media reporting on wikileaks (when they should be earning their salary by going to the source themselves). Going to the source is not hard. When the Swine flu threat was on, I often saw the CDC web site (Centres for Disease control and prevention) – and I often knew the same ‘news’ way before it appeared on the media .. since the media were simply repackaging the CDC information..

So, wikileaks model of ‘releasing the source’ could well be the future of media .. which empowers citizens but questions the need and relevance of old media practices

Server upgrade – potential disruption as we revamp blog ..

In 2011, I have a lot of plans for the OpenGardens blog and so, we are upgrading the server this week. Apologies for any disruption (although I hope it will be very minimal)

Groudcrew – turning social networks into action networks and puts mission control in your pocket.

ground crew is a unique service ..
It wants to turn social networks into action networks and puts mission control in your pocket.

Have a look at this video ..

Its a unique and innovative concept.

Groundcrew is useful when…

You have mobile teams.
Organizing or dispatching is the hardest part of your job.
Group texting is too simple for your tasks.
You want live reports, and the ability to adjust assignments as things come up.
You have passive members and want to create real world action.

Comments welcome ..

Policy for US Smart Grid Interoperability – A Discussion with George Arnold – Dr George Arnold, NIST, Ajit Jaokar of Futuretext and Kevin Doran – University of Colorado

I have been a bit busy and could not post this before but its very insightful. I hope you gain some insights from this discussion. Comments welcome

Policy for US Smart Grid Interoperability – A Discussion with George Arnold, US National Coordinator for Smart Grids

Transcript – Policy for US Smart Grid Interoperability – A Discussion with George Arnold – Dr George Arnold, NIST, Ajit Jaokar of Futuretext and Kevin Doran