Another fascinating – and in parts infuriating – podcast from Sitepoint, who bring in two User Experience Designers to repsond to Ryan Carson’s tweet that “‘UX Professional’ is a bullshit job title. It’s just a way to over-charge naive clients. All web designers should be UX pros”.
The challenge, according to Jack Fuller in the Summer 2010 Edition of Nieman Reports, is ‘to induce people to want what they need’. In this way journalists – and I’d say content producers by extension – can go some way to improve engagement in dialogue with other members of our community, including those with opposing views. This will form part of my argument in this blog strand that increased engagement is good on a community level, and furthermore on a political level.
1. It was like an advert, it didn’t try to be something else (like that bloody T-Mobile dance)
2. It was funny, it poked fun at itself.
3. It was surreal – it played on what people are familiar with (adverts, cheesy adverts) and took it a step further. (more…)
Many academics and other professionals worry about social media and the loss of authority in other voices which often now have equal power. On the other hand, those ‘less authoritative’ voices are just the latest in a long history of people complaining how the ‘establishment’ fails to let others in. (more…)
I mean proper geeks. Not gadgetophiles, not Stephen Fry. I mean Cory Doctorow, Jonathan Zittrain, Richard Stallman and me.
The first of these men have been quoted on Nick Carr’s post The iPad Luddites, and Nick suggests that we should all just shut up about the fact that the iPad may usher in an era of locked-down “generativity”-free Internet use. He compares computers to the loom, which ushered in an era of reduced-generativity weaving. (more…)
There’s been a lot written and said these past few months on the subject of Free, Freemium, Freetards etc. And a hell of a lot of it has been crap.
First there’s Free, by Chris Anderson, perhaps the Freemium bible. Then there’s Lilly Allen, though the less said about her the better. Then there’s those who fell upon Allen like several tonnes of bricks. They took Anderson’s argument of releasing your recordings for free to suggest that Allen and her ilk should be compelled to do it. As if it was “how it always was”.
You need training to use a computer. If you’re not trained, you’re wrecking it for the rest of us.
So maybe we’re not trained. Or rather, we’re self-trained. We take a natural interest in computers: how to make them faster, more useful, more powerful, more fun to use. Most people don’t, and that in itself is fine, although it means we must endure the occasional ribbing from friends and neighbours. (more…)
I feel like the web, Web 2.0, Freemium, Twitter, AJAX and all that other crazy stuff we find ourselves mired in is about to implode. The backlash has begun. It’s likely because ‘normal’ people (also known as ‘the rest of us’) are now involved (as it should be). I also think that we’re on course for a two-tier Internet. (more…)