Checking off a long-desired Bucket List entry, I joined up with the legendary Rich Eisen of the NFL Network on his podcast on NFL.com yesterday. Rich,
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Blogger Anil Dash says we tend to trumpet the tech revolution, with its vast social networks and slick smartphones, as a triumph of usability and empowerment. But Dash says a spirit of collaboration and emphasis on the user experience has been lost along the way.
He wrote about this shift on his blog in a post called The Web We Lost.
“There is an ignorance or a lack of history to the way that a lot of people that build the social networks, especially the young engineers, think about this because they weren’t around to see it any other way,” Dash told Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s New Tech City.
Dash cites as example Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. “The first thing that happened as soon as Facebook bought Instragram was they shut off the ability for you to import your friends and find your friends through Twitter because Facebook and Twitter are enemies now.”
Dash says that may be good for Facebook’s shareholders, but it’s not good for users who want to Tweet photos to their friends. He adds that the walling off of content wouldn’t have happened in the earlier days of the Internet.
“There used to be a time when you put the goals and desires of the user ahead of the corporate infighting and battles,” he said.
Dash believes technology’s new vanguard should take a look at the philosophies that drove their forbearers.
“There are cycles to this stuff,” he said. “The pendulum swings back and forth.”
Green Ronin Publishing’s Chris Pramas joins Kevin, Toren, and Joe to discuss the deaths of royalty like Mary, Queen of Scots and Charles I as well as Shaka Zulu’s mother issues and more! Part 1 of 2.
Joanna Gaskell of the Standard Action web series joins us to discuss the history and “science” of alchemy, including the philosopher’s stone and elixir of life, transmutation of elements, the universal solvent, homonculi, famous alchemists and frauds. Plus alchemy portrayed in film, comics, TV, literature, and video games.
The A-11 Offense : Two frustrated coaches at Piedmont High School in Northern California were brainstorming ideas to keep their small team competitive. What they devised was a crazy new offensive strategy called the A-11 that took advantage of the "scrimmage kick" formation. If you have no idea what that is, you’re not alone, but the A-11 strategy worked and the Piedmont Highlanders began winning. Is it the future of football?
Breast cancer awareness, sympathy for the alleged Boston bomber, and Nicholas Day’s Baby Meets World. - Slate Magazine
Become a fan of DoubleX on Facebook. Leave us love letters and see what other listeners are saying about the Gabfest. Listen to the DoubleX Gabfest by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin…
Listen to Stranger Than Fiction No. 1 with Tim Wu and Neal Stephenson by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Welcome to Stranger Than Fiction, a new six-episode podcast from Slate, the New America Foundation,…
Locks, Dreads, or Jata (Hindi) is a kind of hairstyle that portrays different meaning and belief. In today’s society, having dreads for some people is something cool, rebellious or spiritual and for others is associated with stereotypes such as smoking marijuana, being dirty or looking unclean. Flora Adeyemi decided to grow her locks and in the process learnt that the significance of locks can vary for others, from cultural to spiritual reasons.
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Surfing, Thatcher and Rock N Roll - The List - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Surf’s up, share prices down: Australian surf-wear label Billabong was once an essential of the cool, coastal lifestyle and a global retail success story worth, according to some analysts, up to $5 billion. After a series of questionable strategic decisions in a tough retail climate, this week the company was subject to a takeover offer of just $287 million, the share price hitting a record low of less that 54 cents. But is Australia’s surfing culture also changing at rapid pace, making it tricky for the big brands? Surfing journalist Stuart Nettle believes the market is now more fractured and complex.
And, Margaret Thatcher’s influence on music, film, TV and fashion spanned three decades; is it still being felt? Two veteran observers of the Thatcher era, Lynden Barber and Stuart Coupe look back at the highs and lows.
Stuart Nettle is Editor of surfing website Swellnet.
Lynden Barber is a freelance film and music writer.
Stuart Coupe runs Laughing Outlaw, an Independent Record and Management Company, and has been a music writer.
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