Archive for October, 2008

El mismo perro con diferentes collares! Tautologies!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Nos vamos a matar de la risa! – Amusing ourselves to death! (by self-deception?)

Ok will have to finish it later.

Much respected Martin Weller posted about watching press conference of “Super-Gordon Brown streamed live via Qik by “social media journalist@Documentally and pondered about… “…It occurred to me that I wouldn’t have bothered to watch it live on TV…”

I would add that Martin wouldn’t had watched it either if it wasn’t because of… …tech novelty?

Ummm!
Sorry I can avoid seeing the blatant tautology here exposed i.e. “…this being one of the first times social media type journalists have been in on a big…” [news gig].

Journalism uses mass media – social media is being used here just as another mass media – so what is it so different from traditional journalism?. (Remember the 3 basic functions of J. is to form, inform and entertain -errr… quite similar to education! -…or in the same continuum…: It would depend on the weight put on each vertex of the triangle formed by these basic functions as variables of the mix to have as a result education, journalism or spectacle.) So, OK, the difference is that the social media hype had not yet appear… it was “only” mass media. 

So Martin posted to be “…feeling more connected to the events…” Why was that? Because you know the guy reporting belongs to your institution? Because you can communicate with the representative to pass your questions? Why your questions and not other people questions? – Because of the commentary added?

Martin continues “…we have become rather distant from traditional journalists. Because you engage much more in a dialogue and the everyday aspects of a social media journalist, one can view them as your representative.” [Because was using Twitter as the backchannel to the press conference? Did Documentally asked any question on anyone’s behalf?]

Well, this, “your representative“, used to be the primary function of the ‘journo’ before they became “prima donnas“, and news became spectacle [BTW you need an anchorman overriding the reporter introductory questions 😉 who wouldn’t ask your questions cause his/hers are much more important -John Cleese clip]; i.e. to act as a mere agent on behalf of society, to have the social responsibility of being the representative of society – the 4th power to balance Executive, Administrative and Juridic powers (sorry this is a bit French division no British:). And, I think, this is the risk that we have with so called “social media journalists”, invited by Reuters [surreptitiously absorbing the competition by osmosis… ], and embedded in the mass media circus, to be hyped and fell in same fame-distance trap as their predecessors.

The benefit of Social media is that it makes all of us reporters. Social media re-distributes the power of broadcasting to each one of us as narrowcasting, going out of the trodden path; going away from what the gatekeeper of the main news media groups thinks is worthwhile… Fragmented audiences that mass media can’t cope with. See YouTube: audiences said to be feedup with the same canned stuff repeated in many forms by the mass media recreating it. Mass media reusing the material from YouTube

So, Why not concentrate/centrate on the user, on ourselves, on our world instead of creating idols? (…and here comes the issues of privacy and disclosure) Why repeat what conventional mass media is already doing? Why no chase the long tail? Why not allow student to submit their learning experiences for assessment in a creative – different way? and stop the hype!

Social media has the power to make important what usually has no importance -narrowcast- and probably devolving fact reporting the importance it once has -no the reporter-. Social media can stop making mass-consumers the impassive audience of spectators of irreal pictures of the human comedy-tragedy that appears on the flat screen so farfetched that is unreal, incredible, untruthful. (Does this perception change through embedded social media journalists? (Watch by yourselves the video created)

Social media can devolve that dehumanised espectator the feelling of tangible reality at the other side of the camera / screen.

No need to over-dignify a profession that should be unpretentious and re-distributed to original holders by the power of the technology now available

The inmediacy, i.e. no edit! would it be that what might be attractive […Attractive? – bollocks, you can see the same thing through a BBC camera and you won’t ‘swallow that pill’ for more than just few minutes – depending on your personal interest – as usual) –

So, has it been the curiosity, the novelty, of the embeded entertainer, playing the pranks, acting as self nominated “concience of the audience” but without further consequence for fear to be beheaded?

On the importance of being Ernest

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

quick I need to sleep.

Why people feels the need to be self-important? Why people fights for social recognition at work, with people they know nothing about? Why people messes around with whatever is put in the hands of others just to have the 2 minutes of attention even if that means disrupting the whole ecosystem.

Managerial drift has a description in business literature. Why do these top manager feel compelled to put their fat fingers into fine dough so that everybody can see the messes they are capable of doing?

Why they don’t leave their people alone to get on with whatever their people have to do instead of being jealous of them.

Why do managers feels compelled to throw more complexity to really simple concepts that are beautiful because their simplicity.

Why can managers focus on their own tasks and stop messing around with other people’s work. Why can they let things go? Khalil Gibran- your sons are not your sons.

Do they have to linger to demonstrate they are on top of their people’s work? Why they feel they have to demonstrate they know more than anyone else on every subject.

Can it be because they are trying to disguise their ignorance by throwing ginormous irrelevant clutter onto simple things so that their contribution is clear.

Or, in their ignorance, they dont realise their obtrusiveness, delay, disruption, disturbance and pityfull exhibition of demeanour?

Es muy tarde o muy temprano?

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Always the same question. Is it me who is too earlier or is the rest of the world that are to late?

As always you can reverse it: Is not me who is late, it is the others who are too eager to be first.

Trying to catch up with the world at early hours in the morning before going to sleep a little – No too much that is not good. Las buenas esencias en frascos pequeños ;-).

Was reading quite good analysis of Twitter by Liam

Then created an account in friendfeed http://friendfeed.com/marmara

Went to yahoo mail and had to moderate the spam in this blog, which gave me opp to write this rubbish.

I’m dying to see Howard Rheingold’s Video on social literacy. Would it be somehow related to my previous post The future of librarians on new functions of librarians? [I saw it and also saw Howard’s baby http://www.socialtext.net/medialiteracy/index.cgi. Somehow dissapointed Howard R. doesn’t mention what i can see as the best use of mashups, that is: use mash-up tools to channel the information you required, filtering through pipes, so that you dont have to plough among masses of infoglut. Use tools for your benefit, not just for the sake of using tools….
On the other hand I’m glad I may be the first ignorant (dreaming?) in seeing librarians as the re-skillers of people on Digital Literacy, after
@psychemedia presentation on mashups and The invisible Library. Again, have a look at previous post: The future of librarians – Have to elaborate it a little bit more. Need more time!!!!]

During weekend also posted a comment to D’arcy Norman giving up with twitter – Sorry D’arcy, i meant “bragging” in a jocular way, never in aggravation to anyone. Really grateful you shared your ride 🙂  Will keep you posted with mines! (Perhaps better not! why should i overload your existence? Just to be acknowledged? Why do i want to be acknowledged by you?

And the disquisiton goes on and on and on….

The future of librarians

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

In the begining the librarian’s tools were books with static content, shelved away, classified by an analogic catalogue of authors, titles and subjects.

The function of librarians was to help patrons finding relevant materials, advising which books could bring better results for their information needs after a reference interview.

Another function of librarians was to teach patrons about how to use the catalogue.

Then, the analogic catalogue became an electronic database. Still the librarians function did not change very much, apart from allowing access to the computers holding the database or controlling who was accessing Dialog.

Need to sleep

Then, it was web based 1.0 catalogues – search engines – information literacy –

Then, Google came in and the Google effect – affected profoundly the profession. Now nothing was left to librarians – Google was doing their job, Panic struck the profession. Information literacy came o the rescue of the library profession

Now we have web 2.0 and librarians are completely lost – they don’t know what to do with so many tools competing for their job, with information providers offering their own search engines,

Solution = their future is to reinvent themselves as  Digital literacy experts – helping user to make use of web 2.0 tech to serve their information needs – instead of going to find information create pipelines that bring you the information  you need as soon as it happens – you create strategies and made use of tools that serve your info needs –