I have been back from the Media and Technology Summit (#mts on Twitter) for 10 days. The reentry back into work and an early Winter in Iowa has been harder than usual. Some of that is due to the pace of play in October, coupled with some strong personal challenges for very close friends. But much of that is due to the deep tensions coming out of three days in Mountain View which were very well organized by Alan Mutter (@newsosaur)
John Temple (@jtemplermn) started us out with sobering reflections on the last decades of the Rocky Mountain News. We shifted immediately into the latest semantic tools. Several of the slide shows can be found at this “event” on Slideshare.
The immediate, and lasting, impression is that there are three levels of complex revolutions taking place. The first revolution is in user interfaces, and users’ changing behaviors with those interfaces. Even those presenters whose jobs focus on the use of those new interfaces were struggling to keep up, and had more questions than answers.
The second revolution is the numerous nuanced business models that can be successful in the networked economy. Owners need to think about more than a simple “freemium” model. Marshall Van Alstyne wowed and perplexed us with the concepts of proprietary complementarity.
The third revolution is the fundamental changes in underlying technology. Atomic, tagged, semantic, free flowing.
Each of these areas is changing so fast that we can barely comprehend the changes, yet alone have robust and detailed discussions about them.
Yet, our basic human needs don’t change, our communities need tools for coherence and development and even Yahoo’s research shows that we really want relevance and simplicity.
Tara Hunt (@missrogue) tried to get us to focus on those essentials, to mixed results. Starting with the quote
“Stop being important and start being interesting.” – Michael Hirschorn, The Atlantic Monthly
if you can succeed in making your readers feel smarter, more in control, sexier, excited and more interesting themselves, you will win
Search is dead, web pages are dead, but print has a long future.
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