In a Digital Age: Live for the Moment or Record It?

It is no longer enough to record seemingly every last moment of life with your smartphone, it seems. Near-death is fair game, too.

Thanks to the Personal Video IndustrialComplex tens of millions of video-enabled smartphones, feeding countless hours daily to video-sharing behemoths like YouTube rock concerts, presidential inaugurations, fourth-grade school plays and even midair near-disasters can all be considered “content” now, inspiring us all to tap our inner Edward R. Murrow and record the event for posterity.

But even as public gatherings, from the world-historical to the intimate, evolve into a sea of glowing blue screens, a backlash has started to take root. An improbable assortment of critics — mindfulness gurus, twee indie rockers, even, seemingly, Pope Francis — have started to implore these armchair videographers to drop their phones and actually start living again.

To live the moment or record the moment? It’s become a defining dilemma of the iPhone age.

I’ve read this article on The New York Times and it touches many aspects (very superficially I may add) of globalization, contemporary civil society, social, political, economic and value changes emerged by modernity.
It misses some aspects and doesn’t develop (many) others, this is my sociological perspective and rigor speaking, nevertheless it’s interesting.
Second: there’s no such thing as “iPhone Age” NY Times editors, there is an “digital age”, “information/knowledge age” and the “mobility age”, etc.
“Viral”, “audience”, “academics” and “paparazzis” concepts should be better defined and developed on the article, and please, PLEASE, don’t compare “celebrities” with “audience” and regular “people” and social agents, they stand on a field apart from the “regular joe”.

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Track and Verify News with Emergent

Originally posted on Plato on-line:

news.discovery-dnews-files-2014-10-emergent-info-141007-670-jpg‘Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. It’s part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop and best practices for debunking misinformation.

‘Have a rumor we should be tracking? A source we should add to an existing story? Feedback to share? Email us.

‘You can view a list of rumors being tracked on the homepage, along with their current claim state (True, False, Unverified). Click on a story to visit a page that visualizes the sources reporting the rumor, and a breakdown of social shares per source. You can also click on individual articles on the story page to see specific revision and social share data about that article…’

For more detail about how Emergent works, check out the posts on our blog.

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Microsoft’s Smartwatch: It Will Work On All Phones

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

Microsoft could beat the Apple Watch to market, if the latest Forbes report is accurate. The publication says that Microsoft will debut a smartwatch “within the next few weeks” and that it will run for more than two days on a single charge. The Apple Watch works with iPhones only, so why would an iPhone owner even care? Perhaps because Microsoft’s smartwatch is expected to work with iOS devices, and Android phones as well. I suspect it will look nicer than the company’s SPOT watches from 2004, as well.


This isn’t the first time we’ve heard whispers of a [company]Microsoft[/company] smartwatch working with handsets that use non-Microsoft software, and it makes complete sense. Android and iOS handsets account for nearly 98 percent of the global smartphone market, so a Microsoft wearable device that worked only with Microsoft Windows Phones would have a small potential audience. Microsoft knows this and that’s why…

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15 Exceptional Ways to Kick Your Productivity Way Up

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Originally posted on TIME:

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Being productive is a great thing. Not only does it increase your self-confidence and sense of well-being, it can also make you more effective and your company more profitable. The ultimate reward for keeping your focus and being productive is more free time for you. And who doesn’t want more free time?

Everyone hits productivity lows, which is OK as long as they don’t last too long. Here are 15 ways to kick your productivity into high gear.

Don’t know where to begin?

1. The first step is to create a to-do list. When is the best time to create a to-do list? At the end of your workday while everything is still fresh in your mind or Sunday night after (hopefully)…

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Psychology of Color: Truth or Simple Personal Taste?

Originally posted on Social Media 4 Us:

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How we use any of these colours in our lives can be very personal. From the way we dress, decorate our homes or even prepare food; we each may have different preferences to colour combinations. What pleases one person’s eyes can be a total turn off for another!

The Logo Company have put together an infographic on the emotions colours convey and aligned these with famous brands and the design of their logos. They say:

  • yellow = optimism
  • orange = friendly
  • red = excitement
  • purple = creative
  • blue = trust
  • green = peaceful

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How does this then translate into the design of blogs or the creation of visuals as banners for social sites and profiles? Do you consider the combinations of the colours you use?

Session College offer a free interactive Colour Calculator to help you select the optimum colour combinations for any design…

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5 Reasons People Aren’t Buying Tablets Anymore

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Pedro Calado:

1. Nobody knows what tablets are for
2. Phablets, not tablets, are the sweet spot

3. Old models are good enough
4. The apps aren’t good enough
5. Lack of competition for Apple

Originally posted on TIME:

First, some perspective: the tablet industry is still huge. Gartner predicts that over 250 million tablets will ship worldwide by the end of 2014, an impressive figure for any consumer electronics device not named “smartphone.”

But there’s reason for tablet makers to be worried. Sales are “crashing” at Best Buy and iPad sales are down year-over-year, a disappointing reversal after three years of explosive growth.

Whether it’s a sign of doom or just a “speed bump,” something, on some level, is wrong. Let’s break down five possible explanations:

1. Nobody knows what tablets are for

Is the tablet a leisure device? A personal assistant? A workstation? It’s difficult to say. For marketers, the latest craze is productivity. The Surface 3 can replace your laptop. The iPad is for climatologists and marine biologists. The Samsung Galaxy Pro is for taking business notes and organizing files. But…

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Why Asian Smartphone Makers Sell Their Devices So Cheap

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

On October 27th, OnePlus, a Chinese smartphone maker, will start selling its buzz-worthy $300 One smartphone to the public. The One has been more or less available since earlier this year, but previously, you needed an invite from a current owner before placing an order. Although the sale will only last for one hour, there won’t be a limit on the number of handsets sold.

According to OnePlus, the reason it has limited device sales in the past is because of inventory risk. Even a small stockpile of unsold phones could be damaging to the startup’s bottom line. From the OnePlus blog:

In this scenario, we do not have the ability to absorb miscalculations in inventory. Any excess inventory will lead to a direct loss, and a larger miscalculation means we need to close our doors. We believe that we’re forcing positive change within our industry by increasing consumer choice and…

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How To Tell if Your Life Is On Track

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Originally posted on TIME:

Sir Ray Avery, entrepreneur and author of Rebel With A Cause, says it’s as easy as counting your days.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.”

He’s 65. So he’s “got about 5,625 days to live.” Then he just works backward to plan.

Via Techcrunch (HT: 99U):

“For me, I can reverse engineer my life to achieve much more than you guys. Every day I do a chart on what I’ve achieved and where I want to be. And it makes you scary-as-shit clever,” Avery said. “So think about that. You’ve got 30,000 days and the clock is ticking.”

Mind-blowingly simple yet it makes so much sense.

9 minutes in to his famous Stanford commencement speech Steve Jobs discussed the importance he placed on thinking about death during life:

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A Park Underneath New York

Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan — to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City.
The two are developing the Lowline, an underground greenspace the size of a football field.
They’re building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It’s a park that can thrive, even in winter.