In my post yesterday on using technology and social business strategies to blur the boundaries between inside and outside the business I noted that some of these ideas aren’t dissimilar to techniques used by architects to do similar things with internal and external spaces.
The reaction to my recent post to Twitter and politics has been, well, stimulating. By way of exploring this issues raised a little further, I thought I’d run a quick poll:
An interesting (and critical) analysis of the shortcomings of the anecdote-based argument style used by Clay Shirky and others:
But stories and analogies should be a starting point for thought, and not its terminus. They should be the spark that prompts more analytical, more rigorous investigation and introspection, testing out your idea to see where it fits reality and where it fails. In this essay, and in some of his others (see below) anecdotes are all there is, and that’s just not good enough.
I suspect that this tells you everything you need to know about one of the offices I work from:
I am a perpetual floating voter. I have political opinions, but no strong party loyalty – and I’ve voted for all the main parties and some minority ones in the elections I’ve participated in over the last couple of decades. There’s a simple reason for this: I believe that the cut and thrust of discussion is at the root of politics, and the more tribal you are in your politics, the more likely you are to say “Party X must never get into power again”, the less likely you are to engage in discussion in a thoughtful, intelligent way.
On Sunday, I should have been flying back from a conference in Portugal. Instead, I spent the day with an American friend trapped in London. We helped a German family find their way to Waterloo for a trip to the channel ports.
Stuck at home, in bed, making an exciting variety of unpleasant chesty noises. Be glad this isn’t an audio blog. Here are some things that have caught my eye:
- Twitter Media – A blog and set of advice from Twitter to journalists about getting the most from the service.
- Do veteran journalists carry an inherent bias? And does social media help redress this?
- Facebook’s new Like stream – I think this is more significant than it sounds; it’s the first major attempt to aggregate and gain value from high volume activity streams
- While we’re on the subject of Facebook, they have new community-managed pages and the beginning of a social graph API
- And here’s an interesting essay on books, bookshops, Amazon and ebooks.
How do you make your annual press lunch stand out from the pack?