Monthly Archives: September 2008

links for 2008-09-30

Masters of Media, New Media MA Amsterdam PICNIC %u201808 – Itay Talgam Interview Itay Talgem: Conductors aren't leaders. (That's the first vionlin's job.) Instead, "the conductor has another job. He has to make people connect. So it is about connectivity, … Continue reading

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Mastermundo, and the challenge of breaking rules

If you’ve been to a tech conference in the past five years, there’s a good chance you’ve also been to an “unconference“. Unconferences work to break down the barrier between speakers and audience, inviting all attendees to participate in shaping … Continue reading

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Lost in translation?

Say what you will about the decor in the Lloyd Hotel – and I have – the food’s pretty damned good. And the menu’s pretty charming, offering options like “boiled vegetables”, “posh boiled vegetables” or “superposh boiled vegetables”. I did … Continue reading

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PICNIC08 – Surprising Africa

Some impressions of the daylong Surprising Africa event at PICNIC08: – Binyavanga Wainaina, an extraordinary Kenyan writer, talked about the problem of naming, figuring out what language we can use to describe the Africa we encounter today. He’s recently travelled … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Francis Kéré

I sat next to Francis Kéré for two hours at the PICNIC Surprising Africa conference before I learned that I was sitting next to one of my heroes. He’s one of the winners of the Aga Khan award for architecture … Continue reading

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More talking, less writing at PICNIC08

I’d forgotten the difficulty of speaking at and covering a conference at the same time. It’s too easy to assume that speaking just means getting on stage, giving your presentation and then returning to civilian life. The fine folks at … Continue reading

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My afternoon at PICNIC08

Talk one of four at PICNIC was a small seminar for the European Journalism Center. Their part of the PICNIC experience was hosted in a geodesic dome tent within the “club” – the noisy public space where attendees are eating, … Continue reading

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Picnic08: Connected rabbits, running shoes and cable providers…

Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital converses with – grill, perhaps – Mike Fries of Liberty Global, the world’s second largest cable operator. The focus is on the future of television, and Fries feels very, very … Continue reading

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Picnic08 – Genevieve Bell on secrets and lies.

Genevieve Bell is probably lying to us. That’s okay. We lie all the time. And, as Genevieve says, she’s trying to provoke us. Lies are everywhere, in everything, and they’re incredibly complicated. Lies are central to movies and advertising, and … Continue reading

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Itay Talgam conducts PICNIC08

If you were a conductor of an orchestra, what sort of conductor would you be? That’s the central question of Itay Talgam’s talk, closing the first day of the PICNIC conference. Talgam is the music director of the Tel Aviv … Continue reading

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