Wednesday, April 23, 2008
If Web 2.0 is about allowing regular people to create content online through photo-sharing, video-uploading, music-downloading, and personal blogging on multiple social networks, then Web 3.0 is about the strategic design of the flow and presentation of information.
We are already overwhelmed by the amount of information coming at us every minute of the day. At the same time, each of us everyday contributes to the world's knowledge, thus creating more information. Success will come to those who create systems that allow for current, reliable, and personalized information to reach the masses in easily digestible chunks while simultaneously tracking, organizing, and analyzing the responses and reactions of the masses in the aggregrate so that better decisions can be made, as suggested by the greater wisdom of crowds. It's a simple loop, but hard to master.
You heard it first right here.
The headlines read "Tide is Turning for Clinton". Unbelievable. The real news is that a black man running against the wife of a popular two-term president in a country founded on the backs of slaves is actually winning on all levels: delegates, popular vote, and number of states won. The real news is that Clinton had over a 20% lead in the weeks leading up to the Pennsylvania election and that Obama cut that lead to under 10%. That is a victory for Obama in my eyes. He's running against the establishment. We all know it won't be easy, but you'd think some thoughtful person in the press would express this view. I still have hope. Do you?
I'm entirely frustrated by Sen. Clinton's failure to concede. Her chances of winning are so incredibly small. She would have to win 80% of the vote from hear on out. It's just not possible. Every day she stays in the race, she helps Sen. McCain in the general election. Her negativity is appalling, and to think all that to win Pennsylvania by about 10 delegates. Where is her party loyalty? The picture above says it all. And the media of course loves it. The more they are able to make it a race, the more papers they sell.
I wonder when an honest journalist is going to point out the fact that Sen. Clinton's failure to concede is basically poor sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship is highly valued in this country. It's taught to millions of children every day on the sports fields. Being a good winner and a good loser is so important, and it's a reflection of character. What sort of example is she setting for the millions of children out there? She goes against the entire ethos of what it means to compete fairly in any arena. And her failure to concede, her insistence on pressing forward no matter what is the result of a narcissism and a self-interest that would destroy any team on earth. Shame on Hillary for ignoring the big picture in the interests of self. There comes a time when you have to face the writing on the wall and join the team for the greater good - that of a Democratic victory in November. The Republicans, ironically, are much wiser. Their supporters and their candidates fell in line behind there best hope in November, even if they didn't necessarily like him.
“The time has come. The time has come. The time is now. Just go. ... I don’t care how. You can go by foot. You can go by cow. Hillary R. Clinton, will you please go now! You can go on skates. You can go on skis. ... You can go in an old blue shoe.
Just go, go, GO!"