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Pug Story in the Onion

Dog Breeders Issue Massive Recall Of 07 Pugs

The Onion

Dog Breeders Issue Massive Recall Of '07 Pugs

WASHINGTON, DC—While pug owners are accustomed to chronic dog malfunction, the latest animals are prone to more than the usual overheating, seizures, and joint failure.


I love the Pug. I also posted this story to the Pug Lovers Group on Meetup.com (here) at 3:05 PM...I'll let you know views and responses in 24 hours.


HillaryClinton.com - Campaign Song Poll

Think of ways to engage your audience and associate cool things with your brand.... How about pick the theme song! This is really cool way to lean on the audience while also helping them get a sense of the culture they share with each other.

Things that would make it more effective ...
... email this music page to a friend.
... post a candidate song widget on your blog.
... buy the entire set on itunes as an Imix..profit to support the campaign.
... submit your song (the mp3)
.. sign up to be campaign DJ for a day or an event.


It is a nice bit of work.

Link: HillaryClinton.com -
Campaign Song Poll
.

Like all good HTML and tricks on the internet I hope all the candidates, issue advocacy groups and movements launch an identical and slightly improved service tomorrow.


ShutterClock - Friday 11th May 2007 @ 8PM GMT

Network syncronizing distributed group of people to take a photo at the same time.

160 people ... ShutterClock - Friday 11th May 2007 @ 8PM GMT.

All these pictures where taken on Friday 11th May 2007, at 8pm GMT*. ShutterClock would like to thank all people who have taken part in this pictorial event. If you still have a picture to upload then click here to find out ways to upload your picture.


social circles - marcos weskamp

Link: social circles - marcos weskamp.

Social Circles intends to partially reveal the social networks that emerge in mailing lists. The idea was to visualize in near real-time the social hierarchies and the main subjects they address. When subscribing to a mailing you never know who the principals are, how many people are listening or what subjects they are talking about. It's like entering a meeting room with plenty of people in the darkness and then having to learn who is who by just listening to their voices. Social Circles does not pretend to be a statistical application, but rather aims to raise the lights in that room just enough to let you enhance your perception of what’s happening. At a glance it allows an easy way of grasping the whole situation by highlighting who is participating, who is "visually" central to that group, and displaying the topics everyone is talking about. How does the list structure itself? Is it moderated? Is it chaotic?


WiserEarth: Wow Nice Site

Here is a site with an amazing amount of network-centric stratgy and tricks baked in. It is still in beta but seem like a really smart set of mashups to support building community.


WiserEarth is a community directory and networking forum for organizations addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights, and more. Content is created by people like you from around the world


I look forward to seeing how it grows over the next year.


Pew Press Release on Internet Coverage and Use

This is all Pew.

I expect to need to quote and point to these stats again when presenting culture changes to the advocacy community leaders. Unfortunately, our leaders and strategists too often seem to fall in the final 41% (but then again they also usually don't watchTv and know what OMB stands for Office of Management and Budget....)

Food for thought from Pew...

Fully 85% of American adults use the internet or cell phones – and most use both.


8% of adults exploit the connectivity, the capacity for self expression, and the interactivity of modern information technology.

Fully half of adults have a more distant or non-existent relationship to modern information technology.

Some of this diffidence is driven by people’s concerns about information overload; some is related to people’s sense that their gadgets have more capacity than users can master; some is connected to people’s sense that things like blogging and creating home-brew videos for YouTube is not for them; and some is rooted in people’s inability to afford or their unwillingness to buy the gear that would bring them into the digital age.

8% of the adult population – contains long-time and frequent online users who don’t like the extra availability that comes with ICTs.

10% of the population – expresses worries about information overload and doesn’t see ICTs helping their personal productivity.

8% of Americans are by any measure deeply involved with Web 2.0 activities, such as blogging, sharing creations online, or remixing digital content.

8% occasionally take advantage of interactivity, but if they had more experience and connectivity, they might do more. They are late adopters of the internet. Few have high-speed connections at home.

15% have some technology, but it does not play a central role in their daily lives. They like how information technology makes them more available to others and helps them learn new things.

11% indifferent despite having either cell phones or online access, these users find connectivity annoying.

15% with neither cell phones nor internet connectivity tend to be older adults. few of them have computers or digital cameras, but they are content with old media.

The interesting question does not stop there but goes deeper to look at who are the influencers in all age groups and segments of society. Where are the influentials in new markets on these? Do the old people that are "off the grid" often turn to more "wired" peers or younger crowd for information and services. (my mom would self report in the last categories but she turns to all her kids and students as the final sneakernet bridge to connect her to information culture. Conversely, how much do the most active 8% produce "self-expression" content for others that don't fall in that category?



The Long Sunday Mass: Organizers and Blogim Stori (Storytelling Blog)

Here is an interesting thread of insight for organizers who work in "oral cultures" including of us that work in environmental advocacy, worker rights, health, politics and other communities. We have seen the themes of this storytelling blog play out again and again in community meetings across the US.

The "professionals and organizers" want to keep the meeting short and punchy while the "old church ladies" (which includes people that are also young or male) want to gab and gab. They want to tell a story that seems like a crazy ramble. They want to make the audience listen. They can go on and on with an endless story of why they are there. People want to be heard at length and it drives the "professionals" nuts.

This blog post on Blogim Stori is a note of respect for the nonlinear ramblers....Here is a really interesting riff on the redundancy that is a finding from research on story telling in oral cultures.

"Once redundancy characterizes oral thought and speech, it is in a profound sense more natural to thought and speech than is sparse linearity. Sparse linear or analytic thought and speech are artificial creations, structured by the technology of writing.... With writing, the mind is forced into a slowed-down pattern that affords it the opportunity to interfere with and recognize its more normal, redundant processes."

Kudos to Mark and Shawn for the find.

When you are in community meetings the issue people feel and story creation needs time to breathe. The frustration and anger and outrage needs time to "catch fire". The redundancy of local community leaders baffles the "professionals" but in reality they are working in a way that is most wired into the way we learn as a species in oral histories.

I used to wonder why church in Jamaica took 3 hours. The old priest used to say when it takes an hour to walk there and an hour to walk home in the sun it better take more than 20 min for the priest to talk about god. In truth, there may be something deeper about the way summons go "on and on". They are organizing through story telling in oral cultures. The literacy rate is low and audience needs time to index and organize the stories. the audience needs time to redundant telling of the same stories to create mental pathways for the information to stick.

The truth is maybe these great grassroots leaders go on and on because it works and ultimately in oral cultures it is the most efficient way to communicate effectively. Anyway it is a cool thread of paths to explore.


Citizen Journalism - connecting with those who are doing it. : Training for Green MEdia Toolshed folks.

At Green Media Toolshed (GMT) we are hosting a skill building training: Citizen Journalism - connecting with those who are doing it. The event will be online and at my office. There are a few extra seats open as of today so if you are in DC please let us know at GMT.

The training is on Wednesday, May 16th, at 3pm EST. It should be great because we are focusing on citizen journalism, the act of citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information." You can read more about this in We Media's report on how audiences are shaping the future of news and information: Citizen journalists are looking to provide accurate, independent and reliable information to their audiences.

The training will focus on the current diversity of citizen journalism efforts, the citizen journalism mindset, and how environmental advocacy organizations can work more effectively with citizen journalists. the trainer is Amy Gahran, a media consultant, journalist, editor, and entrepreneur based in Boulder, Colorado. She's covered energy and environmental issues for various news organizations and think tanks for nearly 20 years. She's also worked extensively with the Society of Environmental Journalists since that group's inception. She's been working mainly in online media since 1998, when she launched http://www.contentious.com/, an early weblog on content issues for online media. She also blogs on conversational/social media issues. In addition, Amy blogs for several clients -- currently she edits the Poynter Institute's group weblog E-Media Tidbits. Amyportrait


In the last few years, Amy has gotten deeply involved with the emerging realm of citizen journalism. She and business partner and longtime journalist Adam Glenn co-founded IReporter-- a project to engage, guide, and train citizen journalists and the media/communication professionals who work with them. Amy and Adam also recently launched a grant-funded pro/community journalism project on an environmental topic, BoulderCarbonTax.org.

Call GMT if you want to sign up (Yvonne is coordinating the head count and GMT members get best service.)


When will i smash my first podium: Presentation riff at lifehack

As someone always looking to kick off emotion and energy in a presentation I found this riff at lifehack near and dear to my heart. I look forward to finding more ways to "break the fourth wall" between audience and presenter. (kicking over the podium sounds like fun!) I would need to add "use props and images" to the rock star stage show.

Link: Present Like a Rockstar - lifehack.org.

n the amazing-yet-simple book, MADE TO STICK, the Heath brothers remind us that pretty much any topic can be discussed from the angle of how it impacts humans. Reach for that. Look for the best way to connect what you’re discussing with the humans in the audience. And use a HUMAN perspective, no matter the topic. Humans are at the root of most things you’re going to present about. Right?

Play Favorites

When a band’s been around a while, they get the benefit of playing audience favorites and still having enough material to stretch their show. What makes playing the favorites so great? People CONNECT to them.

In your presentation, talk from the perspective of what your audience wants to hear most. Lead with the good stuff. Give them something juicy to think about, and then build on it. Only in fiction (novels, plays, movies) is keeping someone in the dark desirable. In presentations, people need to feel “in” and they want you to let them in right up front.

Kick Over the Podium

Watch any live concert performance and you know when the audience goes CRAZY. It’s when the band moves out into the audience in any manner that breaks the “fourth wall” between band and crowd.

kudos to lifehack. More fuel for Andygoodman. watch the video.


World Without Oil :: Start Here

As Andy Goodman says "tell a story" . Here is a site that tells a story and listens. It will be interesting to watch it evolve over time. World Without Oil :: Start Here.

We had a clue that an oil shock was going to happen, so we set up this website as a central point to assemble information about its effects. We don't want a repeat of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, where news from the government and media was spotty and often inaccurate. It’s our belief that truth comes from people telling their own stories. (To quote Gracesmom: "You gotta grow truth out the ground, coax it on up. Because it sure don’t rain down outta the sky.")

WHO ARE WE?

We’re a group of people that suffered together through a little mini-crisis, the December 2006 closure of the Denver airport. Most of us had never met until that episode. One of the things we discussed at length was how the Internet should be used to cover a crisis... and we discovered that it was nothing that the ten of us couldn’t do. So here we are, just doin’ it.

WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?

Tell us your story. Fuel prices are sky high (see top of this page!) and the ripple effects are pulling at the seams of our society (see the latest Weekly Story). Everyone’s life has taken a hit - but how much of a hit are you taking? How much pain are you in? No one will know if you don’t add your voice to the collective shout. And who knows? If enough people speak up, maybe the force of collective truth will help prevent this crisis from ever happening again.