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Clubhouse’s strategic path; orality’s crusades; and the voice interface

In Da Club(house)

One part radio phone-in; one part conference call; and one part massive online open TED Talk. That’s essentially the formula for the latest, hottest consumer app on the market, Clubhouse, which officially launched in April 2020 before hitting escape velocity in January 2021.

Right now, Clubhouse is live, unrecorded, audio…


The following highlights were provided by Annotote: Don’t waste time and attention, get straight to the point. All signal. No noise.

If you’re interested in the voice interface start here

by Annotote TLDR 2018.12.27

The Gutenberg Parenthesis: Oral Tradition and Digital Technologies

by Thomas Pettitt (via MIT Comparative Media Studies) 2010.04.14

Is our emerging digital culture partly a return to practices and ways of thinking that were…


Disney’s latest reorg as an entree to the future of entertainment — video, gaming, and the fusion thereof

In case you missed it, The Walt Disney Company just announced a pretty major “Strategic Reorganization of Its Media and Entertainment Businesses”:

In light of the tremendous success achieved to date in the Company’s direct-to-consumer business and to further accelerate its DTC strategy, The Walt Disney Company today announced a…


The other side of the Coin(base); Big Data’s conscience; and Karp as Keyser

After a week in which Coinbase controversially vowed to keep politics out of its workplace, it’s hard for me to not dig into Palantir, which is an inevitably political — albeit promising — private business that just went public via direct listing on Wednesday…


Information theory and the social pillar of content moderation

Back in 2018, the chief supervisor of Europe’s GDPR, Giovanni Buttarelli, mentioned the following in “Tim Cook’s Magnum Opus”:

[T]here is an urgent need for regulators and indeed societies to agree on and establish “a sustainable ethics for a digitised society… The paradox is that we have not yet learned…


User data, user experience, and diminishing returns

‘My cup runneth over with data’ — Sundar Pichai (paraphrased)

In case you missed it, Big Tech CEOs from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google testified in front of Congress last week at an antitrust hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee. There’s been plenty of coverage about the hearing itself, including my own. …


The pandemic’s prevailing call-to-arms wasn't an OpEd, it was a litmus test

‘A Rorschach Test for our sensibilities’

In case you missed it, Marc Andreessen recently penned an essay entitled “It’s Time to Build”. If you’re optimistic, it was a call-to-arms for a country and a world that have been ravaged by COVID-19 and its downstream effects. If you’re cynical, it was, well, as one anon noted:

An…


Breakeven costs of production, synchronicity, and vertical social networks

“I’m not going to stop the wheel, I’m going to break it.” — Dany

Simply put, Netflix needs a social network and we need it now! Here’s why…


It’s not that you’re not welcome anymore, but I will survive

No lines, no checkouts, just walk out 😏

Considering the competitive dynamics, it’s hard for me to hold these two thoughts in my head at the same time, but here they are: Amazon’s cashierless shopping offers a glimpse of an inevitable future, but it’s not the present.

In case you missed it, Amazon Go was the tech giant’s…

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