Tuesday, February 03, 2015

5000, Päť Tisíc, Punj Hazar, Specks of Dust are Haunting Our Digital Landscape

Media Dragon has been live since June 2002 ... "In Internet years, the blog is about a thousand years old"

Rewinding back to 2002, (bohemians samizdat publishers can even write this vintage year backward) AD ...

There's no way you'll reach 5,000 blog entries and can hide any more ... even if Media Dragon had seven lives or heads ... “Readers are torn between profound  surreal links on MEdia Dragon  and wonder at the pain that inspired it..."

It was just over  3 years ago that Media Dragon celebrated 4000 entries ... Today, we reach the 5000 post milestone on Google's free Blogger.Com aka Blogspot (Actually we’ve published more than 10000 posts, when you include observations which were published in roaring 80s and 90s on various forums such as Steve Job's Mac, Apple etc and librarian Jeff  Bezo's Amazon - generated while working at the parliamentary library and committees ... Writings between the lines were even more entertaining than what one read inside the lines.)

Last digital 13 years is seasoned with samizdat type cross links on the creme de la cream of deep blogs. The years were peppered with many colourful moments and meaningful exchanges by email, skype, and in person with various prophets and extraordinary citizens of the world. Some of the highlights of blogging has been the discovery of some amazing trail blazers such as Dr James Cumes who encouraged writers like Picketty to spread their evidence based historical research to wider audiences. Opinions do count especially if they are expressed by leaders we can trust who walk the talk and do as they say mostall those  who  fail to follow self interest. (Vaclav Havel, John Hatton and Ted Mack style of leaderships)

Professor Jay Rosen's plug for Media Dragon nearly melted the site and Google engineers wondered how could a single reference generate such traffic jam. (For three months Media Dragoon had the same Google ranking as the Sydney Morning Herald #7) I found out why Robert Scoble and Shel Israel were able to influence the landscape of corporate world and why sunlight is the best disinfectant even in corporate sphere  ... I never could have imagined when I first started that the internet could be as much fun and rich in implementations of bold ideas ...

Maybe we are crazy. Maybe we will change the world for better : -)

“Media Dragon Loves Us”
-Evangelists Robert Scoble & Shel Israel 
“I like Media Dragon”
’A blog, you see, is a little First Amendment machine’
-Priceless Jay Rosen 
Jozef Imrich is a prolific researcher”
-Antipodean Hugh Martin
"Never settle" he wrote to MEdia Dragon and We (royal we) never did ;-) -Steve Jobs thinking differently

Blogging encourages interjections into conversations, and it thrives off of familiarity. Social media encourages content that can travel all on its own. Alyssa Rosenberg put it well at the Washington Post. “I no longer write with the expectation that you all are going to read every post and pick up on every twist and turn in my thinking. Instead, each piece feels like it has to stand alone, with a thesis, supporting paragraphs and a clear conclusion.”
The other reason is that the bigger the site gets, and the bigger the business gets, the harder it is to retain the original voice.
That is from Ezra Klein, there is more here

Cumes, Rosen and Israel were among the early adopters of wise trends and created patterns everywhere. They were the maiden storytellers who understood how old power worked. It worked like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures. New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water in cold river or electricity at East Latitude, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it. 

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Even though many digital natives agreed to strongly disagree with Andrew S of (Daily) Dish  fame, he earned respect among most of the bloggers ..."One of the things I’ve always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers. This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly update on our revenues and subscriptions; and sometimes I stumble onto something actually interesting. But when you write every day for readers for years and years, as I’ve done, there’s not much left to hide. And that’s why, before our annual auto-renewals, I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near future." Andrew Sullivan writes last note to his readers
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