Close the door on your way out…

So I left the BBC.  Hurrah.
Off to Hit The North, back to my roots
Before I go though I’ve been catching up with some folk I haven’t seen for a while and reading.  Reading. I have not had enough time to do that for months so I’m playing catch up with a big pile of paper.  I’m going to be trying to make sense of it in the coming days and write something intelligible soon.  In the meantime I’m having fun with Lego Star Wars [thanks Ben!], which is cute and I *love* the way you can drop in and out of games as a second player. Genius. However, the behaviour of my five year old has deteriorated rapidly since he started playing – so much for Johnson’s thesis that gaming is ‘educational’  [though I suppose you could say my son is learning to play me].  I don’t think gaming does ‘dumb down’ quite the opposite, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t behavioural effects that come from playing.  I for one have become a rude, opinionated git.  Long may it continue.  😉

Other stuff on my mind.
Odeo in beta.  Still can’t see what the big fuss is about.  Anytime, anywhere podcast content is going to be niche for a while yet until the quality of content improves.  And I’m still highly uncertain whether people are downloading content, for example BBC content, because they want a sense of ownership or because they are genuinely listening to it.  Does it matter?  Probably not – I’m all for getting the content out there in as many ways as possible but let’s not pretend it’s going to change the world.

Cluetrain.  The old one’s are the best.  I referred to this seminal book/set of theses in a presentation the other day on innovation and it struck me how inspirational this book was and is.  It predates ideas of ‘open innovation’ and sets the agenda for business in the digital age.  Conversations.  People. Networks.

Which leads me on to Theodore Zeldin’s book An Intimate History of Humanity.  I bought this because Matt Webb recommended it.  Thank you. Zeldin doesn’t pretend to have answers the way Locke, Weinberger et al do.  However, what he does present is a series of historical studies, stories really, of the way we converse, the way we, as human beings interact around issues of class, race, travel, gender and more.   One of the main things I took from the book is how the nuances, the subtleties of relationships matter.  It’s a fascinating book, providing much to think about especially if your designing social software.  And what isn’t social software these days?  Everything we do is networked somehow it’s the quality and the nature of the network and the conversation that matters.