TV’s role in balloon boy story

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10/20/09 •
The runaway balloon that didn’t have a six-year-old inside was one of those made for television stories, all right. TV newsrooms didn’t know just how manufactured the story apparently was until it was all over. Were they snookered? Sure, along with everyone else.
It’s easy to say now that the cable news networks went overboard with […]

Facebook Caves to Critics; Bad Idea?

Facebook’s re-design is getting some tweaking.
After a deluge of negative feedback and accusations the social media giant was trying to become more “twitter-like”, Facebook Product Director Christopher Cox unveiled the changes in his blog on Thursday.face

The changes already in the works include:

  • Live Updating: You won’t have to refresh the page to see what’s new.
  • Photo tags: Facebook will add photos tagged with a person’s friends to her stream.
  • Applications: Users will have the ability to cut down on the application-related content that’s showing up in streams.
  • Highlights: This section in the right-hand column will update more frequently and show more content so it’ll be more like the old News Feed.
  • Requests: Friend requests and event invites will be moved to the top of the right-hand column so they’re more prominent.
  • Friends lists: Users will be able to create a new list of friends with which to filter their streams.
  • Not everyone thinks Facebook’s decision is the right one. Continue reading “Facebook Caves to Critics; Bad Idea?”

    How the Crash Will Reshape America – And the Way We Think.

    Richard Florida has an interesting article in the March issue of the Atlantic titled “How the Crash Will Reshape America.” He talks about how big, international economic crises typically usher in a new economic paradigm, and then speculates on what this economic crises may foretell:

    Economic crises tend to reinforce and accelerate the underlying, long-term trends within an economy. Our economy is in the midst of a fundamental long-term transformation—similar to that of the late 19th century, when people streamed off farms and into new and rising industrial cities. In this case, the economy is shifting away from manufacturing and toward idea-driven creative industries—and that, too, favors America’s talent-rich, fast-metabolizing places.

    . . . the economy is different now. It no longer revolves around simply making and moving things. Instead, it depends on generating and transporting ideas. The places that thrive today are those with the highest velocity of ideas, the highest density of talented and creative people, the highest rate of metabolism. Velocity and density are not words that many people use when describing the suburbs.

    You’ve probably seen this video before, but, with updated stats, here is the argument for those of us who are visual learners.

    How will you turn your organization into a “densely talented and creative” force producing a high velocity of ideas? Comments?

    Deciding how to decide!

    About the Author: K.R. Ravi is a management graduate from XLRI Jamshedpur. He has been a pioneer in spreading lateral thinking in the Indian corporate sector. He has authored three books in the areas of thinking skills and creativity.

    Consider this classic story narrated by John Sculley in his autobiography
    ‘Odyssey’. In the 1970’s when he was the Vice-President marketing at
    Pepsi, Coke dominated the soft drinks market. Sculley recalls that his executives were certain that Coke’s distinctive hour-glass shaped bottle was Coke’s most important competitive advantage. The bottle design, they felt, had become the product. Easy to grip and stack, more sturdy to withstand a vending machine’s drop, a part of American culture and the only company
    logo which a person could pick up in his hand. Trying to compete with
    Coke’s bottle, Pepsi had spent millions and many years in studying new
    bottle designs.
    Continue reading “Deciding how to decide!”