Surat Lozowick on Ideas

Being the change

A central question in a class I just finished (taught by Becca Deysach at Prescott College, relevantly titled “Be the Change”) was if and how personal practice (e.g. meditation, mindfulness, self-examination or compassion) relates to social transformation. Here are my … Continue reading

An in-depth look at Chris Anderson’s Free and related theories

(Originally written in late 2010; some sections have been updated or removed.) Table of Contents: 1 Summary of key concepts in Free: The future of a radical price      1.1 Atoms vs. bits      1.2 Value is no longer determined by price … Continue reading

Radical Considerations on Creativity and Originality

In 1974, Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his film “adaption” of Frank Herbert’s Dune. It was to be the story of the illumination of a hero, a people, and a planet, the planet being the Messiah of the Universe, spreading … Continue reading

The future

The distractions, the deluge of notifications, the overwhelming amount of information, all these subjects upon which there is so much discussion about dealing with: they are only the beginning. In a hundred years, we’ll have computer chips embedded in our … Continue reading

Using the iPhone for creation over escapism

James Smits, in an email about my post on iPhone escapism: Recently, I noticed myself in the same pattern that you mention, reaching for my iPhone before I even knew why I wanted it. Too frequently the culprit was Twitter. … Continue reading

Travel

Traveling allows you to leave your world, and to enter another. But not only physical travel: that’s also often the motivation for using drugs, entertainment and the internet. Drugs warp the world you’re in, entertainment invites you into a world … Continue reading

Revolutionizing political advertising

Joel Spolsky: The dismal corruption of congress has gotten it to the point where lobbying for legislation is out of control. As Larry Lessig has taught us, the core rottenness originates from the high cost of running political campaigns, which … Continue reading

An interview with Notational Velocity developer Zachary Schneirov

For those who use it, Notational Velocity needs no introduction (and for those who don’t, trying it out is the best way to really understand why it has such an ardent following). It’s a simple application for taking, storing and … Continue reading

What worked for Marshall McLuhan

In Media and Communication by Paddy Scannell, Marshall McLuhan’s unique approach to reading is described: McLuhan was an avid but hasty reader. In the 1950s, he read, on average, five books a day and his method of dealing with them … Continue reading

Monetizing free content

Seth Godin in “The erosion in the paid media pyramid”, on the balance shifting between what he calls free, mass, limited and bespoke content: …there’s a huge sucking sound, and that’s the erosion of mass as part of the media … Continue reading