Surat Lozowick on Media

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

What any social network needs to succeed, and how to get there

The value of any social network resides in its userbase. Quora and Reddit are great because of the quality and intelligence of the discussions on them, YouTube is successful because of the amount of video uploaded to it, Twitter and … Continue reading

The problem with decentralized social networks

Most distributed social networks ultimately fail (in the sense of mainstream popularity and adoption, which is how success is measured for social networks) because the majority of people don’t want a decentralized, self-hosted network. The entire internet is a decentralized … Continue reading

Important tech writing

Dave Lee: Good technology journalism, important technology journalism, is about the cultural impact; the political ramifications; the state of an industry that we’re essentially relying on to provide much of the West’s economic clout in the future. Many technology writers … 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

Meaning

Sharing is fundamental to our relationships. It’s wonderful, it’s powerful, and it’s deeply meaningful. But not all sharing is created equal. Showing a friend an album of baby photos, sitting sunken in an old family couch, is far different from … 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

The contradiction of digital/technological minimalism

Why is digital and technological minimalism such a trend? It’s because computers are inherently excessive. Modern computers are not built to do one thing well, or to do just enough. They are built to do many things, to do more … Continue reading

Facebook “frictionless” sharing

I wrote this recently in regards to Facebook relationship status changes, after seeing quite unexpectedly that two friends had went from “in a relationship” to “single”: There’s nothing quite like Facebook relationship status updates… they’re like seeing a headline without … Continue reading