Thankfully, the eight years of Bush rule are almost over. It has been a dark period for the American soul, spirit, and Dream. Here is a synopsis of the Bush presidency years as seen through my life, documented through my web site and blog.
In 2000, my mind certainly wasn’t thinking about international terrorism, financial crises, gas prices, or the like. According to my site’s news archives from 2000, when I was 22, the most important topics in my life at that point were Napster and the dotcom bubble. The bubble had not yet burst, although it started having some rough days. Oil was hovering around $25-40/barrel. I had just graduated from college and went to Italy with my dad, and France with my mom. The dollar was strong and the Euro would continue to get weaker until about 2002, facilitating American travel abroad. I would daytrade the market for another year and a half.
Other sites already cover Hall’s theory pretty well, but basically he differentiated cultures based on an idea that some had high-context communication and others had low-context communication.
Scandinavians, for example, have low-context communications. You can walk into any conversation with them and their dialogue will contain very direct messages that are self-encapsulated and contain most of the information you would need to make sense of it.
There are codified norms within the society that make the conversation rules-based and less personal. It comes off as very direct and to the point. Read More »
Since I am specifically studying what the internet will look like within the BRIC countries in terms of privacy, openness, and transparency, I thought it would be best to lay out a matrix of those three phases plotted versus five key social spheres, which maybe I could call “accountability arenas”. Since there’s no good way to insert a matrix here without using SlideShare or an image, I’ll just list the results here:
Personal: Libertarianism, isolationism, anonymity
Sexual: Don’t ask, don’t tell
Health: Non-contagion/non-preventative care
Financial: Shadow market pools, corruption
Political: Weak communities, divided citizens, big money interests, oligarchy
On Friday, September 12th, Google DC held a talk on cloud computing in its New York Avenue location in downtown Washington, DC. Specifically, the event discussed a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project on “Use of Cloud Computing Applications and Services”.
Moderated by John B. Horrigan, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the talk included
Dan Burton, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, Salesforce.com
Mike Nelson, Visiting Professor, The Center for Communication, Culture, and Technology, Georgetown University
Ari Schwartz, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology
Cloud computing is basically the offloading of data from individual computers loosely linked to the internet, to a network of computers specifically maintained and interfaced so that people can access that data from any electronic device anywhere in the world. Read More »