Monthly Archives: May 2006

Connecting dots: Power Law, Long Tail, Mimetic desire

Power Laws, Long Tails, and Scarcity Monday morning conceptual intersections…. Reading a P2P foundation blog on mimetic desire, I began thinking about scarcity. In Rene Girard’s view of society, a fundamental rivalry simmers quietly beneath the social order (taboos, rituals, … Continue reading

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Clay Shirky, Christopher Alexander, Harold Garfinkel, Pattern Languages

I’d like to know more, a lot more, about Clay Shirky’s project on pattern languages Pattern Language. Clay’s got a really good head for this kind of thing. Here’s a summary of a single pattern (see the wiki): According to … Continue reading

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The Video in the Age of its Social Reproduction: The Message is the Medium

Short-form video. From 2″ to 2 feet to 10 feet. Social Media. Social Networks. Clips. Streaming. Playback Control. User-generated content. Advertising. Marketing is going social. Networks are going commercial. Where communication happens, there will always be capital, and where there … Continue reading

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