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The pace of media revolutions

February 13th, 2009

There were only three types of medias across history:

1 – Media where discussion was driven by a project. They are basically the organizations, such as schools, churches, armies, political institutions …

2 – Media where discussion was driven by a small group of people. They are the hierarchical medias which have appeared since the print revolution: printed books, newspapers, cinema, radio, televisions, …

3 – Media where discussion was driven by the community of users : the internet, social medias, web-based social apps…

The first category has always been there. The second grew a couple of centuries ago. The third exists for decades at best. If the development of radicaly new media types was continuing at this pace, wouldn’t we be close to a new media revolution?

Thanks to Barberousse

Memory and forget

February 8th, 2009

Both memory and forget  are needed to create. Would we ever replace the old streets by new one, if we knew why someone has previouly built them? saw all lives that crossed them? Aknowledged how many serious or funny or great or tiny stories relate to them?

Memory and forget both fuel the discussion process. One could not build on other’s arguments without a memory of them.  At the same time, discussions would not progress if everyone kept in mind only the mass of past arguments that brought out the new ones.

This is maybe the reason why social medias and the current Web discussion tools are now placing such an emphasys on forget rather than memory. Blogging draw a lot of its value from the way new contents replace older ones. Twitter and friendfeed could be rightly labelled as “forget machines”. The wikis themselves, while aggregating the writings of the past, end up by totaly replacing them.

Due to this emphasis on forget, the Web has become a world of authors with almost no memory. Old contents are often not being deleted, but very few people have the intention and the capabilities to pick them up, give them a meaning or place them into broader picture

If the Web has an immense abilities to forget its own contents, what it needs now is a living memory content organizer.

So much thanks to Barberousse for his help in bringing back this old post to life

Kicking-off the english cratyle

December 24th, 2008

Here is the english version of the blog I started in fall 2007.

Cratyle.net’s initial purpose was to publish random ideas on the Web evolution and needs. In few month, those random thought became much more focused than I would have guess…

Discussions around social media, user generated content and web “democratization” generated very precise ideas about the need for editing the Web. Those ideas became a social media concep, the concept gathered a small group of highly talented friends, and the friends founded a startup : pearltrees. It is now in private alpha and will open its doors in the coming weeks.

In the english version of this blog, I will certainly deal with pearltrees, its meaning, use and development – after all, pearltrees is a direct consequence of the discussions which took place here (and very specifically there…). I will also try to broaden the discussion on new media which is this blog’s long lasting theme (and eventually try to post a bit more than my usual once a month… c’est promis).

Welcome on a broader Cratyle!