Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Moving: Thus Prate the Pundit blog

Hello, if you follow(ed) this blog, I’m in the process of resurrecting it. The new location for the tech, CI, content management types of content is http://www.knowfore.com/blog/ and the RSS feed is http://www.knowfore.com/blog/feed/ The politics and other posts will continue at http://www.phydeau.org/politics http://www.phydeau.org/politics/feed/ Thanks for following. … Continue Reading →

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Ephemera and the National Memory

I continue to be concerned with what I once called digital cultural amnesia. Though in reflecting on the word “amnesia” I no longer think it’s the best way to express the problem. Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library, writes about the phenomenon in The Observer. Too many of us suffer from a condition ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: What Would Happen if You De-occupy the Cognitive Surplus?

The “West” is known for its consumers. Much of the rest of the world is trying its best to head in that direction too. Reading Clay Shirky’s recent blog post, Gin, Television, and Social Surplus, got me thinking about the stance of the passive consumer. I’m wondering if the new consumer will be a producer… ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Are Co-ops the Ideal FOSS Business Structure?

Free and open source software is a community affair. One would think it might be a perfect fit for a cooperative type of business entity. Businesses surviving and growing in virtue of FOSS ecosystems develop some interesting business models–the support and services model for example (though becoming increasingly common) relies on the collaborative efforts of, ...