Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

28th March 2015

1) On Social Media Everything Happens All The Time.

Really interesting piece on how social sharing has blurred the relevance of times, dates and  when important things actually happened.

…because social media is…. “unstuck in time,” where old material can be recycled digitally to seem new, where what’s trending no longer means what’s most recent. Just look at Facebook’s “Trending” news sidebar, which doesn’t include timestamps until you click through to look at individual stories. Scroll through the social-media feeds of online publications …. and you’ll find plenty of repurposed and re-promoted archival content. Stare at a Twitter feed long enough, and the same stories will reappear over the course of a day, no updates necessary.

2) The Economics of Busking – apparently the sweet spot is between 6pm and 10pm before weekends and holidays when we are feeling happy  but not too drunk in the same vein, here are some other  Hipster Business Models.

3) In a world where the concept of The Big Idea is overused here is an example where the appellation is not misconstrued .There is a shortage of blood in Denmark so ‘GivBlod and PlayStation Denmark have entered into a cooperation where blood donors can donate blood and as thanks for helping get a computer game and a chance to win a unique Bloodborne PlayStation 4’.

4) In the digital era Dictators are changing and getting more sophisticated in what they do to hold onto power.

“The new autocracies often simulate democracy, holding elections that the incumbents almost always win, bribing and censoring the private press rather than abolishing it, and replacing comprehensive political ideologies with an amorphous resentment of the West…. Their leaders often enjoy genuine popularity – at least after eliminating any plausible rivals”.

5) Course he is. Willie Nelson launches his own brand of weed.

6) Is innovation more about People than Process? Probably both (of course) but some interesting examples here.

7) Twitter Launches its own live streaming App Periscope in an attempt to sink Meerkat. Despite this Meerkat has gained $12m in funding – this is despite only being around one month.

8) The Guardian’s Top 50 Apps  For the Creative Mind.

9) Monica Lewinsky at TED – The Price of Shame.

Especially interesting now, given the Culture of Shame that is permeating society – Justine Sacco et al…

“Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop,” says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” “Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant – and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way”.

10) And finally…James Corden and Tom Hanks recreate  all of Hanks’ films in 8 minutes.


Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Kimmel Made a Commercial for (Probably)  One of the Last Video Stores on Earth.