- z2008-09-06- Stein Unified Ebook Theory
BobStein (IFBook) gives his macro current thinking on the EBook future (Information Ecosystem Roadmap). I haven't published anything for nearly twelve years because, frankly, I didn't have a model that made any sense to me.
The most important thing my colleagues and I have learned during our experiments with networked books over the past few years is that as discourse moves off the page onto the network, the social aspects are revealed in sometimes startling clarity. These exchanges move from background to foreground, a transition that has dramatic implications. (Social Media)
a history book represents a synthesis of an author's reading of original source documents, the works of other historians and conversations with colleagues... Our hope was to engage readers with the author's conclusions at a deeper, more satisfying level... A continuously evolving text, as the authors add new findings in their work and engage in back and forth with "readers" who have begun to learn history by "doing history", and have begun both to question the authors' conclusions and to suggest new sources and alternative syntheses.
Locating discourse in a dynamic network doesn't erase the distinction between authors and readers, but it significantly flattens the traditional perceived hierarchy.
The key element running through all these possibilities is the author's commitment to engage directly with readers. If the print author's commitment has been to engage with a particular subject matter on behalf of her readers, in the era of the network that shifts to a commitment to engage with readers in the context of a particular subject.
Readers will not have to take on direct responsibility for the integrity of the content (as they do in wikipedia); hopefully they will provide oversight through their comments and participation, but the model can absorb a broad range of reader abilities and commitment.
An old-style formulation might be that t publishers and editors serve the packaging and distribution of authors' ideas. A new formulation might be that publishers and editors contribute to building a community that involves an author and a group of readers who are exploring a subject... The editor of the future is increasingly a producer... Successful publishers will build brands around curatorial and community building know-how AND be really good at designing and developing the robust technical infrastructures that underlie a complex range of user experiences. (Virtual Community)
People will buy subscriptions to works, to publishers, or to channels that aggregate works from different publishers. People might purchase access to specific titles for specific periods of time. We might see tiered access, where something is free in "read-only" form, but publishers charge for the links that take you OUT of the document or INTO the community. (Business Model)
The ideas above seem to apply equally well to all genres -- whether textbooks, history, self-help, cookbooks, business or fiction -- particularly as the model expands to include the more complex arena of interactive narrative.
"surely, you are not talking about FictIon." If by fiction we mean the four-hundred page NovEl then the answer is no, but in the long term arc of change i am imagining, novels will not continue to be the dominant form of fiction. My bet now is that to understand where fiction is going we should look at what's happening with "video games." World Of Warcraft... As active participants in this space, the millions of player/readers do not merely watch or read the unfolding narrative, they are constructing it as they play. (MMORPG)
A corollary of the foregrounding of the social relations of reading and writing is that we are going to see the emergence of celebrity editors and readers who are valued for their contributions to a work. (User Generated Content)
Books can be imagined as channels, especially when they "gather" other books around them. Consider, for example, the Communist Manifesto or the Bible as core works that inspire endless other works and commentary -- a constellation of conversations.
Successful publishers will develop and/or embrace new ways of visualizing content and the resulting conversations. (Visualizat Ion)
A whole host of bandwidth and hardware issues made the internet unfriendly to Multi Media but those limitations are coming to an end. it's now possible to imagine WeavIng the strands back together.
Interesting long comment from Cory Doctorow:
Today, writers need to master the knack of appearing to be in conversation with a million readers without making any of them feel slighted. John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis are the masters of this... More bluntly: many authors lack the capacity to interact with their audiences. They are grumpy. To publish these authors successfully, publishers will either have to hire "ghost-bloggers" or give them charm lessons. And a lot of those authors will choose a level of participation that is so low it disqualifies them from commercial success.
Points back to [z2007-05-01-Doctorow Game Democracy]
- z2003-05-03- Ward On Wiki Naming
Ward Cunningham on WikiName/Sister Sites philosophy. I see wiki as a place where people work out the names of things that they will say. Since our spoken vocabulary is small, we must struggle to find words that carry value commensurate with the space they consume in our brains (Naming Things). Where works collide in wiki they will also collide in our thoughts. Usually that is a happy circumstance. Still, we often establish the ConText of a conversation so as to avoid or at least disambiguate many of these collisions. And we have to note the context switches we make in conversation. The analogy of context switching I've chosen for wiki is Sister Sites. Two sites are candidates to be sisters if the collisions in their vocabulary are likely to be useful.
- z2014-12-16- Another Omnibus
Time for another OmniBus deal.
On December 13, the Senate passed by a vote of 56 to 40 the FY 2015 omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 83. The House approved the same bill on December 11, 219 to 206. The President (Barack Obama) is expected to sign the bill soon. The omnibus is a package of 11 FY 2015 spending bills, providing funding through the end of FY 2015 (September 30, 2015) for federal agencies.
A shocking provision in the bill undoes a piece of Dodd Frank Finance Reform that prevented an FDIC BailOut of WallSt firms who lose money on risky bets.
Dec11: The very idea was abhorrent to many Democrats on Capitol Hill. And some were stunned that the White House would support the bill with that provision intact, given that it would erase a key provision of the 2010 Dodd Frank financial reform legislation, one of Obama’s signature achievements. But perhaps even more outrageous to Democrats was that the language in the bill appeared to come directly from the pens of lobbyists at the nation’s biggest banks, aides said. The provision was so important to the profits at those companies that JPMorgan's chief executive Jamie Dimon himself telephoned individual lawmakers to urge them to vote for it, according to a person familiar with the effort. The White House, in pleading with Democrats to support the bill, explained that it got something in return: It said that it averted other amendments that would have undercut Dodd-Frank, protected the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from Republican attacks, and won double digit increases in funds for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. "The president is pleased," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
Dec12: Elizabeth Warren made an angry speech in hopes of stopping Senate approval. Here we are -- five years after Dodd-Frank – with Congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for middle class, do nothing for community banks – do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again.
Dec13: The net effect of the changes in the Omnibus spending bill would be to expand permissible swaps activities within a bank and to only exclude swaps based on asset-backed securities that are unregulated and not of a credit quality. All very technical, but the net result is to allow Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and others to use the Fed’s discount window to borrow money in case of a crisis that roiled the derivative market for credit swaps again as took place in September 2008. (Credit Crisis2008)
Dec14: Is Elizabeth Warren's strategy ever working?
Dec15: The language was introduced by Kevin Yoder last summer. (Why are we only hearing about it now?) Yoder has been mum about the spending package since it passed the House. His office hasn't responded to multiple requests for comment on why he slipped the Citigroup language into it. The press statements on his website say nothing about the provision or the spending bill. There are no posts about it on his Facebook page. He's said nothing in his Twitter feed.
Dec16: Elizabeth Warren is correct about the depth/breadth of Citi Group's ties with the government. In many ways, however, this isn't One Degree of Citigroup. It's One Degree of Robert Rubin. After his stint as President Bill Clinton's Treasury secretary, Rubin decamped for the newly-created Citigroup, which formed after Congress passed a law ending the Depression-era prohibition on banks and securities firms from operating under the same roof (Glass Steagall). And then Rubin's long list of proteges followed.
- z2014-12-12- Music Instrument Practice Software Idea
Software idea OfTheDay: tool to help during Musical Instrument practice session.
piece chosen, music (MIDI?) is in the software
- search/links to videos of people playing piece; save favorites
- record sound of student playing: don't have to save forever, just during session or a day or two
- metronome: audio and/or visual
- track history of tempos used by student at each section of piece
can play Music Minus One, or in unison with app (or shift app by an octave or more to make it easier to distinguish sound)
- can set start/stop points to loop to keep working on 1 section
- catch note errors in realtime
- catch pitch errors in realtime
- can play back recording at varying speeds to hear pitch and other problems more clearly
- student can attach voice-note or typed-note to any point in the piece, draw symbols over top of piece
What else would you want? (Not that I am going to make this.)
Update: a friend suggests Chromatik (IOS app), which looks pretty cool except that the music library seems rather small (classical piano: 12 pcs; classical violin 6pcs).
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