links for 2008-10-16

  • Apparently the internet is good for decision-making and complex reasoning in middle-aged and older adults. Woo-hoo, I’m saved!
    (tags: internet)
  • Remember that official report that found that Governor Palin abused her power and violated the ethics act in Alaska? Well, Sarah Palin’s reading is that the report “was very clear in that there was no unethical or unlawful behavior on my part.” It’s official, we live in bizarro land where black is white and white is black, and Orwell’s “big lie” is here with us every day.
  • And Google produce a lovely logo for the day to commemorate. Actually the Queen’s getting very down with all this technology – she’s had a website since 1998, and the person who hired me for my current job was right there by her side when she pressed the button to launch the original
  • Interesting piece by one of America’s leading political bloggers on the reasons why he does it: “No columnist or reporter or novelist will have his minute shifts or constant small contradictions exposed as mercilessly as a blogger’s are.”
  • Is a giant database truly needed to keep us all safe in times of terrorism? Or the finaly realisation of Orwel’s Big Brother society?
  • The all-new site is up and running, which has already seen Mr Fry launch into twitter with admirable enthusiasm and deft touch of sensibility. The site looks spiffy too. There’s talk of ‘monetarising’ the site – and he makes a solid case for why and how – and his remarks on open source vs commercial software is also very interest – and, naturally, hugely well-informed.
    (tags: stephenfry)
  • Supporting social media development in an organisation means taking advantage of the raised profile of social media in general – and supporting/helping people who take the step.
    (tags: socialmedia)
  • First Twitter, now Friendfeed bring realtime updates from multitudes of users. It’s ike we’re seeing the ‘live web’ rather than loads of individual static pages.
  • No contest, says the Guardian, somewhat in awe of Stephen Fry’s deep impact on the world of Twitterdom.

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