Conflict Between OS1, OS2 and OS3 on Display at Walrus Talk

The Walrus Talk at the Canadian Museum of Nature on Thursday night took The Arctic as its theme, and the evening was as inspiring and illuminating as previous events in this ambitious national series. It also demonstrated with stunning clarity the conflict between communications cultures that is my main topic on this blog. As usual,…Read more Conflict Between OS1, OS2 and OS3 on Display at Walrus Talk

On Audiences and Meaning in the 21st Century

I read with interest this thoughtful article by Diane Ragsdale about the challenges posed by digital tools to arts audiences, as well as the many excellent comments that followed. I added my own comment, which I will post here as it was fairly substantial: This is a fascinating topic, but I would argue that our…Read more On Audiences and Meaning in the 21st Century

Index of first 50 posts on “You Are Your Media” blog

Hi. This post lists and links to my first 50 posts on this blog, indexing 50 brief critical essays on contemporary media culture. Topics include The Leveson Inquiry, Occupy Wall Street, Privacy, Music, Food, Economics and more. Try one. 1. Happy Birth Day! my blog is born 2. Gifts and Books, Books and Gifts books as…Read more Index of first 50 posts on “You Are Your Media” blog

To Give or Not to Give – The Pros and Cons of Birthday Gifts

My kids have been invited to a lot of birthday parties over the years. One thing I've noticed (or to be more accurate, my wife has noticed...I only noticed her noticing it!) is that more and more kids are having parties where gifts are politely declined. "No gifts" has been scrawled on more than one…Read more To Give or Not to Give – The Pros and Cons of Birthday Gifts

A Better Way to Occupy

Yesterday I introduced the idea that the greatest transformative potential for any social initiative lies in creating feedback loops between OS1 and OS3. By OS1 I mean oral culture and technologies and by OS3 I mean digital culture and technologies. I also said that in order to effectively implement such strategies, which I refer to…Read more A Better Way to Occupy

Organizational Reorientation = Personal Reorientation

Interactivism proposes that the greatest transformative potential for any social initiative lies in creating feedback loops between OS1 and OS3. The objective is for these feedback loops to spiral outward, gaining momentum and reach, virally increasing their impact and generating sustainable social transformations. The greatest challenge in achieving this objective is one of reorientation. For…Read more Organizational Reorientation = Personal Reorientation

Improvising Poetry and Our Digital Future

A couple days ago I posted a recording called Where The Bears Go by my duo The John Waynes (so named because it consists of John Sobol (me) and Wayne Kelso). Today I posted a second recording by The John Waynes called The Evil I. For those keeping score, Where The Bears Go is a…Read more Improvising Poetry and Our Digital Future