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June 1, 2013 3:30 PM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #154

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • Sell your data to save the economy and your future - BBC. "This counter-intuitive argument, sent my way by Ian Rae, comes from Jaron Lanier, someone who should know about the future. As a pioneer of computing, and a bunch of other things, he's a scruffy renaissance man who understands what tomorrow holds better than most. In this essay, he warns that 'those with the best computers can simply calculate wealth and power away from ordinary people.' Well worth the time." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Google Has A Trojan Horse To Disrupt TV: Really, Really Big Data - ReadWriteWeb. "Really, Really Big Data: Now that Lanier has scared you, here's John Paul Titlow on RWW talking about why he thinks Google can own the video business. It got me thinking enough to post a response (Why Google Could Blockbuster Netflix). Whether it's the long tail of content, new forms of interaction, or simply the knowledge gleaned from a billion viewers and a million creators, something's gotta give. Feels like publishing circa Kindle." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • How the internet is using us all - The Times Literary Supplement. "Against the ideology of the Internet, from Jaron Lanier and Evgeny Morozov." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Lone Star Statements - The Morning News. "Mitch has just published a new book (CTRL ALT Delete), and all of the reviews I've seen have been glowing. But, there are sure to be a few brickbats too. This collection of bad Amazon reviews of some great books will give any writer solace when they turn to read their own (sometimes not so nice) reviews." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Elon Musk Has Plans For A New, Magical Form Of Transportation Called The 'Hyperloop' - Business Insider. "Perhaps Steve Jobs had a dynamism and personal brand that trumped the deeper thinking that is Elon Musk. I was watching the D11 interview with Tim Cook this week, and I was wondering if anyone will ever be able to replace Steve Jobs at Apple? This line of thinking inevitably leads to the question: who will be the next Steve Jobs? Many people think that it is either Jack Dorsey (Twitter and Square) or Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX). When you read an article like this (A hyperloop? A form of new long distance transportation? A way to get from New York to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes?), the only thing you should be asking yourself is this: how can we better support the way that Elon Musk thinks and how do we encourage more people to be like Elon Musk? Because the world needs more big thinking like this and not another kind of iPhone." (Mitch for Alistair). 
  • After 16 Years of Agency Life, Copywriter's First Solo Ad Is an Instant Hit - AdFreak. "Long time agency guy leaves the big agency world and heads out on his own. On his own doesn't mean starting a boutique agency... it literally means, by himself. His first ad is this billboard. It got attention. Reddit kind of attention. Now, the Dallas-based creative is getting national attention for his work. There are so many sub-stories here that are worthy of your attention. From how one person can now build global attention around a local brand through strong creative to our ever-present fascination with billboard advertising. It ultimately shores up to one thought: great advertising - no matter how traditional - still works because it gets attention (and that's, exactly, what a billboard is supposed to do)." (Mitch for Hugh).

Now it's your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.

By Mitch Joel