Long Tale

So Dan Gillmor and I will be on stage later today at the Personal Democracy Forum at NYU. What questions should we be asking the the people we’d rather not call the audience?

[Later…] Since I’ve been told that the above (the one-paragraph tweetlike post this used to be) has been misunderstood by a few folks, here’s some context missing in the original: 1) Dan is deservedly notable for referring to “the former audience” and saying “my readers know more than I do”; and 2) I’m the “markets are conversations” guy. So we don’t wish to hog the stage we’ve been given. Hope that helps.


  1. David Scott Williams’s avatar

    I’m interested in contributing some ideas/questions … Not familiar with the conference … Let me try to read up on it first…

  2. David Scott Williams’s avatar

    The question that comes to mind for me is this :

    There is no doubting that many of these new communications tools offer a great opportunity for people to make changes. The “powers that be” know this too. What do you feel are the greatest obstacles already present for the use of such technologies, and what limitations are on the horizon, especially in emerging(potentially) democratic societies?

    It is a simple question. I imagine you’ve thought of it already,


  3. Terry Heaton’s avatar

    Everything is personal in a participatory culture. What’s the right role of media in such a networked universe? The people formerly known as the audience are fleeing from traditional media, so we know the old is kaput. B what’s the right response? We can worry about the business part later.

  4. David Scott Williams’s avatar

    A followup question (or more specific version of my previous) ..

    Many of these new enabling technologies have proprietary underpinnings, and many technologies are moving to the utility (cloud) computing model. What strategies can users (and hackers) of these technologies employ to keep the information flowing, and to keep governments from regulating the companies (choke points) that provide these services?

  5. John Mayer’s avatar

    What is the path from the surplus of time that people use on the Internet to useful contributions to personal democracy?
    What should people be doing with their “cognitive surplus”?

    How can social startups, open gov’t, open data, open education websites chunk large, hard projects into small, do-able bites that the individual can bite off an chew? (i.e. what are the tasks that you can feed to a Mechanical Turk to improve personal democracy?)


  6. dj’s avatar

    What do you think of the book, ”The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You” where previous search arguments and facebook friends can influence everything from search results to credit scores.

    Watching what is on cable and network stations, and referring to your 2007 LJ article on “black-holes” is the “collective IQ” a good thing?

  7. Mike’s avatar

    I really wanted to see this, but unfortunately I didn’t manage to. Is there any video recorded?

  8. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Mike, I’m sorry to say I don’t think this one was recorded. But you should check the PDF site to make sure.

  9. Thad McIlroy’s avatar

    My takeaway is: “[Later…] Since I’ve been told that the above (the one-paragraph tweetlike post this used to be) has been misunderstood by a few folks…”

    Very interesting landscape change.

    I find these days that even my friends won’t read the second paragraph of my emails. They skim it. So if I have a longer message to communicate I have to break it up into two or more discreet messages each with a single topic.

    I don’t think this is “bad”, just different.

  10. Dominik Bjegović’s avatar

    Mike, I agree with Doc, I don’t think this one was recorded.

    Dominik Bjegović

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