Archive for February, 2012


The Digital Connection Addiction

Posted by: by John Parsons on February 23rd, 2012

It’s popular these days to rail against technology—especially all that smartphoney-gamey-iPody-texty-Internety kinda stuff that all those kids and those Starbucks loners do all day long. It’s an addiction! Get a job! (Wait. I’m writing this at a coffee shop. I can quit whenever I want, right?) Seriously though, pundits will be pundits, and “addiction” is [...]


Digital Assistance

Posted by: by John Parsons on February 21st, 2012

Do you remember the Knowledge Navigator video? In 1987, shortly after Jobs’ first departure from Apple, the Scully regime produced this futuristic look at collaborative technology.* In hindsight, it seemed to anticipate Mosaic, WiFi, Skype/FaceTime, Siri, and many other technologies. For geeks of the Mac persuasion, it was a positive, HAL-like experience, without all the [...]


Alternatives to Mopping

Posted by: by John Parsons on February 16th, 2012

One of my favorite expressions—humorous and tragic—is, “I’m too busy mopping the floor to turn off the water.” Notice, I didn’t say “you.” Let’s be frank; it’s not just the jerk standing in the way of progress. Each one of us spends many, many hours keeping various crises at bay, and too few hours figuring [...]


Beyond the Digital Turning Point (Part 2)

Posted by: by John Parsons on February 14th, 2012

In my last, I went semi-ballistic on the “E-Nuff Already” section of the new USC Annenberg report, “Is America at a Digital Turning Point?” However, the flood of unfiltered noise represented by social media messaging is only one of several excellent points in the study. I’ll skip the predictions that print newspapers will be dead [...]


Beyond the Digital Turning Point (Part 1)

Posted by: by John Parsons on February 9th, 2012

USC Annenberg’s Center for the Digital Future is releasing yet another provocative report, “Is America at a Digital Turning Point?” It’s a ten-year perspective on Americans’ relationship with online technology—including the personal costs of time, privacy, and well-being. For those who can afford the full report, it’s undoubtedly worth the price. For the rest of [...]


Lighting a Candle

Posted by: by John Parsons on February 7th, 2012

Help! We’re up Information Overload Creek without a paddle. With each new device, every new connection, the promise of easy access to data is being fulfilled—but not in a good way. We’re increasingly slaves to information technology, not the reverse. Automated search alerts, news feeds, emails, and now social posts (even from trusted, qualified sources) [...]


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