iPod and Dog: on Human Expression and the role of Choice in Cultural Change

Two unmemorable now deleted MP3 presentations today during a grocery run and dog walk outing, both presentations from Pop!Tech 2004.  The first by Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Difference, a book I looked at several times on Amazon, who spoke on human expression and how language falls short of expressing accurate sentiment and true feeling.  Actually, it was kind of interesting, but a ho-hum presentation with the essential carry-away being that you cannot trust what people tell you nor put much weight in their opinions about innovative ideas.

The second unmemorable now deleted presentation from Pop!Tech 2004 was by Grant McCracken, a PhD in anthropology and author of Culture and Consumption who spoke on Choice and Cultural Change.  This Choice Culture is the result of being bombarded by constant innovation, which I find interesting, as well as how the marketplace reflects how furiously inventive we’ve become.  Another interesting concept is how our cultural perspectives are both chaotic and rigid, and in that positioning process we determine which specific innovations we want to latch onto.

Maybe they were both great presentations and I was too dense or too much of a nerd to get it.  Or maybe they indeed were just more iPod noise in my brain.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.