Inspired by my friend @om — who has collected some of his recent posts on his Om.is.me blog — I thought I would do the same and put together a list of some of the things I wrote during the past week, in case anyone missed something they might be interested in. So this week, among other things, I wrote about:
- “The space shuttle: So flawed, so inspiring — so human”: A tribute to the end of the space shuttle program, including my memories of covering the launch of STS-114 — the “Return to Flight” after the Columbia disaster — in 2005.
- “Back to the future: Is media returning to the 19th century?”: My thoughts about a series The Economist wrote about the future of media, including the idea that social media is a lot like the coffeehouse-and-pamphlet era of the 19th century.
- “So was the Twitter Town Hall better than a regular one?”: Twitter chairman Jack Dorsey was the MC for a public town hall with the president this week, with questions from Twitter. Was it better than the usual town hall? I think so — even if only a little.
- “Who owns your social graph — you or Facebook?”: Facebook continues to prevent users from downloading the contact info of their friends and connections. But are they right to do this, or are they doing it for their own purposes?
- “Are we becoming slaves to the like button?”: A writer for the Wall Street Journal argues that social networking is making us obsessed with conforming to others’ expectations — but is this true, and if so is social networking to blame?”
And yes, it seems that I like headlines with question marks in them :-)