Fun Friday Links: The Language of Images, Rita J. King + Mo’ Data, Mo’ Problems
Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK! Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
The Big Data Revolution
By now the ubiquitous nature of big data has managed to affect most of us in one way or another, particularly when it comes to concern for privacy. In this article, Maura Kelly questions Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier, authors of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, on everything from how helpful to how dangerous this trend can be.
“The computer didn’t just make calculations easier; the printing press didn’t just make reproducing bibles easier,” Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier told me in an email. “Big data will similarly affect everything: creating information, automating processes, and expanding the scope of literacy and knowledge in society.” They added, “More subtly, it will affect how people think about the world and their place in it.
Social Media Images Form a New Language
We’re big on the visual approach here at Mindjet, so most any mention of its benefits and growing popularity is worth repeating here. In this article from Nick Bilton, we get an overview of the power of imagery in digital communications. A few of my favorite clips:
Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue. The cutting-edge crowd is learning that communicating with a simple image, be it a picture of what’s for dinner or a street sign that slyly indicates to a friend, “Hey, I’m waiting for you,” is easier than bothering with words, even in a world of hyper-abbreviated Twitter posts and texts.
What’s more, there are no language barriers with images. As the world grows smaller, thanks to technology, people from all over the globe can chat with images that translate into a universal tongue. Do you speak only Mandarin? No problem, you can now communicate with someone who speaks only English. Take a picture and reply. Germans and Spaniards? Snap! Send. Done.
“We’re tiptoeing into a potentially very deep and interesting new way of communicating,” said Mitchell Stephens, author of “The Rise of the Image, the Fall of the Word,” and a journalism professor at New York University. “And as with anything, when you tiptoe in, you start in the shallow waters.”
Source: The New York Times
The Working Life of Rita J. King
I’ve done a lot of research on the ways in which people work, but have never come across a style as lovely as that of Rita J. King. In this article, the Executive Vice President of Science House, a creative consultancy in NYC, talks about her workspace, her favorite apps and what thing she thinks she does better than anyone else:
“I’m very good at what I call the tedium of creativity. I love the exhilaration of making connections and getting new ideas, but mostly I really love following through on all the tedious little steps that take an idea from imagination to reality, because that’s the only way to breathe life into a concept. That means figuring out quickly which ideas need to be discarded—even though this is sometimes painful—and which ones are worth developing. Time is finite and imagination is infinite, so it’s a constant balancing act.”