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  • The digital citizen 3:27 pm on March 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer, garlic, heart, problem, tetris, wine, world   

    The world and its problems 

    The solutions to the world’s problems have been here for decades, centuries, millenia. Only we did not know it.
    Gardic has been a cure to irregular heartbeat, only now we acknowledge.
    Red wine is good for the heart, whilst white protects against cancer.

    TETRIS CAN REDUCE LONG TERM STRESS: http://tinyurl.com/yh5fyum


  • The digital citizen 12:40 pm on March 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crowdsourcing, Culture   

    The Culture of free: Crowdsourcing 


    A lot of conversation is happening around crowdsourcing these days. In case you don’t know, Crowdsourcing is a neologistic compound of Crowd and Outsourcing for the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing them to a group of people or community, through an “open call” to a large group of people (a crowd) asking for contributions.

    A great example of a crowdsourcing project are the Huffington Post, in its early days.

    But can crowdsourcing be a reliable way of doing things in the future?

    Everyone active on Twitter must have noticed the large number of self proclaimed evangelists and coaches. These guys are usually amateurs, trying to break it into the industry of their choice by posting stuff they have read on various blogs and other industry sites. They will get involved in anything that becomes available that needs some help free of charge.

    However these people cannot normally offer anything to these projects, as they lack expertise and experience. In fact it is my belief that the project is likely to cost more at the end that it would have had it gone to contractors from the very beginning of its existence.

    But the worst is tha skilled individuals remain in the dark. People who chose to charge, because they deserve it, miss out in this culture of free. But this is also the culture of compromised quality.

    Many will argue that crowdsourcing have given talented and passionate individuals the opportunity to shine and opened the doors to employment and creativity. I will not disagree. But this number can’t be but small and it can’t make up for the damage it causes.

  • The digital citizen 11:30 pm on March 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Detroit, dialogue, Ford, General Motors,   

    Detroit is dead, long live Detroit 

    Watching “Requiem for Detroit“, a BBC documentary on the rise and fall of the city of Detroit, among the many things that attracted my attention was how the automotive industry in the 50s influenced the current culture and in a way is responsible for the materialistic way people live their lives today.

    When owning a car stopped being a privilege of the rich, Ford and General Motors made the car a need for everyone.

    Ford increased the daily wage to 5$ in a time when the average USA wage was 2.5$ in order to make his cars affordable among his employees.

    General Motors created 2 series of cars, The Cadillac, the more expensive car targeting the rich and the Chevrolet for the lower middle class. Everyone should own a car.

    Both were responsible for and the main pressure group for the creation of the  great Detroit freeways, creating the sense that further to a need for the obvious reasons, driving can also be a great experience. This way they created a need for sports cars, which, of course, they provided for.

    It is true that the automotive industry raised the standard of life among the residents of Detroit who increasingly started moving to the suburbs. GM did not fail to spot the opportunity to market cars as a need among the suburbs wives, if they were to be modern and independent.

    Detroit’s flourishing and prosperity made the city inspirational for Americans living in across the country, spreading the need for a car and the general Detroit lifestyle beyond Michigan’s borders.

    I can’t help wondering; if Detroit is the actual place when it all started, the hometown of imposed needs and material happiness, what does its collapse mean for the rest of us?

    A new beginning, I hope. Thankfully, social media have enabled global dialogue and this means that only people, and not an industry alone, can influence people.

    • Zoe Marmara 12:09 am on March 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      “Social media have enabled global dialogue”: Isn’t that an oxymoron? The notion of ‘global’ applies to everybody, yet, we are aware of the fact that Social Media are means accessible only to the industrialized part of the world. Anyway, I think what you describe is part of the long history of globalization, which is strongly connected to western culture. Material happiness is a long sociological process. I can’t think there’s a way back. Back where? Marketing and sales rely on human behaviour and needs. Back, was when we needed, not less, but different things. Man can’t think differently. There are social norms that drive us. People more ambitious than the rest, used common sense, ethical values and religious beliefs to start economical progress. The truth is, if the drive for ‘material happiness’ stops, we will be poor, uneducated, unethical and immoral. Comes with the territory. I guess it was a good thing I studied sociology in high school… :))

      • The digital citizen 12:21 am on March 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Still it is the western world that influences modern culture. Social media have enable conversation among people, regardless of location, ethnicity, culture and we no longer need brands to tells us how to behave, we have each other to ask for advice when we need it.
        I am optimistic that Detroit will not be repeated because the people are now responsible for the social norms.

    • Zoe Marmara 10:47 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You’re right, we have each other. I like optimism in you – I think you’ve just set a nice example there. 🙂

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