On the too-damn-insidery scale, scientists’ gossipy e-mail exchanges about climate change is roughly equivalent to the last Obliterati or 2-pm brunch with your reporter friends: entertaining because of the irresponsible ramblings that create needless drama when presented for public consumption.
It relieves me to learn that people in other fields do it too, as though not being able to resist were a universal constant.
“Sad and drab? The culture of over-sharing reveals pervasive disappointment”
Tina is sad, or so she says, after realizing her local Whole Foods no longer carries her favorite free trade chocolate. She broadcasts this information to 482 followers of her twitter feed, and many whom she wouldn’t normally describe of friends ‘retweet’ her observation with equally pithy despair, a condition enforced by the now famous 140 character limit.
A far larger number of people expressed ‘sadness’ when it was revealed that President Barack Obama does not actually pen his texts. For the record, none of his 418 tweets described any sadness.
Is sadness growing as a result of communal experiences, a technological Werther Effect? Is it simply the most concise expression, however inelegantly wrought? Is it the unintentional realization that broadcasting your emotions to largely strangers who express almost no interest in the information is inevitably sad?
Ugh. To reiterate: ugh.
This is probably a fair-enough comparison, but to the extent it’s accurate, I still don’t see a problem.
Sorkin does seem like a “kid with good access to powerful old men” — access most other business reporters just don’t have and can’t, for one reason or another, acquire. That’s kinda the point, and I read his stuff because of his access, not in spite of it. Readers are smart enough to see through the occasional back-scratching that creeps into material that’s otherwise pretty well-sourced.
Semiconductor maker AMD let myself and some other writers-slash-bloggers mess around with its technology last night at Greenhouse in Manhattan.
Reductively, AMD’s VISION technology is what powers the upgrades in performance and useability Microsoft has been touting in its advertising for Windows 7. The chips support new video formats like Blu-Ray, touch-screen monitors, multiple-monitor setups, and other neat consumer technologies.
The new Dell Inspiron Zino HD, a small computer that runs AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors and could compete with Apple’s Mac Mini, was on display as well. One of the reps there told me that the product would start shipping next week and that pricing, sans monitor, keyboard, et cetera, begins at around $250, while the Mac Mini starts at $600. These “mini” computers look like useful consumer products, and the shivering masses might be most turned on by the fact that the Dell Zino comes with interchangeable covers so that OMG YOU CAN CHANGE ITS COLOR!, but either way, they’re good for your living room, not hardcore computing.
Organizers also put the AMD Fusion Media Explorer, a free multimedia search engine and browser for Windows-based computers, on display. AMD’s blog has a post about that product and what it aims to do, along with video from one of the developers.