The Best Practice Problem

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It’s an old problem, but many have been obsessed with capturing “best practice” and encouraging others to copy it. And many react against that obsession, pointing out that it prevents innovation. The idea that there is a best way, or best set of ways, to approach a problem limits your thinking, and prevents you from seeing other, possibly more fruitful … Read More

Now you see it, now you don’t

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Matt Webb has a nice idea on managing feeds. Here’s a feature I want from my RSS feeder. Every so often it should silently hide one of the feeds. If I notice, and if I remember what it was is that’s been hidden, I should be able to say: Hey, you forgot feed X, give it back!, and the application … Read More

Knowledge Retention and the Importance of Forgetting

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Three things happened in conjunction this morning that made me wonder whether memory and experience have some underestimated drawbacks. In order, I saw Jack’s post about Knowledge Retention My server stopped working because it was full, and I read a paper by Martin Dodge on the ethics of forgetting in an age of pervasive computing All of which conspired to … Read More

Notes on Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy #1

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This post is the first in a series of notes on Walter Ong‘s book Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. The book, so far, is a corker, and looks to have significant implications for any discussion of “markets as conversations” and the like. Chapter 1: The Orality of Language The Oral Character of Language We’ve only recently woken … Read More


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Some thoughts on universities, self-organization and learning prompted by Sebastian Fiedler